Live from Ukraine 84th day of war in Ukraine ONLINE 06:33 US President Joe Biden announced his intention to provide Ukraine with a new package of military aid. Deutsche Welle radio station reported on Friday night. “Today I am announcing another security package that will provide Ukraine with additional artillery, radar and other equipment that it is already using effectively on the battlefield,” Biden said in a statement released Thursday night on the White House website. According to Biden, by providing such support, the United States is seeking to “strengthen Ukraine’s position on the battlefield as well as at the negotiating table.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the new package would cost $ 100 million. The aid includes 18 155 mm howitzers, 18 tactical vehicles to tow these howitzers, three AN / TPQ-36 anti-aircraft radars, field equipment and spare parts, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. 06:28 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared that the Donbas in eastern Ukraine is completely destroyed by Russian troops. At the same time, he accused Russia of senseless bombing as he intensified his offensive in the area. According to Reuters, Zelensky told a video message on Thursday night that Ukrainian troops were still working to liberate the Kharkiv region, while Russia was trying to increase its pressure in Donbas. “It’s hell out there – and it’s not an exaggeration,” Zelenskyj said. He added that 12 people were killed in a “brutal and absolutely senseless shelling” of the city of Severodonetsk on Thursday and dozens more were injured. He also informed: “(Constantly) there are strikes on the Odessa region, on cities in central Ukraine. Donbas is completely destroyed.” “This is a deliberate and criminal attempt to kill as many Ukrainians as possible, to destroy as many homes, sanitary facilities and businesses as possible,” Zelenskyj told Reuters. 06:13 In a resolution, MEPs called on the EU on Thursday to take all necessary steps in international proceedings and courts to support the prosecution of the Russian and Belarusian governments for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression. during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to the rapporteur, European lawmakers are calling for these investigations and subsequent prosecutions to apply to all employees of the Russian armed forces and government officials involved in war crimes. In a resolution adopted, the European Parliament called on the EU to support the establishment of a special international tribunal to prosecute crimes of aggression in Ukraine, in respect of which the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has no jurisdiction. 06:01 On Thursday, the United Nations called on Russia and Ukraine to establish their contacts and cooperation, which led to the evacuation of Ukrainians from the Azovstal steelworks in the besieged city of Mariupol, and to resume peace talks. “These (evacuation) operations would not have taken place without the cooperation between Ukraine and the Russian Federation,” UN Humanitarian Aid Coordinator Martin Griffiths told reporters. According to him, the fact that cooperation between the two countries worked better in this case than in previous weeks suggests that there is “something to build on” between the countries. Griffiths called on Moscow and Kiev to resume peace talks in Turkey. “We have to go back to the negotiating table,” he added. MEPs approve suspension of EU tariffs on all Ukrainian exports MEPs in Brussels on Thursday backed a suspension of EU import tariffs on all goods imported from Ukraine for a period of one year. The measure aims to support the country’s economy, the rapporteur said, adding that it was a response to the impact of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which limited the country’s ability to trade. 515 deputies voted in favor of temporary trade liberalization, 32 were against and 11 abstained. The measures were adopted under an accelerated procedure to allow them to be adopted in the EP plenary. In practice, the application of these measures will mean that import duties on industrial products, entry duties on fruit and vegetables, as well as anti-dumping duties and safeguard measures on steel imports, will be completely eliminated for a period of one year. Latvian MEP and Permanent Rapporteur for Ukraine Sandra Kalniete said in a media statement that in the face of Russian aggression, Ukraine is fighting not only for its own freedom and security, but for the freedom and security of the whole of Europe. “Therefore, we must support Ukraine at all levels with all the tools at our disposal: not only with weapons and sanctions, but also with our trade force. Our struggle does not end with providing the necessary support to Ukraine to defend itself. We must also make sure that the Ukrainian economy remains resilient and competitive, “she described the situation. EU-Ukraine relations are governed by the Association Agreement. The deep and comprehensive free trade area to which it applies has provided Ukrainian companies with preferential access to the EU market since 2016. Ukrainians celebrate Embassy Day, which became a symbol of unity during the war For Ukrainians, who celebrate “Embroidery Day” on Thursday, this traditional embroidered shirt with a folk motif in the light of the Russian offensive became a symbol of national unity against the invasion of Russian forces. President Volodymyr Zelensky called her on our social networks “our sacred amulet in this war,” the AFP agency reports. Zelensky wore an unusual green “embroidery” reminiscent of his military-colored clothes, which he has worn since the beginning of the Russian invasion. Etnodim, which sells shirts worn by the Ukrainian leader, said on Facebook that the intention was to create clothing that symbolized the “resilience and strength of our people.” Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said the “embroidery” was “a symbol of freedom and love for Ukraine” and a “cultural weapon that unites Ukrainians.” Wearing it is “a reminder that we are all united like never before,” he added. Ukraine has been supported by several European political figures, CNN notes. “Today I wore an embroidery to celebrate the vibrant and rich Ukrainian culture,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter. “In these difficult times, we stand for our Ukrainian friends,” she said. The head of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsolová, also published her photo in “vysyvanka” on Twitter. “The struggle of Ukrainians for freedom is also our struggle,” she said. Photographs of Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko and his brother Vladimir also appeared in social media on “social networks”. Vladimir described the “embroidery” as one of the manifestations of the heroic struggle for freedom and also as an element of recognition of Ukrainians in the world. “I am proud to be Ukrainian! And especially today. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to her heroes!” he wrote. Ukrainians are celebrating “Vyvyvanky” Day on the third Thursday in May since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula and fighting between Ukrainian forces and Moscow-backed separatists began in eastern Ukraine. Teacher Denys Tymoshenko of the Ukrainian capital Kiev noted that wearing an embroidered shirt or blouse this year is completely different from the previous ones, because it “symbolizes solidarity among all Ukrainians – soldiers, volunteers and refugees around the world”.
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