(CNN) – As predicted in a New York Times editorial the day before, US President Joe Biden announced a new aid package for Ukraine on Wednesday. These are the latest developments in the Russian war in Ukraine.
“I am announcing a major new security assistance package to provide critical and timely assistance to the Ukrainian military. Thanks to additional funding for Ukraine, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the US Congress, the country will be able to continue providing Ukraine with more of the weapons that it It is actively used to repel Russian attacks.
He added: “This new package will provide them with new capabilities and advanced weapons, including HIMARS with battlefield ammunition, to defend their territories from Russian advances. We will continue to lead the world in providing historical assistance in support of Ukraine’s struggle for freedom.”
Senior administration officials confirmed to reporters Tuesday that the United States will send US-made high-mobility artillery missile systems to Ukraine as part of the 11th US security assistance package to Ukraine.
The officials said that the systems that the United States will send to Ukraine will be equipped with munitions that allow Ukraine to fire missiles up to 78 kilometers in length. This is well below the systems’ maximum range, but far greater than anything that has been sent to Ukraine so far.
Here is the latest news from the war between Russia and Ukraine:
Ukraine says the Russians control the eastern Severodonetsk provinces, but have been pushed back elsewhere
According to the Ukrainian military, Russian forces attempted to advance on several fronts on Wednesday but met resistance and retreated. The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported that the Russians “continue to attack Severodonetsk and take control of the eastern part of the city.”
It appears that Ukrainian forces are still in control of the western parts of this city. A video clip on social media showed Russian soldiers around Peace Square in the northern part of the city. Several bodies, apparently civilians, were seen in the square.
Earlier Wednesday, Serhiy Heidi, head of the regional military administration, said some Ukrainian units had returned to more defensive positions, but others remained in the city. The military said Russian artillery was used against Ukrainian defenses in the cities of Redin and Svyatohersk, north of Slovensk. Russian forces attempted to occupy two villages in the area, but withdrew.
Russia says Ukraine’s request for advanced US missiles is ‘direct provocation’
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Ukraine’s demands to the West over the supply of advanced missile launchers go beyond “all limits and morals” and are a “direct provocation”.
“Such a risk [de involucrar a terceros países en el conflicto ucraniano]There is, of course, what the Kyiv regime emphatically demands, commercially, from its Western patrons, firstly, it goes beyond all limits of decency and diplomatic communication, and secondly, this is a direct provocation aimed at drawing the West into hostilities. Of course, reasonable Western politicians understand these risks. not everything “.
Ukraine says it will not use US weapons to attack Russia
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Ukraine had assured the United States that it would not use weapons systems supplied by the United States “against targets on Russian soil.” “There is a strong relationship of trust between Ukraine and the United States, as well as with our allies and partners,” Blinken said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
The United States sent these new weapons systems to Ukraine as an escalation measure, as President Biden was clear with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the consequences of the Russian invasion, including sending security assistance to Ukraine.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has reported an “extremely difficult” situation in Severodonetsk
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry says fighting continues in the city of Severodonetsk, where Russian forces and their allies are advancing. “The enemy has reached the center of Severodonetsk and is trying to establish positions. The situation is very difficult,” Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motozyanek told a news briefing on Wednesday.
“I don’t want to estimate or give percentages of what we control and what we don’t,” Motozyanek added. We know the enemy’s targets and do everything we can to prevent them from hitting them. ” A military man engaged in the defense of Severodonetsk spoke more optimistically about the situation.
Russian officials talk about the integration of occupied Ukrainian regions into the Russian Federation
More Russian officials are talking about integrating the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine into the Russian Federation. Sergei Tsykov, a member of the Federation Council, was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that referendums could be held in Kherson and Zaporizhia this year.
Russian troops occupy a significant part of the Kherson region, where the fighting continues, and part of the Zaporizhia region. I think that all the territories controlled by Russia have a good chance of reunification with the Russian Federation. “This is originally Russian territory,” Tsykov said.
Tsarist Russia annexed Kherson in the late 18th century, but it has been part of Ukraine since independence in 1991.
Ukrainian army: At least 7 killed and 16 wounded in Russian attacks in the past 24 hours
Ukrainian military officials said on Wednesday that at least seven people were killed and 16 wounded in Ukraine in the past 24 hours. In eastern Ukraine, where the fiercest fighting is taking place, four people were killed and at least 10 wounded after Russian forces launched air strikes, missile and artillery strikes on several cities, including Severodonetsk and Slovyansk, according to a statement from Russia’s task force. Combined Forces of Ukraine.
In Luhansk and Donetsk, Russian forces bombed 21 districts on Tuesday, destroying 46 “civilian targets,” the statement said.
Filling a gas tank in the US is 30% more expensive now than the day before the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Pump prices have taken another big step in the wrong direction. The US national average for regular gasoline rose five cents on Wednesday to a new record high of $4.67 a gallon, according to the AAA.
That raises gas prices by 48 cents in the last month alone. The cost of filling the tank is now 32% more than it did the day before Russia invaded Ukraine.
Seven states now average $5 or more, and Illinois is the latest to join this unpopular club, according to the AAA. New York and Arizona are just a few pennies off the $5 threshold, and California now averages $6.9 per gallon. No state averages $4.15 or less.