Russia-Ukraine war live updates: U.S. backs NATO membership for Sweden and Finland; Biden seeks new aid

Firefighters try to put out a fire following an explosion in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 28. (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

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Russian missiles struck Kyiv on Thursday, according to Ukrainian officials, who denounced a brazen attack on their capital city the same day the U.N. leader visited.

Kyiv had slowly come back to life this month as beleaguered Russian troops withdrew from the region. Recent attacks in western Ukraine and central Ukraine show that fighting is not contained to the east.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the strikes on Kyiv came “immediately after the end” of his talks there with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week in Moscow. Zelensky said Russian leaders are trying to “humiliate” the United Nations and said their actions Thursday demand “a strong response.”

With fierce fighting underway in the eastern Donbas region, the United States and its allies are rushing to help Ukraine arm up. President Biden is asking Congress to approve a $33 billion spending package with military and humanitarian aid for the country. He also suggested that America escalate its financial conflict with Moscow, by having the U.S. liquidate assets from Russian oligarchs to fund humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

Here’s what else to know

  • The United States will “strongly support” NATO membership for Sweden and Finland if they choose to join the military alliance, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday.
  • Possible Ukrainian attacks on Russian soil are threatening Moscow’s efforts to insulate their citizens from the war.
  • U.S. officials say they believe Russian intelligence was behind an attack this month on a Nobel Prize winner and prominent Russian editor who criticized the invasion of Ukraine.
  • Putin warned other nations against interfering in the war after Russia cut gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria. According to the European Union, Bulgaria and Poland have gas supplies from other members of the bloc.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel for updates.

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