Happy Thursday! Despite his best efforts, Rep. Madison Cawthorn still managed to find himself on the list of 398 U.S. lawmakers sanctioned by the Russian Foreign Ministry yesterday. Guy can’t catch a break!
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President Joe Biden formally announced yesterday his administration is authorizing an additional $800 million in military aid to Ukraine, including 11 Mi-17 helicopters, 18 howitzers, 300 Switchblade drones, 500 Javelin missiles, 200 M113 armored personnel carriers, equipment to protect against chemical and biological attacks, and more. The United States has now committed more than $2.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion in February. New satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies appears to show two Russian military resupply and maintenance bases have been established in southern Ukraine and Crimea, while Russian ground forces continue to advance toward the eastern Donbas region.
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced Wednesday that Finland would launch a debate on the possibility of joining NATO, with a final decision expected “within weeks not within months.” Sweden—also officially unaligned militarily—is weighing the same decision. “There is a before and after 24 February,” Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said yesterday. “The security landscape has completely changed.”
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced yesterday the United Kingdom is sanctioning another 206 individuals connected to Russia’s war in Ukraine, including additional oligarchs and pro-Russian separatist leaders in Ukraine’s Donbas region. The U.K. will also ban imports of Russian steel and iron beginning this week.