By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – United States President Joe Biden has pledged to send Ukraine more advanced rocket artillery systems despite concerns in Moscow that they may reach Russian cities. The announcement came as Ukraine struggled to defend itself in the east against the ongoing Russian invasion while Moscow launched nuclear drills on Russian territory.
With political and military battles ongoing, many residents walked between the ruins of buildings and faced shattered lives as Russia’s military continued to progress in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned Moscow over strikes on a chemical plant in the eastern city of Severodonetsk.
Elsewhere in the Donbas region, human suffering continued as well. In Slovyansk, residents were desperate after at least three people were killed and six injured when Russia struck this eastern city with missiles. “I feel devastated. Where all this come from and until when,” a crying woman said in her destroyed apartment. “We were living very well, quietly, calmly. And now what is this?” she wonders. Where am I with all these things now?”
Another woman tearfully agrees. “Okay, we deal with all this destruction. But life, human life, human life, how?”
But the death toll was expected to rise Wednesday as Russian forces continued further into Ukraine’s industrial heartland after facing initial defeats elsewhere in the country.
In response, the United States rushed to send advanced rocket artillery systems. U.S. President said the goal was to help Ukraine defend itself.
NOT HITTING RUSSIA?
However, he earlier declared that Washington would not encourage Ukraine to strike beyond its borders. “We’re not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that strike into Russia,” Biden told reporters in Washington.
But Russia isn’t convinced. In another sign of mounting East-West tensions, Russia’s nuclear forces reportedly began holding drills in the Ivanovo province, northeast of Moscow.
Russia’s Interfax news agency cited the Russian defense ministry as saying Wednesday that some 1,000 servicemen are exercising in intense maneuvers.
The ministry said they use over 100 vehicles, including Yars intercontinental ballistic missile launchers.
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