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Activists suing DeSantis over Martha’s Vineyard flights received over $1.3M from George Soros network

The class-action suit alleges that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and others "designed and executed a premeditated, fraudulent and illegal scheme … for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests."

The class-action suit alleges that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and others “designed and executed a premeditated, fraudulent and illegal scheme … for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests.” (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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The activist group at the center of a class-action lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Florida officials for migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard has received nearly $1.4 million from George Soros’ Open Society network.

Lawyers for Civil Rights, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group, filed the lawsuit on behalf of Alianza Americas, according to a press release Tuesday that described the latter group as “a network of migrant-led organizations supporting immigrants across the United States.”

Alianza Americas has received a total of $1,383,947 from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations between 2016 and 2020, OSF’s records show. 

The grants came from three of his nonprofits: Open Society Institute, Open Society Policy Center and Foundation to Promote Open Society.

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The grants were to support policy advocacy on immigration, a Global Compact for Migration initiative and to strengthen the group’s international work in Central America and Mexico.

The law firm filing the suit, Lawyers for Civil Rights, received $50,000 from the Borealis Philanthropy in 2019, tax forms show. Borealis is a left-wing donor-advised fund that acts as an intermediary steering Democratic money to organizations.

Borealis has partnered with Black Lives Matter and the left-wing Marguerite Casey Foundation, which advocates for the abolishment of policing and prisons.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has also awarded $1.26 million to Alianza Americas between 2008 and 2020, according to grants posted on its website.

A group of immigrants is fed outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Sept. 14, 2022.

A group of immigrants is fed outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Sept. 14, 2022. (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP)

The MacArthur Foundation funds liberal endeavors and said in September 2020 that it was awarding $25 million in grants to address “anti-Black racism, support Native Americans impacted by COVID-19, strengthen voter education and mobilization and combat voter suppression.”

The class-action suit filed by Lawyers for Civil Rights in the District of Massachusetts alleges that DeSantis and others “designed and executed a premeditated, fraudulent and illegal scheme centered on exploiting this vulnerability for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests.”

The lawsuit alleges that the migrants were told they were going to Boston or Washington, “which was completely false,” and were induced with perks such as $10 McDonald’s gift certificates. It also alleges that migrants were induced to cross state lines under false pretenses, a line that some Democratic officials are using to urge a federal investigation.

A man who is part of a group of immigrants that had just arrived flashes a thumbs-up in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Sept. 14, 2022.

A man who is part of a group of immigrants that had just arrived flashes a thumbs-up in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Sept. 14, 2022. (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP)

“No human being should be used as a political pawn,” said Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of Lawyers for Civil Rights, which is seeking class-action status representing Alianza Americas and other migrants.

In a statement provided to Fox News Digital, DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske slammed the lawsuit as “political theater” perpetrated by “opportunistic activists” at the expense of illegal immigrants.

“If these activists spent even a fraction of this time and effort at the border, perhaps some accountability would be brought to the Biden administration’s reckless border policies that entice illegal immigrants to make dangerous and often lethal journeys through Central America and put their lives in the hands of cartels and ‘coyotes,’” Fenske said.

Illegal immigrants arrive at Martha's Vineyard Airport on Sept. 14, 2022.

Illegal immigrants arrive at Martha’s Vineyard Airport on Sept. 14, 2022. (Video obtained by Fox News)

Fenske provided Fox News with a copy of a consent form — available in English and Spanish — that she said was given to migrants before they boarded.

The form states, “I agree to hold the benefactor or its designed representatives harmless of all liability arising out of or in any way relating to any injuries and damages that may occur during the agreed transport to locations outside of Texas until the final destination in Massachusetts.” 

Fenske said the transportation of these migrants “was done on a voluntary basis.”

“The immigrants were homeless, hungry and abandoned, and these activists didn’t care about them then. Florida’s program gave them a fresh start in a sanctuary state, and these individuals opted to take advantage of chartered flights to Massachusetts,” she said. “It was disappointing that Martha’s Vineyard called in the Massachusetts National Guard to bus them away from the island within 48 hours.”

Fox News’ Bradford Betz, Adam Sabes and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jessica Chasmar is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Jessica.Chasmar@fox.com and on Twitter: @JessicaChasmar.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/activists-suing-desantis-marthas-vineyard-flights-received-1-3m-george-soros-network

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Russia blames US, Ukraine for ‘terrorist attack’ that killed daughter of ‘Putin’s Brain’

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Russian media has accused the United States of orchestrating the “attack” that killed the daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close ally.

