US speeds entry of Ukrainian refugees at Mexico border: LIVE UPDATES

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sky News on Thursday: “We have [had] significant troop losses [in Ukraine] and it is a great tragedy for us.”

Peskov made the remark after being asked about the losses the Russian military has suffered since it began invading Ukraine on February 24.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted on Friday that she was looking forward to Kyiv, along with a photo of her getting off a train.

The European Union announced this week that it and Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy head, would meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the Ukrainian capital.

According to the British Ministry of Defense, Russian forces have completely withdrawn from northern Ukraine

Russian Forces withdrew completely Ukraine North to Russia and Belarus and some troops will be sent east to Donbass, Britain’s Defense Ministry said in an update Friday morning.

“Many of these forces will need significant increases before they are ready to move further east, with any mass deployment from the north likely to take at least a week,” the Department of Defense said.

Russia has acknowledged significant losses in its ranks.

The update continued, “Russian shelling of cities to the east and south continues, and Russian forces have pushed further south from the strategically important city of Izium, which remains under their control.”

The US accelerates the entry of Ukrainian refugees at the Mexican border

The United States is increasing the number of Ukrainian Refugees are allowed into the country as larger numbers of people fleeing the war-torn country try to resettle across the southern border into the US.

Vlad Fedoryshyn, a volunteer with access to a waiting list, said Thursday the US processed 620 Ukrainians in 24 hours, while about 800 others arrive in Tijuana daily. Volunteers say the US used to take in a few hundred Ukrainians a day.

CBP did not release numbers in response to questions about operations and plans over the past two days, saying only that it had expanded San Diego facilities to handle humanitarian cases.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Firefighters in the US donate equipment to Ukraine

More and more US fire departments are sending protective equipment to their first responders in Ukraine.

Benjamin Hall gives health update after deadly attack in Ukraine

Fox News State Department correspondent Benjamin Hall provided a health update in the wake of the horrific attack Ukraine two colleagues died.

Hall was rescued from the war zone last month and flown to a hospital in Germany. He was later transferred to a top-tier military medical facility in Texas, where he underwent multiple surgeries.

“To sum it up, I lost half a leg on one side and a foot on the other. A hand is put together, an eye isn’t working anymore and my hearing is pretty shattered…but overall I feel freaking lucky to be here – and it’s the people that brought me here that are amazing!” Hall tweeted on Thursday evening and shared a picture of herself emerging from the hospital.

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