Meeting to organize assistance to Ukraine
The U-S is hosting a meeting of more than 40 countries in Germany today, to organize increasing military assistance to Ukraine.
The session comes as Russia continues to escalate its offensive in the eastern part of the country, seeking to secure the Donbas region, where Russian-backed separatists have been active since 2014.
The chair of the U-S Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley says the next several weeks will be very critical.
British intelligence officials estimate Russia has suffered at least 15-thousand killed so far and has lost two-thousand armoured vehicles, including more than 500 tanks.
Threat of nuclear war
Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, says the world should not underestimate the threat of nuclear war over the conflict in Ukraine.
Lavrov says NATO shipments of weapons to Ukraine mean the western alliance is involved in a proxy war with Russia.
But British officials are dismissing the threat of escalation.
They note that many non-NATO countries are also supplying weapons to Ukraine.
Ontario election promise
Promises are coming, fast and furious, as the June 2nd Ontario election approaches.
The provincial New Democrats have published their entire campaign platform, which includes universal mental health care, increased pharmacare coverage, the hiring of more health workers, an income tax freeze for low- and middle-income earners, and tougher controls to protect renters.
The Liberals are pledging to double the provincial Old Age Security top-up, to ensure more seniors can stay in their homes.
And the Conservatives say they’ll spend an extra one billion dollars on home care over the next three years, to alleviate pressure on hospitals.
The spending will be contained in the government’s budget, which is due on Thursday.