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  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visited Ukraine this week, pledging support and more military aid to the war-torn nation, Politico reported. The meeting marked the first time senior US officials visited Ukraine after Russia launched its invasion two months ago. The two officials announced during their visit that they want “to see Russia weakened to the point where it can’t do things like (invade) Ukraine.”
  • Ukrainian officials denied on Monday that Moscow had agreed to a humanitarian corridor to allow injured soldiers and residents to evacuate the besieged port city of Mariupol, France 24 noted.
  • United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in person this week to urge him to end the war in Ukraine, CBS News wrote. Guterres had previously sent an envoy in his stead. Following his meeting with Putin, the UN chief will fly to Kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy criticized Guterres’ decision to go to Russia first, saying “there is no justice and no logic in this order.”
  • The Russian government, worried about fraying support, plans to deploy personnel known as “political instructors” within its ministries, agencies and state-owned firms to propagate the Kremlin’s political agenda among employees, a tactic that dates back to Soviet times, according to Radio Free Europe.

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