The details of a new military aid to Ukraine worth 2.6 billion dollars have been revealed by the United States.
Includes ammunition for partial air defense systems as well as general ammunition and anti-tank missiles.
At the same time, an American delegation of politicians, businessmen and representatives of philanthropic organizations met in Kiev with the priority of reconstruction and post-war development. President Zelenskiy met with the delegation led by former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
After Finland joined NATO, Zelensky was invited to the next NATO Summit. The c.g. of the alliance Jens Stoltenberg defended the alliance’s support for Ukraine.
“Our meeting today underscored NATO’s continued commitment to Ukraine. The Allies are ramping up arms and ammunition production and fulfilling their commitments for training and new heavy weaponry. A strong independent Ukraine is vital to the stability of the Euro-Atlantic region and we look forward to meeting President Zelensky at the Vilnius summit in July,” Stoltenberg said.
Zelensky in Poland
On Wednesday morning, Volodymyr Zelenskiy crossed the border and is now in Poland, ahead of his official visit to Warsaw, the foreign affairs adviser to the Polish president Andrzej Duda confirmed.
In his statements, Printac noted that the visit of the Ukrainian president “should be taken as a message of trust and gratitude to Poland and the Poles”.
Zelenskiy is due to hold talks with Duda and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and meet with Ukrainian refugees who have sought refuge in Poland.
“It will not surprise anyone that the Ukrainian side will ask Poland and other foreign partners for more support (…) but we have to take into account that we, Poland, have already done a lot,” Printac commented.
Warsaw has indicated that Zelenskiy’s talks with Polish officials will focus on developments on the war front, international support and economic cooperation, he added.
Poland has taken in about 1.6 million refugees from neighboring Ukraine, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
At the same time, Warsaw, a member of the EU and NATO, is putting pressure on the West to supply Ukraine with weapons and equipment.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said Kiev was grateful to Poland for paving the way for the supply of MiG fighter jets.
Hammering on the eastern front
Russian and Ukrainian aircraft and artillery continued to pound their opponents’ positions on Tuesday on the fronts of eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian general staff said.
The Ukrainian side reported destroying two electronic warfare systems.
Russian artillery shelling of Avdiivka, which remains in the hands of Ukrainian forces, continued.
Although the civilian population has been repeatedly ordered to leave the community, some 15 kilometers north of the Russian-controlled city of Donetsk, some civilians are still there, according to Mayor Vitaly Barabas.
“There are still eight children in the city, but you would have to be a very dedicated spy to find them,” the mayor told the Ukrainska Pravda newspaper.
Ukrainian drone crashed near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant
A Ukrainian drone crashed near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Russia’s RIA news agency reported, citing a Russian official, as the head of the world’s nuclear watchdog is expected in Russia for talks on plant safety.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Raphael Grossi is due to travel to the Russian region of Kaliningrad today, a week after visiting the Zaporizhia facility in southern Ukraine, which is controlled by Russian forces.
According to the Russian officer cited by RIA, a Polish-made drone weighing more than 2 kg crashed near the station. The news agency did not specify when this happened.
Grossi has been pushing for a demilitarized zone around Europe’s largest nuclear facility, which has been repeatedly bombed, with Russia and Ukraine blaming each other for the bombings.