Biden assured Zelenski that he would sign the law on military aid, the TV tower in Kharkiv was attacked

The television tower, which was put into operation in 1981, provides the region with radio and television reception and is located six kilometers from the city center.

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TV tower in Kharkiv, Photo: Reuters
TV tower in Kharkiv, Photo: Reuters
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In a telephone conversation on Monday, US President Joseph Biden assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that he would immediately sign the law on providing military aid as soon as it arrived on his desk and that the aid would be quickly sent to Ukraine.

On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to vote on a massive national security aid package that includes more than $60 billion for Ukraine and send it to Biden for his signature.

Zelensky said on the X network that Biden assured him during their phone conversation that the aid package would include the help Ukraine needs to defend itself against Russian forces.

"I have the president's assurance that it will be fast and powerful and will strengthen our anti-aircraft, long-range and artillery capabilities," Zelensky said.

He also said he told Biden "about Russia's aerial terror with thousands of missiles, drones and bombs," including an attack on a TV tower in Kharkiv just minutes before their conversation.

Haroiv Oblast Governor Oleh Sinjehubov said that the digital television signal was disrupted.

A video circulating on social media shows the main pillar of the 240-meter tower breaking and falling. It is not known what hit the tower, but prosecutors in Kharkiv said Russia likely used an H-59 cruise missile in the attack.

The television tower, which was put into operation in 1981, provides the region with radio and television reception and is located six kilometers from the city center.

The eastern Ukrainian city of more than a million people has been under heavy Russian fire since mid-March. The electricity supply has already been cut and the electricity is only available for an hour.

"Russia is clearly signaling its intention to make the city uninhabitable," Zelensky said in a post on the X network.

Russian forces also shelled areas near the village of Yurchenkovo ​​in the Kharkiv region, killing a man driving an excavator, the regional prosecutor's office said.

Russian troops also shelled the town of Krasnohorivka in the Donetsk region, killing a 70-year-old woman, said the head of the regional military administration, Vadim Filashkin, adding that three multi-story buildings were also damaged in the attack.

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its forces had captured Novomikhaylivka, a village in Donetsk.

The claim of the capture of Novomihaylivka came as the Ukrainian army repelled 14 attacks in the Liman area and 12 in the Bakhmut area, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army said in an evening report on Monday.

The report did not confirm the Russian claim that Novomihajlivka was captured. It said the Ukrainian military "continues to contain" Russian forces in the areas of Novomykhaylivka and two other settlements west of Avdiyivka, which Russian forces captured in February.

Military analysts say Vuhledar, located south of Novomihajlivka, is the next target for Russian forces in the area.

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