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Ukraine gets more U.S. aid as Russia-Iran ties worry West

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By Dan Peleschuk

KYIV (Reuters) -The United States announced new military aid for Ukraine on Friday and vowed to disrupt Russian ties with Iran, which a British envoy said involved Moscow seeking hundreds of ballistic missiles and offering unprecedented military support in return.

Tehran and Moscow have denied Western accusations that Russia is using Iranian drones to attack targets in Ukraine, where officials warned on Friday of a winter-long power deficit after repeated Russian attacks on its energy infrastructure.

Two senior Iranian officials and two Iranian diplomats told Reuters in October that Iran had promised to provide Russia with surface-to-surface missiles as well as more drones.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby (NYSE:KEX) told reporters Washington was very concerned about the "deepening and burgeoning defence partnership" between Iran and Russia, and would work to disrupt that relationship, including on drones.

Washington was sending a $275 million package of aid to Ukraine to strengthen air defences and defeat drones, he said.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Barbara Woodward (NASDAQ:WWD) said Iran had sent hundreds of drones that Russia had used in Ukraine.

"Russia is now attempting to obtain more weapons, including hundreds of ballistic missiles," she told reporters. "In return, Russia is offering Iran an unprecedented level of military and technical support."

The Iranian and Russian missions to the United Nations did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier said Moscow would probably do a deal over Ukraine one day but that Russia's near-total loss of trust in the West would make an eventual settlement, which he did not elaborate on, much harder to reach.

Russia has clamped down on dissent since it invaded Ukraine in February, and a Moscow court on Friday sentenced opposition politician Ilya Yashin to eight and a half years in prison on charges of spreading "false information" about the army.

Yashin had discussed in a YouTube video evidence uncovered by Western journalists of Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Moscow denies committing war crimes. In a post on his Telegram channel, Yashin urged supporters to continue opposing the war.

On the ground in Ukraine, the entire front line in the east of the country was being shelled, said the governor of the Donetsk region, which is partly occupied by Russia. Five civilians were killed and two wounded in Ukrainian-controlled areas, the governor said.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukrainian forces were standing their ground in the Donbas, made up of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, despite huge difficulties, but that Russian forces had reduced the town of Bakhmut to ruins.

"The situation on the front line remains very tough," he said in an evening address. "I thank all our heroes, all soldiers and commanders who are... repelling assaults and inflicting significant losses on the enemy."

Reuters was not able to verify those battlefield reports.

'THE QUESTION OF TRUST'

Putin earlier repeated an accusation that the West was "exploiting" Ukraine and using its people as "cannon fodder" in a conflict with Russia, and said the West's desire to maintain its global dominance was increasing risks.

"They deliberately multiply chaos and aggravate the international situation," Putin said in a video message to a summit of defence ministers from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and a group of ex-Soviet states.

He later specifically criticized France and Germany, which in 2014 and 2015 brokered ceasefire accords between Kyiv and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying they had betrayed Moscow by supplying Ukraine with weapons.

"The question of trust arises. And trust of course is almost at zero... But nevertheless, in the final analysis we have to come to agreements. I have already said many times that we are ready for these agreements," Putin said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin criticized Putin on Friday as he voiced concern about Russia's expanding nuclear arsenal. His comments came hours after Putin vowed that any country that dared attack Russia with nuclear weapons would be wiped from the face of the earth.

"As the Kremlin continues its cruel and unprovoked war of choice against Ukraine, the whole world has seen Putin engage in deeply irresponsible nuclear sabre-rattling," Austin said, speaking at U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees America's nuclear forces.

PRISONER SWAP

Yet in a reminder that, despite the hostilities, Russia maintains lines of communication with the West, Moscow on Thursday freed U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner in return for the release of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.

A plane carrying Griner landed in the United States early on Friday, nearly 10 months after she was detained in Russia on drug charges, while television images showed Bout being hugged by his mother and wife after landing in Moscow.

Putin said further prisoner swaps were possible and the White House said it would work to gain the release of Paul Whelan, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran convicted of espionage in 2020 in a trial that U.S. diplomats said was unfair and opaque.

Separately, Russian and U.S. diplomats met in Istanbul on Friday to discuss a number of technical issues in their vexed relationship, both sides confirmed, though the Ukraine war was not part of those talks.

