Zelensky did not provide any details in the video speech, but it is known that Ukraine hopes the Americans will provide an advanced missile system called a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). This rocket launcher has a range of up to 300 kilometers.
“It is difficult to fight when you are attacked from 70 kilometers away and you have nothing to defend yourself with. Ukraine can push Russia back behind the Iron Curtain, but then we must have effective weapons,” presidential adviser Mikhailo Podoljak wrote on Twitter. . “If the West really wants Ukraine to win the war, maybe it’s not time to give us MLRS?”
According to US media, the White House is considering the delivery of these weapons and a decision could be made in the coming days.
Fierce fighting is currently taking place in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. The city of Severodonetsk in particular is under attack. If the city falls, almost the entire province of Luhansk will be in the hands of Russian troops. Russia says it has completely taken the city, but Ukraine contradicts that.
Thousands of people live underground in the destroyed city of Severodonetsk. The citizens who have been left behind are now unable to go anywhere and live in appalling conditions, as you can see in the video below:
Threat of infectious diseases
In the fallen port city of Mariupol, Mayor Vadim Bojchenko says infectious diseases threaten to break out. The city was conquered by the Russians after a heavy battle.
The city’s sewage system and garbage disposal are down and temperatures are rising. “That’s why our doctors report the danger that could arise this summer: outbreaks of infectious diseases such as dysentery,” said Bojchenko.