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When and how will US aid impact the front lines in Ukraine?

When and how will US aid impact the front lines in Ukraine?

by Martin Fornusek

After almost seven months of delays, the U.S. Congress finally approved $61 billion in aid for Kyiv, mostly in the form of military assistance. The legislation was promptly signed by U.S. President Joe Biden, and shortly after, the Pentagon announced the first defense package of $1 billion, containing

Ukraine war latest: Over 20,000 Russian troops trying to storm Chasiv Yar; Budanov says Ukraine to face 'difficult situation' from mid-May

Ukraine war latest: Over 20,000 Russian troops trying to storm Chasiv Yar; Budanov says Ukraine to face 'difficult situation' from mid-May

Key developments on April 22: * Military: Over 20,000 Russian troops trying to storm Chasiv Yar, outskirts * Budanov: Ukraine faces 'difficult situation' starting mid-May * Russia claims to have captured Novomykhailivka, Ukraine denies * Russia destroys Kharkiv TV tower * Poland cannot transfer Patriots to Ukraine but will provide other help, Tusk says

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About Chasiv Yar

Chasiv Yar is a town in Donetsk Oblast, currently at the center of Russia’s military push further west into Ukraine. With a population of around 12,000 before the start of the full-scale invasion, its name means ‘quiet ravine’.

What is the strategic significance of Chasiv Yar?

Chasiv Yar is situated around 10 kilometers (six miles) west of Bakhmut, captured by Russia in May 2023. Russia ramped up its offensive on Chasiv Yar in February 2024 after capturing Avdiivka, which lies about 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the south. 

The Ukrainian military said on April 22 that Russia is deploying as many as 25,000 troops to take the town, which it sees as a crucial step for further advances toward Kostiantynivka, Kramatorsk, and Sloviansk. These cities are considered the last strongholds of Ukrainian control over Donetsk Oblast.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia will attempt to capture Chasiv Yar by May 9, which Russia celebrates as “Victory Day,” a militaristic public holiday marking the end of the Second World War in Europe.

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