Washington on Friday announced a further $775 million in military aid to Ukraine, noting a « complete lack of battlefield progress » by Russian troops. At the same time, Kharkiv, the second city of Ukraine, has been the subject of new strikes whose toll is at least 15 dead. Follow the latest developments of the day.
6:50 a.m.: Over 21,000 people evacuated in ten days from occupied Ukrainian territories
More than 21,000 people have been evacuated in ten days from the territories occupied by Russia, including more than 9,000 from the Zaporizhia region and more than 8,000 from the Kherson region, announced Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
3:35 a.m .: several dead in new strikes in Kharkiv
Kharkiv (north-east), the second city of Ukraine, has also been the subject of new strikes whose toll is at least fifteen dead, said the authorities of the city.
12:10 a.m.: eight mayors of European cities travel to Kyiv
The mayors of the cities of Marseille, Lyon, Athens, Florence, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga and Tirana traveled to kyiv on Friday and ratified a memorandum of understanding « in the presence » of Volodymyr Zelensky « for a sustainable reconstruction of Ukrainian cities » , according to a press release.
In this press release from the city of Marseille (south-eastern France), its mayor Benoît Payan explains that this text « intends to set up joint actions and reaffirms the ambition to allow, as soon as peace is restored, a rehabilitation fast, ecological » and « respectful of the rule of law, as well as the civil and social rights of the populations ».
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The people of Marseilles and those of kyiv are brotherly peoples.
We signed, with the Mayor @Vitaliy_Klychkoa cooperation agreement between our two cities.
We write today our common future and as we help Odessa we will help kyiv. pic.twitter.com/MxSaxbPH78
— Benoit Payan (@BenoitPayan) August 19, 2022
11:30 p.m.: Pentagon announces new military aid to Ukraine
The Pentagon will release a new tranche of military aid to Ukraine, for an amount of 775 million dollars, which includes in particular additional missiles for the American precision artillery systems Himars, told the press on Friday. official of the United States Department of Defense. She pointed out that Ukrainian forces had managed in recent weeks to halt the advance of Russian forces in the south and east of the country, citing in particular their successful use of these American missiles.
“You can see a complete lack of progress from the Russians on the battlefield,” she said.