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Vladimir Zelensky has instructed Ukrainian officials to publicly criticize US President Joe Biden for not attending the upcoming “peace summit” in Switzerland, the Financial Times has reported, citing documents from Kiev.

Neither Biden nor his VP Kamala Harris is scheduled to attend the gathering in Lucerne, where Kiev hopes to win non-Western countries to its “peace formula” for resolving the conflict with Russia. 

According to FT, the Ukrainian leader specifically instructed MPs and officials in a May 26 memo to “pile public pressure” on Biden, as well as Chinese President Xi Jinping, for not attending the summit.

“It is unlikely that the world will understand President Biden and President Xi if they do not join in the realization of such undeniably just goals and [in] bringing peace closer,” said the memo, as quoted by the outlet.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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US President Joe Biden has given Kiev permission to use American weapons to hit targets in the part of Russia bordering Ukraine’s Kharkov Region, a US official told Politico on Thursday. 

Update: the White House later confirmed the decision in a written statement to multiple media outlets.

“The president recently directed his team to ensure that Ukraine is able to use US weapons for counter-fire purposes in Kharkov so Ukraine can hit back at Russian forces hitting them or preparing to hit them,” the official said.

According to Politico, this decision was “secretly” communicated to Kiev some time before its official confirmation.

In practice, Biden’s direction will allow Ukrainian forces to use long-range American weapons – but not the ATACMS missiles quietly being shipped to Kiev since early April – to attack a band of Russian territory bordering Kharkov Region, where Russia recently seized dozens of towns and villages.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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As the Israeli genocide against the people of Palestine continues unabated, the regime's military forces are waging an increasingly violent killing spree against displaced Gazans seeking refuge in Rafah in the south of the blockaded territory.

In the latest massacre, dozens of men, women and children were murdered in their tents by Israeli occupation forces while they were asleep.

That has sparked renewed outrage at Israel with protests once more engulfing the British capital London.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) says two of its employees were killed in a "deliberate" airstrike by Israel on an ambulance in the Gaza Strip’s southern city of Rafah.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the PRCS said paramedics Haitham Tubasi and Suhail Hassouna were killed while on duty after Israeli forces “deliberately bombed” their ambulance in Tal al-Sultan area, west of Rafah.

It added that the ambulance bore the internationally protected Red Crescent emblem.

The Gaza Health Ministry said the paramedics were on their way to retrieve bodies and wounded people.

It also condemned the attack as a “heinous crime,” saying it confirmed the Israeli military’s “intention to annihilate” Gaza’s health system.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Donald Trump has become the first former US president to be convicted on criminal charges.

The real estate mogul, former commander-in-chief and presumptive Republican 2024 presidential nominee was found guilty on all counts Thursday by a jury of 12 Manhattanites in the unprecedented criminal prosecution of an ex-president.

When asked to read the verdict on count one of the indictment, the foreman calmly stood up and said, “guilty.”

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Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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