The United States is working around the clock to provide Ukraine with supplies to defend itself against an intensified Russian attack that could target Kharkiv, the White House said on Friday (10 May).

Russian forces launched an armored ground attack on Friday near Ukraine’s second largest city of Kharkiv in the northeast of the country and made small inroads, opening a new front in a war that has long been waged in the east and south.

“It is certainly possible that the Russians are setting themselves up for a larger assault on Kharkiv,” White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters. He said it was concerning signs that Russia appears to be preparing to use long-range fire within range of Kharkiv.

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“You’re not going to do that if you’re not also thinking about some other larger assault directly on the city,” Kirby said.

The United States is preparing a $400 million military aid package for Ukraine, as the US returns to a regular pace of supplying weapons to Kyiv after lawmakers passed a $95 billion bill, the White House said on Friday.

The Ukraine aid package includes artillery, munitions for NASAMS air defenses, anti-tank munitions, armored vehicles and small arms that can immediately be put to use on the battlefield, a US official told Reuters.

The weapons aid will utilize Presidential Drawdown Authority, or PDA, which authorizes the president to transfer articles and services from US stocks without specific congressional approval during an emergency. As a part of the $95 billion aid bills, Congress authorized $60.8 billion worth of various forms of aid to Ukraine, including $8 billion worth of PDA items.

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Focus on Kyiv?

The commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, in an interview published on Friday, said he expected the 26-month-old war against Russia to enter a critical phase in the next two months as Moscow tries to exploit delays in supplying weapons to Kyiv.

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“Russia knows that if we receive enough weapons within a month or two, the situation could turn against them,” General Oleskander Pavliuk told The Economist magazine.

The Economist said Pavliuk believed Moscow would stay focused on its slow advance through Luhansk and Donetsk regions in the east. Ukraine needed more air defence, he said, and would get a boost with the anticipated delivery of F-16 fighter jets.

Russia, Pavliuk told the magazine, “is testing the stability of our lines before choosing the most suitable direction”.

Russian forces have taken a string of villages in the east after capturing the town of Avdiivka in February.

Pavliuk appeared to play down the significance of possibly losing the eastern town of Chasiv Yar, described as a gateway to other cities that Moscow is targeting, like Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

The loss of Chasiv Yar, he said, would have no “decisive significance” as it was just “a regular urban settlement”.

Pavliuk also said he believed there should be a renewed focus on Kyiv, from where Russian forces pulled back early in the invasion after initially trying to advance on the capital city.

“Defending Kyiv remains one of our main concerns, no matter how tough it is in the east,” he told The Economist. “It is the heart of Ukraine, and we know the key role defence of the capital will play in the future.”

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John
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@MRGA troll Fred, 



As with all that putin's trolls espouse your comment is of course false. It's been debunked millions of times these past few years particularly, but for lack of creativity in developing new propaganda you trolls keep resurrecting that particular falsehood. Only russia broke both the Budapest Memorandum and the Minsk agreement.



So what you more accurately mean to say is that to prevent russia's criminal invasion: 



"all Ukraine had to do was continue to allow putin to fully control it, by maintaining his subservient cronies in its key leadership position".



However as a sovereign nation, being controlled by putin did not allow it to be neutral. It had to always side with russia's criminal leader. To seek its own destiny and prosperity, Ukraine needed to remove the putin'esque russian corruption. This russian ordained corruption was starving Ukraine's citizens of the benefits of their hard work and national resources.

Since leaving russia's clutches Ukraine has improved its international corruption ranking by 37 spots, leaving russian far being in 141st place.



Out of 195 nations, only 5 similarly despot led nations support russia's invasion. The rest well know, who the criminal nation is that is incapable of bargaining in good faith. 

The russian mafioso land of corruption, crime and vyrano!

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John
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Greedy bunch of murdering russian thugs. Entering the 3rd year of their criminal invasion. The world HATES them. They are internationally isolated and the most heavily sanctioned nation in the world. Its leader Vladolf Putler under warrant for arrest for his crimes. against humanity. Yet still rthe evil Kremlin wants to steal and murder more in Urkaine...regardless of the cost their own nation.

The allied military response to this attack on an allied democracy is getting better, but remains insufficient. Come on already allied leadership! Better and more weapons! At least put our NATO Air Force on patrol protecting Ukraine's airspace, coast and cities! NATO did this in the Balkins during Serbia's genocidal crime spree. This is happening at worse scale in Ukraine and the threat to allies higher.

No more excuses allied leadership! Lead or get out of the way for that are willing to do the right thing. History already documents two years of our leaderships shamefully timid response. Quit acting so lethargically and embarrassing your democratic electorate. Implement the NATO enforced NO RUSSIA FLY ZONE now!

Putins' regime must not be rewarded for its psychotic criminal invasion.

Fred
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@John, All Ukraine had to do was stay neutral. All Ukraine had to do was keep its word on the Minsk Agreement. Now, you will soon lose your country.

