Secretary of State Antony Blinken held calls with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, condemning the launch that marked the fifth test in 10 days.
Biden is set to announce the new guidelines, including grants to protect reproductive rights Tuesday.
Zelenskyy signed the decree that would leave the door for dialogue with Russia but ruled out talks with Vladimir Putin.
Kyiv said personal sanctions are not enough to punish Russia for staging sham referendums to annex parts of Ukraine.
Ukrainian troops collected the bodies of their fallen comrades but did not initially remove Russian soldiers right away.
Thousands of Russians that reported for enlistment were sent back as they were deemed unfit for duty, according to the Khabarovsk regional governor.
The acting Afghan commerce and industry minister said Russia will supply Afghanistan with gasoline, gas, diesel, and wheat as part of its provisional deal.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine's reclaiming of Lyman shows that Ukrainian forces are making progress in pushing back Russians.
Dozens were also injured in clashes with security protests as demonstrators marked the third anniversary of the 2019 protests.
Interior minister Suella Braverman is set to propose a ban preventing migrants that cross the Channel to seek asylum.
The death toll has since climbed up to 43 as protesters call for an end to violence against the Hazara community.
The Austrian foreign ministry said the referendums in occupied territories are illegitimate and will not be recognized along with Russia's annexation.
EU has urged the new Italian government to stick to its reform plans as the bloc's executive approved additional funding.
Zelenskyy said Ukraine's successes so far are not just limited to the recapturing of Lyman in Donetsk.
Kamala Harris hits out at China again during Vietnam visit
US Vice President Kamala Harris is wrapping up her visit to Southeast Asia through her first engagements in the region in Singapore and Vietnam. During her visit to Vietnam, Harris reiterated the US commitment to the region while also hitting out at China again over its tactics on the South China Sea.
Speaking with Vietnamese officials in Hanoi this week, Harris reiterated the need to put pressure on China regarding its activities in the South China Sea. China claims most of the entire body of water, overlapping with claims from the surrounding countries over parts of the waters. Despite the international tribunal ruling against China’s claims, Beijing has insisted on it anyway.
Vietnam has opposed China’s claims of sovereignty over the waters and supported the US Indo-Pacific Agreement because of its hardline stance against China over the South China Sea.
“We need to find ways to pressure and raise the pressure, frankly, on Beijing to abide by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and to challenge its bullying and excessive maritime claims,” said Harris. The vice president referred to the international treaty that outlines a country’s rights and responsibilities. UNCLOS also serves as a basis for international courts, like the tribunal that ruled against Beijing, to settle maritime disputes.
During her visit to Singapore, Harris accused Beijing of intimidation and coercion on other countries over the South China Sea. Chinese state media have since responded to her attacks, saying that she is trying to cause division between China and Southeast Asian countries.
Harris’s visit to the Southeast Asian region also comes at a time where she along with US President Joe Biden has been under fire since last week over the Afghanistan withdrawal. Tens of thousands of Afghans and Americans have already been flown out of the war-torn country as the Taliban had taken over the Afghan government. Biden has defended his stance on deciding to withdraw, and Harris has voiced her support towards the withdrawal as well.
“Joe Biden made a commitment to the American people when he ran for president that he would bring America’s military military involvement in Afghanistan to an end. It is the right decision,” tweeted Harris.
It should be noted that the majority of military veterans, including those who have served in Afghanistan, have also supported the withdrawal and have defended the decision against the criticisms from both Republicans and Democrats.
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