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Russia issues arrest warrant for US senator who calls it a 'badge of honor'

NewsRussia issues arrest warrant for US senator who calls it a 'badge of honor'

An American senator who is a wanted man in Russia for his support of Ukraine says it is a “badge of honor” that the Russian government has issued a warrant for his arrest.

The Russian Interior Ministry put out a warrant for the arrest of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. for comments he made after visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week.

Graham praised US support for Ukraine’s defense and noted that Russians are dying as Ukraine fights for its freedom.

He described the US military assistance to the country as “the best money we’ve ever spent”.

The Associated Press reported Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responding by saying that “it’s hard to imagine a greater shame for the country than having such senators.”

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Russia’s Investigative Committee moved to open a criminal investigation against Graham and the Interior Ministry followed up with a warrant for his arrest.

Fox News reported that Graham considers the arrest warrant to be a “Badge of Honor”.

“To know that my commitment to Ukraine has drawn the ire of Putin’s regime brings me immense joy,” he said in a statement.

“I will continue to stand with and for Ukraine’s freedom until every Russian soldier is expelled from Ukrainian territory.

“Finally, here’s an offer to my Russian ‘friends’ who want to arrest and try me for calling out the Putin regime as being war criminals: I will submit to jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court if you do. Come and make your best case. See you in The Hague!”

Russian forces attacked the Ukrainian capital Kyiv with drone attacks over the weekend as the city celebrated the anniversary of its founding on Sunday.

Russia launched 54 Iranian-made drones at Kyiv and elsewhere in Ukraine, but air defenses shot down 52 of the drones, according to Ukrainian officials. Two people were killed during Saturday night’s attack, with falling debris landing on one 41-year-old man and another person dying of unspecified causes.

Fox News says that Ukraine has been largely successful in warding off Russian missile and drone attacks in recent weeks thanks to the deployment of US-made Patriot missile systems.

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