The war between Russia and Ukraine entered day 58 on Friday as Russian troops continued to make advancements in the east. On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed victory over Mariupol and declared the key port city of Ukraine “liberated.” The Russian forces now control 80% of the Luhansk region, which is one of two regions that make up the Donbas in eastern Ukraine, the governor said as Moscow troops advanced from staging areas in Donbas towards Kramatorsk.
Ukraine Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal who is on a visit to Washington, said it would cost $600 billion for his country to rebuild. In response, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told the prime minister that it might be possible to get Russia to foot part of that bill. She also cautioned about Europe’s possible ban on Russian oil and said it could hurt the world economy.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has announced $1.3 billion in additional aid for Ukraine, including $800 million in military support, and vowed to ask Congress for additional funding.