- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls for more weapons to break the siege of Mariupol.
- Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, says US aid will help kyiv champion “democracy for the world.”
- Ukrainian officials say the country’s forces have recaptured villages north and northeast of Kharkiv from Russian troops.
- Ukraine’s gas system operator says it will declare force majeure on gas transportation through the Sokhranivka entry point, with flows stopping on Wednesday.
Here are all the latest updates:
Gasoline prices reach a new record in the US.
US gasoline prices hit a record high as Biden says fighting inflation is his top domestic priority.
The average price at the pump came in at $4.37 a gallon, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), beating the last record of $4.33 set on March 11. The average price per gallon a year ago was $2.97.
On Tuesday, Biden blamed what he called “Mr. Putin’s war in Ukraine” and the COVID-19 pandemic on inflation, including rising gasoline prices.
Ukraine pushes back Russian troops near Kharkiv: Defense Ministry
Ukraine has its forces retaking villages from Russian troops north and northeast of Kharkiv, in a counteroffensive that could signal a change in the momentum of the war and jeopardize Russia’s main advance.
Ukrainian troops have in recent days recaptured the settlements of Cherkaski Tyshky, Ruski Tyshki, Borshchova and Slobozhanske, north of Ukraine’s second-largest city, said Tetiana Apatchenko, a press officer with the main Ukrainian force in the area.
Defense Ministry adviser Yuriy Saks also said Ukraine was pushing Russian forces out of reach of Kharkiv, located in the northeast of the country, which has been under perpetual bombardment since the war began.
“The military operations of the Ukrainian armed forces around Kharkiv, especially north and northeast of Kharkiv, are a kind of success story,” Saks told the Reuters news agency.
Leonid Kravchuk, first president of independent Ukraine, dies
Leonid Kravchuk, who led Ukraine to independence amid the collapse of the Soviet Union and served as its first president, has died, Ukrainian officials said. He was 88 years old.
Andriy Yermak, Zelenskyy’s bureau chief, confirmed Kravchuk’s death on the social media app Telegram. Kravchuk had health problems and underwent heart surgery last year.
Kravchuk led Ukraine as head of the Communist Party in the final years of the Soviet Union before serving as the Ukrainian president from 1991 to 1994.
He was a driving force in Ukraine’s declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and later that year joined the leaders of Russia and Belarus in signing an agreement formally declaring that the Soviet Union would cease to exist.
Italy will take in dozens of Ukrainian orphans
The Italian Foreign Ministry has said that 63 Ukrainian orphans will be flown from Krakow, Poland, to Trapani, Sicily.
The transport was organized by the Pope John XXIII Community, together with Italian diplomats in Ukraine and Poland.
“This humanitarian evacuation confirms Italy’s commitment to help civilians affected by the conflict in Ukraine,” the ministry said in a statement.
US House to vote on $40 billion aid package for Ukraine: Pelosi
The US House of Representatives will vote on a $40 billion military and humanitarian aid package for Ukraine on Tuesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
The legislation is expected to pass the House and then the Senate in the coming days.
US President Joe Biden had asked Congress to approve an additional $33 billion in aid for Ukraine, warning that previously authorized funds were running out, but US lawmakers decided to increase that total to $39.8 billion. .
“Building on the strong support already garnered by Congress, this package will be critical in helping Ukraine defend not only its nation but democracy for the world,” Pelosi said in a letter to House members. urging quick approval.
Zelenskyy asks for more weapons to unblock the siege of Mariupol
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Maltese lawmakers that despite pleas Ukraine has not received the number of weapons it would need to unblock the siege of Mariupol and liberate the city.
But Zelenskyy said Ukrainian defenders “still continue their resistance at the Azovstal plant.”
“We are using all possible diplomatic instruments to rescue them, but Russia does not allow any of the proposed options. We have asked our partners to provide weapons to unlock Mariupol and rescue both civilians and military personnel,” he said.
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