LONDON — The British government on Monday unveiled a new military aid package designed to support Kyiv as it “prepares for an intensified period of military activity.” The announcement came as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the United Kingdom and met with its prime minister, Rishi Sunak, as part of a whirlwind tour of European countries.
Zelensky said he was “very pleased with the achievements and agreements” obtained in this trip, Reuters reported. During other visits over the weekend, Ukraine’s leader secured fresh commitments from Berlin and Paris. Germany announced a military aid package totaling $2.95 billion, almost doubling its commitment since the start of the war. And Ukraine announced after Zelensky’s surprise visit to Paris that France has agreed to train and equip several Ukrainian battalions with armored vehicles and light tanks.
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Meet the people caught up in Russia’s crackdown on dissent: In wartime Russia, the Kremlin is jailing its critics at a turbocharged rate. Citizens risk prison even for criticizing the invasion of Ukraine in private with friends, Francesca Ebel reports.
“What we are now seeing is absolutely unprecedented,” said Maria Kuznetsova, a spokeswoman for rights group OVD-Info, which says that nearly 20,000 people have been detained for opposing the war and that hundreds, including children, have been criminally charged. “We have never seen such numbers in Russia.”