Allies respond to Ukraine's call for weapons

The United States is once again upping its support for Ukraine, as the battle for an eastern stronghold rages on. The top US general said Russians still greatly outgun Ukraine, but that, alone, does not ensure victory.

Moscow has been targeting Severodonetsk for weeks. Russian forces have encircled the city, causing widespread devastation with constant shelling. The latest US assessment of the fighting suggests Ukrainians are not giving up.

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said, "Right now, Severodonetsk, the city is probably three-quarters taken by Russian forces. But the Ukrainians are fighting them street-by-street, house-by-house, and it's not a done deal."
Ukraine says it needs longer range weapons to ward off Russian attacks.

US officials responded with another 1 billion dollars-worth of military aid, including howitzers, tactical vehicles, and ammunition for rocket systems. Their allies agreed to send rocket launchers, artillery, and other weapons.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he struggles every day to get his troops the weapons they need, and personally thanked the US president for his support.

He said, "I am grateful for this support. It's especially important for our defense in Donbas. I am also grateful for the leadership in mobilizing the help of all partners."

Russia had another take on the move. It says the West is fighting a proxy war that will only lead to further bloodshed.

Meanwhile, French media are reporting that the leaders of France, Germany, and Italy are in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. The report says they went by train from Poland and are scheduled to meet President Zelenskyy.