Russian strike on Kharkiv TV tower, US Congress delegation visit to Ukraine – Monday brief

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Yesterday, April 22, 2024, Russians hit a TV tower in Kharkiv with a missile. And a delegation from the US Congress arrived in Ukraine on a visit.

RBC-Ukraine collected the main news for April 22.

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Russian strike on Kharkiv TV tower: Police shows footage of aftermath

Yesterday, on April 22, Russian troops hit a TV tower in Kharkiv with a missile. Photos of the aftermath have been released.

As the police reminded, the invaders attacked Kharkiv, which damaged the television infrastructure facility. An investigative team, forensic experts and explosives experts are already working at the scene.

“The police are conducting a site inspection, interviewing witnesses, documenting, and seizing material evidence of the crime committed by Russian military personnel,” law enforcement officials added.

Local media also published photos of the aftermath of the Russian terrorist strike. Meanwhile, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed that the Russian occupiers had struck the Kharkiv TV tower.

He conveyed the information about the attack to US President Joe Biden during a telephone conversation.

Zelenskyy discusses arms needs with US congressmen after important vote

Yesterday, a bipartisan delegation of the United States Congress arrived in Kyiv for a visit.

The President thanked the US congressmen for the visit after a critical decision for Ukraine – the House of Representatives supported the allocation of new funds to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

He said that during the meeting, he discussed macro-financial support and military assistance with US lawmakers. In particular, the issues of Ukraine’s need for:

・artillery shells;

・long-range missiles

・electronic warfare equipment


・combat aviation;

・support for the development of the defense industry.

Pentagon is preparing package of assistance for Ukraine – Politico

The United States of America is preparing another package of military aid for Ukraine. It will be larger than usual.

According to Politico, two American officials have revealed that the Biden administration is preparing a military aid package for Ukraine larger than usual. This package will include armored vehicles in addition to urgently needed artillery systems and air defense assets.

“Officials, who wished to remain anonymous, stated that Defense Department officials are still putting the finishing touches on the potential new tranche, but they want it to be ready to go soon after President Joe Biden signs off on a bill to provide tens of billions of dollars in additional aid for Kyiv,” they said.

According to the source, the package currently being worked on by the Pentagon will be significantly larger than the last tranche of $300 million. It is likely to include Bradley Fighting Vehicles. One of the American officials stated that the package is also expected to include old Humvees and M113 armored personnel carriers, as well as missiles.

According to another source, the aid package will include artillery and air defense assets.

Biden made two important promises in his conversation with Zelenskyy: What Ukraine can expect

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy today, on April 22, had a conversation with his American counterpart Joe Biden. They discussed the weapons supplies needed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Biden assured Zelenskyy that he would immediately sign the bill providing assistance to Ukraine upon its approval by the US Senate. Zelenskyy thanked Biden for Ukraine’s unwavering support and his current global leadership.

The presidents discussed the first package of defense assistance that the United States will provide to Ukraine after the law is passed. Biden assured that it will be fast and powerful and will strengthen our air defense, long-range and artillery capabilities.

They also discussed the signing of a bilateral security agreement and preparations for the upcoming Peace Summit.

Ukraine faces tough times ahead, but ‘armageddon’ not imminent – Intelligence’s chief

Ukraine will face a rather difficult situation from mid-May to early June. However, it will not be catastrophic, according to Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine.

“We will face a rather difficult situation soon, according to our assessment. But it is not catastrophic, and this should also be understood. Armageddon is not going to happen, as many people are starting to say. But there will be problems starting in mid-May,” says the DIU chief.

Answering the interviewer’s question, Budanov explains that he was talking about “everything,” not just the frontline or the domestic political situation. According to the DIU chief, Russia will resort to a comprehensive approach against Ukraine, but he did not disclose the details of this issue.

“It is a comprehensive approach because the Russians will use a comprehensive approach. They are conducting a comprehensive operation. We will not talk about it for a long time, but it will be a difficult period. Mid-May, early June,” Budanov explains.

Borrell reveals date of first deliveries of shells to Ukraine under Czech initiative

The first deliveries of artillery shells to Ukraine under the Czech initiative will take place in late May or early June, stated the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell.

“We don’t have to forget about the lack of ammunition with 155 caliber. Many countries have been joining the Czeck initiative in order to look for ammunition,” said Borrell.

According to him, the first delivery will occur in late May or early June.

Borrell clarified that the most important goal for EU representatives remains to provide Ukraine with more air defense systems and 155 mm artillery projectiles.

Source: RBC Ukraine