Ukraine gets more U.S. aid as Russia-Iran ties worry West
 

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Esmail Abdollahzadeh
Esmail Abdollahzadeh Dec 09, 2022 3:10PM ET
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It's better for USA and Russia to finish their war in the other country (Ukraine).
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Dec 09, 2022 1:26PM ET
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Putin don’t forget you have started this war stop blame other’s for you mistakes and stop kiiiiling innocent children and families how many Narzisst are there left what a lie to start a war on shame on you and all Russians
Sam Dur
Sam Dur Dec 09, 2022 1:26PM ET
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What exactly was happenning when he didn't *****and didn't invade? I'll tell you. NATO turned the 40M people's Ukraine - the biggest European country (after Russia) to become Russia's "closest" enemy. Stop doing s tupid things!
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Dec 09, 2022 1:26PM ET
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You are one supremely uninformed individual.
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Dec 09, 2022 9:05AM ET
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The leader of russian and the people of russsia is sick brain washing destroy them from the planet it’s insane they are barbaric
Ndrew Wen
Ndrew Wen Dec 09, 2022 9:05AM ET
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Dont just look putin. Look at US and EU keep rate hikes and make small countries like my country suffer. All is the same. I prefer barbaric outside like putin better than EU and US barbaric inside
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Dec 09, 2022 9:05AM ET
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Ndrew Wen do you really think life in russia is better than in the west? also, if russia attacked your country, would you just give it to them, or would you fight to defend your freedom and your loved ones?
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Dec 09, 2022 9:05AM ET
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..also, the rate hikes are a means to fight inflation, largely caused by putins war of aggression against Ukraine, sending energy prices sky high
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Dec 09, 2022 9:05AM ET
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lakes Tenn  russian soldiers death 110.000 the first 10 months in hopeless war against Ukraine. Russia will loose the sooner you accept this the better for the world so we can have peace again and economic growth.
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Dec 09, 2022 9:01AM ET
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Why dont we killl that sick dog
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Dec 09, 2022 9:01AM ET
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Kiiiiil putin now
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BD Dec 09, 2022 8:30AM ET
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Putin will lose the war by next year. The sanctions have been hard, but the Russian people are used to it. Low energy prices have kept Russians happy, but Western quality products gone from their stores and inflation up, Russian consumers are dealing with it. Sanctions are preventing Russia from building military equipment, tanks and smart weapons, and many Russian private companies using modern Western equipment will start to suffer more and more as their equipment breaks down, but the real issue affecting businesses and Russians was the conscription. It removed years of irreplaceable talent and skills, Russian companies said.
Sam Dur
Sam Dur Dec 09, 2022 8:30AM ET
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Maybe Putin will lose next year, but will it really make you happy after the Europe freezing this Winter? When you see nuclear bombs above your head? Talk and resolve problems. Don't push Russians to the coner.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Dec 08, 2022 5:28AM ET
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still wandering why russians are not revolting against their evil regime who keeps taking their freedom and send them to their sure death in Ukraine....When the 1st. 300.000 conscripted soldiers are dead he will just take your children and men from you and do a 2nd 300.000 conctription and a 3rd etc. He will keep doing this for as long as it takes so that he can stay in power meanwhile life expectancy for russian men will drop like dead flies.
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Dec 08, 2022 5:28AM ET
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I have been thinking the same thing ,they most be sick it’s crazy
Sam Dur
Sam Dur Dec 08, 2022 5:28AM ET
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Because they know that Ukraine aimed to join NATO ans become the biggest (literally population and the land wise) Enemy at the Russian border. They see it as a preventive strike to avoid a much bigger War on the Russian soil.
Sam Dur
Sam Dur Dec 08, 2022 12:00AM ET
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Any war is a dirt. In this war there are no good guys against bad guys. 2 formerly brother nations became enemies due to the NATO anti Russian policy. What for?
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jason xx Dec 08, 2022 12:00AM ET
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its good versus evil and you are neutral
Ndrew Wen
Ndrew Wen Dec 08, 2022 12:00AM ET
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Brad Albright i wont do the same, can talk with russia without joining nato. Ukraine itself are more barbaric using own people to defend. He is similar with isis.
Marius Koppler
Marius Koppler Dec 08, 2022 12:00AM ET
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Well spoken!! If you study the genesis of the conflict from beginning of 2000 (or since 1991, with Baker and Genscher promises to Gorbatschow regarding pushing Nato not „an inch“ towards the east) you get a far more balanced picture! the colour revolution in 2014 did not help but actually started a war the west has far too long ignored! The west is massively using Ukraine for their geopolitical strategy and national interests… they do not care about lost lives… in my view another US led catastrophy… like many others like Irak, Afghanistan, Libyia, Serbia etc…
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Sam Dur Dec 08, 2022 12:00AM ET
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US punish Cuba for decades for locating Soviet missles on their soil in 1962. Now, 60 years later, US and NATO do the same to Russia. With no Cold war, no confrontation. Just because they can. If you expect Russians will swallow it, you don't know what dignity is. Learn history to avoid repeating the same mistakes our fathers have done already.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Dec 08, 2022 12:00AM ET
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The US and NATO did not put nuclear missiles in Ukraine get your facts straight.
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Dec 07, 2022 11:10PM ET
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it could be a long war, or putler can pull his troops out and it will be over next week, it's all up to him really..
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Dec 07, 2022 11:10PM ET
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..either way he will lose
Don Getty
Don Getty Dec 07, 2022 10:06PM ET
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hard to disguise attacks on russian soil - poutines days as grand zcar are numbered
 
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