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Jake Sullivan gives Turkey a shout out for its role in facilitating Trevor Reed’s return from Russia. Biden asks congress for an additional $33 billion for Ukraine. The House passes a symbolic bill on oligarch assets.
Europe and Central Asia
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky thanks EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen for expanding sanctions and abolishing tariffs. The Commission is also issuing a warning to Hungary over its rule-of-law violations: your EU funding is in jeopardy. Switzerland adopts the latest EU sanctions against Russia.
Self-censorship in Russia takes another step toward Soviet-era levels. Russian authorities declare Pussy Riot activist Maria Alekhina a fugitive. Finally, from the people who brought you blessing arms manufacturers, it’s the ‘holy-copter.’ (There but for the grace of God goes the US.)
The Middle East and Africa
Today is Yom HaShoah, a day of mourning in Israel and around the world.
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