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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
Rejecting pleas from Kyiv and pushing back on several reports published last week, President Joe Biden told reporters Monday the United States will not send Ukraine long-range rocket systems (MLRS) capable of striking inside Russia. Russian forces appear to be gaining ground in Ukraine’s Donbas region, reaching the eastern cities of Lyman and Severodonetsk.
European Council President Charles Michel said last night European Union member states had reached a tentative agreement to impose sanctions on Russian oil imports that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen claims will cut 90 percent of oil imports from Russia to the EU by the end of 2022. The deal—which still needs formal approval—includes several carveouts for nations that had threatened to veto the move, including Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Texas officials admitted in a Friday press briefing that the police responding to the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas last week made a mistake waiting for backup and equipment before attempting to stop the gunman, who was inside the school essentially unimpeded for more than an hour. “It was not the right decision,” said Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. “It was the wrong decision, period. There’s no excuse for that.” The Justice Department plans to conduct a review of law enforcement’s response.