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08 April 2022 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Defense Official Says Conflict in Ukraine's Donbas Region Could Be 'Knife Fight' DoD News 08 Apr 2022 -- The fight for eastern Ukraine will be a "knife fight," as both sides are familiar with the terrain, population centers and access routes, a senior defense official said today.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Slovakia's Minister of Defense Jaroslav Nad' DoD 08 Apr 2022
- Statement from the President on Delivery of Air Defense Systems to Ukraine The White House 08 Apr 2022
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Slovakia and U.S. Allied Cooperation in Support of Ukraine DoD 08 Apr 2022 -- "I salute the generosity of the Slovak government in providing an S-300 air defense system - a critical defensive capability - to Ukraine. It's a strong testament to how determined Ukraine's neighbors are to help the Ukrainians defend themselves against Russia's unprovoked invasion of their homeland."
- U.S. To Send Patriot Air-Defense System To Slovakia After Its Donation Of S-300 To Ukraine RFE/RL 08 Apr 2022 -- U.S. President Joe Biden has thanked Slovakia for donating its Soviet-era S-300 air-defense system to Ukraine and said it will be replaced with a U.S.-made Patriot system.
- US to Deploy One Patriot Missile System in Slovakia, Pentagon Chief Announces Sputnik 08 Apr 2022 -- While NATO has said it will not become militarily involved in Ukraine, including refusing to set up a no-fly zone, it has rushed to flood the country with weapons, including man-portable weapons and larger weapons systems. Some former Soviet allies have also considered sending their Soviet-made equipment for Ukraine to use.
- Bills Signed: H.R. 6968 and H.R. 7108 The White House 08 Apr 2022
- U.S. Congress Votes To End Favorable Trade Status For Products From Russia, Belarus RFE/RL 08 Apr 2022 -- The U.S. Congress has voted overwhelmingly to remove favorable trade status for goods from Russia and Belarus and to ban the import of Russian oil and other energy products.
- US imposes more restrictions on Russia and Belarus Press TV 08 Apr 2022 -- The United States has banned more exports from Russia and Belarus, restricting access to imports of items such as fertilizer and pipe valves, ratcheting up Washington's offensive against Moscow and Minsk over the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.
- Commerce Announces Addition of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland to Global Export Controls Coalition US Dept. of Commerce 08 Apr 2022 -- This Latest Action Expands and Enhances Global Coalition Standing with the Ukrainian People Against Russian Aggression
- Further support for Ukraine Australia DOD 08 Apr 2022 -- The Australian Government will provide further support to the Government of Ukraine by gifting 20 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles, including two ambulance variants, to aid the Government of Ukraine's response to Russia's unrelenting and illegal aggression. Australia's response follows a direct request from President Zelenskyy during his address to the Australian Parliament on 31 March 2022.
- UK to bolster defensive aid to Ukraine with new Â£100m package UK MOD 08 Apr 2022 -- The new support will include more anti-tank missiles and air defence systems, as well as loitering munitions and non-lethal aid like helmets, body armour and night vision goggles
- Facing Russian aggression with great unity Germany - Federal Government 08 Apr 2022 -- Meeting in 10 Downing Street: Prime Minister Johnson welcomed the Federal Chancellor to his official residence in London. The talks focused on the invasion of Ukraine.
- Statement by President von der Leyen with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy at the occasion of the President's visit to Kyiv European Commission 08 Apr 2022
- European Parliament President Warns: 'If Ukraine Falls, We All Fall' RFE/RL 08 Apr 2022 -- The war in Ukraine is a test of whether the European Parliament can show courage and leadership and act as a strong defender of democracy, the legislature's president, Roberta Metsola, has told RFE/RL's Georgian Service.
- 'Your Fight Is Our Fight': Von Der Leyen Assures Kyiv Of Support For Its EU Bid After Touring Bucha RFE/RL 08 Apr 2022 -- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has told Ukraine the European Union is by its side and will continue to support Kyiv by making Russian President Vladimir Putin pay a "heavy price" for his war.
