Morning in Ukraine. Here’s what you need to know

Morning in Ukraine. Here’s what you need to know

Russia has continued its push into northeastern Ukraine since making some progress there last week after launching a surprise cross-border attack.

This is Moscow’s most significant gain since Kyiv forces recaptured Kharkiv region in 2022.

On Tuesday, at least 21 civilians, including two 12-year-old girls and an 8-year-old boy, were injured in a Russian attack in the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, according to prosecutors.

More than 7,500 people have been evacuated from the region. In neighboring Sumy province, officials have also ordered “voluntary evacuation” for several towns where attacks have increased, according to the military administration.

More defense systems needed: As they met in Kyiv on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Ukraine urgently needed more air defense. The call was echoed on the same day by German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz, who urged European countries to do more to help Ukraine access the system.
Some US hardware is already in Ukraine: Blinken said some long-awaited US military aid has started arriving in Ukraine after months of delays.
Seizing Russian assets to finance Ukraine: Blinken reiterated that the US intends to use seized Russian assets to finance the reconstruction of Ukraine, and that the US is working with other G7 countries to do the same.
More pressure on Donetsk: While attention is focused on Kharkiv, Russian forces continue to exploit Ukrainian vulnerabilities elsewhere, particularly along the front line west of the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk. Zelensky has sought to reassure Ukrainians that defending Kharkiv will not lead to defense gaps elsewhere.
Grid under pressure: Ukraine’s state-owned grid operator says that emergency power cuts are being introduced following a series of Russian attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure. Moscow has stepped up efforts to disable Ukraine’s energy system in the past month.
Putin meets Xi: Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping in China this week. Ahead of the visit, Putin praised China for its 12-point plan calling for an end to hostilities in Ukraine and blasted Ukraine’s “Western patrons” for “trying hard to ‘punish’ Russia, isolate and weaken it.”
More Ukraine aid from EU leaders: European Union leaders approved a plan that would see a steady flow of payments as part of a financial package of up to $54 billion. And French President Emmanuel Macron told Zelensky that France would send more military aid to Ukraine “in the coming days and weeks.”

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