US seeks 'weakened' Russia – Pentagon
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin wants Russia too weak to fight another war
The US wants the conflict in Ukraine to leave Russia too “weakened” to "invade" a neighboring state, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters on Monday, the day after traveling to Kiev to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and members of his cabinet.

Asked how he would define “America’s goals for success” in Ukraine, Austin stated Washington wants it to “remain a sovereign territory, a democratic country, able to protect its sovereign territory.” However, he didn't mention that President Volodomyr Zelensky has banned the largest opposition party and had its leader, Viktor Medvedchuk, placed under arrest.

He then added that the US would want to see Russia “weakened” by the ongoing conflict with Ukraine.

“It has already lost a lot of military capability and a lot of its troops,” Austin claimed, explaining that Washington “want[s] to see them not have the capability to very quickly reproduce that capacity.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken echoed Austin’s sentiments, declaring that Moscow had already “failed” in its supposed objective “to totally subjugate Ukraine, to take away its sovereignty, to take away its independence.” However, Russia has not expressed a desire to occupy or “subjugate” Ukraine militarily or otherwise.







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Ukrainian plot to kill Russian journalist foiled – Moscow
Would-be assassins were detained, and explosives and firearms seized, Russia says

Ukraine-backed radicals considered assassinating RT editor-in-chief – Moscow
A neo-Nazi group in Russia targeted Margarita Simonyan and her husband, the FSB claims
A neo-Nazi group that was allegedly instructed by Kiev to kill TV anchor Vladimir Solovyov had several other targets, including RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, according to video footage released by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

Amid the ongoing Russian military offensive in Ukraine aimed at the “denazification” of the country, the FSB claimed that it had detained a group of neo-Nazis. According to the service, the group had been instructed by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to kill popular Russian TV host and journalist Vladimir Solovyov. The FSB later released a video of what they said was the detention, search, and questioning of the suspects.

One of the detainees said that the group had been discussing the potential assassinations of the director general of the Sputnik news agency, Dmitry Kiselyov, the editor-in-chief of Sputnik and RT, Margarita Simonyan, and her husband, the prominent film director and TV presenter Tigran Keosayan, as well as TV hosts Olga Skabeeva and Evgeny Popov.

Margarita Simonyanは、若いころに創立間もないRTにスカウトされ、RTを世界的なトップ ネットメディアに育ててきました。シモニャンという姓からアルメニア人の家系であることがわかります。

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Zelensky reveals details of top-level US visit
The Ukrainian president says he presented a plan to intensify sanctions on Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he presented a plan to impose more sanctions on Russia and discussed extra military aid with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Kiev on Sunday.

Zelensky outlined that the talks lasted for more than three hours and described them as “reassuring and, what’s also important, efficient.”

The president said the sides agreed on “further steps to strengthen the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” and discussed sanctions on Russia.

“We must block all of Russia’s capabilities to bypass sanctions. We provided our partners with a plan to increase sanctions against the Russian Federation,” Zelensky said. He added that the proposal was devised by a group led by Andrey Yermak, the head of Zelensky’s office, and former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.

Zelensky also said that international security guarantees for Ukraine were discussed. “I’m confident that the US can become the leader among the states that will be future guarantors of Ukraine's security,” he said.

Blinken and Austin told reporters that they pledged additional military aid to Ukraine and continued diplomatic support. On Monday, President Joe Biden named Bridget Brink, who currently serves as the US ambassador to Slovakia, the next ambassador to Ukraine. There has not been a confirmed US ambassador to Ukraine since 2019.

The State Department said diplomats will return to the city of Lviv in western Ukraine this week before moving back to Kiev “as soon as possible.”

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Russia opens humanitarian corridor for civilians from Mariupol’s Azovstal plant
Soldiers will observe a ceasefire to let civilians exit in all directions, the Ministry of Defense has announced

Russian and Donbass forces will observe a ceasefire around the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol starting from 2pm Moscow time on Monday, allowing civilians to evacuate to safety, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.

Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, said that armed units will “withdraw to a safe distance and maintain the exit of civilians from the said area in any direction they choose.”

Russian and Donbass troops mainly control the city, but a number of Ukrainian soldiers have been holed up in Azovstal. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, however, claimed last week that roughly 1,000 civilians remained in the mill as well.

Mizintsev said there were “no obstacles” for civilians to leave the Azovstal plant, other than “the decision of Kiev and the commanders of nationalist units to use civilians as a human shield.”

Russia previously offered the Ukrainian fighters the opportunity to lay down their arms and surrender, but they refused.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called off the assault on the mill, opting for a blockade instead.

According to Mizintsev, a safe passage from Azovstal has remained open since March 21. However, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk accused Russia on Sunday of failing to guarantee a ceasefire in the area.

Mizintsev said that Russia would notify Vereshchuk on the matter. According to the MOD, information about the ceasefire and safe passage will be transmitted to the Ukrainians by radio every 30 minutes.

The battle for Mariupol has been raging for nearly two months, as Russian and Donbass forces completely surrounded the city.

Humanitarian corridor for civilians from Mariupol sabotaged by Kiev – Russia
A new attempt to set up a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians allegedly trapped at the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol has failed, the Russian military admitted late on Monday. Moscow and Kiev have blamed one another for the evacuation attempt yielding no result.

“The Kiev authorities today again cynically disrupted this humanitarian operation. As of April 25, 2022, at 8pm (MSK), no one has used the proposed humanitarian corridor,” Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, said in a statement.

The official squarely pinned the blame for the failure of the new evacuation attempt on the Kiev authorities. Despite repeatedly bemoaning the fate of the civilians said to be holed up alongside Ukrainian fighters at the plant, Kiev has not taken any “practical steps” to facilitate their evacuation, Mizintsev pointed out.

“Such absolutely illogical and inconsistent behavior of the Kiev authorities once again confirms their blatant indifference to the fate of individual people – to the citizens of their own country,” he stressed.

Earlier in the day – shortly after the corridor was supposed to open at 2pm MSK – Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk pinned the blame for the evacuation failure on Moscow. While she first told the Ukrainian media that Kiev was ready to do “everything” to make it work, shortly afterwards she claimed the corridor was not set up properly and did not work.

“It is important to understand that the humanitarian corridor is opened by agreement of both parties. The corridor announced unilaterally does not provide security, and therefore, in fact, is not a humanitarian corridor,” Vereshchuk claimed in a Telegram statement. “I declare officially and publicly: unfortunately, there are no agreements on humanitarian corridors from Azovstal today.”

The battle for Mariupol has been raging for almost two months, as Russian and Donetsk forces completely surrounded the city. The Azovstal steel plant remains the last stronghold under Ukrainian control there, with the fighters of the notorious neo-Nazi Azov regiment and other units holed up at the sprawling industrial facility. Russia had previously offered the Ukrainian fighters an opportunity to lay down their arms and surrender, but they refused, demanding to be evacuated into an unspecified “third country” instead.
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