Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

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Ukraine states it’s looking for to renew its export company in a quote to increase the economy

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal participating in an interview in Kyiv on March 16, 2023.

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Ukraine Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal stated the Ukrainian federal government will supply state warranties to renew its export credit company, according to Reuters.

The relocation is implied to assist domestic exporters, in addition to to increase the formerly export-led economy after more than a year of war, the report stated.

“We are intensifying the work of the export credit agency. We want as many Ukrainian businesses as possible to export their products abroad,” Shmyhal informed a federal government conference. “We see there is a demand from businesses, but many companies lack resources and need state support.”

Read the complete report from Reuters here.

— Michele Luhn

Russia’s Lavrov mentions Tucker Carlson’s Fox News termination in review of First Amendment

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov speaks throughout an interview at the U.N. on April 25 th, 2023.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov knocked the Biden administration for not releasing visas to Russian reporters taking a trip with his delegation to go to conferences with the United Nations in New York.

“We belive it is appaling what is transpiring here,” Lavrov stated throughout a press instruction at the United Nations.

“Apparently the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means nothing in practice,” he stated, including that Moscow will think about comparable steps when releasing visas to American reporters.

Lavrov then followed up with a remark on the termination of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

“Perhaps it would be useful to consider how freedom of speech is in the United States. I heard that Tucker Carlson has left Fox News,” Lavrov stated. “It’s curious news. What is this related to? One can only guess. But clearly, the wealth of views in the American information space has suffered as a result,” he mused.

— Amanda Macias

Russia opens its own version of a KFC dining establishment inMoscow

Visitors consume their meal in the Russian variation of a previous KFC’s dining establishment, now Rostic’s, throughout the opening event in Moscow on April 25,2023 The Russian version of KFC opened its very first dining establishment in Moscow on April 25, 2023 after the American junk food chain left the nation over the Kremlin’s offensives in Ukraine.

An worker stands at the entryway of the Russian variation of a previous KFC’s dining establishment, now Rostic’s throughout the opening event in Moscow on April 25,2023

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A visitor gets an order in the Russian variation of a previous KFC’s dining establishment, now Rostic’s throughout the opening event in Moscow on April 25,2023

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This picture handled April 25, 2023 reveals the french fries, chicken wings and soda in the Russian variation of a previous KFC’s dining establishment, now Rostic’s throughout the opening event inMoscow

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This picture handled April 25, 2023 reveals the french fries and beer in the Russian variation of a previous KFC’s dining establishment, now Rostic’s throughout the opening event inMoscow

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Visitors consume their meal in the Russian variation of a previous KFC’s dining establishment, now Rostic’s throughout the opening event in Moscow on April 25, 2023.

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UN chief will take a trip to D.C. to consult with Blinken and U.S. legislators

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks throughout a press conference after his conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, April 26,2022

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to consult with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Guterres is likewise slated to consult with U.S. legislators, consisting of House management, U.N. Secretary-General spokesperson Stephane Dujarric stated throughout a day-to-day press instruction. Dujarric decreased to elaborate on what Guterres’ would go over while in Washington however included that the conferences would be a chance to upgrade U.S. authorities on a host of matters.

The conferences in D.C. begin the heels of Guterres’ conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the U.N. head office in New York.

— Amanda Macias

Russia convicts ex-police officer for slamming war

Russia has actually founded guilty a previous law enforcement officer who had actually slammed the war in Ukraine to his pals over the phone, according to the Associated Press.

Semiel Vedel was sentenced Monday to 7 years in jail for openly spreading out incorrect details about the nation’s military, according to the report. He was founded guilty under a law the Kremlin passed quickly after Russia attacked Ukraine that penalizes dissenters for speaking up versus the war.

The case district attorney in Vedel’s trial stated Vedel called Russia a “murderer country,” utilized “Glory to Ukraine” as a welcoming and stated Russia was suffering “huge losses” in Ukraine, according to the AP.

In an initially, Russian authorities identified that the telephone call were public since Vedel’s phone was wiretapped and a detective had actually been eavesdroping on the calls.

In his defense, Ukrainian- born Vedel stated he was sharing details he obtained from relied on pals in the Kyiv cops department, the report stated.

Read the complete report from the Associated Press here.

— Michele Luhn

Ukrainian soldiers on the frontline in Donetsk Oblast

A view of life on the frontlines as Ukrainian soldiers continue to fight Russian forces near Bakhmut.

Ukrainian soldiers are seen at their weapons position on Donetsk frontline as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Ukrainian soldiers are seen at their weapons position on Donetsk frontline as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Ukrainian soldiers fire weapons on Donetsk frontline as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Ukrainian soldiers of the 80 th brigade at their weapons position in the instructions of Bakhmut as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Ukrainian soldier of the 80 th brigade on a weapons lorry in the instructions of Bakhmut as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Ukrainian soldiers fire weapons on Donetsk frontline as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Ukrainian soldiers of the 80 th brigade in a trench in the instructions of Bakhmut as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24, 2023.

