Zelenskyy calls captured Americans ‘heroes’ in exclusive interview

In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Richard Engel, President Zelenskyy spoke about the two Americans captured while fighting in Ukraine. The Ukrainian president praised the two, calling them “heroes” and went on to say that Ukraine will get them back. President Zelenskyy also expressed his worry about the West losing interest in the war and his country’s need for a lot more weapons. The interview was part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, of which NBCUniversal News Group is the media partner.June 24, 2022.
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Zelensky vows to fight for safe return of captured American ‘heroes’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has pledged to fight for the safe return of two Americans who were captured by Russian forces in Ukraine, praising them as “heroes.” Military veterans Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, were taken prisoner last week during a battle in a village outside Kharkiv in the northeast. Days later, the captives spoke with the Russian state agency RT from a detention center in Ukraine’s Kremlin-controlled Donbas region, which has been the site of some of the fiercest fighting in the war. “What can I say? They are heroes, and for me they are the same as Ukrainians because...
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Major veterans toxic exposure legislation delayed again, but lawmakers insist it’s not defeat

Procedural issues scuttled a planned vote this week to finalize legislation that would dramatically expand benefits for veterans facing toxic exposure injuries from their time in the service, but congressional leaders insist the issues can be resolved and legislation passed in coming weeks. Leaders in the House and Senate had hoped to send the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (or PACT Act) to President Joe Biden’s desk for final signature by the Fourth of July, after the Senate advanced the measure by a bipartisan 84-14 vote one week ago. The measure would cost almost $280 billion over the next 10 years and provide new medical and disability...

Where Indian army job dreams are made and broken

Indian cities have been roiled by protests against a new plan to hire soldiers on a fixed four-year term. Young people from smaller towns and villages prepare at private coaching centres to become soldiers as as the job brings prestige, a regular income and for many, a way out of poverty. Photographer Ronny Sen offers a glimpse into such schools in the eastern state of Bihar.

Outgunned Ukrainians hail arrival of US heavy weapons as Russians press ahead

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission. Kyiv has announced the arrival of the first U.S. long-range weapons systems that the Ukrainian military has been waiting on for months, and the United States says it will send a new batch of military assistance including more rocket systems.

US Air force veteran recognized as a 'Texoma Hero'

SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) -- Sergeant Clint Bass is recognized as a Texoma Hero for his service in the Vietnam War and for helping Veterans in Texoma. "When you step up there, and you raise your hand to take that pledge and you put your life on the line, your doing as much as anyone else," said Jerry Lover, who nominated Sergeant Bass for Texoma Hero.

Ukrainian army leaving battered city for fortified positions

KYIV, Ukraine — (AP) — After weeks of ferocious fighting, Ukrainian forces have begun retreating from a besieged city in the country's east to move to stronger positions, a regional official said Friday, the four-month mark in Russia's invasion. The planned withdrawal from Sievierodonetsk, the administrative center of...