“Daria Dugina’s death will likely rally the Russians who suspect Ukraine’s hand behind the attack,” Rebekah Koffler, president of Doctrine & Strategy Consulting and former DIA intelligence officer, told Fox News Digital.

Dugina, journalist and daughter of Alexander Dugin, died Saturday evening in an explosion while driving her car along the Mozhayskoye Highway in the Moscow region after leaving a music festival. Authorities have said an explosive device planted under the car went off, and officials moved quickly to declare it a “terrorist attack” and point blame at Ukrainians and Americans alike.

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Ukrainian politician Denis Pushilin, leader of the separatists Donetsk People’s Republic, blamed the explosion on “terrorists of the Ukrainian regime, trying to kill Alexander Dugin.”

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But some have gone even further, such as political analyst Yegor Kholmogorov, who told the Russian outlet Pravda that the attack was “no doubt” prepared by U.S. and British intelligence services and carried out by “Ukrainian saboteurs.” He claimed that Kyiv itself could not have planned such “daring” sabotage.

Journalist and political expert Daria Dugina, daughter of Russian politologist Alexander Dugin, is pictured in the Tsargrad TV studio in Moscow, Russia, in this undated handout image.

Journalist and political expert Daria Dugina, daughter of Russian politologist Alexander Dugin, is pictured in the Tsargrad TV studio in Moscow, Russia, in this undated handout image. (Tsargrad.tv/Handout via Reuters)

Dugin, one of Putin’s closest allies and nicknamed “Putin’s Brain,” was also at the music festival and supposedly had intended to be with his daughter after leaving the event but changed his mind at the last minute.

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Some experts speaking to Russian media have described Dugin as holding a central role in Putin’s inner circle — one that allowed him to push an ideology upon which Putin based his entire invasion.

Russian politologist Alexander Dugin addresses the rally "Battle for Donbas" in Moscow on October 18, 2014.

Russian politologist Alexander Dugin addresses the rally “Battle for Donbas” in Moscow on October 18, 2014. (Moscow News Agency/Handout via Reuters)

“Her father, Alexander Dugin, is the mastermind of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” Koffler explained, calling him a “symbol of the Russian World” for pushing his view of Eurasianism, which is vital to Putin’s entire basis for waging his war in Ukraine.

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“One cannot understand Putin’s thinking and why he is waging war on Ukraine without knowing about Dugin and Eurasianism. Putin’s doctrine and strategy are developed around this ideology, at the heart of which is the idea of the Russian exceptionalism,” she continued. “Similar to the idea of American exceptionalism, the sense of uniqueness runs very deeply in the Russian psyche. It is because of this ideology, Eurasianism, that Putin will not stop his war on Ukraine.”

Investigators work at the site of a suspected car bomb attack that killed Daria Dugina, daughter of ultranationalist Russian ideologue Alexander Dugin, in the Moscow region on Aug. 21, 2022, in this still image taken from video.

Investigators work at the site of a suspected car bomb attack that killed Daria Dugina, daughter of ultranationalist Russian ideologue Alexander Dugin, in the Moscow region on Aug. 21, 2022, in this still image taken from video. (Investigative Committee of Russia/Handout via Reuters)

Vladimir Gutenev, a member of the Duma, told Russian outlet RG that Alexander Dugin’s ideas are widespread in Russia, calling Dugina’s death “a strike on the ideological front” and saying that Russia must provide a “quick” response.

Andrey Klishas, head of the Federation Council Committee on State Construction, echoed the sentiment, saying that anyone involved in the “attack” should “be destroyed.”

“The fact that a blow was struck against Alexander Dugin suggests that our enemies are most afraid of the spiritual component of our struggle,” he told RG. “This struggle is the most important thing.”

Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter with a focus on national and global news. 

https://www.foxnews.com/world/russia-blames-us-ukraine-terrorist-attack-killed-daughter-putins-brain?intcmp=tw_fnc#

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These are the House lawmakers who bucked their parties on assault weapons ban

Mychael Schnell

The House narrowly passed a bill to ban assault weapons on Friday, with five Democrats and two Republicans bucking their respective parties in their votes on the measure.

The legislation, dubbed the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, passed in a 217-213 vote. One Republican did not vote.

Five Democrats opposed the bill, despite the fact that an assault weapons ban was a top priority for the party as the year inches closer to the midterm elections.

Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Jared Golden (D-Maine), Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) all voted “no.”

