US to Donate Advanced Air Defense Systems to Ukraine as G7 Meets After Russia's Devastating Strikes

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US President, Joe Biden, Promises Ukraine Air Defense Systems ahead of G7 Meeting

The United States will donate advanced air defense systems to Ukraine to defend the country from Putin's rising strikes on key cities. The US president, Joe Biden, made this promise to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy through a phone call.

US to Donate Advanced Air Defense Systems to Ukraine as G7 Meets After Russia's Strikes

Biden pledges to continue to give Ukraine more support and adds that the US and its allies would continue inflicting costs and sanctions on Russia.

A statement from the White House says “President Biden pledged to continue providing Ukraine with the support needed to defend itself, including advanced air defense systems."

"...holding Russia accountable for its war crimes and atrocities, and providing Ukraine with security, economic, and humanitarian assistance,” the White House added.

Russia's Inflicts Devastating Attacks on Ukraine Cities After Bridge Collapse

Russia attacked different Ukrainian cities on Monday including Ukraine's capital, Kyiv. The attack was carried out in revenge for a fuel tanker explosion that destroyed the Bridge linking Russia with annexed Crimea. The bridge is Russia's main weapon and fuel supply route in the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Russia accused Ukraine's special service of being responsible for the attack and termed it an act of terrorism. Although Ukraine did not take official responsibility for the bridge explosion, Russia staged a devastating attack across Ukraine cities on Monday targeting mainly civilian locations such as children's playgrounds and bridges.

Russia's defense ministry, however, claimed it targeted military command and communication facilities. Ukrainian authorities said Russia fired 84 missiles against 10 cities, with 56 of them neutralized by air defenses.

The strikes killed at least, 16 people. This was one of the most devastating attacks ever carried out by Russia since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

Russia has seeing setbacks recently in Ukraine after Ukrainian forces reclaimed some of the key regions earlier taken by Russia. Even after Putin announced parts of Ukraine as Russia, Moscow still finds itself struggling through the war.

Besides shameful defeats in Ukraine, Putin's mobilization speech to recruit thousands of Russians to fight in Ukraine has caused chaos and internal conflicts within Russia, ranging from National protests and mass exodus of Russians from the country. The recent explosion that rocked Russian bridge in Crimea shows Russia's weakness in containing internal attacks within its borders.

G7 Meets to Discuss on Russia's War Crimes in Ukraine

Amidst the ongoing tension in Ukraine, the G7 is scheduled to meet on Tuesday. This is the first time the group will meet since Ukraine began a counter offensive against Russia's invasion.

The highlights of the meeting are focused on discussions in support of Ukraine and how to hold Russia “accountable” for the attacks on civilian targets in the country.

Al Jazeera reports that Ukraine president, Zelenskyy is due to speak to G7 leaders at the top of Tuesday’s virtual meeting, which is due to start at 12:00 GMT.

The UK new prime minister Liz Truss is also expected to make a speech to urge for more supports for Ukraine.

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