- Ukraine: EU agrees fifth package of restrictive measures against Russia European Commission 08 Apr 2022 -- The European Commission welcomes today's agreement by the Council to adopt a fifth package of restrictive measures against Putin's regime in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people.
- 'Freeze and Seize Task Force': Almost â‚¬30 billion of assets of Russian and Belarussian oligarchs and entities frozen by the EU so far European Commission 08 Apr 2022 -- Today, the 'Freeze and Seize Task Force' is meeting with US and Ukrainian representatives to discuss international cooperation on the enforcement of sanctions.
- EU Approves Fifth Sanctions Package Against Moscow, Including Ban On Russian Coal RFE/RL 08 Apr 2022 -- The European Union has agreed on a fifth package of sanctions against Russia for its unprovoked war against Ukraine, including measures banning the import of coal and closing off EU ports from Russian vessels.
- UK sanctions target the lavish lifestyles of Putin's daughters UK FCDO 08 Apr 2022 -- New UK sanctions target the daughters of President Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
- Britain continues to follow US lead on sanctions, imposes penalties on Putin's daughters Press TV 08 Apr 2022 -- Britain has again followed the lead of the US, announcing the imposition of sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin's daughters as well as on the daughter of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
- Amid Russia-Ukraine War, Turkey Worries About Floating Mines in Black Sea VOA 08 Apr 2022 -- As Turkish military dive teams this week safely defused their third floating naval mine in Turkish waters since March 26, some maritime experts said the explosives still pose a threat to Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait.
- Ukraine crisis: the world can still contain the impact on global food security with the right policies, FAO Director-General says FAO 08 Apr 2022 -- The war in Ukraine will impact consumers across the world as the resulting increases in the price of food, energy and fertilizers put the next global harvests at risk, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, warned today.
- Hunger in West Africa reaches record high in a decade as the region faces an unprecedented crisis exacerbated by Russia-Ukraine conflict WFP 08 Apr 2022 -- The number of women, men and children affected by a food and nutrition crisis in West and Central Africa is expected to reach a new record high in June 2022 - quadrupling in just three years from 10.7 million in 2019 to 41 million in 2022 - unless appropriate measures are urgently taken, reveals the Cadre HarmonisÃ© food security analysis released in March 2022.
- Ukraine war drives international food prices to 'new all-time high' UN News 08 Apr 2022 -- Global food prices have reached "a new all-time high," the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said on Friday, "hitting the poorest the hardest."
- Global Food Prices Soar Amid Ukraine War VOA 08 Apr 2022 -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said Friday the food price index rose a record 12.6% from February to March, in part due to shocks from the war in Ukraine.
- Experts: Nigeria Must Push for More Gas Exports During Ukraine Crisis VOA 08 Apr 2022 -- Russia's invasion of Ukraine has Europe shunning Russian energy sources, and African oil and gas exporters like Nigeria are hoping to step in. But Nigeria's petroleum minister said this week that shareholders in Nigeria's largest natural gas company were blocking efforts to boost the country's exports to European customers.
- The Politician Who Could Be NATO's First Female Chief Says Putin Lost The Ukraine War Before It Even Started RFE/RL 08 Apr 2022 -- Estonia's president between 2016 and 2021, Kersti Kaljulaid has been tipped as a front-runner to be the next secretary-general of NATO, in what would be the military alliance's first female head.
- Day 44: EU slaps new sanctions on Russia, including coal embargo Press TV 08 Apr 2022 -- European Union countries on Thursday agreed to impose a coal embargo on Russia as part of the fifth round of sanctions against the country over its military operation in Ukraine.
- Vietnam's vote for Russia on UN council could damage campaign to lead it Radio Free Asia 08 Apr 2022 -- Vietnam's vote against a U.S.-led resolution to remove Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday likely ends any hope Hanoi had to lead the body, one analyst told RFA.
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