The United States has given a new boost to Ukraine to face reconstruction and stand up to Russia in Donbas. It is nothing less than 40 billion dollars, a gigantic aid ratified this Saturday by President Joe Biden, the same week as its approval by the US Congress and Senate.
The package, decided after the 13.6 billion approved by Washington in March ran out, will include more weapons and ammunition, but also direct economic assistance and humanitarian aid.
“I thank President Biden for immediately signing the aid package,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. It is a historic contribution to the protection of freedom in Europe“.
Russia claims to have destroyed a Western weapons depot
Russia claimed on Saturday to have destroyed a large warehouse in northwestern Ukraine full of weapons shipped by the United States and European countries with cruise missiles.
In his usual evening message, Zelensky noted that the military situation has not changed significantly in recent hours, but that the fighting is critical in Donbas, in eastern Ukraine.
“The situation in Donbas is extremely difficult. As in previous days, the Russian army is trying to attack Sloviansk and Severodonetsk, but the Ukrainian Armed Forces are repelling Russia’s offensive plans, disrupting them. And this is a concrete contribution to reach that day that we all hope for and fight for: Victory Day,” Zelensky said.
Return to Kharkov or not?
Meanwhile, Kharkov is trying to recover the pulse after the withdrawal of Russian troops who for two months have incessantly bombarded Ukraine’s second largest city. Although the situation is still uncertain, some of those who left, try to return home.
“We, the elders, want to return home because, if necessary, we can go again, but there are many families with small children, who have nowhere to go. They will hardly be able to return,” explains Serhii Klochko, a resident of Kharkiv.
But wanting to return is not enough. Some buildings have been so damaged that their inhabitants will have to wait for the authorities to decide if they are safe and habitable or are so dilapidated that they will have to be torn down.