Zelensky warns Ukraine may lose struggle if US Congress withholds help | EUROtoday

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President Volodymyr Zelensky stated Sunday that Ukraine will lose its struggle towards Russia if the US Congress doesn’t approve a serious navy help package deal, as Russian forces heighten their strain on a frontline metropolis.

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The Ukraine navy acknowledged that the preventing across the frontline metropolis of Chasiv Yar was “difficult” and “tense” however insisted its forces have been resisting.

Amid heightened air assaults by each side, Russia stated one Ukrainian drone had hit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant that it has occupied since shortly after launching its invasion in 2022.

Ukraine has made more and more pressing requires the United States to start out sending a proposed $60 billion help package deal that has been blocked by Republicans in Congress for months.

“It is necessary to specifically tell Congress that if Congress does not help Ukraine, Ukraine will lose the war,” Zelensky stated throughout a video assembly.

It can be “difficult” for Ukraine to “stay” (survive) with out the help, Zelensky added. “If Ukraine loses the war, other states will be attacked.”

Russia has stepped up assaults on Chasiv Yar because it seeks to construct on territorial positive aspects in current months.

Chasiv Yar is lower than 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Kramatorsk, an essential rail and logistics hub for the Ukrainian military.

“The situation is difficult enough and tense,” stated Oleg Kalashnikov, spokesman for a military brigade deployed within the space. Russian was utilizing infantry and air assaults, he advised Ukrainian tv.

“The Russians are trying to carry out assaults directly on the small towns of Bogdanivka and Ivanivske, outside Chasiv Yar.”

Authorities stated a Russian strike on Gulyaipole within the southern Zaporizhzhia area killed three folks.

“Two men and a woman died under the rubble of their own private house, which was hit by a Russian shell,” the pinnacle of the area, Ivan Fedorov, stated on social media.

Officials stated a girl was killed in an condo block in Kupiansk, within the northeastern Kharkiv area that has additionally seen elevated assaults in current months.

Authorities in the primary metropolis of Kharkiv stated Russia launched one other assault on Sunday, wounding 5 civilians, a day after a lethal strike there.

Russia, in the meantime, stated it had destroyed 15 Ukrainian drones over its  Belgorod and Bryansk border areas, reporting the dying of 1 younger girl.

Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov stated shrapnel hit a automobile with a household of six inside within the village of Shagarovka, some 35 kilometres (20 miles) from the border with Ukraine. The girl died on the scene.

The Russian military stated it had destroyed 12 Ukrainian drones over Belgorod area and three over Bryansk — each territories recurrently focused by Ukraine.

Russia additionally stated {that a} Ukraine drone had hit a dome on one of many six reactors on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant that it occupies, however there was no radioactive launch.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) urged restraint, warning that “this is a serious incident with potential to undermine (the) integrity of the reactor’s containment system”.