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Ukraine: Zelenskyy urges for more aid amid Kharkiv bombing

April 8, 2024

The Ukrainian president stressed that Kyiv's defense capabilities were not "sufficient." Russia has intensified attacks on Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city.

Finland's President Alexander Stubb, left, arrives for a press conference with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 3, 2024.
The Ukrainian president warned that his country would lose the war pending US aid packageImage: Vadim Ghirda/picture alliance / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ukraine's allies must step up support and provide proper air defenses, as Kyiv fends off Russian forces in several flashpoints, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

In his nightly address on Sunday, Zelenskyy said the world must "finally hear" the pain inflicted on Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, which has been subject to a recent wave of attacks and bombings.

"It is quite obvious that our existing air defense capabilities in Ukraine are not sufficient and it is obvious to our partners," Zelenskyy said. "And the world must finally hear the pain that Russian terrorists are causing to Kharkiv."

Zelenskyy warns of losing war with Russia

Earlier on Sunday, the president warned during a video meeting that Kyiv would lose the war if the US Congress doesn't approve a major military aid package, which has been pending for months amid Republican opposition.

"It is necessary to specifically tell Congress that if Congress does not help Ukraine, Ukraine will lose the war," Zelenskyy said during a video meeting.

It would be "difficult" for Ukraine to "stay," or survive, without the aid, Zelenskyy added. "If Ukraine loses the war, other states will be attacked."

Zelenskyy's urgent calls came as Moscow also stepped up attacks on the frontline city of Chasiv Yar, with the Ukrainian military describing the fighting as "difficult" and "tense." The city is an important rail and logistics hub for the Ukrainian army.

rmt/jsi (AFP, dpa, Reuters)