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President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are expected to sign a deal for long-term US military assistance to Ukraine on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit that begins in Italy on Thursday.

According to CNN, the deal will commit the US to 10 years of arming and training the Ukrainian military and helping build up the country’s military-industrial complex. The agreement is not expected to specify an amount that the US will spend on supporting Ukraine.

President Biden has approved the delivery of another Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The system is being pulled out of Poland and will be the second Patriot battery the US has sent to Ukraine. It could be deployed to the frontlines within the next several days. Germany and the Netherlands have also provided Ukraine with one Patriot missile system each and are in talks to supply a second.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) says he was just notified that his name, along with many others in Congress, is on a secret “enemies list” compiled by the Ukrainian government.

The regime of Volodymyr Zelensky considers Banks and the other names on the list to be unfriendly because of their opposition to more funding and weapons being sent to Kiev.

“To make matters worse,” Banks wrote in a tweet, “this list was published on a database that received funding from the U.S. government.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the alliance was discussing the “adaption” of its nuclear arsenal to the “current security environment” amid soaring tensions with Russia.

He listed two examples of NATO’s “adaptation,” the Netherlands acquiring F-35 fighter jets that could drop US nuclear weapons stored in the country and the US modernizing its nuclear warheads that are deployed across Europe.

Hungary has agreed not to block NATO military aid to Ukraine, but it will not help either, the military alliance’s chief says.

After meetings with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Budapest on Wednesday that he “accepts” the position of the Central European country not to participate in NATO efforts for Ukraine.

US President Joe Biden and European leaders are liable for war crimes in Gaza and Ukraine and could face prosecution.

That’s the assessment of internationally renowned legal expert Alfred de Zayas and a collective of jurists at the Geneva International Research Peace Institute.

The plutocracy believes that afterwards they can buy the whole thing for a pittance while flies are still laying eggs in European carcasses.

So Le Petit Roi in Paris was predictably crushed in the European polls. He has called parliamentary snap elections, dissolving the Assemblée Nationale in an act of blind, puerile revenge on French citizens, de facto attacking French institutional democracy.

During a press conference at the so-called Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky called on his countrymen to return to Ukraine, ostensibly to help “rebuild” the country.

Russia in 2023, despite the sanctions, retained the second place among the largest gold producers in the world with an output of 322 tons according to average estimates, RIA Novosti calculated according to relevant national ministries and associations.

In accordance with the decision of President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, the second phase of the exercises with non-strategic nuclear forces has started. During this phase, issues related to the joint training of military units of the Russian Armed Forces and Belarus for the operational use of non-strategic nuclear weapons will be addressed.