Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says the country’s forces will fight for as long as they can to hold onto the city of Bakhmut.
Zelenskiy vows Ukraine will defend ‘fortress’ Bakhmut
Ukrainians will fight “for as long as we can” to hold the eastern city of Bakhmut, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has vowed as he hosted European Union leaders to discuss further sanctions on Russia and prospects for his country to join the bloc.
Meanwhile, the United States said it would send more than $US2.175 billion ($A3.131 billion) worth of military aid to Ukraine, including a new rocket that will double the strike range to reach most Ukrainian territory now held by Russian forces.
The head of the EU’s executive Commission and the chairman of the 27 EU member leaders were in Kyiv to demonstrate support for Ukraine as the first anniversary of Russia’s February 24 invasion of its neighbour approaches.
As they and Zelenskiy’s government discussed a range of issues, air raid sirens sounded in Kyiv and across the country – a regular occurrence during months of Russian missile attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure far from the battlefields in the east and south – but there were no reports of new air strikes.