White House asks Congress for $6.4 billion for Ukraine crisis


The White Home requested Congress on Friday to approve $6.4 billion in help to deal with the humanitarian and safety disaster in Ukraine after Russia invaded the nation this week, Biden administration and congressional aides mentioned. (Tom Brenner, Reuters)

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WASHINGTON — The White Home requested Congress on Friday to approve $6.4 billion in help to deal with the humanitarian and safety disaster in Ukraine after Russia invaded the nation this week, Biden administration and congressional aides mentioned.

“In a latest dialog with lawmakers, the administration recognized the necessity for extra U.S. humanitarian, safety, and financial help to Ukraine and Central European companions on account of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion,” an official from the White Home Workplace of Administration and Price range mentioned.

The request included $2.9 billion in safety and humanitarian help and $3.5 billion for the Division of Protection.

Congressional aides mentioned the administration had made the request on Friday at a briefing for employees from congressional management workplaces and related committees, together with the appropriations committees that set spending.

Congress, which is managed by President Joe Biden’s fellow Democrats, would take into account the $2.9 billion in funding for the State Division and USAID as an emergency invoice, with funding for the Pentagon thought of later, congressional aides mentioned.

The cash would additionally cowl the implementation and enforcement of the sanctions Biden is enacting to punish Russia for its aggression in opposition to Ukraine.

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, mentioned he would work intently with the administration to deal with the disaster.

“America authorities wants to supply the required assets to assist our allies and help the harmless individuals caught in the midst of this pointless calamity,” he mentioned in an announcement.

The newly requested funds would increase the $650 million in safety help and $52 million in humanitarian help the US has already dedicated to Ukraine over the previous yr, in addition to the $1 billion sovereign mortgage assure introduced final week.

A Biden administration official mentioned the dialog round funding wants would change because the scenario on the bottom evolves.

Earlier on Friday, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons, who chairs the Senate subcommittee that oversees overseas help, mentioned he would assist $10 billion or extra to deal with the disaster following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Departing from latest celebration divisions, each Biden’s fellow Democrats and opposition Republicans have expressed sturdy assist for sharp will increase in army and humanitarian help for Ukraine, with some calling for passage of an emergency spending invoice as quickly as subsequent week.

Russian missiles pounded Kyiv on Friday, households cowered in shelters and authorities advised residents to arrange Molotov cocktails to defend Ukraine’s capital from an assault that the mayor mentioned had already begun with saboteurs within the metropolis.

Contributing: Andrea Shalal and Kanishka Singh

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First Presidency asks world leaders to seek peace in Ukraine as church closes Kyiv temple


Because the warfare over Ukraine intensified once more Friday, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a press release pleading with world leaders to hunt a swift, peaceable decision. (Steve Griffin, Deseret Information)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Because the warfare over Ukraine intensified once more Friday, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a press release pleading with world leaders to hunt a swift, peaceable decision.

What did the First Presidency say about Russia and Ukraine?

“We’re heartbroken and deeply involved by the armed battle now raging. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has members in every of the affected areas and all through the world. Our minds and hearts have been turned towards them and all our brothers and sisters.

“We proceed to wish for peace. We all know that enduring peace will be discovered via Jesus Christ. He can calm and luxury our souls even within the midst of horrible conflicts. He taught us to like God and our neighbors.

“We pray that this armed battle will finish shortly, that the controversies will finish peacefully, and that peace will prevail amongst nations and inside our personal hearts. We plead with world leaders to hunt for such resolutions and peace.”

The assertion was launched by Presidents Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring on the church’s newsroom web site.

What in regards to the Kyiv Ukraine Temple?

Earlier this week, earlier than Russian troops invaded Ukraine by land and sea, church leaders closed the Kyiv Ukraine Temple close to the nation’s capital as a precaution, church spokesman Sam Penrod mentioned.

“This temple has suspended all operations and ordinances till additional discover,” in keeping with a word posted on the temple’s web site.

The Kyiv temple is the one Latter-day Saint temple between Germany and the Pacific Rim.

“In case you have an current appointment for a sealing or your individual endowment, you’ll be contacted by temple employees,” the temple’s web site mentioned.

Combating in Ukraine intensified once more on Friday as Russian troops superior on Kyiv, the nation’s capital. Ukrainian troops proceed to supply stiff resistance, nevertheless, ABC Information reported.

Ukrainians fled Kyiv and different main cities as hostilities grew. In the meantime, Russia additionally started to see the impacts of the worldwide sanctions. The Russian inventory market fell by 33%.

What is going on with Latter-day Saint missionaries in Ukraine and Russia?

The church introduced in January, as tensions on the border grew, that it had reassigned all non-Ukrainian Latter-day Saint missionaries to different nations. Some who had been close to the top of their assignments returned house. Others now are serving in Germany, Croatia, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Canada and in a number of U.S. states, together with Alaska, Illinois, Washington and at Temple Sq. in Salt Lake Metropolis.

On Friday afternoon, a church spokesman confirmed that all the church’s non-Russian volunteers had left Russia greater than every week in the past.

“As of mid-February, roughly 50 younger volunteers have taken assignments outdoors of Russia, given the latest advice of many overseas governments advising in opposition to journey to Russia,” spokesman Sam Penrod mentioned. “Native church conferences and companies stay beneath the path of native members, who function lay leaders of their congregations. The message of peace, love and hope in our Savior Jesus Christ continues to be lived and practiced in strict observance of all authorized laws.”

In July 2016 Russia carried out an anti-terrorism legislation that included a provision banning public missionary work. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints instantly complied, redesignating its younger missionaries as volunteers and directing them to comply with the legislation’s provision that each one proselytizing happen in homes of worship.

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake Metropolis and Catholic Group Companies additionally issued the next assertion:

“We be a part of with Pope Francis in his name for prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine and the safety of harmless lives. We encourage our authorities leaders to welcome any Ukrainian refugees displaced by these mindless acts of aggression and urge individuals to assist our Ukrainian brothers and sisters by donating to the efforts of Catholic Aid Companies, which is already serving individuals in want in Ukraine. Ought to the scenario escalate to the purpose of resettling Ukrainian refugees in the US, Catholic Group Companies of Utah’s Migration and Refugee Companies crew is keen to help.”

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