Biden emphasizes continued US support for Ukraine

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WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden told Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday that the US will sustain its aid amid the ongoing assault of Russia on the eastern European nation.

In a readout of a telephone call between the two leaders, Biden discussed Washington’s “continued solidarity for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression,” as well as “sustained” shipments of “security assistance, economic support, and humanitarian aid,” according to the White House.

“The leaders discussed how the United States, along with Allies and partners, is working to hold Russia accountable, including by imposing sanctions that are already having an impact on the Russian economy,” it said. “The leaders discussed Russia’s escalation of attacks on sites used by civilians in Ukraine, including today’s bombing near Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial.”

In a separate statement, Zelenskyy said on Twitter that “anti-Russian sanctions and defense assistance to Ukraine was discussed” during his discussion with Biden, whom he thanked for the US’ support.

“We must stop the aggressor as soon as possible,” he added.

Since Russia launched its assault on Ukraine last Thursday, the international community has expressed outrage, as well as the EU, the UK, Canada, Japan, and the US imposing a range of economic sanctions on Moscow.

According to UN data, at least 136 civilians, including 13 children, have been killed and 400 others, including 26 children, have been injured in Ukraine.

The international body said on Tuesday that around 660,000 people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.