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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, left, walks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as they arrive for a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers at NATO Headquarters on Thursday in Brussels.

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Ukraine asks for weapons from NATO as the United States and its allies ask for new sanctions against Russia : NPR

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, left, walks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as they arrive for a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers at NATO Headquarters on Thursday in Brussels.

Olivier Matthys/AP

NATO foreign ministers are meeting on Thursday as part of a broader effort by the United States, its allies and Ukraine to bolster Ukraine’s defenses and impose new sanctions on Russia for invading his neighbour.

Upon his arrival in Brussels on Thursday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba made a direct appeal for more military support. “My program is very simple,” he said. “There are only three elements on it: weapons, weapons and weapons.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Brussels to meet NATO and G-7 Foreign Ministers. Blinken had previously announced $100 million in additional military aid to Ukraine, bringing the U.S. total to $1.7 billion since the Russian invasion in February.

The Associated Press quoted a US defense official speaking on condition of anonymity as saying Russia had withdrawn all of its 24,000 or more troops from the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions in the north, sending them in Belarus or Russia to resupply and reorganize, probably to return to fight in the east.

The European Union should take additional measures, including a coal embargo. Earlier, the United States and its allies already announced additional sanctions against Russia that target senior Russian officials and family members, including Putin’s adult children. Washington also imposed full blocking sanctions on two of Russia’s largest banks, Sberbank and Alfa Bank.

Also on Thursday, a US-initiated resolution to suspend Russia from the UN human rights body is presented to the General Assembly. The resolution is linked to accusations that Russian soldiers killed civilians as they retreated from the area around the Ukrainian capital of kyiv, particularly after videos and photos emerged from the town of Bucha of dead bodies. who appeared to be civilians.

The 47-member Human Rights Council is based in Geneva and member countries are elected for three-year terms by the 193-member General Assembly.

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