Ukraine says Russians pushed back near Kharkiv
US House set to pass new $40 billion aid package for Ukraine
Ukrainians mourn first post-Soviet president Leonid Kravchuk
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US House expected to pass $40 billion in new aid to Ukraine
The United States House of Representatives is expected to accept new aid of 40 billion dollars (nearly 38 billion euros) to Ukraine.
The money will include funds for defence, humanitarian and economic needs in Ukraine.
The Senate is also expected to pass the measure this weekend or next week. President Joe Biden would then sign the bill.
Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called on both houses of Congress to act quickly on the legislation.
Zelenskyy says Russia is driven out of areas near Kharkiv
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, along with other Ukrainian officials, said Russian forces were gradually being pushed back from areas surrounding the major northeastern city of Kharkiv.
In his nightly video address, Zelenskyy praised the reported territorial gains and said he was “grateful to all of our protectors who are fighting back and showing truly superhuman strength to drive out the invading army.”
But he also called on his people “not to spread excessive emotions”.
“We should not create an atmosphere of excessive moral pressure, where victories are expected every week and even every day,” Zelenskyy said.
The village of Malaya Rohan was among those reportedly taken over by Ukrainian forces on the outskirts of Kharkiv
Tetiana Apatchenko, press secretary for the main Ukrainian force in the region, said four towns north of Kharkiv had been retaken from Russian troops in recent days. The reports could not be independently verified.
Kharkiv and its surroundings have come under sustained Russian attack since the start of the war.
Summary of Tuesday’s events in Russia’s war on Ukraine
Ukraine’s first post-Soviet president, Leonid Kravchuk, has died aged 88. Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak called his death a “great loss”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also paid tribute to Kravchuk in his nightly video address.
Kravchuk oversaw the development of Ukraine’s ties with the West and its transition to a market economy. He also pledged to give up Ukraine’s nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees in a 1994 agreement called the Budapest Memorandum.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock visited Ukraine on an unannounced trip. Germany’s top diplomat visited the town of Bucha near kyiv, where Russian troops are said to have committed alleged war crimes.
Baerbock has vowed to bring the perpetrators of Bucha’s murders to justice. She also visited the kyiv suburb of Irpin, which had seen massive destruction due to the war.
Baerbock also met with Zelenskyy and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba during the visit to Kyiv.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Ukrainian refugees in Moldova during his two-day visit to the Eastern European country.
Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said he fears the focus on Ukrainian refugees could distract from other crises, such as the plight of refugees. Syrians in the Middle East.
US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said Russian President Vladimir Putin was ready for a long war in Ukraine. She told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Putin expects the Western revolution to weaken over time.
As Russia’s war against Ukraine threatens European security, the Finnish parliament’s defense committee has declared itself in favor of the country’s candidacy for NATO membership.
Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said the Nordic region is “stronger” with Sweden and Finland in NATO.
The UN said Ukraine’s death toll was “thousands higher” than the official figure of 3,381.
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