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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy cancels all foreign trips as Russian offensive intensifies

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‘We’re rushing ammunition, armored vehicles, missiles, air defenses to get them to the front lines,’ Blinken said. ‘For anyone who is tempted to bet against Ukraine − don’t. It will be a big mistake.’

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy postponed a series of international engagements over the coming days as Russia’s military launched what appeared to be increasingly successful attacks close to Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.

Zelenskyy’s cancellation of all foreign trips, announced by his office on Wednesday, may indicate Ukraine is struggling to contain Russia’s latest military offensive, which has intensified in recent days.

The decision comes days after Ukraine’s top military general, Oleksandr Syrskyi, warned fighting had “significantly worsened” in Kharkiv and as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the country. Blinken traveled to Ukraine for the first time since U.S. lawmakers approved a new aid package for Ukraine worth nearly $61 billion.

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In a news conference alongside Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv, Blinken announced that the U.S. would provide an additional $2 billion in military aid for Ukraine to help it invest in its industrial base.

“We’re rushing ammunition, armored vehicles, missiles, air defenses to get them to the front lines,” Blinken said. “For anyone who is tempted to bet against Ukraine − don’t. It will be a big mistake.”

Ukraine’s state emergency services said more than 7,500 people have been evacuated from the Kharkiv region as Russia pushes into the area as part of a renewed cross-border offensive.

Ukraine war: Blinken visits Kyiv as Russia ramps up military offensive

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