Biden wants to send $33 billion to Ukraine.
Russia hit Kyiv with two missiles on Thursday as UN officials visited Ukrainian officials. The attack injured multiple people. No deaths, thank goodness.
Mariupol’s mayor warned of epidemics as conditions remain unsanitary. Russia has surrounded the town and only some remain.
Former Marine Dies Fighting With Ukrainians
Willy Joseph Cancel leaves behind a wife and baby:
An American citizen and Marine veteran, Willy Joseph Cancel, died fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in Ukraine, the man’s widow confirmed to Fox News Digital early Friday morning.
“My husband did die in Ukraine,” Brittany Cancel, the widow of the 22-year-old Marine veteran, told Fox News Digital. “He went there wanting to help people, he had always felt that that was his main mission in life.”
Cancel leaves behind his wife and a 7-month-old son. He appears to be the first U.S. citizen to die while fighting alongside Ukrainians in Ukraine.
“My husband was very brave and a hero,” Cancel said. “I did not expect to be a widow at 23 years old or for our son to be without a father. All I want is for him to come home, and to give him the proper burial he deserves.”
The Marine veteran signed up to work for a private military contracting company on top of his full-time job as a corrections officer shortly before the war in Ukraine broke out at the end of February, Willy Cancel’s mother, Rebecca Cabrera, told CNN. After the war began, the company asked for contractors to fight in Ukraine and Cancel agreed to go, the mother said. Cabrera did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Mariupol is a Disaster Zone
Mariupol City Council warned that the unsanitary conditions in the city could become dangerous:
In a Telegram post, the officials said about 100,000 residents in Mariupol “are in mortal danger not only due to shelling, but also intolerable living conditions and unsanitary conditions” – naming in particular the illnesses of cholera, dysentery and E. coli infections.
“The occupiers are unable to provide the existing population with food, water and medicine. Or just not interested in it,” Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko said Thursday. “They block all evacuation attempts. And without that, people will die.”
UN Secretary-General Guterres demanded Russia allow an escape route for those remaining in Mariupol:
“Mariupol is a crisis within a crisis. Thousands of civilians need life-saving assistance. Many are elderly, in need of medical care or have limited mobility,” Guterres told reporters after the talks with Zelenskiy.
“They need an escape route out of the apocalypse.”
Referring to the possibility of a United Nations and ICRC-coordinated humanitarian corridor for the hundreds of civilians believed to still be in Azovstal, Guterres said: “As we speak, there are intense discussions to move forward on this proposal to make it a reality.
“I can only tell you we are doing everything we can to make it happen. I’m not going to enter into any comment that could undermine that possibility,” he said.
Biden Wants Another $33 Billion for Ukraine
President Joe Biden will ask Congress to send Ukraine another $33 billion:
The funding request includes over $20 billion for weapons, ammunition and other military assistance, as well as $8.5 billion in direct economic assistance to the Ukrainian government and $3 billion in humanitarian aid. It is intended to cover the war effort’s needs through September, the end of the fiscal year.
“We need this bill to support Ukraine in its fight for freedom,” Biden said at the White House after signing the request on Thursday. “The cost of this fight – it’s not cheap – but caving to aggression is going to be more costly.”
The United States has ruled out sending its own or NATO forces to Ukraine but Washington and its European allies have supplied weapons to Kyiv such as drones, Howitzer heavy artillery, anti-aircraft Stinger and anti-tank Javelin missiles.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy hailed what he called “a very important step” by the United States.
The missile attack injured at least 10 people:
At least 10 people have been injured after Russia fired two missiles into Kyiv on Thursday, during a visit by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
The rockets shook the central Shevchenko district and one of them struck the lower floors of a 25-storey residential building, injuring at least 10 people.
The blasts were heard soon after Mr Guterres completed talks with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“There was an attack on Kyiv … it shocked me, not because I’m here but because Kyiv is a sacred city for Ukrainians and Russians alike,” Mr Guterres told Portuguese broadcaster RTP.
President Zelensky said the blasts “prove that we must not drop our vigilance. We must not think that the war is over”.
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