Translated by: Laura Montebello
Joe Biden visits Kiev on historic day
U.S. President Joe Biden is in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on Monday, while air strike alarms sound in the capital.
The trip is a ‘surprise’ as the White House had revealed last week that Biden had no intention of crossing the border into Ukraine.
“As we approach the anniversary of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, I am in Kyiv today to meet President Zelensky and reaffirm our unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” wrote the USA President on Twitter.
Speaking to reporters with Zelensky, quoted by CNN International, Biden said the $500 million package (nearly 470 million euros) will include more military equipment, including artillery ammunition, more darts and howitzers.
In the new military aid package, Biden also promises new sanctions on Russia.
Earthquake. UN says 8.8 million Syrians need humanitarian aid
“At least 8.8 million people in Syria were affected by the earthquake and most will need some form of humanitarian aid. The UN is absolutely committed to helping all Syrians,” the UN’s special representative in Syria, Najat Rochi, said in a post on her Twitter account.
Activists and rescue teams denounced the lack of UN aid in northwestern Syria controlled by forces opposed to President Bashar Al-Assad.
The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, has already visited the area and acknowledged that the agency has failed the victims in this part of the country.
There are also bureaucratic obstacles and logistical problems, such as the lack of road infrastructure in good condition after years of war in the country. Thus, smaller trucks could have delivered help much earlier than the large trucks, usually used.