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Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for US Sen. Lindsey Graham: 'Badge of Honor'

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Russia's Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant for Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) following comments he made on the fighting in Ukraine.

Last Friday, Graham met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

Zelenskyy's office released an edited video of the meeting showing Graham saying, "the Russians are dying." Graham also describes the U.S. military assistance to Ukraine as "the best money we've ever spent."

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While the remarks appear to be in different parts of the conversation, Zelensky's office put the comments next to each other sparking Russian anger.

Russia's top criminal investigation agency, The Investigative Committee, opened a criminal inquiry against Graham, and the Russian Interior Ministry followed up by issuing an arrest warrant.  

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for Russia's President Vladimir Putin, said, "It's hard to imagine a greater shame for the country than having such senators."

Graham said he views the arrest warrant from Vladimir Putin's government as a "badge of honor."

"To know that my commitment to Ukraine has drawn the ire of Putin's regime brings me immense joy," he tweeted. 

"I will continue to stand with and for Ukraine's freedom until every Russian soldier is expelled from Ukrainian territory," he continued. 

Graham is among a list of 200 U.S. members of Congress who Moscow banned from Russia.

Last year, Graham called for Russians to assassinate President Vladimir Putin saying it was the quickest way to end the war. 

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Talia Wise has served as a multi-media producer for, CBN Newswatch, The Prayer Link, and CBN News social media outlets. Prior to joining CBN News she worked for Fox Sports Florida producing and reporting. Talia earned a master’s degree in journalism from Regent University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.