З моменту російського вторгнення на допомогу Україні було спрямовано понад 6 млрд дол
З моменту російського вторгнення на допомогу Україні було спрямовано понад 6 млрд дол
У документі вказано, що Європейська рада визнає європейську перспективу України, і бачить майбутнє країни у ЄС
Це рішення – не лише для України, вважає президент Володимир Зеленський
President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed members of Wounded Warriors Project to the White House for the annual solider ride, praising the current and former military service members as the “spine of America.”
More than two dozen veteran and active-duty troops rode two laps around the South Lawn as part of the multi-day cycling event. The tradition of the soldier ride at the White House began in 2008.
“You are the best that America has to offer,” Biden said. “You embody the soul and spirit of the nation.”
The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2003 and assists veterans as well as families and caregivers of service members who suffered a physical or mental injury or illness while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001.
First lady Jill Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, second gentleman, also attended Thursday’s ride that went on as planned in a light rain.
The first lady thanked the veterans for their service and acknowledged the path of “healing is not a straight line” for many of those who suffered catastrophic injuries during their service.
“There’s a saying in the cycling community that some of you may know: It never gets easier, it just gets faster,” she said. “I think there’s a truth about recovery in that saying as well.”
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned that Russia could cut gas supplies to Europe entirely in order to boost its leverage against the West following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russia has severely restricted gas flows to Europe in recent days. The Kremlin blames a delay in servicing equipment caused by European Union sanctions, while Europe accuses the Kremlin of playing geopolitics.
“Considering this recent behavior, I wouldn’t rule out Russia continuing to find different issues here and there and continuing to find excuses to further reduce gas deliveries to Europe and maybe even cut it off completely,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a statement to the Reuters news agency. “This is the reason Europe needs contingency plans.”
A full cutoff of Russian gas would plunge Europe into an energy crisis, said Tom Marzec-Manser, head of gas analytics at Independent Commodity Intelligence Services.
“Gas supplies from Russia at the moment — pipeline supplies, that is — are literally a quarter of what they were a year ago. So, the volumes are very, very low, and clearly that’s causing concerns. It means rebuilding storages, storage stocks, ahead of the upcoming winter is that much more difficult,” he told VOA.
Currently, Europe’s gas storage facilities are 55% of capacity. The EU announced last month that it aims to reach 80% of capacity by November.
“All the LNG [liquefied natural gas] from America, in particular, has come to Europe, and it’s helped rebuild storages at a faster rate than usual,” Marzec-Manser said.
The declining pipeline flows from Russia have raised doubts over whether the EU storage target can be achieved. The Nord Stream 1 pipeline that carries gas from Russia to Germany is due to close for maintenance next month.
The soaring gas prices since the invasion of Ukraine has benefited Russian state-owned Gazprom, Marzec-Manser added, referring to the Russian gas company.
“A huge amount of money has been made in a short period of time, which is probably going to carry Gazprom through for the next few years at least, in terms of being able to really restrict flows but still have money in the bank,” he said.
Germany gets around one-third of its gas from Russia. The government declared Thursday it had entered the “alarm stage” of its emergency gas plan, calling on Germans to reduce consumption.
“We have a disruption of the gas supply in Germany, that is the definition, which is why it’s necessary to declare this emergency gas plan,” Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck told reporters Thursday. “Gas is from now on in short supply in Germany.”
European consumers must play their part to avert an energy crisis, German economic analyst Claudia Kemfert said.
“It was expected that this situation would come sooner or later. But what is important now is that we do everything we can to save gas,” she told Reuters.
Analysts say the industrial and power sectors will also be asked to reduce consumption, raising fears that an energy crunch could plunge Europe into a recession.
“The industrial demand sector, the power sector, is really going to have to play a key role in conserving gas. We’ve seen proposals from many governments around Europe to permit continued use of coal,” Marzec-Manser told VOA.
Continued coal use would reverse Europe’s pledge to phase out coal and other fossil fuels. Calls are growing for the faster development and rollout of renewable energies.
“That means more space for wind energy. That means a faster program of solar energy on as many roofs as possible — that’s not going fast enough. I would like to see a booster program for renewable energies, which is appropriate to the situation because we are in a crisis and emergency situation,” Kemfert said.
European leaders have been scrambling to find alternatives to Russian gas. U.S. LNG imports have risen sharply, while the EU this month signed a deal to boost LNG supplies from Israel and Egypt.
