Russia says it has sent 900 Ukrainian soldiers to prison camp; U.S. reopens embassy in Kyiv

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Ukraine’s presidential advisory says the war is unlikely to end by fall

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The war in Ukraine is likely to continue through the summer and possibly beyonddespite signs that some parts of the country are returning to some normalcy, Ukraine’s presidential advisor Oleksii Arestovych said, NBC News cited.

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“It is quite clear to me that this war is unlikely to end by the fall,” Arestovich said on Ukrainian TV, according to NBC News.

This comes as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy seeks to extend martial law for another 90 days, NBC News reported.

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Since the war started on Feb. 24, martial law has been extended twice, with the current order set to end on May 25.

— Chelsea Ong

Biden optimistic about Finland and Sweden joining NATO, despite Turkey’s concerns

US President Joe Biden sounded optimistic that Turkey can be persuaded to support Finland and Sweden in their bids to join NATO.

“I think we’re gonna be okay,” Biden told reporters when asked if he could convince Turkey to change its mind.

Biden’s remark came two days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubled down on his country’s opposition to the two new candidates for the international security alliance.

The White House nevertheless echoed Biden’s optimization at a press briefing.

“We’re confident that at the end of the day, Finland and Sweden will have an effective and efficient accession process, [and] that Turkey’s concerns can be addressed,” said Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan.

He noted that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in talks with his Turkish counterpart. “We feel very good about where this will track to,” Sullivan said.

, Kevin Breuninger

US reopens embassy in Kyiv after closing it for three months

The US reopened its embassy in Kyiv after closing it for three months before and during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“When we suspended operations at the embassy, ​​we made the point clear: while we would relocate US embassy personnel for their safety and security, this would in no way prevent our engagement with and support for, the Ukrainian people, government and civil society as well as our allies and partners,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote in a statement.

As it raised the American flag over the compound, the US became the latest Western country to resume diplomatic operations in Kyiv.

Blinken said the US enhanced security measures and protocols at the embassy ahead of the reopening and return of American diplomats.

— Amanda Macias


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