Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russian forces now enjoy “maximum combat power” in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.
Zelensky said that Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Kurakhove and Slovyansk were key Russian targets in the region.
He added that there had also been shelling in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, and in the northeastern Sumy region.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s general staff warned of fresh Russian offensives in the region.
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The general staff’s daily situation report said that a Russian attack on the eastern city of Slovyansk was being readied.
European Council to commit €9 billion in aid to Ukraine
European Council President Charles Michel has announced the EU is ready to give Ukraine €9 billion ($9.7 billion).
He added that the European Council will help Kyiv with its “immediate liquidity needs” alongside the G7 countries.
Michel tweeted that this constituted “strong and concrete support to Ukraine’s reconstruction.”
Meanwhile, the 27 EU members agreed a new sanctions package late on Monday covering more than two-thirds of Russian oil imports to the bloc, European Council President Charles Michel announced.
Michel said on Twitter the arrangement covers more than two-thirds of oil imports from Russia, “cutting a huge source of financing for its war machine. Maximum pressure on Russia to end the war.”
The bloc also agreed on removing Sberbank from the SWIFT international payment system.
Sberbank is Russia’s largest bank and is majority state-owned.