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Ukrainian first girl Olena Zelenska met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday as she started a high-profile go to to Washington that may embrace a session with US counterpart Jill Biden. Russian forces in the meantime pursued their bombardment of cities throughout Ukraine, with intense shelling of Sumy within the north, cluster bombs focusing on Mykolaiv and a missile strike in Odesa within the south, in line with Ukrainian authorities. Comply with FRANCE 24 for stay updates. All occasions are Paris time (GMT+2).
Kyiv hopes the battle is at a turning level, with Moscow having exhausted its offensive capabilities in seizing a couple of small cities within the east, whereas Ukraine now fields long-range Western weapons that may strike behind Russian traces.
Kyiv cites a string of profitable strikes on 30 Russian logistics and ammunition hubs, which it says are crippling Russia’s artillery-dominated forces that want to move hundreds of shells to the entrance every day.
In a Fb publish on Monday, Ukraine’s high army commander, Basic Valery Zaluzhny, credited US-supplied superior long-range rocket programs often called HIMARS with serving to to “stabilize the scenario” via “main strikes at enemy command factors, ammunition and gasoline storage warehouses.”
Russia mentioned on Monday that Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had ordered the army to focus on destroying Ukraine’s Western-supplied rockets and artillery.
Within the south, Ukraine is getting ready a counterattack to recapture the largest swath of territory taken for the reason that invasion. Ukraine reported destroying Russian missile programs, communications, radar, ammunition depots and armoured automobiles in strikes within the southern Kherson area.
Ukraine’s first girl, Olena Zelenska, met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday as she started a collection of high-profile appearances in Washington that may embrace a session with US counterpart Jill Biden.
Blue and yellow Ukrainian flags flew alongside American ones on Pennsylvania Avenue as Zelenska headed for her first introduced occasion within the United States, the assembly with Blinken.
State Division spokesman Ned Value mentioned the secretary of state assured Zelenska of the USA’ dedication to Ukraine. Blinken additionally counseled her for her work with civilians coping with trauma and different harm from the battle.
The primary girl additionally met Monday with Samantha Energy, head of the US Company for Worldwide Growth. Energy’s company has given billions of {dollars} to help Ukraine’s authorities and to humanitarian wants, and is working to ease a world meals scarcity aggravated by Russia’s battle.
The State Division introduced after which canceled a deliberate transient look by Blinken and Zelenska earlier than photographers there. The low-key arrival displays that Zelenska isn’t touring as an official consultant of the federal government of her husband, President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Quickly after Russia invaded, Ukraine banned most males ages 18 to 60 from leaving the nation. That has left many {couples} going through troublesome decisions: some have been cut up throughout continents as girls and kids search refuge overseas, whereas others have caught collectively close to the entrance traces as bombs rain down.
FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg, Ludovic de Foucaud and Denys Denysov report from Kramatorsk:
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen mentioned on Tuesday that the USA will impose harsh penalties on these nations that abuse or break worldwide financial order.
“Financial integration has been weaponized by Russia,” she mentioned, calling for all accountable nations to unite in opposition to Russia’s battle in Ukraine.
She mentioned she was heartened by conversations with Korean counterparts on a proposed cap on Russian oil worth whereas visiting South Korea, the ultimate leg of her 11-day go to to the Indo-Pacific area.
Russian forces saved up their bombardment of cities throughout Ukraine, with intense shelling of Sumy within the north, cluster bombs focusing on Mykolaiv and a missile strike in Odesa within the south, authorities mentioned on Tuesday.
After failing to seize the capital Kyiv on the outset of the invasion on February 24, Russia has shifted to a marketing campaign of devastating bombardments to cement and lengthen its management of Ukraine’s south and east.
In Odesa, a Russian missile strike injured a minimum of 4 individuals, burned homes to the bottom and set different houses on hearth, Oleksii Matsulevych, a spokesman for the regional administration, mentioned on his Telegram channel.
Russian forces focused Mykolaiv with cluster shells Monday, injuring a minimum of two individuals and damaging home windows and roofs of personal homes, the Ukrainian metropolis’s mayor Oleksandr Senkevich mentioned in a social media publish.
Greater than 150 mines and shells had been fired on the Sumy area, Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, the top of the Sumy regional army administration, mentioned on Telegram.
(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)
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