Analysts, however, say Europe will struggle to replace Russian gas within the next few months and warn that a cold winter would exacerbate the crisis.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday shielded police from the risk of paying money damages for failing to advise criminal suspects of their rights before obtaining statements later used against them in court, siding with a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff.
The justices ruled 6-3 in favor of deputy sheriff Carlos Vega, who had appealed a lower court decision reviving a lawsuit by a hospital employee named Terence Tekoh who accused the officer of violating his rights under the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.
Tekoh was charged with sexually assaulting a hospital patient after Vega obtained a written confession from him without first informing the suspect of his rights through so-called Miranda warnings. Tekoh was acquitted at trial.
The court’s six conservatives were in the majority in the ruling written by Justice Samuel Alito, with its three liberal members dissenting.
The rights at issue were delineated in the Supreme Court’s landmark 1966 Miranda v. Arizona ruling that, under the Fifth Amendment, police among other things must tell criminal suspects of their right to remain silent and have a lawyer present during interrogations before any statements they make may be used in a criminal trial.
Vega was backed by President Joe Biden’s administration in the appeal.
At issue was whether the use in court of statements collected from suspects who have not been given a Miranda warning may give rise to a civil lawsuit against the investigating officer under a federal law that lets people sue government officials for violating their constitutional rights.
Vega in 2014 investigated a claim by a Los Angeles hospital patient that Tekoh, who worked as an attendant at the facility, had touched her inappropriately while she was incapacitated on a hospital bed. Vega said Tekoh voluntarily offered a written confession even though he was not under arrest or in custody.
Tekoh disputes Vega’s version of events and contends that he was interrogated by Vega, who coerced a false confession.
Tekoh was arrested and charged in state court with sexual assault. His incriminating statement was admitted as evidence during the trial, but a jury acquitted him. Tekoh then sued Vega in federal court, accusing the officer of violating his Fifth Amendment rights by extracting an incriminating statement without Miranda warnings, leading it to be used against him in a criminal prosecution.
The jury reached a verdict in favor of Vega, but the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2021 ordered a new trial on the officer’s liability.
The 9th Circuit found that using a statement taken without a Miranda warning against a defendant in a criminal trial violates the Fifth Amendment, giving rise to a claim for monetary damages against the officer who obtains the statement.
Appealing to the Supreme Court, Vega’s attorneys said in a legal filing that the 9th Circuit’s decision threatened to “saddle police departments nationwide with extraordinary burdens in connection with lawful and appropriate investigative work.” Vega’s lawyers added that “virtually any police interaction with a criminal suspect” might lead to liability for officers.
To counter the threat of violent extremism, the U.S. State Department recently sanctioned three more people linked to the terrorist group “Russian Imperial Movement” or RIM. Analysts say RIM is among several ultra-nationalist and white-supremacist groups used by the Kremlin to sow division in the United States and Europe even as it falsely claims to be fighting Nazis in Ukraine. VOA’s Veronica Balderas Iglesias investigates.
Росія не відмовляється від своїх планів захоплення території України і зриву постачання озброєння, однак Сили оборони України «діють єдино та злагоджено», кажуть у Генштабі ЗСУ
«Я вдячний вашому великому народу. Але ми хотіли б підтримки від вашої влади. Мені здається, це справедливо»
«При обстрілі Юнаківської громади росіяни застосували фосфорні снаряди»
An advisory panel for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday that people ages 65 years and older choose higher-dose flu shots or ones that include an ingredient to boost immune response.
The CDC commonly adopts the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, but in the past it has not advised older adults to get a particular flu shot.
The CDC says older people are both at a higher risk for more serious illness from the flu and tend to have a lower protective immune response.
The advisory committee said that while its preference is for the higher-dose shots or adjuvanted flu vaccines, if one of those options is not available, people age 65 and older should still be vaccinated with a standard flu vaccine.
Some information for this report came from The Associated Press.
Восьмий апеляційний адміністративний суд у Львові сьогодні ухвалив рішення про заборону Прогресивної соціалістичної партії Наталії Вітренко.
Майно, кошти та активи політичної сили мають перейти у власність держави.
Суд розглядав звернення, підготовлене на підставі указу президента, рішення РНБО та відповідного реагування СБУ на загрози національній безпеці.
