Washington on Friday announced another $775 million in military aid to Ukraine, pointing to a “complete lack of progress on the battlefield” by Russian troops. At the same time, Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, has been the target of new strikes with a balance of at least 15 dead. Follow the latest news of the day.
More than 21,000 people evacuated in ten days from the occupied Ukrainian territories
More than 21,000 people have been evacuated in ten days from the Russian-occupied territories, including more than 9,000 from the Zaporizhia region and more than 8,000 from the Kherson region, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced.
Several killed in fresh attacks in Kharkiv
Kharkiv (northeast), Ukraine’s second largest city, has also been the target of new strikes with a toll of at least 15 dead, city authorities reported.
Eight mayors of European cities travel to Kyiv
The mayors of the cities of Marseille, Lyon, Athens, Florence, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga and Tirana traveled to Kyiv on Friday and ratified a memorandum of understanding “in the presence” of Volodymyr Zelensky “for a sustainable reconstruction of Ukrainian cities.” according to a press release.
In this press release from the city of Marseille (south-eastern France), its mayor Benoît Payan explains that this text “intends to launch joint actions and reaffirms the ambition to allow, as soon as peace is restored, a rapid rehabilitation, ecological and “respectful of the rule of law, as well as the civil and social rights of populations”.
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The people of Marseille and Kyiv are sister peoples.
We signed, with the Mayor @Vitaliy_Klychkoa cooperation agreement between our two cities.
We write today our common future and while we help Odessa we will help Kyiv. pic.twitter.com/MxSaxbPH78
— Benoit Payan (@BenoitPayan) August 19, 2022
The Pentagon announces new military aid to Ukraine
The Pentagon will release a new tranche of military aid to Ukraine, in the amount of 775 million dollars, which notably includes additional missiles for the US Himars precision artillery systems, an official from the Department of Defense of Ukraine informed the press on Friday. USA. He noted that Ukrainian forces had managed in recent weeks to stop the advance of Russian forces in the south and east of the country, citing in particular the successful use of these US missiles.
“You can see a complete lack of progress by the Russians on the battlefield,” he said.