Author: Andrew Nynka

WALTHAM, Mass. – The House of Representatives on April 28 passed legislation to establish a lend-lease program that would make it easier for the U.S. to send more military aid to Ukraine.  The bill is now headed to the White House, where President Joe Biden is expected to sign the measure into law. The bill, known as the Ukrainian Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act, passed the House by a vote of 417-10.  All 10 no votes came from Republicans. The legislation passed the Senate by a unanimous voice vote on April 6. It was first introduced by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas)…

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WALTHAM, Mass. – President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, visibly frustrated and angry with NATO’s response to repeated entreaties to close the skies over Ukrainian territory, slammed NATO for not having the courage to impose a no-fly zone over his country. The Ukrainian president’s castigation came after NATO member countries met in Brussels on March 4 to discuss Russia’s unprovoked and premeditated war against Ukraine. While Russia’s war against Ukraine stretches back to 2014, its full-scale invasion began on February 24, and it has included indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets throughout Ukraine, including hospitals, a World War II memorial site, kindergartens and residential…

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WALTHAM, Mass. – Speaking before a joint session of Congress, U.S. President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin had “unleashed violence and chaos” against Ukraine and promised the Russian president would “pay a continuing high price” for his premeditated and unprovoked war against the Ukrainian people. “Six days ago, Russia’s Vladimir Putin sought to shake the very foundations of the free world, thinking he could make it bend to his menacing ways,” Mr. Biden said in a televised address. “But he badly miscalculated. He thought he could roll into Ukraine and the world would roll over. Instead, he met…

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Reiterating the U.S. position that the United States and its allies would respond “swiftly and severely” to further Russian aggression against Ukraine, Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the UN Jeff Prescott on February 15 also urged Americans to leave Ukraine immediately. But Mr. Prescott also repeatedly stressed that the U.S., as well as its allies and partners, remain committed to finding a diplomatic solution to the crisis surrounding Ukraine, where some 150,000 Russian soldiers have massed along the country’s borders. He said that all diplomatic efforts can and are being used to resolve the crisis. “We support diplomacy…

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The following is a full transcript of an interview conducted with Jeffrey Prescott, deputy to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, on the current Ukraine-Russia crisis. The interview took place on February 15 and was conducted by Andrew Nynka, editor-in-chief of The Ukrainian Weekly, and Zachary Dmyterko, a Washington-based correspondent for The Ukrainian Weekly. The interview was arranged by Lisa Hibbert, press officer at the U.S. Mission to the UN. Ms. Hibbert: I present to you Mr. Jeff Prescott, who is deputy to the U.S. ambassador to the UN. He works in our Washington office. Andrew and Zachary are…

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