It’s 11 p.m. on Sunday in Kiev. This is what you need to know

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki talks to reporters during the daily press conference on April 8 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Russia’s appointment of new military leadership “shows there will be a continuation of what we have already seen on the ground in Ukraine.”

“And that’s what we expect,” Psaki told Dana Perino in an interview on Fox News Sunday.

CNN reported on Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a new general to lead the war in Ukraine as his military shifts plans after a failure to take Kiev, according to a US official and a European official.

The officials told CNN that Army General Alexander Dvornikov, the commander of Russia’s Southern Military District, has been appointed theatrical commander of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, following a series of battlefield setbacks and an apparent lack of coordination between groups of Russian troops deployed in Ukraine. Ukraine.

Psaki called Dvornikov responsible for the “atrocities we have seen in Syria and said the US continues to work for Ukraine with officials to ensure they have the weapons and aid they need to be successful on the battlefield.

“This week our National Security Adviser, our Secretary and our Chairman of the Joint Chiefs had a two-hour meeting with their counterparts to go through point by point exactly what the Ukrainians were asking, what they wanted, if we can’t. meet their needs. We are working with our allies and partners as we did with the S-300,” Psaki said, referring to Slovakia’s transfer to Ukraine this week and that the US plans to deploy an American Patriot missile system in Slovakia. in return.

Psaki also said the government found the Kremlin’s admission that their armed forces had suffered heavy losses was “interesting” for a country that is slow to admit defeat.

“It was significant,” she said, calling it a reflection of “the courage of Ukraine’s leaders.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated which country sent the S-300 missile defense system to Ukraine.

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