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U.S. approves $820 million military aid package for Ukraine; Russia says iron curtain is 'already descending'

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U.S. President Joe Biden has pledged to provide financial and military aid for as long as necessary to prevent Ukraine's defeat, he told reporters at the conclusion of the NATO summit in Madrid.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Ukrainian troops following Russia's withdrawal from the strategic Snake Island in the Black Sea, which it captured in the early days of the war. Ukrainian forces say they drove the Russians out, while Moscow insists it was a voluntary act of goodwill.

Meanwhile, NATO states plan to send hundreds of thousands more troops to Eastern Europe to bolster the region's security.

Zelenskyy thanks Biden for latest security package worth $820 million

Ukrainian servicemen are at work to receive the delivery of FGM-148 Javelins, American man-portable anti-tank missile provided by US to Ukraine as part of a military support, at Kyiv's airport Boryspil on February 11,2022, amid the crisis linked with the threat of Russia's invasion.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked U.S. President Joe Biden for authorizing a new security assistance package that includes air defense systems.

"Thank you @POTUS for your continued leadership and support of UA in its fight against the aggressor," Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter.

Biden announced the security assistance package on Thursday at the conclusion of the NATO summit in Madrid.

— Amanda Macias

U.S. approves 14th security assistance package for Ukraine

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 65th Field Artillery Brigade fire a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during a joint live-fire exercise with the Kuwait Land Forces, Jan. 8, 2019, near Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
Courtesy: U.S. Department of Defense

The Pentagon announced a new security assistance package for Ukraine worth $820 million.

The 14th drawdown of equipment from U.S. military inventories includes additional ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS.

Read more: Here’s a look at the firepower the U.S. has committed to Ukraine in its fight against Russia

The Pentagon will also provide Ukraine with two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, or NASAMS, as well as up to 150,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition and four additional counter-artillery radars.

The new package brings the U.S. commitment to approximately $6.9 billion since the beginning of Russia's unprovoked invasion on Feb. 24.

— Amanda Macias

More than 5.7 million school-aged children in Ukraine affected by Russia's war

A child waits on the train to Poland at the central train station on April 11, 2022 in Lviv, Ukraine.
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More than 5.7 million school-aged children have been affected since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to a new UN report.

"The ability to learn is severely affected by acute and ongoing exposure to conflict-related trauma and psychological stress leading to a risk of school dropout and negative coping mechanisms," the UN researchers wrote in a report assessing the situation.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science has previously reported that more than 1,970 education facilities have been damaged and approximately 200 destroyed.

The report also found that a lack of access to high-speed internet and technological devices are also obstacles for remote online learning.

— Amanda Macias

Top U.S. military officer speaks with Ukrainian counterpart

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2022. 
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America's highest military officer spoke to his Ukrainian counterpart on the heels of the NATO leader summit in Madrid.

The call between Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Gen. Valery Zaluzhny is the second known discussion this week.

"They discussed the unprovoked and ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and exchanged perspectives and assessments," wrote Joint Staff spokesperson U.S. Army Col. Dave Butler in a readout of the call.

"The Chairman once again reaffirmed unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Butler added.

— Amanda Macias

Vast majority of debris cleared from shopping mall hit by Russian missile

A woman mourns in front of a memorial made of flowers offered to the civilian victims nearby a shopping mall targeted by a missile strike in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, June 30th, 2022.
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Ukraine's emergency services said on the Telegram messaging platform that approximately 88% of the debris from a Russian rocket attack on a shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk has been cleared.

The service said that 19 people were killed in the strike on Amstor shopping mall, 64 people were injured and 26 people were hospitalized.

Charred goods in a grocery store of the destroyed Amstor mall in Kremenchuk, on June 28, 2022, one day after it was hit by a Russian missile strike, according to Ukrainian authorities.
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On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Telegram that more than 1,000 people were inside at the time of the Russian rocket attack, according to an NBC News report.

"This is not an off-target missile strike, this is a calculated Russian strike — exactly at this shopping mall," Zelenskyy said during his Monday evening address.

