FAST FIVE: Biden Announces $625M More Ukraine Defense Aid In Zelensky Phone Call

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Biden Announces $625M More Ukraine Defense Aid In Zelensky Phone Call The White House has continued its strong stance and denunciations against Russia's “sham referendums” in Ukraine's east – now being formalized in Russian parliament – while unveiling a new $625 million security assistance package for Ukraine.

The new aid package, which brings the total defense assistance pledged by the United States since the start of the war to a whopping $16.8 billion, was announced in relation with Tuesday's phone call between President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Vince President Kamala Harris was also in on the call.  Biden and Harris vowed the US “will never recognize Russia's purported annexation of Ukrainian territory,” according to a readout.

Echoing the contents of the Biden-Zelensky call, Blinken stressed that the Russian annexation move will only strengthen Washington's resolve in supporting Ukraine:  “Recent developments from Russia's sham referenda and attempted annexation to new revelations of brutality against civilians in Ukrainian territory formerly controlled by Russia only strengthens our resolve. United with our Allies and partners from 50 nations, we are delivering the arms and equipment that Ukraine's forces are utilizing so effectively today in a successful counter-offensive to take back their lands seized illegally by Russia.” As for the ongoing counteroffensive, there are now signs that Russian frontlines in the south are being rapidly penetrated by the Ukrainian advance to recapture occupied territory.

According to a Tuesday report in The Moscow Times, “Russia's forces occupying Ukraine's southern Black Sea region of Kherson have suffered serious territorial losses to Kyiv's troops over recent days, maps published by Moscow's Defense Ministry showed Tuesday.” #Ukraine : Ukrainian forces have entered the village of Dudchany in northern #Kherson as they continue their advance south.

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