Live Updates | NATO countries urged to provide more weapons

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In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

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BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is calling on the organization’s members to supply Ukraine with more weapons, not just anti-tank and anti-shipping defensive weapons.

As NATO defense ministers met in Brussels on Thursday, Stoltenberg said: “I urged allies to provide additional support for many different types of systems, both small arms but also heavier weapons.

Stoltenberg says NATO countries, but not NATO as an organization, provide many types of weapons and other forms of support to Ukraine, but the 30 allies can do more.

He says “Ukraine is fighting a defensive war, so this distinction between offensive and defensive weapons doesn’t really make sense.”

Stoltenberg insists that it is also important that NATO not be drawn into a wider war with Russia.

“NATO does not send troops on the ground. We also have a responsibility to prevent this conflict from spreading beyond Ukraine and becoming even more deadly, even more dangerous and destructive,” he said.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR:

— Ukraine is preparing for a new Russian offensive on the eastern front

— Russia is moving troops and concentrating eastward, but this strategy also carries risks

— General Assembly to vote Thursday on Russia’s suspension from UN Rights Council

— Ukrainian refugees find fastest route to US is through Mexico

– Seeing Bucha’s atrocities is a turning point for media and viewers

– Russia makes debt payments in rubles, move that could lead to historic default

— Go to https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine for more coverage

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

BRUSSELS – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is calling on NATO to provide his war-torn country with weapons to prevent further atrocities like those reported in the town of Bucha this week.

Arriving at NATO headquarters on Thursday for talks with the military organization’s foreign ministers, Kuleba said: “My program is very simple…it’s weapons, weapons and weapons.”

Kuleba says “we know how to fight. We know how to win. But without the sustainable and sufficient supplies demanded by Ukraine, these victories will come with enormous sacrifice.

“The more weapons we have and the sooner they arrive in Ukraine, the more human lives will be saved.”

He urged Germany in particular to go further and speed up the shipment of badly needed equipment and weapons, saying that “while Berlin has time, Kyiv does not.”

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate will pass legislation on Thursday to end normal trade relations with Russia and ban imports of its oil.

Both bills have been bogged down in the Senate, frustrating lawmakers who want to bolster the US response to Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Russian President Vladimir Putin must be held accountable for what Schumer called war crimes against Ukraine.

The trade suspension measure paves the way for President Joe Biden to enact higher tariffs on certain Russian imports.

The Russian oil ban bill would codify restrictions that Biden has already put in place through executive action.

In a virtual address to Congress last month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said “new sanctions packages are constantly needed every week until the Russian military machine comes to a standstill.”

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