On the Republican side, leadership recommended that members of the conference vote no on the bill, according to a GOP congressional aide. That urging, however, did not stop Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Chris Jacobs (R-N.Y.) from supporting the legislation.

Cuellar and Golden’s votes against the measure did not come as a surprise.

Golden voted against the rule for the bill on Friday, a signal that he opposed the legislation. He has also objected to a number of firearm-related bills in the past, including a measure to nationalize red flag laws, a bipartisan gun safety bill that passed through the Senate and was signed into law and a firearm package that, among other measures, would have raised the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic weapon from 18 to 21.

Cuellar last month signaled he would not vote for the bill, saying, “I don’t believe in bans on weapons.”

“Do I believe in certain restrictions? Yes. But a ban on guns? No,” he added.

Gonzalez also voted against the rule for the assault weapons ban on Friday, a signal that he would likely object to the measure when it came to the floor for a final vote.

But even before then, the Texas Democrat expressed concerns regarding the measure.

Last month, Gonzalez said a ban on assault weapons was “definitely something that we need to be careful with.”

“I’m for responsible gun ownership, and there needs to be a balance between responsible gun ownership and just a straight-up ban,” he added.

Schrader was the third Democrat who voted against the rule on Friday, and he voiced reservations about assault weapons bans before then.

He suggested to Politico last week that the bill was on a “death wish list” for Democrats, pointing to the Republican victory in the 1994 midterm elections, after then-President Clinton signed an assault weapons ban.

“This is a bill that destroyed the Democrats in ‘94. I guess, do we really have a death wish list as Democrats?” Schrader said.

The Oregon Democrat also said he was concerned about the assault weapons ban because he felt it would undermine the bipartisan package Congress cleared and Biden signed into law last month.

“It undermines what we already did and reemphasizes to all the people in America that are not hardcore urban Democrats that our party’s out of touch,” he told the outlet.

It was not clear how Kind would vote on the assault weapons ban prior to it being brought to the floor. The congressman previously voted against two provisions in the sweeping gun package the House passed last month — one that would ban civilians from using high capacity magazines, and one that would bolster safe storage of guns in homes where minors can access the weapons.

The Hill reached out to the five Democrats for comment on their votes.

In a statement following Friday’s vote, Jacobs said that while he supports the Second Amendment and the right to self-defense, he is not in favor of “easy access to high-powered semiautomatic weapons and large capacity magazines that have time and time again resulted in mass casualty shootings.”

He referenced the mass shooting that took place in Buffalo, N.Y., in May, in which 10 Black individuals were killed at a grocery store, writing that the weapons banned in the bill “have been proven to cause an immense amount of damage quickly.”

“We have a duty to provide for the safety of all Americans. These weapons do not belong in our communities. While this bill is not perfect, I believe it will save innocent lives,” he said.

Jacobs’s vote does not come as a surprise. The New York Democrat announced in May that he would support an assault weapons ban, sparking outrage within his party. One week later, the congressman said he would not seek a second term in the House.

During the vote on Friday, Jacobs said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) approached him in the speaker’s lobby to point out how close the final tally would be. Asked by The Hill if leadership was trying to convince him to change his vote, Jacobs said “it wasn’t like, heavy, heavy duty, they were just pointing out how close it was.”

Fitzpatrick told The Hill Friday night that he ultimately decided to vote for the assault weapons ban after thinking about a family from Parkland, Fla., that experienced a loss following the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

If the two Republicans had voted with their party in the final vote, they may have tied the vote 215-215, preventing Democrats from getting to the 216-vote threshold they needed to pass the bill. One Republican did not vote.

Fitzpatrick told The Hill that McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) did not approach him during the vote.

“They know I do my own thing,” he said. “I’ve developed that reputation.”

Emily Brooks contributed.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/3580489-these-are-the-house-lawmakers-who-bucked-their-parties-on-assault-weapons-ban/

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White House claims Abbott causing border chaos, states should butt out of immigration

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The White House claimed Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is causing “chaos and confusion” at the border and that states should butt out of immigration.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre took questions in a short press conference ahead of President Biden’s Friday visit to the Central Intelligence Agency.

Jean-Pierre was asked by a reporter if the Biden administration had any plans for a legal response to Abbott’s executive order authorizing state law enforcement officials and the Texas National Guard to apprehend illegal immigrants and return them to the border.

“Immigration enforcement is a federal authority, and states should not be meddling in it,” the White House press secretary said.

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed Friday that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was causing "chaos and confusion" at the southern border. 

