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President Joe Biden requested roughly $33B yesterday from Congress to aid Ukraine in its fight against Russia. The ask would provide an estimated five months of military and economic support and comes on top of $13.6B provided by the US last month. The timeline for congressional consideration was not immediately clear.

In related news, Germany has reportedly dropped its opposition to a ban on Russian oil imports coming into the European Union, paving the way for a full ban. Russia would still account for about 40% of the EU’s natural gas imports. 

Meanwhile, Ukraine laid out its first specific accusations of war crimes committed by Russian troops, accusing 10 soldiers of the torture and murder of civilians in the town of Bucha. The claims came as Russia intensified shelling of the eastern Donbas region, with sources suggesting President Vladimir Putin wants to overtake the strategic region in time for the country’s May 9 Victory Day celebrations, which marks the defeat of Nazi Germany in Europe in 1945. 

Separately, read how Ukrainians flooded their own towns to thwart early Russian advances.