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The Russian military seems to have begun the foremost offensive anticipated by the Ukrainian defenders in May: robust Russian forces are attacking throughout the nation's border – with the operational objective of conquering the jap Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv. The Ukrainian president mentioned the offensive didn’t come as a shock Volodymyr Selenskyj in his video speech.

“We know the strength of the occupier’s troops and see their plan,” he mentioned. “Our soldiers, our artillery and our drones are responding to the occupiers.” In an preliminary assault, the Russian items had been capable of seize 4 smaller villages immediately behind the border.

Die Ukraine has been defending itself in opposition to the Russian battle of aggression for greater than two years. In order to efficiently repel the newest main assault, the nation now wants assist from overseas. “What really helps are the weapons that are actually brought to Ukraine, and not just announced packages,” mentioned Zelensky.

Zelensky thanks Biden for assist bundle

The Ukrainian head of state thanked US President Joe Biden for the US authorities's newest assist bundle. The State Department in Washington introduced that the bundle was value round 400 million US {dollars} (round 371 million euros). It consists of, amongst different issues, ammunition for the Patriot air protection system, different a number of rocket launchers of the Himars sort with ammunition in addition to Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and artillery ammunition with calibers 155 and 105 millimeters. “That’s what we need,” mentioned Zelensky. Logistics now should be labored on with the intention to get all weapons to the entrance as shortly as potential.

After months of home political deadlock, the US Congress permitted billions in assist for Ukraine on the finish of April – thereby clearing the way in which for brand new arms deliveries. The regulation offers assist value round 61 billion US {dollars} (57 billion euros). Kyiv earlier than.

The US authorities had lengthy and vehemently demanded that Parliament launch the cash. Previous US funding for Ukraine assist expired on the finish of final yr. New assist from Washington was largely absent for months, and the Ukrainian troops needed to withdraw from some sections of the entrance due, amongst different issues, to a scarcity of ammunition.

After releasing new funds about two and a half weeks in the past, the US authorities has already launched a number of billion-dollar packages of recent army tools for Ukraine. According to the Pentagon, the United States has offered army assist value round $50.6 billion (round €47 billion) to Kiev for the reason that begin of Russia's battle of aggression in opposition to the nation.

US authorities watches Russian assault with concern

The US authorities is monitoring the brand new main Russian assault close to the Ukrainian metropolis of over 1,000,000 folks Charkiw with concern. “We expected that Russia would launch an offensive against Kharkiv, and it now appears to have begun,” mentioned National Security Council Communications Director John Kirby. In the months after the beginning of the battle of aggression in opposition to Ukraine over two years in the past, Russia's army tried desperately to take town, however was unsuccessful.

“In fact, it was primarily the failure to capture Kharkiv that prompted Mr. Putin to withdraw his troops across the border,” mentioned Kirby, referring to the Russian president. The present actions of the Russian army there are subsequently “very interesting and certainly worrying”.

Medvedev threatens London and Paris with counterattacks

Former Russian President and present Vice Chairman of the National Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, threatened Great Britain and France with drastic counterattacks within the occasion of Ukrainian assaults with British or French cruise missiles. Such assaults on Russian territory wouldn’t be “led by idiots in embroidered robes, but by the British and French,” Medvedev wrote on Telegram.

With the “embroidered robes” he alluded to the normal costume of the Ukrainians. The response to such assaults would “under certain circumstances” not be directed in opposition to Kiev, he threatened. “And not just with conventional explosives, but also with special ammunition.” The “not fully trained idiots of His Royal Highness” also needs to perceive this, mentioned the politician, identified for polemical statements, addressed to Great Britain.

Cameron: “Ukraine has this right”

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron as soon as once more assured Ukraine of assist throughout his go to to Kiev a number of days in the past. According to the British information company PA, he emphasised throughout his journey that it was as much as Kiev to determine how the Ukrainians would use weapons provided. Russia attacked Ukraine and Ukraine has the precise to strike again. When requested whether or not this included targets in Russia, he mentioned: “This is a decision for Ukraine and Ukraine has this right.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry had already protested in opposition to Cameron's statements and threatened counterattacks. Both France and Great Britain assist Ukraine by supplying cruise missiles. During his time period as Russian President (2008 to 2012), Medvedev was thought of a reasonable and liberal politician. He has represented excessive positions since Russia's battle of aggression in opposition to Ukraine started greater than two years in the past.

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