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Ukrainian soldier of the 80 th brigade in a trench in the instructions of Bakhmut as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24, 2023.

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Ukrainian soldiers of the 80 th brigade at their weapons position in the Bakhmut as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Ukrainian soldier of the 80 th brigade on a weapons lorry in the instructions of Bakhmut as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Ukrainian soldiers are seen at their weapons position on Donetsk frontline as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Ukrainian soldiers are seen at their weapons position on Donetsk frontline as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Ukrainian soldiers are seen at their weapons position on Donetsk frontline as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Ukrainian soldiers are seen at their weapons position on Donetsk frontline as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on April 24,2023

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Three ships leave Ukraine under Black Sea Grain Initiative

Grain passage traffic seen from Istanbul on April 18, 2023 in Istanbul,Turkey

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Three ships bring 128,640 metric lots of wheat left Ukraine’s Chornomorsk and Odesa ports.

Two ships are predestined for Spain and the 3rd is headed to Ethiopia.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative, an offer brokered last July in between Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations, alleviated Russia’s marine blockade and saw 3 secret Ukrainian ports resume. Russia has formerly stated that it would not acknowledge an extension of the offer, which might end in mid-May

— Amanda Macias

UN states a minimum of 8,500 eliminated in Ukraine considering that start of war

A lady positions a container of food atop the tomb of her kid in the soldier’s area of a cemetery on March 07, 2023 in Kharkiv,Ukraine Last February, Russia’s military attacked Ukraine from 3 sides and introduced airstrikes throughout the nation.

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The United Nations has actually validated more than 8,574 civilian deaths and 14,441 injuries in Ukraine considering that Russia attacked its ex-Soviet next-door neighbor more than a year back.

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights stated the death toll in Ukraine is likely greater since the armed dispute can postpone casualty reports.

The global company stated the majority of the civilian casualties tape-recorded were brought on by making use of explosive weapons with a broad effect location, consisting of shelling from heavy weapons and several launch rocket systems, in addition to rockets and airstrikes.

— Amanda Macias

Russia’s Lavrov will hold a press instruction at the UN

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov holds an interview throughout the 77 th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at U.N. head office on September 24, 2022 in New York City.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is slated to hold a press instruction at the United Nations while he remains in town chairing conferences prior to the Security Council.

The press instruction is slated for 1 p.m. ET.

Lavrov dealt with blistering criticism for the Kremlin’s continuous war in Ukraine throughout his very first day commanding the Security Council.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who sat beside Lavrov throughout the conference, slammed Russia’s war, stating it remained in infraction of the United Nations Charter and global law.

The dispute, he stated, was “causing massive suffering and devastation to the country and its people and adding to the global economic dislocation triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Barbara Woodward stated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine has actually brought “unimaginable suffering to that country while trampling on the U.N. Charter.”

“Thousands of Ukrainians have been killed and millions have been displaced,” she stated, including that billions of individuals worldwide are feeling the impact of greater energy costs and food insecurity since of the Kremlin’s continuous dispute.

Read the complete story here.

— Amanda Macias

Second death validated after Russian rocket strike on museum

Ukraine’s emergency situation services validated the death of a 2nd female Tuesday afternoon following a Russian rocket strike on a museum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kupiansk.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated earlier Tuesday that Russian forces struck a history museum in Kupyansk, eliminating a single person, wounding 10 others and burying some under debris.

Zelenskyy’s chief of personnel and the local guv stated the structure was struck with a Russian S-300 rocket.

Russia did not instantly talk about the attack.

Kupiansk, which depends on the Kharkiv area, was inhabited for months by Russian forces following Moscow’s major intrusion, however they were eliminated in September 2022 in a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

— Karen Gilchrist

Sweden expels 5 Russian diplomats

Sweden’s Foreign Ministry stated Tuesday that it was expelling 5 Russian diplomats for activities it stated were “incompatible” with their diplomatic status.

“Five people who are employed at the embassy have been asked to leave the country as a result of activities that are incompatible with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations,” the Foreign Ministry stated in a declaration, according to Reuters.

Earlier Tuesday, Russia expelled a Moldovan diplomat in what its foreign ministry called retaliation for the expulsion recently of its Russian diplomat in Moldova.

It follows Norway previously this month stated it was expelling 15 Russian embassy authorities that its foreign ministry stated were undercover intelligence officers.

— Karen Gilchrist

Russian, Iranian, Syrian and Turkish defense ministers hold talks

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu goes to a yearly conference of the Defence Ministry Board in Moscow, Russia, December 21,2022

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Russia’s Defense Minister held conversations with his equivalents from Iran, Syria and Turkey on Tuesday as part of efforts to enhance ties in between Ankara and Damascus.