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed Friday that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was causing “chaos and confusion” at the southern border.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“Especially Texas Gov. Abbott, who has a track record of causing chaos and confusion at the border,” Jean-Pierre claimed. “So I would refer you to [the Department of Justice] for any legal matter. But, again, immigration enforcement is a federal authority.”

Abbott signed an order Thursday allowing Texas law enforcement to return illegal immigrants apprehended in the state back to the U.S. border just as counties have urged him to declare the migrant crisis an “invasion.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference about the mass shooting at Uvalde High School May 27, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference about the mass shooting at Uvalde High School May 27, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.  (Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Abbott’s order allows the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to apprehend and return illegal immigrants who have crossed between ports of entry to the southern border. Under the order, illegal aliens will be taken to the U.S. but not into Mexico.

It comes at a time of historic migrant encounters at the border. There were more than 239,000 migrant encounters in May alone, and Abbott said that there were 5,000 migrant apprehensions in Texas alone over Independence Day weekend.

Mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents watch Haitian immigrants on the bank of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas, Sept. 20, 2021, as seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico.

Mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents watch Haitian immigrants on the bank of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas, Sept. 20, 2021, as seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Abbott has taken a number of dramatic measures to cope with the flood of migrants hitting the state, including busing migrants to Washington, D.C. Last year, the state surged resources and law enforcement to the border under the still-ongoing Operation Lone Star to arrest those entering the country illegally.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed reporting.

Houston Keene is a politics reporter for Fox News Digital.  Story tips can be sent to Houston.Keene@Fox.com and on Twitter: @HoustonKeene 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/white-house-claims-abbott-border-chaos?intcmp=tw_fnc

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Fact Sheet on WMD Threat Reduction Efforts with Ukraine, Russia and Other Former Soviet Union Countries
June 9, 2022

The History and Accomplishments of U.S. Collaboration With the International Community to Reduce Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Threats in Ukraine, Russia, and Other Countries of the Former Soviet Union

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States, along with allies, partners, and international organizations, has led cooperative efforts to reduce legacy threats from nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons left in the Soviet Union’s successor states, including Russia. These cooperative threat reduction efforts have helped advance global peace and security, and have supported the global consensus that the world is safer when we work together to increase transparency and reduce the risks from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs.
The U.S. Congress created the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program through the passage of the Soviet Threat Reduction Act of 1991. The CTR Program provided U.S. funding and expertise to: 1) consolidate and secure WMD and WMD-related material in a limited number of secure sites; 2) inventory and account for these weapons and materials; 3) provide safe handling and safe disposition of these weapons and materials as called for by arms control agreements; and 4) offer assistance in finding gainful employment for thousands of former Soviet scientists with expert knowledge of WMD, WMD-related materials, or their delivery systems
The United States has provided this assistance with transparency and in cooperation with our partners, which included Russia prior to 2014, toward mutually-decided objectives, and has been reported on a regular basis.
In addition to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction work, the Departments of Energy and State have supported nuclear, chemical, and biological threat reduction efforts, often with technical assistance from other U.S. departments and agencies. This work has occurred in collaboration with other countries, such as Canada, the European Union, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, and others; multilateral organizations, and the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC); and the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU).
Thirty years later, amidst its war of aggression against Ukraine, Russia seeks, with support from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), to undermine that work by spreading disinformation and sowing mistrust in the people and institutions all over the world that contribute to WMD threat reduction.
This Fact Sheet provides an overview of the history of threat reduction and nonproliferation programs supported by the United States, in cooperation with countries of the former Soviet Union, including the Governments of Russia and Ukraine.

Achievements of this cooperation across the former Soviet Union include:

Destroying 2,531 missiles, decommissioning more than 1,300 WMD delivery systems (silos, mobile launchers, submarines, and strategic bombers), upgrading security at 24 nuclear weapon storage sites, and securely moving over 600 shipments of nuclear warheads from less secure storage to more secure storage or destruction (almost all of this work in Russia).
Ukraine’s voluntary and verifiable renunciation of nuclear weapons, with the transfer of Soviet missiles, nuclear weapons, and weapons-usable nuclear materials to Russia or destruction of such missiles, weapons, and materials, and accession to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (NPT) as a non-nuclear-weapon State Party in December 1994.
Joint efforts by the United States and partners working with Russia to destroy Russia’s declared chemical weapons stockpile under international verification by the Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and ensuring that Soviet scientists with weapons-related knowledge could have sustainable civilian employment—in particular, supporting scientists to remove incentives to seek or accept of terrorist or other state actor employment and financing.
Engagement of thousands of former Russian biological weapons scientists to conduct peaceful biological research projects for public health purposes, with the Russian government’s full approval. (These types of projects were very similar to biological research projects Russia is now criticizing in other former Soviet countries.)
Securing Russia’s active approval of and collaboration, as a full member of the ISTC Governing Board until 2014, in peaceful biological research projects worth millions of dollars to advance public health with Georgia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and other former Soviet Union countries. (The Russian government repeatedly approved, and often collaborated in, the very projects it is now criticizing.)

