Putin to visit Saudi Arabia and UAE
Vladimir Putin will visit Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on this week, Bloomberg has reported.
The internationally isolated Russian president has rarely visited other countries since the war in Ukraine began.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are not parties to the International Criminal Court, meaning Mr Putin does not face being detained by them on the war crimes arrest warrant issued by the court.
Not funding Ukraine will ‘let Putin prevail’, says US
Congress will “let Putin prevail” if it fails to approve the deadlocked £48bn ($61bn) aid package for Ukraine, national security adviser Jake Sullivan has said.
“Congress has to decide whether to continue to support the fight for freedom in Ukraine… or whether Congress will ignore the lessons we’ve learned from history and let Putin prevail,” Mr Sullivan told reporters at the White House.
“It is that simple. It is that stark a choice.”
His remarks came after Shalanda Young, Joe Biden’s budget director, said on Monday that current US funding for Ukraine would run out by the end of the month.
Volodymyr Zelensky will talk to Senators later today in a private address in a bid to convince them to support the aid package.
Ukraine launches 41 drones on occupied Crimea
Ukraine launched a 41-drone armada on occupied Crimea overnight, the Russian defence ministry has said.
It said 22 drones were “destroyed” and 13 “intercepted” over occupied Crimea and the Sea of Azov overnight.
“An attempt by the Kyiv regime to commit a terrorist attack with aerial drones… was foiled last night,” it said.
A “new attack attempt” on Tuesday morning saw four drones shot down and two interceptd over the Sea of Azov, it said in a separate statement.
The difference between a drone being destroyed and a drone being intercepted was not specified.