The 4 nations declared their “desire to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and the need to intensify efforts for the speedy return of Syrian refugees to their homeland,” Russia’s defense ministry stated in a readout following the talks.

— Karen Gilchrist

Russia expels Moldovan diplomat in vindictive relocation

Russia expelled a Moldovan diplomat in what its Foreign Ministry called retaliation for the expulsion recently of its Russian diplomat in Moldova.

The ministry stated in a declaration that the relocation remained in demonstration versus “unfriendly steps towards Russia” and “regular anti-Russian statements” from Chisinau.

Moldova’s Foreign Ministry explained the relocation as “hostile” and stated it belonged to Moscow’s continuous efforts to manage the nation.

Last week, Moldova expelled a Russian diplomat, keeping in mind that it was connected to an event in between Russian embassy personnel and Moldovan border guards.

Moldova has actually consistently implicated Russia of attempting to destabilize the nation, allegations Moscow has actually rejected.

— Karen Gilchrist

Hungary desires Ukrainian grain restriction till late 2023, minister states

An aerial photo handled July 21, 2022 reveals an integrate harvester in a wheat field near Mykolaiv, in the middle of the Russian intrusion of Ukraine.

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Hungary and other east European nations intend to support an import restriction on Ukrainian grain till completion of this year, Farm Minister Istvan Nagy stated Tuesday.

Nagy, who is presently participating in a conference with European Union equivalents in Luxembourg, stated they desire the restriction, which was put in location recently, to run till late 2023.

“We would like the Commission to accept our measures as we aim to uphold them until the end of the year, to allow our farmers to harvest and store their crop,” Nagy composed on Facebook.

Hungary and other nations consisting of Poland stated recently that the restrictions were needed to secure their farming sectors from low-cost imports.

— Karen Gilchrist

Ukraine advises worldwide pressure to extend grain export offer

An bird’s-eye view of a dry freight ship carrying grain from Ukraine under the U.N,-brokered Black Sea offer.

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Proposals to enhance and extend an offer on the Black Sea export of Ukrainian grain will just achieve success if there is buy-in from the global neighborhood, a senior Ukrainian authorities stated Tuesday.

Presidential consultant Mykhailo Podolyak rejected claims by Russia’s defense ministry that Ukraine was trying to assault its ships.

The export offer, which enabled Ukraine to deliver over 27 million lots of grain from numerous ports, was brokered by the United Nations and Turkey last July.

But Russia has actually signified that it will not enable it to continue beyond May 18, as a variety of needs to allow Russia’s own grain and fertilizer exports have actually not been satisfied.

The Kremlin on Tuesday stated that the crisis in Ukraine was not the main factor for scarcities in worldwide food materials, which have actually gotten worse supply excess and increased costs.

— Karen Gilchrist

Russia restores fried chicken chain Rostic’s after KFC owner settles exit

People line up to the Kentucky Fried Chicken dining establishment in the mall, April 19, 2023, in Moscow, Russia.

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Former KFC dining establishments in Russia will start resuming as Rostic’s on Tuesday, as the brand-new owners restore a brand name born right after the collapse of the Soviet Union as Russia transitioned quickly from communism to industrialism in the 1990 s.

KFC’s U.S. moms and dad business Yum! Brands Inc recently settled its exit from Russia, moving master franchise rights to Smart Service, a regional franchisee led by Konstantin Kotov and AndreyOskolkov The offer consisted of all its Russian KFC dining establishments, running system and the hallmark for the Rostic’s brand name. The rate was not revealed.

Rostic’s, initially introduced in 1993 and ended up being KFC’s lorry for growth in Russia, where it had more than 1,000 dining establishments prior to Yum! Brands revealed strategies to leave in 2015 after Russia despatched soldiers to Ukraine.

— Reuters

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy states one eliminated, 10 injured in Russian attack on museum

Ukrainian police officers stand beside the regional history museum damaged following Russian rocket strike in the town of Kupiansk, Kharkiv area on April 25, 2023, in the middle of the Russian intrusion ofUkraine

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated Russian forces struck a history museum in Kupyansk, eliminating a single person, wounding 10 others and burying some under debris.

A regional homeowner takes a look at a surge crater beside the regional history museum damaged following Russian rocket strike in the town of Kupiansk, Kharkiv area on April 25, 2023, in the middle of the Russian intrusion ofUkraine

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“So far, it is known about the dead employee of the museum and 10 wounded. There are still people under the rubble. Elimination of the consequences of shelling continues. All necessary services are involved,” Zelenskiy stated on Tuesday through Telegram messenger.

This picture handled April 25, 2023, reveals particles inside the structure of the regional history museum damaged following Russian rocket strike in the town of Kupyansk, Kharkiv area, in the middle of the Russian intrusion ofUkraine

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“Eternal memory to the deceased and condolences to the relatives. All those guilty of these war crimes will definitely be brought to justice and it will be merciless,” he included.

