Zelensky Cancels Visits Amid Kharkiv Offensive; EU, US Bolster Ukraine Support

May 16, 2024
Zelensky Cancels Visits Amid Kharkiv Offensive; EU, US Bolster Ukraine Support
  • Ukrainian President Zelensky has canceled planned visits to Portugal and Spain due to the intensified conflict in the Kharkiv region.

  • Russian forces have initiated a new offensive in northeastern Ukraine, leading to Ukrainian troop withdrawals and civilian displacement.

  • The European Union is formulating additional sanctions targeting Russia, focusing on natural gas and the circumvention of existing sanctions through shadow fleets.

  • The United States reaffirms its support for Ukraine with a $2 billion arms deal and $1.6 billion in aid for military and defence needs.

  • The crisis in Ukraine, spurred by Russian military aggression, is seen as the gravest threat to European security since World War II and continues to escalate.

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