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Ivanka Trump praises Ukraine as she leads effort to donate one million meals to war-torn country

Ivanka Trump celebrated Ukraine’s determination as she thanked the people for “inspiring the world with courage.”

In an Instagram video posted last night, Trump thanked partner charities for helping deliver a million meals to the war-torn country.

She said: ‘For the people of Ukraine, you are in our thoughts and prayers. And our hearts break for what you are going through in this difficult time.

Trump said Ukrainians' courage had 'inspired the world' as Russian invasion continued

Trump said Ukrainians’ courage had ‘inspired the world’ as Russian invasion continued

She said 'God bless Ukraine' and repeated the message in an Instagram story last night

She said ‘God bless Ukraine’ and repeated the message in an Instagram story last night

“You have inspired the world with your bravery and courage as you fight for your country and for your freedoms.”

Trump teamed up with religious groups City of Destiny, City Serve and Mercy Chefs to send the food parcels to people in Lviv, Kiev and the northeastern city of Sumy.

Local rabbis, priests and other faith leaders handed out packages to rows of people in clips reposted by Trump.

Trump thanked her “extraordinary partners” for “risking their lives to deliver these meals to the most vulnerable in cities across Ukraine.

Trump also posted images of religious leaders delivering food parcels across the country

Trump also posted images of religious leaders delivering food parcels across the country

Trump partnered with religious charities to help donate more than a million packages in days

Trump partnered with religious charities to help donate more than a million packages in days

Trump Reposts Footage of Ukrainian Volunteers Helping While Their Country is Threatened

Trump Reposts Footage of Ukrainian Volunteers Helping While Their Country is Threatened

“We are so grateful.”

Mayor Vadym Boichenko said the generous donation came as the conflict-ravaged city of Mariupol “turned to dust” by wild Russian invaders.

Buses chartered to evacuate refugees were not allowed to leave the ravaged city, he said.

Meanwhile, Kiev claims that 17,000 Russian troops have now been killed in the invasion, which began late last month.

But local shortages and the destruction of roads have made life particularly difficult in the country, the Ministry of Defense said.

Kiev now claims 17,000 Russian troops have been killed since the invasion began in February

Kiev now claims 17,000 Russian troops have been killed since the invasion began in February

Mother of Ukrainian Lieutenant Pavlo Chernikov, 32, cries as soldiers sing the national anthem

Mother of Ukrainian Lieutenant Pavlo Chernikov, 32, cries as soldiers sing the national anthem

Ukrainian military remains steadfast in defending their country, but faces supply shortages

Ukrainian military remains steadfast in defending their country, but faces supply shortages

Kiev’s defense ministry said Russia was forced to withdraw some units around the capital after heavy losses.

The withdrawal has “significantly reduced” the intensity of the advance into the city as Putin’s forces regroup in Belarus.

Those still trying to push through to Kiev attempt to capture major roads and settlements in the city’s northeast and northwest, but are held back by the rebellious Ukrainians.

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said: “As of today, the enemy is regrouping its forces, but they have nowhere to advance in Ukraine.”

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko said 160,000 people are stuck without power in the city

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko said 160,000 people are stuck without power in the city

Valentina Demura, 70, stands next to the Mariupol apartment building she used to call home

Valentina Demura, 70, stands next to the Mariupol apartment building she used to call home

Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine resume this week, with President Zelensky claiming Kiev is willing to assume neutral status and compromise on the fate of the Donbas

Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine resume this week, with President Zelensky claiming Kiev is willing to assume neutral status and compromise on the fate of the Donbas

Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine are set to take place in Turkey this week, with Volodymyr Zelensky pushing for his country’s territorial integrity after previously suggesting he was ready for compromise.

He said late on Sunday in his video address to the Ukrainian people that his government will prioritize Ukraine’s “territorial integrity” in its talks due to take place in Istanbul.

But in comments made to Russian journalists earlier in the day, Zelensky took a different tone, saying Ukraine was ready to adopt neutral status and compromise on the status of the eastern Donbas region as part of a peace agreement.

In the video call in which the Kremlin pre-emptively warned Russian media not to report, Zelensky said any agreement must be guaranteed by third parties and subject to a referendum.

“Security guarantees and neutrality, non-nuclear status of our state. We are ready,” he added in Russian.

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