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BIDEN VISITS KIEV IN SHOW OF SUPPORT
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with Ukrainian leaders Tuesday in a show of support for the new government. Speaking in the capital’s Parliament building, Biden said the U.S. stood with Ukraine in the face of “humiliating threats,” the BBC reports. Earlier, a phone conversation between Biden and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, resulted in both sides blaming each other over the conflict, according to Russia’s RTnetwork.

  • Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government and the U.S. State Department have released photographs of soldiers in eastern Ukraine they claim are Russian special forces fighters. One photo allegedly shows a bearded Russian soldier in Georgia in 2008 and again in the Ukrainian cities of Kramatorsk and in Sloviansk in 2014. Read more from The New York Times.

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A teenager in Borodyanka, Ukraine swings in front of destroyed homes. Ukraine has been defending itself against such destruction since the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.

McKenna Johnson, Joel Silvestri, Lisa Berdet and Lila Paulou

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Welcome to Thursday, where France’s Macron, Germany’s Scholz and Italy’s Draghi all arrive in Kyiv, the EU secures a deal to wean itself off Russian gas, there’s sign of LGBTQ+ progress in Thailand and data warns about Tesla driver-assisted cars crashing. Meanwhile, for Ukraine media Livy Bereg, Oleksandr Detsyk analyzes the tricky art of hitting Russia with the right sanctions so as not to trigger a global economic crisis.

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Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

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