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5 mins ago
"The collective West is prepared for a long confrontation with Russia," says the Russian Foreign Ministry
By Anna Chernova
The provision of military aid to Ukraine by the West and the visit to Washington by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky once again demonstrate that "the collective West is prepared for a long confrontation with Russia," a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Russian Foreign.
Maria Zakharova went on to speak of the "monstrous crimes" of the "Kyiv regime", adding that no matter how much the West helps to arm the Ukrainian government, "they will achieve nothing".
"As the leadership of our country has declared, the tasks set within the framework of the special military operation will be fulfilled, taking into account the situation on the ground and current realities," Zakharova added, referring to Russia's war in Ukraine, that qualifies as a special operation.
His comments came after Zelensky delivered a landmark speech from the US Capitol, thanking America for its support in fighting Russian aggression since the war began, and calling for more.
10 mins ago
The Russian ambassador to the US warns of a war escalation in Ukraine after Zelensky's visit
By Mayumi Maruyama, Sophie Jeong
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov speaks during a discussion on Anatoly Dobrynin's legacy at the Woodrow Wilson Institute on November 18, 2019 in Washington.
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to Washington showed that neither the United States nor the Ukrainian president are "ready for peace," Russia's ambassador to the United States said on Wednesday.
His comments came after Zelensky delivered a historic speech from the US Capitol, in which he expressed gratitude for US support in the fight against Russian aggression since the war began, and called for more.
The Biden administration's "conciliatory statements about the lack of intention to start a confrontation with Russia are just empty words," Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a statement distributed by the Russian embassy that denounced what he described as "the Hollywood" by Zelensky.
"What was essentially announced to applause and sarcastic smiles was the need to continue the 'proxy war' against our country," Antonov said.
"Until a complete victory over us."
Speaking with Zelensky early Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced that the US will send a Patriot missile defense system to Kyiv as part of an additional $1.8 billion aid package for Ukraine.
Antonov said Biden's announcement came despite Russia warning the US not to supply the system to Ukraine.
"I think that everyone perfectly understands what fate the personnel running these complexes on the territory of Ukraine may face," he said.
The Russian ambassador also warned that US involvement in Ukraine could lead to an escalation of the conflict.
"The provocative actions of the US are constantly leading to an escalation, the consequences of which cannot even be imagined," he said.
14 mins ago
Hillary Clinton calls Zelensky's speech 'extraordinary'
By Sonnet Swire, Rashard Rose
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the opening of the Eyes on Iran art exhibit at the Roosevelt Island Four Freedoms State Park on November 28 in New York.
(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's speech to Congress "extraordinary," saying the country's fight against Russian aggression "has shown that they are a really good investment for America."
The speech "connected the struggle of the Ukrainian people with our own revolution, with our own feelings that we want to be warm in our homes for Christmas and made us think of all the families in Ukraine who will be huddled in the cold and know that they are in freedom right now," Clinton said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" show Wednesday.
He said Zelensky's landmark speech "strengthened both Democrats and Republicans who understand what is at stake in this fight against Putin and Russian aggression and now also with his ally Iran."
"I also believe that no one is asking for a blank check," Clinton added.
"I think the Ukrainians have shown that they are a really good investment for the United States. They are not asking us to be there to fight their war. They are fighting it themselves. They are asking us and our allies for the means not just to defend themselves but to really win."
17 mins ago
Former Russian space chief was injured during a bombing raid in Ukraine, according to state media
By Jonny Hallam
Dmitry Rogozin, former head of Roscomos, in an image from April 2022. (Photo: MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)
A former head of the Russian space agency was injured on Wednesday by Ukrainian airstrikes in eastern Ukraine, according to the state news agency TASS.
Former Roscomos chief Dmitry Rogozin, who now leads a team of Russian military volunteers in the Donbas region, was taken to hospital with a back wound after his Donetsk hotel was shelled, his aide told TASS.
"His life is not in danger," said the aide.
The attack in the Russian-occupied city killed at least two people and injured several more, TASS reported.
"Obviously, it was a targeted attack," Rogozin's aide said, stating the shelling came from a 155mm self-propelled artillery system.
20 minutes ago
Zelensky had a "candid and supportive" meeting with Biden, according to a source
US President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky meet at the White House in Washington on December 21.
(Photo: Ukrainian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Volodymyr Zelensky's historic visit to the United States went well and he is "satisfied" with the outcome, a source close to the Ukrainian president told CNN's Jake Tapper.
"His meetings with President [Joe] Biden were candid and supportive. The joint session was great and he felt real bipartisan support," the source said.
In his speech before Congress on Wednesday, Zelensky spoke of the strong ties between the United States and his country, while sending a message of hope to Ukrainians in his country.
He also called for continued financial support from US lawmakers, saying: "Your money is not charity. It is an investment in global security and democracy that we manage in the most responsible way."
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