Ukraine

Ukraine has no nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons programs. On March 11 and 18, 2022, United Nations (UN) High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu similarly stated that the UN is not aware of any biological weapons programs in Ukraine. Those comments were reiterated on May 13, 2022, by the UN Deputy High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.
Today, the collaborations in Ukraine remain peaceful efforts to improve nuclear and radiological safety and security, disease surveillance, chemical safety and security, and readiness to respond to epidemics and pandemics such as COVID-19.
Many of these collaborations are multilateral and involve the G7-led Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the OPCW, and other UN specialized agencies.
Ukraine has become a leader in transparency and in promoting nonproliferation and global health security norms. For example, in December 2021, Ukraine completed a voluntary, external, WHO-led evaluation of its capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health emergencies.

Ukraine Has No Nuclear Weapons Program

During the Cold War, the Soviet military stationed a sizable number of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, believed to be around 1,800 nuclear warheads as well as strategic bombers and nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). There were also several locations in Ukraine where Soviet tactical nuclear weapons were stored. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia retained control of these weapons under the aegis of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Ukraine assumed obligations under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) in 1992 as a successor state to the Soviet Union, and in 1994 joined the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as a non-nuclear-weapon State Party, renouncing the Soviet legacy nuclear weapons that had been deployed or stored in Ukraine.
The transfer of all nuclear weapons from Ukraine to the Russian Federation was completed by 1996, in return for reactor fuel for peaceful uses and security assurances from Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom as set forth in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. All ICBMs were dismantled or removed from Ukraine, and all nuclear missile silos in Ukraine were destroyed.
As a Non-Nuclear Weapon State Party to the NPT, Ukraine has upheld its obligation not to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or to seek or receive assistance in their manufacture. Ukraine also has met its NPT obligation to accept IAEA safeguards on all nuclear material in the country, and in addition has in force an Additional Protocol to its NPT-required safeguards agreement to enable the IAEA to provide credible assurances to the international community that all nuclear material in Ukraine remains in peaceful activities. The IAEA has repeatedly stated that it has found no indication that would give rise to a proliferation concern in Ukraine.
In a further demonstration of Ukraine’s dedication to nuclear nonproliferation, at the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit hosted by the United States, Ukraine voluntarily pledged to remove its highly enriched uranium (HEU).
Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) efforts, 234 kg of Ukraine’s HEU was repatriated to Russia, the original exporter of this material. The material was then down-blended to low enriched uranium (LEU). In exchange for eliminating this HEU inventory, NNSA provided LEU fuel for the research reactor at the Kyiv Institute for Nuclear Research and supported the development and construction of the Neutron Source Facility at the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, with both facilities being used for peaceful purposes.
The very small quantity of HEU that remains in Ukraine is intended for specific scientific purposes, such as nuclear forensics, and is well below the amount needed to produce a nuclear device. Ukraine does not possess uranium enrichment or spent fuel reprocessing capabilities, nor does it possess substantial quantities of separated plutonium.
Ukraine has consistently stated that it has no intention of acquiring nuclear weapons and has consistently supported other key elements of international nonproliferation regimes, such as the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Zangger Committee, the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Australia Group, and the Missile Technology Control Regime. Further, Ukraine has signed and ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Ukraine Has No Biological Weapons Program