— Amanda Macias

Ukraine foreign minister says Kyiv filed claim with world court over Russia's war

A war crimes prosecutor (C) and a rescuer (R) and a civil, look at a destroyed building after being hit by a missile strike in the Ukrainian town of Serhiivka, near Odessa, killing at least 18 people and injuring 30, on July 1, 2022.
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Kyiv submitted a filing to the International Court of Justice related to Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine.

"Ukraine submitted a major filing at the ICJ. We prove that Russia violated the Genocide Convention by justifying its aggression with a false pretext of a 'genocide' that never was," Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

"A critical step to hold Russia accountable and make Russia pay for the harm it has inflicted," he added.

The UN's 1948 Genocide Convention, to which Russia is a signatory, aims to prevent genocide and other atrocities committed during the Second World War.

 — Amanda Macias

More than 8.4 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia's war began

A man holds his child as families, who fled Ukraine due to the Russian invasion, wait to enter a refugee camp in the Moldovan capital Chisinau on March 3, 2022.
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Since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, more than 8.4 million people have fled across the country's borders.

More than 5.4 million people have registered for temporary refugee protection or similar safeguards in Europe, according to the latest data complied by the United Nations.

"Millions of refugees from Ukraine have crossed borders into neighboring countries and many more have been forced to move inside the country," UN researchers wrote in a report.

Here's a look at where Ukrainian refugees have fled:

Individual refugees from Ukraine recorded across Europe
Individual refugees from Ukraine recorded across Europe

 — Amanda Macias

NATO members are increasing investment to the alliance

A naval exercise led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, and executed by the NATO Naval Striking and Support Forces, in the Baltic Sea on June 6, 2022. Russia's onslaught in Ukraine is almost certain to eclipse other security concerns at NATO's Madrid summit this week.
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NATO members are increasing their investment in the military alliance following Russia's late-February invasion of Ukraine.

In July 2018, only five NATO allies met the 2% GDP spending goal set at the 2014 NATO summit in Wales.

Today, nine allies meet those terms.

NATO

The alliance's newest members, Sweden and Finland, are currently not included in the latest defense expenditure data compiled by NATO.

 — Amanda Macias

Schools in Kyiv will reopen for classes in September, city officials say

Schools in the capital city of Kyiv will reopen for students on September 1, the city's authorities said, the first return to in-person teaching since Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24. Classes since then had switched to being online and then stopped for the summer break.

The most important priority is "the safety of students and teachers," said Olena Fidanyan, the head of Kyiv's education and science department, quoted by AFP.

A soldier inspects a damaged classroom on May 8, 2022, in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine. Most of the region remains Russian occupied.
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Areas around the schools will be inspected for bombs, and school bomb shelters will be restocked with basic provisions like water and medicine, she said. Schools will also carry out training for both students and teachers on air-raid alert procedures. Students who fled Kyiv and are unable to return can still attend classes remotely, education officials said.

— Natasha Turak

Russian farmers create giant "Z" symbol in a field in support of Russian military

Farmers operating combines create symbols "Z" and "V" in a field in support of the Russian armed forces involved in a military conflict in Ukraine, during the start of wheat harvesting in the Rostov region.

Farmers operating combines create symbols "Z" and "V" in a field in support of the Russian armed forces involved in a military conflict in Ukraine, during the start of wheat harvesting in the Rostov region, Russia July 1, 2022. Picture taken with a drone. 
Sergey Pivovarov | Reuters
A farmer operating a combine creates symbols "Z" and "V" in a field in support of the Russian armed forces involved in a military conflict in Ukraine, during the start of wheat harvesting in the Rostov region, Russia July 1, 2022. The sign on the combine reads: "We don't abandon our people".
Sergey Pivovarov | Reuters
Farmers stand next to a combine as they create symbols "Z" and "V" in a field in support of the Russian armed forces involved in a military conflict in Ukraine, during the start of wheat harvesting in the Rostov region, Russia July 1, 2022. The sign on the combine reads: "Strength is in truth".
Sergey Pivovarov | Reuters

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