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Russia tightens its grip on Ukrainian factory city, denounces U.S. rocket supplies

Russia has blamed the United States of adding “fuel to the fire” after President Joe Biden announced a $700 million weapons package for Ukraine that will include advanced rocket systems with a range of up to 80 km (50 miles).

Russian forces have tightened their grip on an industrial Ukrainian city as part of their drive to control the eastern Donbas region and targeted rail links used to carry the  weapons from Kyiv’s Western allies as the war approaches its 100th day on Friday.

Russia has accused the United States of adding “fuel to the fire” after President Joe Biden announced a $700 million weapons package for Ukraine that will include an advanced rocket systems with a range of up to 80 km (50 miles).

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told a forum in Slovakia on Thursday that Kyiv was thankful for the military help it has received but added: “Weapons supplies should be stepped up … (to) ensure an inflection point in this confrontation.”

“Ukraine needs weapons to liberate Ukrainian territory that Russia has temporarily occupied. We are not fighting on Russian territory, we are interested in our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Andriy Yermak, Zelenskiy’s chief of staff, shrugging off Moscow’s criticism of the U.S. decision.