US Pledges Another $150 Million As Ukraine Aid

Story Highlights
  • UNSC drops ‘war’, ‘invasion’ from first statement, terms it a ‘dispute’
  • Path of diplomacy, dialogue should be the only viable option.
  • Fiji court rules Russian yacht to stay in South Pacific nation

Russia-Ukraine Crisis: The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted its first statement on Ukraine expressing “strong support” for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ efforts to find a peaceful solution to the 10-week “dispute.” The short presidential statement approved at a very brief council meeting that it’s not a “war,” “conflict” or “invasion” as many council members call Russia’s ongoing military action, or a “special military operation” as Moscow refers to it.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has authorised the shipment of another $150 million in military assistance for Ukraine for artillery rounds and radar systems in its fight against Russia’s invading forces. A US official said the latest tranche of assistance includes 25,000 155mm artillery rounds, counter-artillery radars, jamming equipment, field equipment and spare parts.

In other news, many Indian students pursuing medical courses in Ukraine, who returned home following the invasion, seem to be uncertain about going back to their universities. A number of these medical students have told that some teachers and locals allegedly hold it against them that New Delhi has not supported Ukraine in this Russia-waged war.

The path of diplomacy and dialogue should be the only viable option for addressing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and no solution can be reached by shedding blood, India has said, as it reiterated its deep concern at the worsening situation in the East European country. A Fiji court has ruled that the $300 million yacht allegedly owned by Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov and seized by the United States must remain in Fiji for now.

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