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Ukraine Latest: Lavrov Warns of Nuclear War; Biden Names Envoy

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U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that Washington wants to see Russian forces “weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.” He made the comments while speaking to reporters in Kyiv alongside Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during the highest-level U.S. visit to Ukraine since Russia invaded two months ago.Source: Bloomberg
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned there’s a “serious” danger of nuclear conflict, as U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Washington’s goal was to see Russia weakened so it can’t attempt a repeat of the war.

President Joe Biden named a career diplomat to be the U.S.’s new ambassador to Ukraine as his administration ramped up its military aid and diplomatic presence in the country that has been fighting invading Russian forces for about two months.