The Pentagon announced an additional $275 million in defense assistance for Ukraine on Friday, a sum less than that offered in many previous packages. Items offered must include munitions, vehicles and satellite communications equipment – no counter-equipment or air defense systems.
Moscow has moved into a ‘long-term defensive posture’ on the front lines in Ukraine over the past six weeks, according to the UK Ministry of Defense said friday in its daily intelligence update, adding that it was likely a sign that Russian forces in Ukraine were “currently only capable of defensive operations”.
Ukraine said Russia had launched several Iranian-made Shahed drones in recent days. President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed the Air Force would ‘cut the wings off all metal monsters’ as he gave a nighttime speech next to what appeared to be a downed drone. The drones, which Iran has repeatedly denied providing to Moscow, have been used by Russian forces in Ukraine, most recently in a wave of attacks on Energy facilities of Ukraine.
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4. From our correspondents
Displaced Ukrainians arrived in Zaporizhzhia, often after difficult and dangerous flights to safety. Many stay for long periods of time awaiting permission to return home. “Zaporizhzhia says we can’t go there because they fear for our lives,” one refugee told Post reporters. “But I’ll sign anything, I’ll waive any risk; just let me in.
Alex Horton contributed to this report.