Ukraine to Receive More Military Aid from US

As Russian forces continued to indiscriminately bomb villages and cities in the east and the war was about to enter its sixth month, the United States offered further military assistance to Ukraine, including drones, and is debating whether to deploy fighter planes, Reuters reported.

On Friday, Moscow and Kyiv inked a historic agreement that gave rise to optimism about opening up massive grain shipments from Black Sea ports. The agreement was praised by President Volodymyr Zelensky, but he said that there could be no truce unless lost land was reclaimed since fierce combat was still taking place on several fronts.

Since Russian forces took control of the final two Ukrainian-held cities in the province of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine in late June and early July, there have been no significant developments on the front lines.

Russian troops attempted to march west from the city of Lysychansk but were repelled, according to the general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces, but they were unable to seize control of the country’s second-largest power plant at Vuhlehirska, northeast of Donetsk.

At least 13 Russian missiles struck a military airport and train infrastructure in the central province of Kirovohrad on Saturday, inflicting a number of fatalities and injuries, according to the territory’s governor.

A Ukrainian official reported the death of at least one person as a result of ongoing Russian bombardment in the southern town of Nikopol on the Dnipro river.

According to Oleksandr Vilkul, chairman of the military administration of Kryvyi Rih in central Ukraine, the strike on Nikopol—the target of more than 250 rockets in the previous week—damaged 11 residences and agricultural buildings, cut off gas and water supplies, and wrecked a railway track.

According to Valentyn Reznychenko, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk area, rockets fired up river hit a town and adjacent settlements.

In Kherson province, west of the Dnipro River, Ukrainian forces have been waging an attack against Russia for the past 48 hours, according to British military information, which was released on Saturday.

According to Mayor Ihor Terekhov’s statement on Telegram, “several strong attacks” struck the center of Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine, early on Saturday.

When Reuters contacted the Russian defense ministry for comment outside of business hours, they did not respond right away.

Kyiv intends to retake territory with the help of its steadily expanding supply of western weapons, including the U.S. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

The United States and Ukraine denied claims made on Friday by the Russian defense ministry that its forces had destroyed four HIMARS systems between July 5 and Wednesday.

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