Ukraine Latest: Biden Pledges Air Defenses Amid Putin’s Threats

Ukraine Latest: Biden Pledges Air Defenses Amid Putin’s Threats

Bloomberg News

Mon, 10 October 2022 at 11:03 pm

(Bloomberg) — Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened more strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure after his country’s missiles hit cities across Ukraine. In a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President Joe Biden pledged to “continue providing Ukraine with the support needed to defend itself, including advanced air defense systems.” Zelenskiy called that “the number 1 priority in our defense cooperation.”

Infrastructure facilities in eight regions were hit in the Russian missile strikes, the most intense since the first days of the invasion. European leaders said the Russian attacks amounted to “war crimes.”

Putin said they were in retaliation for a strike on a multibillion-dollar bridge connecting Russia to Crimea. Kyiv hasn’t officially claimed responsibility for the episode, which further highlighted the woes of Putin’s military in the eighth month of its invasion.

On the Ground

The Ukrainian General Staff said cities hit by Russian strikes included Kyiv, Lviv, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnytsya, Kharkiv, Kremenchuk, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolayiv and Odesa. Zelenskiy said 12 people were killed in the Russian airstrikes and 80 were injured. Russia is moving reserve troops toward areas where Ukrainian forces have advanced, Ukraine’s southern operational command said on Facebook. To the east, Russian troops continue offensive operations on the Bakhmut and Avdiyivka axes, Ukraine’s General Staff said.

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