At the time of its dissolution in 1991, the Soviet Union, despite being a State Party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), had a large and sophisticated biological weapons program, consisting of dozens of research, development, and production facilities, with tens of thousands of employees, spread across many of its successor states.
In violation of the BWC, this Soviet weapons complex developed a broad range of biological pathogens for use as weapons against plants, animals, and humans, including the weaponization of anthrax, plague, and smallpox.
In contrast, no other European state nor the United States possessed any biological weapon development programs, in compliance with their obligations under the BWC. When the Soviet Union dissolved, it left some newly independent states, like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, with legacy biological weapons program facilities, equipment, and materials that were vulnerable to theft, misuse, and unsafe handling and storage. The U.S. Departments of Defense and State funded programs to help transition such former Soviet weapons facilities into peaceful public health facilities.
The United States, through international collaboration, has also worked to address other biological threats throughout the former Soviet Union. Subject matter experts in biology, biodefense, public health, and related fields were engaged from across the U.S. government. These efforts advanced disease surveillance and enhanced peaceful biological research cooperation between former Soviet Union scientists and the global scientific community, consistent with international norms for safety, security, nonproliferation, and transparency.
The United States has also worked collaboratively to improve Ukraine’s biological safety, security, and disease surveillance for both human and animal health, providing support to 46 peaceful Ukrainian laboratories, health facilities, and disease diagnostic sites over the last two decades. The collaborative programs have focused on improving public health and agricultural safety measures at the nexus of nonproliferation.
This work, often conducted in partnership with outside organizations, such as the WHO and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), has resulted in safer and more effective disease surveillance and detection. Ukrainian scientists have acted consistent with international best practices and norms in publishing research results, partnering with international colleagues and multilateral organizations, and widely distributing their research and public health findings.
Ukraine owns and operates its public health laboratories and associated infrastructure, and the United States is proud to collaborate, cooperate, and provide assistance in support of this infrastructure. These facilities operate just like other state or local public health and research laboratories around the world. Furthermore, all equipment and training provided by the United States is subject to U.S. export control processes, audits, and acquisition laws and regulations, which ensures transparency and compliance with domestic and international laws.
This assistance has directly and measurably improved Ukraine’s preparedness and response efforts to detect and report outbreaks, including COVID-19 response, and has helped protect its food supply in addition to many other benefits that accrued from this partnership.

Ukraine Has No Chemical Weapons Program

Ukraine has been a respected member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) since ratifying the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in 1998.
Ukraine has consistently demonstrated its commitment to uphold the international norm against the use of chemical weapons, including through its participation at the OPCW and its implementation of its obligations under the CWC.
Ukraine regularly plays an active role at the OPCW Conference of the States Parties and was most recently a member of the OPCW Executive Council from 2018 to 2020. Ukraine previously held a number of leadership roles at the OPCW, to include chairing the Executive Council from 2012 to 2014.
The United States has been clear since ratifying the CWC in 1997 that it will never under any circumstances develop, produce, otherwise acquire, stockpile or retain chemical weapons, or transfer, direct or indirectly, chemical weapons to anyone; use chemical weapons; engage in any military preparations to use chemical weapons; or assist encourage or induce, in any way, anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a state party under the CWC.
The United States is committed to the destruction of all chemical weapons around the world and has provided substantial aid and support to numerous countries in the destruction of their chemical weapons, including Russia and Syria.

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U.S.|Pelosi’s Husband Charged With D.U.I. in California Car Crash

Vimal Patel

A blood sample taken from Paul Pelosi, 82, more than two hours after the crash had a .082 percent blood alcohol content, the office said.

June 23, 2022Updated 10:11 p.m. ET

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been charged with alcohol-related offenses in connection with a car crash in Napa County, Calif., in May, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

The charges include driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, and driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol level or higher and causing injury, prosecutors said.

A blood sample taken from Mr. Pelosi more than two hours after the crash had a .082 percent blood alcohol content, the office said.

The office said that the punishment for the charges includes a minimum of five days in jail and up to five years of probation. Mr. Pelosi, 82, is scheduled to be arraigned in Napa County Superior Court on Aug. 3.

“Under California law, these charges can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony,” Allison Haley, the county district attorney, said in a statement. “Based upon the extent of the injuries suffered by the victim, the district attorney filed misdemeanor charges. This decision is consistent with how our office handles these cases with similar injuries.”

A spokesman for Mr. Pelosi declined to comment on Thursday. A spokesman for Ms. Pelosi said in May that the speaker would not be commenting on the “private matter,” which occurred while she was on the East Coast.

On May 28, Mr. Pelosi was driving a 2021 Porsche and attempted to cross State Route 29 when his car was struck by another vehicle, a Jeep, at 10:26 p.m., according to a California Highway Patrol report.

The statement from Ms. Haley did not make clear the nature of any injuries. The California Highway Patrol had said there were none. Neither Ms. Haley nor the California Highway Patrol could be reached late Thursday.

Mr. Pelosi and Ms. Pelosi own a vineyard in Napa Valley. The couple met at Georgetown University and married in 1963.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/23/us/paul-pelosi-dui-charged.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

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