Earlier, the European Union had said it would fund the purchase and supply of arms and equipment to Ukraine and also announced new sanctions against Russia.
Ukraine claimed earlier today that it had destroyed a column of Russian troops with heavy artillery, causing serious damage.
“The enemy will not go unpunished. Joint artillery artillery men in the Ukrainian defense.
Earlier, the Ukrainian capital Kiev woke up on Thursday to air strike alarms. Residents were instructed to seek refuge.
The building of the Army faculty at Sumy State University in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy was shot down this morning by Russian forces.
The mayor of the southern city of Kherson announced that he had fallen on Wednesday, saying that Ukrainian troops had left. This follows several days of heavy fighting as Russian troops surround a strategically important city north of the Crimean peninsula.
Meanwhile, Russian troops moving towards the Ukrainian capital, including a large military convoy, are “stopping,” a Pentagon spokesman said. John Kirby said Wednesday. Troops may be “regrouping” or facing challenges such as supply shortages and Ukrainian resistance.
A large Russian military convoy of more than 30 kilometers was delayed on Thursday due to strong opposition from Ukraine, mechanical breakdown and congestion, the latest update by the British Defense Intelligence Service said of the situation in Ukraine.
Russian forces began military operations in Ukraine on February 24, three days after Moscow recognized Ukraine’s breakaway regions – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent entities. Several countries, including Britain, the United States, Canada and the European Union, have condemned Russia’s military operations in Ukraine and imposed sanctions on Moscow.
These countries have also promised Ukraine to help with military assistance in the fight against Russia.
The United States, Canada and European allies have agreed to remove key Russian banks from the SWIFT interbank communication system, which means that Russian banks will not be able to communicate securely with banks outside Russia. President Putin has also signed a decree on special economic measures against the United States and its allies.
Source: The Nordic Page