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Ukraine war: Russian missile attack targets Kyiv

Attacks on KyivUkraine has intercepted 31 missiles launched by Russia at Kyiv overnight, Ukraine's air force said.

At least 17 people, including a child, were injured by falling debris, four of whom are in hospital, authorities said.

It is the largest Russian attack in weeks and follows a vow from Moscow for revenge over recent attacks by Ukraine on its border regions.

The attack prompted Ukraine's President Zelensky to renew his call for more military aid from Western allies.

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EU leaders call for Gaza cease-fire amid ‘humanitarian tragedy’

EU leaders call for Gaza cease fire

After 166 days of Israel’s retaliatory airstrikes and ground operations in Gaza, EU leaders called for a cease-fire, showcasing unanimity on the matter for the first time since October.

The 27 European Union countries have been divided on Israel’s war in Gaza and have failed to show a united front until now. Some countries, such as Germany, have shifted their position on calling for a cease-fire.

In the end, it was the news that the U.S. will propose a resolution at the UN Security Council on Friday calling for a cease-fire that appeared to move the dial in Europe at a summit in Brussels.

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Ukraine's survival is in danger, Pentagon chief warns; Putin could make China his first visit of new term

Ukraine updates

Ukraine's survival is at stake amid an ongoing funding impasse in the U.S. Congress, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned Tuesday, stating that additional aid for Ukraine was a matter of "honor" for the United States.

"Today, Ukraine's survival is in danger and America's security is at risk. They don't have a day to waste, and we don't have a day to spare either," Austin said at a press conference after a meeting of the Ukraine defense contact group meeting at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Tuesday, with representatives from Ukraine and around 50 allied countries attending.

"I leave here today fully determined to keep U.S. security assistance and ammunition flowing. And that's a matter of survival and sovereignty for Ukraine. And it's a matter of honor and security for America. And make no mistake, Putin is watching. The world is watching and history is watching," Austin said.

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Dozens of former U.S. officials urge Biden to take harder line with Israel

Ex officials want Biden to take a harder stance against IsrarelNearly 70 former U.S. officials, diplomats and military officers on Wednesday urged President Joe Biden to warn Israel of serious consequences if it denies civil rights and basic necessities to Palestinians and expands settlement activity in the occupied West Bank.

"The United States must be willing to take concrete action to oppose" such practices, the group said in an open letter to Biden, "including restrictions on provision of (U.S.) assistance (to Israel) consistent with U.S. law and policy."
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Canadian freeze on new arms export permits to Israel to stay

Canadian Foreign Minister JolyCanada has not approved new arms export permits to Israel since Jan. 8 and the freeze will continue until Ottawa can ensure the weapons are used in accordance with Canadian law, the government said on Wednesday.

Export permits that were approved before Jan. 8 remain in effect, the office of Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said in an emailed statement.
The political survival of Canada's minority Liberal government depends on support from the left-leaning New Democrats, who are calling for a tougher line with Israel over the Gaza conflict.
"Canada has one of the most rigorous export permit regimes in the world. There are no open permits for exports of lethal goods to Israel," the statement said.
"Since January 8th, the government has not approved new arms export permits to Israel and this will continue until we can ensure full compliance with our export regime."

Netanyahu tells Republicans Gaza war will continue, days after Schumer speech

Netanyahu: war will continueIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Republican senators on Wednesday that Israel will continue its efforts to defeat the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, senators told reporters after he addressed a party lunch.

"He's going to do what he said he's going to do. He's going to finish it," Senator Jim Risch said.
The conservative Israeli leader spoke to Republicans via videolink nearly a week after the Senate's Democratic majority leader, Chuck Schumer, gave a Senate speech branding Netanyahu an obstacle to peace and urging new elections in Israel.
Wednesday's meeting underscored the politicization of Washington's Israel policy. Netanyahu has long been aligned with Republicans, who accuse Schumer of seeking to overthrow the Israeli leader.

Ukraine war briefing: put all seized Russian earnings into the fight, EU leaders told

Ukrainian osoldieer on the frontline

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says that he will propose that the EU use 90 percent of the revenues from Russian assets frozen in Europe to buy arms for Ukraine via the European Peace Facility fund.

The EU's top diplomat told reporters in Brussels on March 19 that he would propose that the remaining 10 percent be transferred to the EU budget to be used to boost the capacity of the Ukrainian defense industry.

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