Biden pledges $100 million in defense aid

The Biden administration pledged $100 million in defense aid to Ukraine to be used for Javelin anti-tank missiles following an impassioned plea from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for support.

Zelenskyy called for more weapons on Tuesday during a speech to the United Nations Security Council in which he detailed the atrocities Russian forces have been accused of committing in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha .

Meanwhile, NATO foreign ministers will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the Russian invasion, with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba expected to attend the summit.

On the ground, heavy fighting and Russian airstrikes continued in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol, where the humanitarian situation is worsening, according to the British Ministry of Defence.

As many as 160,000 residents remain trapped in the city without “light, communication, medicine, heating or water”, as Russian forces prevent humanitarian access “likely to pressure defenders to surrender”, the Department of Defense said in its latest intelligence update.

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Intel suspends all operations in Russia

Intel suspended all commercial operations in Russia a month after suspending shipments to the country and to Belarus, the company said.

“Intel continues to join the global community in condemning Russia’s war on Ukraine and calling for a speedy return to peace,” it said in a statement Tuesday.

The chipmaker added that it was working to support its 1,200 employees in Russia and has put measures in place to minimize disruption to its global operations.

Destroyed Russian military machinery lies on the highway outside Borodyanka near the Ukrainian capital kyiv on Tuesday.

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Humanitarian situation deteriorates in Mariupol as heavy fighting continues, UK says

Heavy fighting and continued Russian airstrikes have plunged the beleaguered city of Mariupol deeper into a worsening humanitarian crisis, the UK Ministry of Defense has warned.

In one information update published on Wednesday, it said: “Most of the remaining 160,000 residents have no light, no communication, no medicine, no heating, no water.”

As the situation worsens, Russian forces have blocked humanitarian access “likely to pressure defenders to surrender”, he said.

NATO foreign ministers meet in Brussels

NATO foreign ministers will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss how to further support Ukraine and pressure Russia to end its invasion of the country.

The summit comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made an impassioned appeal to the UN Security Council for more support in the fight against Russian forces.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is expected to attend part of the two-day talks. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Kuleba would provide an update on the situation on the ground, as well as the latest peace talks between Ukrainian and Russian negotiators.

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