John
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@MRGA troll Fred,

As with all that putin's trolls espouse your comment is of course false. It's been debunked millions of times these past few years particularly, but for lack of creativity in developing new propaganda you trolls keep resurrecting that particular falsehood. Only russia broke both the Budapest Memorandum and the Minsk agreement.

So what you more accurately meant to say is that:

"all Ukraine had to do was continue to allow putin to fully control it, by maintaining his subservient cronies in its key leadership position".

However as a sovereign nation, being controlled by putin did not allow it to be neutral. It had to always side with russia's criminal leader. To seek its own destiny and prosperity Ukraine it needed to remove the putin'esque russian corruption. That russian instigated and ordained corruption was starving its citizens of the benefits of their hard work and national resources. Since leaving russia's clutches Ukraine has improved its international corruption ranking by 37 spots, leaving russian far being in 141st place.

Out of 195 nations, only 5 similarly despot led nations support russia's invasion. The rest well know, who the criminal nation is that is incapable of bargaining in good faith.

RUSSIA: The mafioso land of corruption, crime and vyrano!

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Maria Kackova
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Russians = Fascist bastards

Fred
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@Maria Kackova, you need to look up "fascist".

John
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Continued: Genocidal quotes from russia regarding Ukrainians:

“We will kill as many of you as we have to. We will kill 1 million, or 5 million; we can exterminate all of you until you understand that you’re possessed and you have to be cured,” Pavel Gubarev, a Russian politician and a founder of the Russian puppet Donetsk People’s Republic, located in the Russian-occupied territory of Donetsk Oblast, said in October 2023.

“We need to kill, kill, and kill [Ukrainians],’ as I tell you as a professor…,” Russian nationalist Alexander Dugin, who has a significant influence on Putin, stated in 2014.

“This [Ukrainian] language should not exist… Neither this [Ukrainian] nation nor this language should exist! Cleanse it all out, cleanse out all of its sources,” Aleksei Didenko, a Russian State Duma member, said on 25 May 2023 at a conference in the State Duma.

“People often ask me why my Telegram posts are so harsh. The answer: I hate them [Ukrainians]. They are scum and degenerates. They want death for us, for Russia. And as long as I’m alive, I will do everything to make them disappear,” wrote Russian Security Council Deputy Chair Dmitry Medvedev on 7 June 2022, on Telegram.

The Euromaidan Press

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John
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Continued: Genocidal quotes from russia regarding Ukrainians:

“When a veterinarian deworms a cat, it is a routine procedure for the vet, a war for the worms, and a cleansing for the cat,” declared Vladimir Solovyov, one of the most prominent hosts on Russian state TV. He made this statement on July 19, 2022, during the program ‘Evening with Vladimir Solovyov’ on Russia 1 television channel.

“[Ukrainian children] should have been drowned in the Tysyna [river], right there, where the duckling swims. Just drown those children, drown them right in Tysyna [river]… Whoever says that Russia occupied them, you throw them in the river with a strong undercurrent… Shove them right into those huts and burn them up… [Ukraine] is not supposed to exist at all,” Anton Krasovskyi, former Director of Broadcasting of Russia’s state-funded RT, said on 23 October 2022.

“The opponents of letter Z must understand that if they are counting on mercy, no. There will be no mercy for them. It all became very serious, in this case, it means concentration camps, re-education, sterilization,” Soviet-Russian filmmaker and Putin’s mouthpiece Karen Shakhnazarov stated on 4 May 2022.

The Euromaidan Press

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John
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@Maria Kackova, You are historically correct.

Hitler's NAZI forces started WWII in 1939. Russia was Hitler's ally up until 1941 and used that opportunity to invade and occupy a number of eastern EU countries. Its was not until Hitler got more dillusionally inflated and decided he also wanted to conquer Russia that he turned on his NAZI accomplice Joseph Stalin. He would have conquered russia had the allies not bailed them out be supplying weapons and other resources.

NAZI's are genocidal movement. They euthanized millions they felt genetically inferior. Similarly russia's attempts to genocide against Ukraine now include:

* 1921-1922 Famine in Ukraine 1.5 million Ukrainians starve to death as food is confiscated and taken out of Ukraine to feed Russian cities. 1

* 1929-1930 De-kulakization: Over 500 000 farmers and families in Ukraine are sent to Siberia, executed, or sent to concentration camps. 

* 1932-1933 Holodomor famine from caused by USSR's Joseph Stalin claimed the lives of 3.9 million Ukrainians or about 13 percent of its population at that time......

***May 2022 report by 30 internationally recognized legal scholars had already chronicalled numerous acts that constitute genocide attempt in the current war by the Putin regime. Its gotten worse since then.

I'll post some recent genocide quotes from top russians shortly so readers can familiarize themselves with why the russian razi "Z" movement (MRGA) must be stopped for the benefit of all humanity

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