Russia learning from mistakes as it enters new phase of war, US officials say: Live Ukraine updates

Top Pentagon leaders Congress warned that Russia’s military is learning from its mistakes as the war shifts into a new phase, which will affect how the US supports Ukraine.

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that Ukrainian forces will need more tanks and mechanized vehicles as fighting tightens in the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine.

Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told senators that Russia failed to train young commanders, which led to a top-heavy organization that hasn’t been as effective as Ukraine’s forces.

But Austin said, “They will learn from what they did in the early stages of this fight. And we’ll see them improve their logistical efforts. And we’ll see them improve their massing of fires and that sort of business. But some things they won’t be able to correct.”

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the US has committed $3.7 billion in weapons and other aid and is seeking an additional $33 billion from Congress.

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latest developments:

►The United Kingdom is sending a military support package worth £300 million to Ukraine. The package will include electronic warfare equipment, a counter-battery radar system, GPS jamming equipment, heavy-lift supply drones and night vision devices.

►Russia’s military has struck Ukrainian railroad infrastructure across the country, according to Ukrainian officials.

Ukrainian refugees wait in Mexico City, hoping for US entry

Hundreds of Ukrainian refugees have fled to Mexico’s capital, in hopes of being able to enter the United States next.

About 500 Ukrainians were waiting in a Mexico City refugee camp Tuesday, with 50 to 100 more arriving each day. The camp, set up with large tents across a dusty field, has only been open a week.

Over 5 million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded. The United States in March pledged to accept 100,000 Ukrainians and individuals who have been displaced due to the war, and the Biden administration extended the eligibility for Ukrainians for protected temporary status in mid-April, which allows them to stay in the United States for 18 months and apply for work permits.

Giorgi Mikaberidze, 19, arrived in Tijuana on April 25 but found the US border closed. He went from being just yards from the United States to some 600 miles away in the Mexico City area. He said he traveled to Mexico alone.

“It’s very difficult to wait. We don’t know how the program will work,” he said.

— Celina Tebor

Contributing: The Associated Press

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