Biden defies Putin’s threats, another 33 billion for weapons

America is determined “to defeat Russia”, writes the New York Times. Biden asked for more money to help Kiev, the Guardian reports. 45 soldiers released, Ukrinform reports. The United States has adopted a “loan act”, according to RT. Electric “Fiat” will be produced in Kragujevac
(Illustration, “Ukraine’s Democracy Loan Act” revives a program that Washington used to send military equipment to warring parties during World War II, while it was officially neutral, according to the Russian agency)

The United States is “determined to defeat Russia.” Another $ 33 billion has been approved for weapons and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Joe Biden “defies Putin’s threats”. During another exchange of prisoners, 45 Ukrainian soldiers were released. Washington has passed a “loan act” for Kiev, which is similar to the regulation from the Second World War. Electric “Fiat” will be produced in Kragujevac.

America determined to defeat Russia

With a central photo of a U.S. volunteer training Ukrainian soldiers on the use of sent weapons, the New York Times writes that President Joe Biden showed “America’s even greater determination to defeat Russia in Ukraine” when he asked Congress on Thursday to approve $ 33 billion in additional artillery. , anti-tank weapons and other heavy weapons, together with economic and humanitarian aid. “The request represents an extraordinary increase in American investment in the war, more than three times the emergency fund, which will allow the United States to spend on aid to Ukraine this year as much as it spent annually on average to finance its own war in Afghanistan.” Biden said that the costs of this war are not small, but that “agreeing to aggression is even more expensive”.

A separate text states that the US Food and Drug Administration announced plans to ban the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes in the United States, which many health experts hailed as the most significant move in a decade of trying to control tobacco consumption.


Biden defies Putin

“Biden defies Putin’s threats, doubles aid to Ukraine,” is the headline on the Guardian’s front page. The photo shows a boy in a destroyed Russian tank in the village of Lukashivka.

Joe Biden called for a $ 33 billion aid package, almost doubling the level of American assistance “in empathetically rejecting Russia’s threats of revenge.” Hours after Biden’s speech and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ visit to Kiev, the capital was shaken by two missiles. Adviser to the President of Ukraine Mikailo Podoliak called the attack a “postcard from Moscow” and asked why Russia still has a place in the UN Security Council.

At the top of the page, the Guardian also announces that the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to take urgent disciplinary measures against the Conservative MP who is accused of watching porn during the parliamentary session.


Another 45 soldiers were released

During the exchange of prisoners of war with Russia, 45 Ukrainian soldiers returned home, Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said, as reported by the state news agency Ukrinform. “Another exchange of prisoners took place. Today, 45 of our people have been released from Russian captivity. “Among them are 13 officers and 20 soldiers, including five wounded,” she said. According to Vereschuk, 12 civilians were also released. As it was announced, on April 21, during the sixth exchange, 19 people were released, among whom were 10 soldiers.

More than a billion euros of frozen Russian funds could be used for the reconstruction of Ukraine, said the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Simon Koveni, in the news that was also found on the Ukrinform portal this morning. The state has already frozen 1.2 billion euros, and the minister said that these funds could be confiscated and used for the mentioned purposes.


“Loan Act” for Kyiv

Russia’s state news agency RT reports that a regulation has been adopted in the United States, which removes several restrictions when it comes to sending weapons to Ukraine. The “Act on the Loan for the Defense of Democracy in Ukraine” revives the program that Washington used to send military equipment to the warring parties during the Second World War, while it was officially neutral, according to the Russian agency. This entitles the White House to “borrow or provide funds for defense” to Ukraine or any other Eastern European country affected by the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine, in order to help support these countries in terms of defense capabilities and protection of civilians from potential invasion or ongoing aggression ”.

According to the information of the Russian security service, Poland and the United States plan for Warsaw to regain control over the parts of Ukraine that it considers to “belong to history”, RT also reports. The head of the security service, Sergei Naryshkin, said that according to this plan, the first phase of “reunification” implies the deployment of Polish “peacekeeping forces” in western Ukraine in the context of “protection from Russian aggression”. The operation will be carried out without NATO’s involvement, Naryshkin added, and will involve only volunteers: “Warsaw has so far been unable to find any ally to achieve this goal.”


Electric “Fiat” from Kragujevac

Production of the new model in Krajugevac will begin in 2024, Politika writes on the front page, entitled “Electric ‘Fiat’ from the heart of Šumadija”. The central photo shows the President of Serbia and the Executive Director of “Stelantis” shaking hands.

Electric cars will be made in Kragujevac’s “Fiat”, but it is not yet revealed which model it is, although it is speculated that some variant of the “panda” will be produced in our country. Production will begin in the third quarter of 2024, and preparations will continue throughout the next year.

“Why Serbs are less and less for the EU”, is another title on the first page. The European Union has lost patience with problems in the Western Balkans, as EU official Miroslav Lajcak said a few days ago in Sofia, but some in the Western Balkans “seem to have lost patience with EU problems”.


Vučić’s government without SPS

What is the background of the statement of the President of Serbia that due to the wait for legal interpretation, talks on the government will start in May or June, Danas asks, with the headline “Vučić is worried about not putting the SPS in the government”.

“Making a government with the SPS in the conditions of the war in Ukraine and the potential imposition of sanctions on Russia is quite complicated for him,” says Bojan Pajtić. Janko Veselinović points out that Aleksandar Vučić will not do anything “that would jeopardize his game on all sides, so he will procrastinate until the end of the summer”.

At the top of the page, Danas also publishes information about the epilogue of the political testimony of the former state secretary of the Ministry of the Interior against the former Minister of Police. The title of the text is “Hrkalović easier to freedom, Stefanović harder to get to the department”.

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