A municipal lawmaker in Moscow was sentenced to seven years in prison for remarks spurning Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Alexei Gorinov, 60, was found guilty of spreading “knowingly false information” about the Russian military, a charge that carries up to 15 years in prison. That law was passed just one week after Russia invaded Ukraine and has been described by the United Nations’ human rights office as “an alarming move by the government to gag and blindfold an entire population.”
Gorinov is the first elected Russian official to face charges under the law and will be the first person to serve time under a guilty verdict.
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Pentagon to send $ 400M more in weapons, spare parts to Ukraine
The Pentagon will send another $ 400 million in weapons and spare parts to Ukraine, including four additional sophisticated rocket-assisted artillery systems to counter the Russian invasion, a senior Defense official said Friday.
The four High Mobility Rocket Assisted Artillery Systems will give Ukraine 12 of the weapons that can hit targets precisely from 40 miles away. Ukrainian forces have used them to strike command posts and supply depots deep behind combat lines in eastern Ukraine, said the official who discussed the new aid package on condition of anonymity.
The official denied reports in Russian media that its forces had destroyed one of systems.
The aid package also includes 1,000 rounds of precision artillery shells, the official said, declining to specify the type. The Pentagon for years has used satellite-guided Excalibur rounds accurate to within yards of the target from a range of 24 miles, according to the Army.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine Feb. 24, the United States has provided Ukraine with more than $ 7 billion in military aid.
US lawmakers promote Russia ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ bill in Kyiv
Sens. Lindsay Graham, RS.C., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Traveled to Kyiv Thursday to discuss their bill that would deem Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Reuters reported.
Their bill, introduced in March, would add Russia to a short list of other nations deemed state sponsors of terrorism, including North Korea, Iran, Syria and Cuba.
Zelenskyy: ‘We will not give up our land’
In an interview with CNN, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy affirmed that giving up Ukrainian land is not an option for negotiating an end of the nation’s war with Russia.
“Ukrainians are not ready to give away their land, to accept that these territories belong to Russia. This is our land,” Zelenskyy said in the interview, which aired Thursday.
“We always talk about that, and we are intending to prove it,” he added.
Can G-20 diplomats find common ground on Ukraine?
Deeply divided top diplomats from the world’s richest and largest developing nations failed to find common ground Friday over Russia’s war in Ukraine and how to deal with its global impacts, leaving prospects for future cooperation in the forum uncertain.
The talks were knocked off balance by the shocking assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, not far from the Indonesian resort of Bali where they were meeting. Group of 20 foreign ministers heard an emotional plea for unity and an end to the war from their Indonesian host.
Yet, consensus remained elusive amid deepening East-West splits driven by China and Russia on one side and the United States and Europe on the other. There was no group photo taken nor a final communique issued as has been done in previous years.
Contributing: Associated Press