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Live: Washington increases military aid to Ukraine, strikes continue in the east

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Washington announced Friday that it would provide $775 million in additional military aid to Ukraine. Meanwhile, Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, was hit again, killing at least 15 people. Read more about the day’s events in our live blog. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

06:50 AM: More than 21,000 people evacuated from occupied Ukrainian territories in ten days

More than 21,000 people have been evacuated in ten days from Ukrainian areas occupied by the Russian military, including more than 9,000 from the Zaporizhzhya region and more than 8,000 from the Kherson region, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Verrechtchuk announced Friday.

03:35: Several dead in new strikes in Kharkiv

Kharkiv (northeast), Ukraine’s second-largest city, has been the target of new strikes that have killed at least 15 people, city authorities said Friday.

00:10: Eight mayors of European cities travel to Kiev

The mayors of Marseille, Lyon, Athens, Florence, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga and Tirana traveled to Kiev on Friday and ratified a memorandum of understanding “in the presence” of Volodymyr Zelensky “for the sustainable reconstruction of Ukrainian cities,” according to a ruling.

In this press release from the city of Marseille (South-East France), Mayor Benoît Payan explains that this text “intends to launch joint actions and reaffirms the ambition to facilitate rapid, ecological rehabilitation once peace is restored. ” and “with respect for the rule of law, as well as the civil and social rights of the population”.

23:30: US Department of Defense announces new military aid to Ukraine

The US Department of Defense on Friday announced a new $775 million weapons package for Ukraine aimed at helping Kiev turn the tables and begin retaking territory occupied by Russian forces.

The Russian offensive that began on Feb. 24 has been brought to a halt, a senior Pentagon official told reporters, and the new package includes a range of precision missiles, anti-armor weapons, surveillance drones, artillery and mine clearance equipment that could boost the Ukrainian population. to give. offensive operations.

“You see a complete and utter lack of progress by the Russians on the battlefield,” the official said, on condition of anonymity to reporters.

(UKTN with UKTN, UKTN and Reuters)

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