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US Sends High-Tech Rockets and $700M in Weapons to Ukraine; Russia Holds Nuclear Drills as Threat Rises

Randy Mancini 4 Jun 2

In an interview with ABC News, Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska pushed back against calls to give up territory for a peace agreement.

"Well, of course, the Ukrainians, they can't take normally all those statements that we are sometimes hearing from the leaders of the countries, in some cases of the leaders of like big and influential countries, and you just can't concede parts of your territory," Zelenska said. 

"It's like conceding a freedom," she continued.

Meanwhile, after four months of war, President Zelenskyy is highlighting the toll on Ukraine's children: more than 400 injured, nearly 250 killed, and, he claims, more than 200,000 taken to Russia.


Undertakers lower the coffin of Ukrainian serviceman Oleksander Matyukhin, 32, in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, Monday, May 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Ukraine sees the latest shipment of supplies as crucial to stop Russian advances in the east, especially the fight to defend the strategic city of Severodonetsk, where up to 13,000 civilians are trapped amid the shelling. 

Russia's foreign minister, however, claims U.S.-supplied weapons could be used to strike Russia. 

In an essay for The New York Times, Biden wrote, "We're not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike beyond its borders." And U.S. officials say the Ukrainians have given assurances they will not fire the U.S. rockets into Russian territory.

All eyes are now on Russia's response to President Biden's announcement of these weapons systems, with many fearing the war could escalate further.

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