This picture handled April 25, 2023, reveals structure of the regional history museum damaged following Russian rocket strike in the town of Kupyansk, Kharkiv area, in the middle of the Russian intrusion of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian authorities published videos on Twitter supposedly revealing the damage in the after-effects of the attack. Situated in eastern Ukraine, Kupyansk is a considerable railway junction for the Kharkhiv Oblast.

— Sam Meredith

UN chief Guterres cautions stress in between significant powers at ‘historic high’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (C) and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) at the U.N. Security Council conference at the U.N. head office in New York on April 24, 2023.

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres alerted the world’s multilateral system is under higher stress than at any time considering that the development of the United Nations in 1945 and the seriousness of worldwide difficulties needs swift and strong action.

Sitting beside Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a U.N. conference chaired by Russia, Guterres stated, “Tensions between major powers are at an historic high, so are the risks of conflict, through misadventure or miscalculation.”

He included, “It is time to deepen cooperation and to strengthen multilateral institutions, to find common solutions to common challenges.”

— Sam Meredith

Russian forces concentrated on getting ready for expected Ukrainian offensive, UK states

A domestic structure on Pershotravneva Street that was damaged by an airstrike from Russian forces on April 22, 2023, in Izium, Ukraine.

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Britain’s Defense Ministry stated in its most current intelligence upgrade that Russia’s typical day-to-day casualty rate was approximated to have actually fallen by around 30% through April.

CNBC has actually not had the ability to separately confirm the figures. The price quote follows what the ministry referred to as “exceptionally heavily” Russian casualties over the duration from January to the March.

“Figures released by the Ukrainian General Staff suggest a reduction from a daily average of 776 Russian casualties in March, to an average of 568 so far in April. Defence Intelligence cannot verify Ukraine’s exact methodology, but the general trend is likely accurate,” Britain’s Defense Ministry stated in a declaration through Twitter.

“Russia’s losses have highly likely reduced as their attempted winter offensive has failed to achieve its objectives, and Russian forces are now focused on preparing for anticipated Ukrainian offensive operations,” it included.

— Sam Meredith

Lavrov decreases to state if UN-backed Black Sea Grain offer will continue past May

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov decreased to state if the U.N.-backed offer that produced a humanitarian sea passage for Ukrainian farming items would be extended past its expiration.

“Nice dress,” Lavrov stated when asked by a press reporter if the Black Sea Grain Initiative was dead.

Lavrov, who flew from Moscow to New York to command the Security Council, is anticipated to go over Russia’s terms for restoring the offer, which has actually ushered the motion of more than 25 million metric lots of grain and foods worldwide.

Ukraine and the U.N. promoted a 120- day extension of the handleMarch Russia stated that it might just acknowledge the extension for 60 days, which puts the expiration date in mid-May

— Amanda Macias

Sister of Paul Whelan slams Russia over the detention of her sibling and Evan Gershkovich

Elizabeth Whelan, the sis of Paul Whelan, stands as she is acknowledged by U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield throughout a Security Council conference at the United Nations head office on April 24, 2023 in New York City.

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Elizabeth Whelan, the sis of apprehended U.S. resident Paul Whelan in Russia, spoke with press reporters outside the United Nations Security Council at the invite of President Joe Biden’s agent.

“When on a visit to Moscow, Paul Whelan was set up by the Russian security services, the FSB, and arrested on false charges of espionage. He was held for a year and a half at Lefortovo Prison, where journalist Evan Gershkovich is currently being held on the same charges,” she informed press reporters at the United Nations.

“This Russian playbook is so lazy that even Evan has the same investigator, a man who harassed and interrogated my brother until Paul’s sham trial in June of 2020, when Paul was given a horrific sentence of 16 years for a crime he did not commit,” she included.

Whelan is presently being kept in the Russian labor camp IK-17 in the remote province of Mordovia.

“I no longer know what my brother looks like. The images that we see on television and in the news? That’s Paul Whelan in the life he was living before he was taken captive. No one has been allowed to take a photo of him since his trial almost three years ago,” she stated.

Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who is being hung on suspicion of spying, in the courtroom cage after a judgment relating to extension of his detention, in Moscow, Russia,Feb 22, 2019.

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During the United Nations Security Council conference, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield contacted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to take a look at Whelan being in the gallery.

“I want minister Lavrov to look into her eyes and see her suffering. I want you to see what it’s like to miss your brother for four years. To know he is locked up, in a Russian penal colony, simply because you want to use him for your own ends,” Thomas-Greenfield stated.

“I am calling on you, right now, to release Paul Whelan and Evan Gershkovich immediately. To let Paul and Evan come home. And to cease this barbaric practice once and for all,” she included.

— Amanda Macias

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