Ніхто з представників Прогресивної соціалістичної партії не взяв участі у судовому засідання. Судді не допустили на слухання справи нікого з громадських активістів чи журналістів. Відтак засідання відбулось за зачиненими дверими, як і 20 червня, коли суд заборонив партію партії «Опозиційна платформа – за життя».
У представників партії є можливість оскаржити рішення суду у Верховному суді протягом 20 днів.
Це вже одинадцяте рішення Восьмого апеляційного суду про заборону проросійських партій. Серед заборонених партій «Опозиційний блок», «Соціалісти», «Наші», «Держава», «Блок Володимира Сальдо», «Партія справедливості та розвитку», Соціалістична партія України, «Ліва опозиція», «Партія Шарія», партія «Опозиційна платформа – За життя». У найближчий час суд розгляне справи щодо Соціалістичної партії України, партії «Успішна країна», «Русь єдина», «Робітнича партія України ( марксистсько-ленінська)».
Президент України Володимир Зеленський підписав закон про заборону проросійських політичних партій 14 травня.
Верховна Рада 3 травня ухвалила законопроєкт №7172-1, «за» проголосували 330 депутатів. Як йдеться у пояснювальній записці, заборона діяльності проросійських політичних партій, які здійснюють антиукраїнську діяльність або пропагують колабораціонізм, буде ефективним засобом захисту демократії в Україні і її незалежності та суверенітету.
Жодних дозвільних документів у чоловіка не було
Під час саміту обговорюватимуться заявки України, Молдови та Грузії на статус кандидата в ЄС
European Council President Charles Michel said he is confident EU leaders will vote Thursday in favor of granting candidate status to Ukraine.
EU leaders gathered in Brussels were also set to discuss the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine on global food security, as well as additional EU economic, military and humanitarian support for Ukraine.
The European Commission recommended EU candidate status for Ukraine and its smaller neighbor, Moldova, last week.
The candidacy status is just the first step toward joining the 27-member group. Ukraine will need to meet political and economic conditions, such as meeting standards on democratic principles. Diplomats say the process could take a decade to complete.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation that he had spoken to 11 European Union leaders Wednesday about Ukraine’s candidacy and would make more calls Thursday. Earlier, he voiced his optimism at joining the EU, saying he believed all 27 EU countries would support Ukraine’s candidate status.
Zelenskyy said Russia carried out “massive air and artillery strikes” in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, adding that Russia’s goal is to “destroy the entire Donbas step-by-step.”
The Ukrainian leader called for faster arms deliveries to help his forces match up against those from Russia.
Kharkiv region Governor Oleh Synehubov said Wednesday shelling of the residential districts of Kharkiv or other towns in the region had continued unabated.
“There is no letup in the shelling of civilians by the Russian occupiers,” he wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “This is evidence that we cannot expect the same scenario as in Chernihiv or Kyiv, with Russian forces withdrawing under pressure.”
Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said in a video address that Russian forces were hitting Kharkiv “with the aim of terrorizing the population” and forcing Ukraine to divert troops, Reuters reported.
Microsoft reported Wednesday that Russian intelligence agencies have conducted multiple efforts to hack the computer networks of Ukraine’s allies.
“The cyber aspects of the current war extend far beyond Ukraine and reflect the unique nature of cyberspace,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in the report.
The Russian embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Reuters reported. In the past, Moscow has denied conducting foreign cyber espionage missions, saying it “contradicts the principles of Russian foreign policy.”
Since the conflict began four months ago, Ukrainian entities have been attacked by Russian state-backed hacking groups, Microsoft reported. Researchers found 128 organizations in 42 countries outside Ukraine were also targeted by the same groups in espionage-focused hacks, the report found.
Nearly two-thirds of the cyberespionage targets involved NATO members, researchers found.
Some information came from The Associated Press, Reuters, and Agence France-Presse.
The European Union’s 27 leaders meet in Brussels this week to consider the membership applications of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. As Henry Ridgwell reports, E.U. leaders also will discuss military support for Ukraine as Russia intensifies its bombardment in the Donbas region.
The United States is expanding its capacity to test for monkeypox by shipping tests to five commercial labs.
The Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday the effort will “dramatically expand testing capacity nationwide and make testing more convenient and accessible for patients and health care providers.”
Health care providers will be able to start using the labs to test for monkeypox by early July, the agency said.
