Ukrainian forces are making a “swift and powerful advance” in the south of the country, with “dozens of settlements” freed from Russian control, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his regular late-night address Tuesday night.
His comments came as the Biden administration approved an additional $625 million in security assistance for Kyiv, bringing total US military aid to Ukraine to $16.8 billion since February, the Defense Department said in a statement. a statement.
The announcement drew a rebuke from Russia, which accused the United States of escalating the conflict. Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said the transfer of military equipment by the United States and other Western allies to Ukraine “increases the danger of direct military confrontation between Russia and Western countries.”
Here’s the latest on the war and its effects around the world.
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