US ignores Russia warning on arms as Biden meets Scholz

THE United States responded yesterday to a Russian warning against arming Ukraine by offering a further US$400 million (RM1.79 billion) in security assistance, as President Joe Biden hosted German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a show of unity against Moscow.

The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group meanwhile said its forces had “practically encircled” the eastern Ukraine city of Bakhmut, which has seen the fiercest fighting of Moscow’s invasion.