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Ukraine's allies promise more aid; Kyiv presses for fighter jets

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NATO leaders met in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss providing further military aid to Ukraine, including potentially heeding President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's calls for fighter jets.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said ahead of the meeting that the military alliance planned to increase its ammunition stockpile targets as Kyiv is burning through shells at a rapid rate.

Stoltenberg also noted that its was more important that Finland and Sweden's applications to join NATO were ratified quickly than approved at the same time.

A Ukrainian serviceman of the State Border Guard Service demonstrates a drone with a mimic grenade in Bakhmut as the eastern city comes under renewed attack.
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Meantime, NATO member Norway agreed to send eight German-made Leopard 2 battle tanks and other equipment to Ukraine to aid in the war with Russia.

The Kremlin criticized NATO's continued involvement in the conflict Tuesday, saying the alliance was showing "hostility" toward Moscow every day.

That comes as key parts of Ukraine come under renewed assault, with the eastern city of Bakhmut in particular facing heavy fire.

Britain's Ministry of Defense said Tuesday that forces belonging to Russia's mercenary Wagner Group have likely made further small gains around the northern outskirts of the city, including into the village of Krasna Hora.

Pentagon awards Northrop Grumman Army contract for more ammunition

A howitzer, belonging to Ukrainian artillery battery attached to the 59th Mechanized Brigade, shoots-off to target the points controlled by Russian troops in order to support to the Ukrainian army as Russia-Ukraine war continues in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine on November 05, 2022.
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The Pentagon awarded Northrop Grumman and Global Military Products Inc., a contract worth more than $522 million for the manufacture and delivery of 155 mm artillery ammunition. The U.S. Army contract is funded by the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.

"This is an example of the Army's continued commitment to continue working closely with industry to support the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and award replacement contracts as quickly as possible, using undefinitized contract actions, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts, and other tools that accelerate acquisition timelines," the Pentagon wrote in a statement.

— Amanda Macias

Two ships leave Ukrainian ports under Black Sea Grain Initiative

Ships, including those carrying grain from Ukraine and awaiting inspections, are seen anchored off the Istanbul coastline on November 02, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Two vessels carrying more than 81,000 metric tons of grain and other food products have left Ukrainian ports, the organization overseeing the export of agricultural products from the country said.

The ships are destined for China and India and are carrying sunflower oil and sunflower meal.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative, a deal brokered in July among Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations, eased Russia's naval blockade and saw three key Ukrainian ports reopen.

So far, more than 700 ships have sailed from Ukrainian ports.

— Amanda Macias

NATO chief vows to 'step up and sustain support' for Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said members of the alliance will "step up and sustain" support for Ukraine as Russia's war nears its one-year mark.

"Moscow underestimated Ukraine's bravery and NATO unity," Stoltenberg wrote in a tweet following a meeting of NATO defense ministers.

"We will step up & sustain our support for as long as it takes," he added.

— Amanda Macias

U.S. State Department says it is 'always looking' for people who may be responsible for war crimes in Ukraine

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks during the release of the "2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" at the State Department in Washington, DC, March 30, 2021.
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The U.S. State Department said a new report identified Russian officials, previously not sanctioned by the U.S., who are affiliated with a Kremlin program that abducts Ukrainian children and places them into camps.

"We are always looking for individuals who may be responsible for war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine," State Department spokesman Ned Price said following the report's publication.

The 35-page report compiled by the Conflict Observatory and Yale University's Humanitarian Research Lab said Russian forces have relocated at least 6,000 Ukrainian children to more than 40 camps and facilities since the start of the war.

The authors of the reports said that all levels of the Russian government are involved in the expansive program.

— Amanda Macias

Ukraine's prime minister says Kyiv has raised more than $2 billion in financial support this month

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., address the media in the U.S. Capitol before a bipartisan meeting with Congressional leaders on the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, April 21, 2022.
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that his country is on track to raise more than $2 billion from the United States, the World Bank and other donors this month.

"I would like to thank our international partners for their continued financial assistance. In January, we received $4.2 billion from the European Union and the United States," Shmyhal said during a government meeting, according to an NBC News translation.

"We need these funds for critical expenses: financing salaries, pensions, and health care," he added.

— Amanda Macias

Ukrainians begin to rebuild destroyed homes in Bucha

Workers rebuild a damaged house in Bucha, near Kyiv, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Workers rebuild a damaged house on Vokzalna street in Bucha, near Kyiv, on February 14, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Workers rebuild a damaged house on Vokzalna street in Bucha, near Kyiv, on February 14, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Workers rebuild a damaged house on Vokzalna street in Bucha, near Kyiv, on February 14, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Workers rebuild a damaged house on Vokzalna street in Bucha, near Kyiv, on February 14, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Russian forces have relocated at least 6,000 Ukrainian children to camps since start of war, new report says

Russian forces have moved at least 6,000 Ukrainian children to camps and facilities across Russia for forced adoptions and military training, according to a new report.

The allegations detailed in the 35-page report, entitled "Russia's systematic program for the re-education and adoption of Ukraine's children," such as the abduction or detention of children, may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity.

The report, which took more than a year to produce, outlines the Kremlin's systematic efforts to abduct children, prevent their return to Ukraine and "re-educate" them to become pro-Russia.

Researchers identified a network of at least 43 camps and facilities where Russian authorities hold Ukrainian children. The youngest child at the adoption camp is four-months-old.

Read the full story here.

— Amanda Macias

Zelenskyy thanks Canada's top diplomat for Leopard 2 tanks

Boris Pistorius, Germany's defense minister, rides in a Leopard 2 A6 battle tank during a presentation by the German Army Panzer Battalion 203 in Augustdorf, Germany, on Feb. 1, 2023.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly for Ottawa's decision to provide Kyiv with Leopard 2 tanks.

"You help us not only on the battlefield but also financially, in the energy sector. I also want to note the political support of Ukraine, in particular at the United Nations," Zelenskyy told Joly, according to a readout provided by Kyiv.

"Your support for the Ukrainian army is invaluable in these turbulent times for us," Zelenksyy said.

He also thanked Joly for visiting his war-weary country.

— Amanda Macias

International community will support Ukraine until Putin ends his war, Milley says