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Ukraine downs 9 drones from Russian attacks
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Ukraine downs 9 drones from Russian attacks

Ukraine’s military said Tuesday it destroyed all nine aerial drones that Russia used in overnight attacks targeting multiple parts of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian air force said the intercepts took place over the Kherson, Mykolaiv, Khmelnytskyi, Poltava, Cherkasy and Dnipropetrovsk regions.

There were no reports of damage or injuries from falling drone debris.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Western allies Monday to display the same “unity” toward Ukraine as they did toward Israel when they thwarted an Iranian aerial assault against Israel.

In a post on Telegram, Zelenskyy thanked allies who had come to Ukraine’s aid for more air defenses but said “the intensity of Russian attacks requires greater unity,” as they showed in the defense of Israel.

“The same is possible in defending Ukraine, which, like Israel, is not a NATO member, from terror,” he continued. He called for “political will” from Ukraine’s allies, as Ukraine is growing short of ammunition and desperate for more air defenses to repel Russian attacks.

US aid bill

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson announced Monday the House will consider a bill to provide additional military aid to Ukraine.

President Joe Biden has championed a $95 billion aid package that includes about $60 billion for Ukraine, in addition to aid for Israel and other countries.

The measure passed the Democrat-controlled Senate, but Johnson has declined to bring it up for a vote in the House.

Johnson said Monday the House would instead consider separate bills for aid to Israel, Ukraine, and Indio-Pacific allies, as well as border security at home.

Many conservative Republican lawmakers, especially those closely allied with former President Donald Trump, who has been skeptical of assisting Kyiv in its fight against Moscow, fiercely oppose sending billions more dollars to Ukraine.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters, The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse.