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EU sanctions on Iran “regrettable, unlawful”: Top diplomat

European Union sanction announced following Iran's missile and drone attack against Israel is "unfortunate and illegal" because Tehran was acting in self-defence, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has said.

Russia claims Ukraine has lost almost half a million troops since start of war

Ukrainian military losses since February 2022 have reached almost 500,000, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu claimed on Tuesday.

Russia warns New US aid package will just kill more Ukrainians

Washington’s $61 billion pledge to Kiev will make little difference on the battlefield, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said, adding it will lead to new casualties among Ukrainians.

Iranian FM says EU sanctions ‘regrettable’

The Iranian foreign minister says the European Union’s measures against Tehran after Iran’s retaliatory operation against Israel were ‘regrettable’, arguing the Islamic republic's reaction was in self-defense.

UK announces largest-ever aid package for Ukraine

The United Kingdom has jumped on the Ukraine aid bandwagon, revealing plans to provide the largest package of British military assistance, as Washington inches closer to approving some $61 billion in new funding for Kiev.

Ukraine believes US assistance won’t stop Russian army

A new US aid package will harden Ukraine’s resistance but will not be enough to stem the tide in the conflict with Russia, officials in Kiev and military analysts have told the Financial Times.

Biden assures Zelensky US will ‘quickly provide’ security package

US President Joe Biden on Monday spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to assure him Washington will provide more aid as soon as the Senate passes the national security package, the White House announced.

EU FMs agree to expand Iran sanctions over retaliatory attacks

The EU foreign ministers agreed in principle on Monday to expand sanctions on Iran following Tehran's missile and drone attack on Israel, carried out in response to Israel's assassination of seven Iranian military advisors in Damascus.

US ‘not funding’ war in Ukraine: Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has reiterated that the United States is “not funding” war in his country, emphasizing that Washington is helping "protect democracy" throughout the region.

Global military expenditure reaches all-time high of $2,443bn in 2023: Report

World military expenditure increased by 6.8% in 2023 year-over-year and reached a new record high of $2,443 billion, with the three largest spenders being the US, China and Russia, according to new data published on Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

NATO chief says member states have military personnel in Ukraine

NATO member states have military personnel stationed at their respective embassies in Kiev performing advisory functions, the military alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has told MSNBC News.

Washington pumping Kiev with arms to protract war ‘up till last Ukrainian’: Moscow

The United States is prepared to pour weapons into Ukraine as long as necessary and spares no Ukrainian lives to make sure that its proxy continues fighting Moscow, including via terrorist attacks and killings of journalists, the Russian Foreign Ministry has stressed.

Washington to pay for confiscating Moscow’s assets: Kremlin

Russia will not leave the US decision to hand over its frozen assets to Ukraine unanswered, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. His words came after the US Congress greenlighted a potential transfer.

US House approves aid for Ukraine, Israel

US House lawmakers in both parties have joined forces to send a massive package of foreign aid to the Senate, ending a long and bitter stalemate over the fate of the legislation and all but ensuring the delivery of billions of dollars in new help to embattled allies across the globe.

Russia says foiled massive Ukrainian drone attack

Russian air defenses successfully intercepted several Ukrainian drone raids across the western part of the country overnight, destroying dozens of aircraft, the Defense Ministry announced Saturday.

EU and US sanction extremist Israeli settlers

The European Union and the United States have imposed tough new sanctions against key figures said to be behind extremist violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank.

CIA chief warns Ukraine could lose war without US boost

CIA Director Bill Burns has warned Ukraine could lose the war by the end of 2024 without more funding from the US, delivering his most specific comments yet on a possible defeat as Kyiv struggles against a much larger Russian army.

US, UK impose new sanctions on Iran over military operation against Israel

Washington and London in a coordinated move have imposed new sanctions on Iran’s drone and missile programs after Tehran's recent retaliatory attack against Israel.

Ukraine demands Israel-style security guarantees

Ukraine wants security guarantees from its Western backers similar to the level of protection that the US provides Israel with, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andrey Yermak, has stated.

NATO says members must choose Ukraine aid over own defense

Ukraine’s backers should prioritize donating weapons to Kiev over their own defense capabilities, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stated.

Ukraine can’t hold lines without ‘rapid resumption’ of US aid: Report

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has warned Russia is gaining the initiative on the battlefield and that Ukraine “cannot hold the present lines now without the rapid resumption” of US aid, highlighting the dire situation Kyiv is in while the US Congress debates sending more weapons.

US says west exploring all options on frozen Russian assets

No option has been taken off the table as the G-7 countries continue to discuss the possibility of using the Russian assets frozen by the West to aid Ukraine, Reuters has reported, citing a senior US Treasury official.

EU says working to expand Iran sanctions after strike on Israel

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has stated Brussels is starting work on expanding sanctions against Iran after Tehran’s drone and missile attack on Israel.

Italy warns Israeli retaliation for Iran military operation could lead to spiral of violence

Italy has warned that any retaliation by Israel for Iran’s missile and drone attacks over the weekend could lead to a spiral of violence, local media has reported.

Zelensky calls on West to treat Ukraine like Israel

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the collective West to become involved in the conflict with Russia and protect Kiev similar to how it aided Israel during the Iranian missile and drone attacks over the weekend.

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