As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there have been 142 reported monkeypox infections in the United States since the first in mid-May.
More than 30 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported cases.
Some information for this report came from The Associated Press and Reuters
The congressional panel investigating the causes of last year’s Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is hearing testimony Thursday about how former President Donald Trump pushed Justice Department officials to investigate allegations of fraud in the 2020 election that he hoped would upend his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
House Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said the panel would examine Trump’s “attempt to corrupt the country’s top law enforcement body,” much as state officials in Arizona and Georgia testified Tuesday that Trump unsuccessfully sought to get them to appoint bogus electors to help him stay in office for another four years or overturn votes showing Biden had defeated him.
In part, the Thursday hearing is expected to focus on the alleged efforts of Jeffrey Clark, a former assistant attorney general, to repeatedly push Justice Department officials to investigate election fraud claims and to force some states to “decertify” their election results showing Biden had won.
Associates say Trump considered naming Clark attorney general over acting attorney general Jeff Rosen, who, like his predecessor, former attorney general William Barr, said there was no evidence of fraud substantial enough to overturn Biden’s victory.
In a short video clip shown at the end of Tuesday’s hearing, Richard Donoghue, who served as acting U.S. deputy attorney general from December 2020 to January 2021, said he would have immediately quit if Trump had named Clark attorney general in the waning weeks of his administration.
Thursday’s hearing is the fifth this month as the investigative panel explores Trump’s role in fomenting the attack on the Capitol as lawmakers gathered to certify Biden’s presidential victory in the Electoral College.
About 2,000 Trump supporters, urged by Trump at a rally shortly beforehand to “fight like hell,” stormed into the Capitol past law enforcement officials, scuffling with police, vandalizing the building and ransacking congressional offices.
More than 800 of the protesters have been charged with an array of offenses, with 300 of them already pleading guilty or convicted at trials and imprisoned for terms ranging from a few weeks to more than four years.
Trump has derided the investigative panel, comprised of seven Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans, saying its presentation is biased against him. To this day, he has claimed erroneously that he was cheated out of another term in the White House.
The investigative panel’s hearings were set to end with Thursday’s session. The committee is set to release its findings in late summer.
But Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin, a committee member, told reporters, “We are picking up new evidence on a daily basis with enormous velocity, and so we’re constantly incorporating and including the new information that’s coming out.”
“There is evidence coming in from diverse sources now,” he said, “and I think that people have seen that we’re running a serious investigation that is bipartisan in nature, that is focused just on getting the facts of what happened, and a lot of people are coming forward now with information.”
Some key officials in the Trump administration have cooperated with the committee’s investigation. But others have balked, repeatedly invoking their constitutional right against self-incrimination and refusing to answer questions about Trump’s actions and their own in the post-election period and on Jan. 6. Two former Trump advisers, Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro, refused to cooperate and were indicted on contempt of Congress charges.
Republican Representative Liz Cheney, the panel’s vice chair, called on Pat Cipollone, Trump’s former White House counsel, to answer more questions than he already has.
At the center of Trump’s post-election efforts was an audacious scheme to overturn the vote counts in states where Trump lost or to have fake electors supporting Trump named in states where Biden narrowly defeated him.
In the United States, presidents are effectively chosen in separate elections in each of the 50 states, not through the national popular vote. Each state’s number of electoral votes is dependent on its population, with the biggest states holding the most sway. The rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 tried to keep lawmakers from certifying Biden’s eventual 306-232 victory in the Electoral College.
While the House committee cannot bring criminal charges, the Department of Justice is closely monitoring the hearings to determine whether anyone, Trump included, should be charged with illegally trying to reverse the election outcome.
A prosecutor in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, has convened a grand jury investigation to probe Trump’s actions to overturn the vote in that state. Trump asked the state’s top election official, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” him 11,780 votes — one more than Biden defeated him by — out of 5 million ballots.
The investigative panel has already heard testimony that key Trump aides told him he had lost the election and that there were a minimal number of voting irregularities, not enough to overturn Biden’s Electoral College victory.
In addition, Trump was told it would be illegal for then-Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally block Biden’s victory as he presided over the congressional Electoral College vote count, as Trump privately and publicly implored Pence to do.
Виконання гімну України «буде присвячене народу України, мужності та наполегливості, які вони послідовно демонструють у своїй боротьбі за незалежність країни»