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US boosts arms aid as Ukraine expands battle gains


KYIV: The United States has announced more weapons for Ukraine’s military as the country claims to reap multiple gains along two main battlefields in a rush of offensives aimed at defeating the arrival of a new Russian army and a new season. winter is approaching.
The White House says it is shipping four more exact Himars rocket launcher32 cannons, 75,000 shells and 200,000 small arms rounds for Ukraine as Russian warplanes are fending off Kyiv’s attack.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday said his forces had made “quick and powerful” gains and had retaken “dozens” of Russian villages this week to the east and south.
During a briefing in Moscow, the Russian military admitted in an updated map of the fronts that it had suffered significant territorial losses.
An official installed by the Kremlin in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, which Moscow claimed on Friday is now its own “sovereign territory”, urged citizens to remain calm in the face of military might. Ukraine, and promised that Russian jets and artillery would fight back.
“There is no reason to panic,” Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Kherson region appointed by Moscow, said on social media.
“Yes, you can hear explosions in the distance, but they are infrequent.”
Zelenskyy said eight settlements in the southern Kherson region, where Moscow’s forces had retreated, had been recaptured.
The latest battlefield maps from Moscow show that Russian troops have left many areas in Kherson, including along the western bank of the Dnipro River.
In the area east of Kharkiv, maps indicate that Russian forces have almost completely abandoned the eastern bank of the Oskil River, potentially giving Ukrainian forces space to encircle key supply and transport corridors. of the Russian army.
“Our soldiers don’t stop. And it’s only a matter of time before we expel the occupier from all of our land,” Zelenskyy said.
Meanwhile, Russia has pushed to quickly mobilize more troops to support those fighting in Ukraine.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the new fighters were being trained at “80 training grounds and six training centers”.
“As of today, more than 200,000 people have enlisted in the army,” he said.
Washington announced that $625 million worth of weapons would be withdrawn immediately from the existing US military stockpile.
The new batch added four powerful Himars medium-range missile launchers to the 16 already delivered, allowing Ukraine to strike Russian command posts and weapons stockpiles behind the front lines.
The Pentagon is also sending 500 rounds of precision-guided 155mm artillery shells, which can identify targets at medium to long ranges.
“This package will provide the Ukrainian armed forces with the additional capabilities and weapons needed to maintain momentum on the side,” said Laura Cooper, the Pentagon’s top official on Russia and Ukraine. east and south”.
“We are looking very closely at their ammunition consumption rates, to make sure they have what they need for the counterattack,” she said.
The United Nations General Assembly called an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss Russia’s announced annexation of four regions in Ukraine that the country partially occupies.
At the meeting, the 193 UN member states will consider a resolution currently being prepared after Russia vetoed their annexation declaration at the Security Council last week.
Diplomatic sources say a resolution is being drafted by the European Union along with Ukraine and other countries.
The resolution could further clarify the extent of Moscow’s isolation and support on the global stage, as the war intensifies and its influence widens.
Earlier this year, the General Assembly adopted three resolutions regarding Russia’s invasion, with the third in late April showing some erosion of international solidarity against Moscow.
Meanwhile, the World Bank says Ukraine’s economy could shrink 35% this year as the invasion has forced more than 14 million people from their homes and brought industrial production to a halt.
After the invasion of Moscow, Ukraine’s economy was “threatened by destruction of productive capacity, damage to farmland and reduced labor supply”, it said.
The head of Ukraine’s central bank, Kyrylo Shevchenko, announced on Tuesday that he was resigning due to health reasons.
The 49-year-old said: “War is another tough test for our team and for me personally.
Together with the banking leaders, “we were able to keep the banking (system) operational during the war, help the Ukrainian people access financial services, and ensure financial stability regardless of the situation.” despite the most difficult circumstances,” he said.

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