Weekly roundup. Ukraine resists Russia’s invasion. Days 789-793

This week, Ukraine welcomes a long-awaited U.S. aid package. The Senate approved the bill on Tuesday, and President Biden signed it into law on the same day. A bipartisan delegation of U.S. Congress members came to Kyiv on Monday. The UK Prime Minister announced the largest-ever military aid package to Ukraine worth half a billion GBP (more than USD 600 million). The UK will supply Ukraine with advanced Paveway IV laser-guided bombs as part of the package. Lithuania has sent M577 armored command post vehicles to Ukraine.

A U.S. think-tank analyzes whether the resumed U.S. assistance could allow Ukraine to blunt the current Russian offensive. There is a tense situation all across the front lines. Around 20,000-25,000 Russian troops are trying to storm Chasiv Yar and nearby towns in Donetsk region. Russia continues to launch drone strikes and drop glide bombs on the areas behind the front lines, damaging civilian sites.

On Thursday, Russian missile and artillery strikes on Donetsk region killed at least four. Similar attacks have become a daily occurrence there. Civilian sites were also hit by Russian strikes on Cherkasy region and the city of Sumy.

Russia continues intense attacks all along the front line. More than 100 combat engagements recorded Thursday

Russian forces place pressure on Ukrainian troops along all fronts. On Thursday, April 25, they carried out four missile and 75 air strikes on Ukrainian positions and populated areas, and launched 66 attacks using multiple launch rocket systems. There were 114 combat engagements, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a morning update on Friday. More than 110 towns and villages came under artillery fire in the regions around Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Kherson and Mykolayiv, the report reads.