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The Netherlands promises to provide $2.2 billion in military assistance to Ukraine.
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The Netherlands promises to provide $2.2 billion in military assistance to Ukraine.

On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared that he and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte have approved a security agreement that promises to offer $2.2 billion of military assistance to Kyiv in the current year.

The plan was revealed by Zelenskyy on his social media platforms following a meeting and discussions between the two leaders in Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine that is often under attack from Russia.

According to Zelenskyy’s post, the agreement includes 2 billion euros of military support from the Netherlands for this year and additional aid for defense over the next decade. Zelenskyy also shared a copy of the agreement on his official presidential website.

In the previous month, Ukraine issued a warning stating that they had only received 1/3 of the 1 million artillery shells promised by the European Union. As a result, they were facing difficulties in maintaining their defenses.

It pulled its troops out of the eastern city of Avdiivka in February due to challenges in obtaining ammunition, resulting in Moscow’s first significant territorial advancement in more than a year.

On his X profile, previously known as Twitter, Zelenskyy shared a video of their city tour, which included footage of approximately 20,000 buildings destroyed by Russian attacks as stated by Zelenskyy.

President Zelenskyy noted that they traveled to a residential structure that was demolished by Russian artillery strikes in January. According to the website, the assault resulted in the deaths of five individuals and injuries to 14 others.

Rutte and Zelenskyy visited designated classrooms located within a subway station, providing a secure learning environment for approximately 858 students in 40 classes to continue their studies.

On Thursday, the United Nations coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, denounced the fatal assaults in Ukraine’s eastern Kharkiv region in a social media post.

Brown stated that the local government has confirmed twelve individuals killed, one of them being a child. In addition, there has been damage to civilian infrastructure.

The strikes that took place in Donetsk and Kherson regions on Wednesday and Thursday resulted in significant damage to civilian infrastructure and loss of civilian lives, according to her statement.

According to Brown, local officials stated that over 100 households, schools, and other buildings were affected.

She stated that aid workers are present in the area to assist communities that have been impacted. This assistance includes distributing building supplies and offering emotional support.

Margaret Besheer was a contributor to this report, with additional information from Reuters and Agence France-Presse.