Live Updates | 12 dead in Russian attacks in Severodonetsk

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian forces attacked the towns of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk in the eastern Lugansk region, the region’s governor announced on Friday.

Serhiy Haidai said in a post on the Telegram messaging app on Friday that 12 people were killed in Severodonetsk as a result of the assault and more than 60 homes were destroyed in the area.

He added that the attack on Severodonetsk “failed – the Russians suffered personnel losses and withdrew.” His statements could not be independently verified.

Ukraine’s General Staff, in its Friday morning update, also said the Russians tried to attack Severodonetsk but suffered casualties and retreated.



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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the United States for the $40 billion aid package, which won final congressional approval on Thursday.

“This is a demonstration of strong leadership and a necessary contribution to our common defense of freedom,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation.

He also thanked the European Union for its support.

“And for our partners, it’s not just an expense or a gift. This is their contribution to security,” Zelenskyy said. “Because defending Ukraine also means defending it against new wars and crises that Russia could provoke if it succeeds in the war against Ukraine. Therefore, we must together ensure that Russia’s aggression against our state has no success, whether military, economic or otherwise.

Zelenskyy said Ukraine’s monthly budget deficit is $5 billion “and therefore to survive in the war for freedom, we need quick and sufficient financial support.”

The United States has announced a delivery of $100 million worth of military equipment to Ukraine, regardless of what will come from the $40 billion approved by Congress. The latest package includes 18 additional howitzers as well as anti-artillery radar systems, which the United States has already supplied to Ukraine since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.


KYIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian troops are stepping up their attacks in Donbass.

“It’s hell out there and that’s no exaggeration,” he said in his nightly video address to the nation. “The brutal and completely senseless bombardment of Severodonetsk. Twelve dead and dozens injured there in a single day.

Zelenskyy said the Russian strikes on the northeast Chernihiv region included a terrible strike on the village of Desna, where he said many had been killed and rescuers were still scouring the rubble.

“The shelling and shelling of our other cities, the air and missile strikes of the Russian army are not just wartime military operations… This is a conscious and criminal attempt to kill so many Ukrainians as possible,” Zelenskyy said. mentioned. “To destroy more homes, public sites, businesses. This is what will be called the genocide of the Ukrainian people and for which the occupiers will certainly be brought to justice.


A veteran Russian rock musician is accused of discrediting the military over remarks he made at a concert on Wednesday.

The charges against Yuri Shevchuk, singer of the group DDT, were referred to an administrative court on Thursday. He could face a fine of up to 50,000 rubles ($800).

After the war began, Russia passed a tougher law making spreading “fake news” about the conflict punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

During the concert in Ufa, Shevchuk questioned the aims of the war and why young Russians and Ukrainians are fighting and dying in a war that is also costing civilian lives.

“Old people, women and children are dying,” he said. “For some kind of Napoleonic plans of our last Caesar, yes?”

“Homeland, my friends, is not a president’s ass that you have to lick and fuck all the time. The fatherland is a poor grandmother selling potatoes at the station. This is the homeland,” he added.


WASHINGTON — The United States announced a $100 million shipment of military equipment to Ukraine, regardless of what will come from the $40 billion approved by Congress on Thursday.

The latest package includes 18 more howitzers as well as anti-artillery radar systems, which the United States has already supplied to Ukraine since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the equipment will be in Ukraine’s hands. strength “very, very soon”.

With this latest delivery, the United States has provided nearly $4 billion in military aid since February 24 and $6.6 billion since 2014, when Russia seized and annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. .

Kirby said the United States would consult with Ukraine, as it has often done since the invasion, on what it needs in terms of equipment.


WARSAW, Poland – Polish President Andrzej Duda, the country’s Defense Minister and the US Ambassador to Poland on Thursday attended a joint military exercise dubbed DEFENDER-Europe 22 by Polish, US, French and Swedish troops in the north -eastern Poland.

The troops’ task was to cross the Narew River near the town of Nowogrod, in an area about two hours’ drive from the borders of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and Russia’s ally Belarus.

Duda said that as Ukraine battles Russia’s invasion, everyone is “aware of the potential threat” in the region.

Duda said the exercise – which had been planned earlier – would help “show NATO’s cooperation and effectiveness in collective defence”.