Here’s an overview of the recent events and developments during the 69th week of the russia-Ukraine war.
Terrorist Strike on Kramatorsk Kills 12 Ukrainian Civilians
On Tuesday, June 27th, a russian terrorist attack on Kramatorsk killed 12 people and injured 61 people. The attack struck a popular shopping center, including a pizzeria where many people were dining. Three of those killed are under the age of eighteen, including two fourteen-year-old sisters. Also, one of the injured is an eight-month-old baby.
Ukraine needs more air defense systems and modern fighter jets to stop russian terrorist attacks against civilians and peaceful Ukrainian cities.
Heroic Ukrainian teenagers sacrifice their lives for Ukraine in occupied Berdanysk
On June 24th, Ukrainian teenagers, Tigran Ohanesyan and Mykyta Khanganov killed a russian occupier and a collaborator in a partisan attack in occupied Berdyansk. Tragically, the two sixteen-year-olds were killed shortly after. The occupiers had been harassing and threatening the two since last year. In his last video, Tigran Ohanesyan records himself saying “Glory to Ukraine!”
Ukraine needs more military aid so that its teenagers do not have to sacrifice themselves in brave partisan acts for their country.
Lithuania, Poland, and the United States announce more military aid for Ukraine
This week has seen the announcement of more military aid from Ukraine’s allies. Poland has announced that it will transfer rifles and many rounds of ammunition to Ukraine’s national guard, police forces, and border guards. Additionally, Lithuania has agreed to deliver ammunition and almost a dozen armored personnel carriers to help protect Ukraine’s defenders on the battlefield. Lithuania has also purchased two air-defense launch systems on behalf of Ukraine.
In its newest aid package to Ukraine, the United States this week pledged to send air-defense munitions, ammunition, anti-tank weapons, and repair equipment.
Ukraine continues to successfully liberate its land
The growing momentum in Ukraine’s summer counteroffensive has begun to see more progress as Ukraine liberates more of its land. According to British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Ukraine has freed 300 square kilometers of its territory since the start of its summer counteroffensive which is more territory than Russia managed to capture during its winter campaign. Some of the towns liberated include cities in Donetsk Oblast such as Neskuchne and Blahodatne.
American public support for Ukraine Rises
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Despite russian propagandists’ insistence that Americans would soon exhaust their support of Ukraine, a new Reuters poll shows that there has actually been a rise in support for Ukraine in the US. According to the poll data, 65% of Americans support providing military aid to Ukraine so that it can defend itself against russia. The US has been a key ally for Ukraine and the continued support of the American public will mean that arms supplies from Washington DC to Kyiv will continue to flow consistently.
American support sends a strong message to russia, showing that Americans, like citizens of many other countries, are willing to stand with Ukraine as long as it takes.