Russian forces were on Tuesday focusing their attacks on Ukraine’s airfields a) to sustain air superiority after disabling most of the Ukrainian air force and b) to block incoming European weapons deliveries, especially anti-tank arms. Ukraine still has some aircraft capable of low-flying missions.
The Russian army has beefed up its artillery units west of Kyiv as part of the preparations for the critical offensive on the capital. Russian shelling has intensified on the towns of East Ukraine, many of which have run into dire shortages of food.
Speaking in New York, Ukraine’s ambassador Oksana Markarova accused Moscow of using a banned “vacuum bomb.” She appealed to US lawmakers for more help as her country resists a “brutal war” that is inflicting “large devastation” on her country.