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Russian forces' massive attack on Dnipro, US new military aid package for Ukraine - Wednesday brief

Russian forces' massive attack on Dnipro, US new military aid package for Ukraine - Wednesday brief Collage by RBC-Ukraine

The United States announced a new military aid package for Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russian troops attacked Dnipro with drones and missiles.

Read more about what happened on Wednesday, July 3.

Russia's war against Ukraine: Latest

Russian troops' attack on Dnipro

Yesterday, Russian troops launched kamikaze drones and missiles on Dnipro. Dozens of people were injured and there were killed as a result of the Russian attack. Fires broke out in the city, and the blast wave and debris damaged shopping centers, hospitals, schools, kindergartens, petrol stations, residential buildings, and dozens of cars.

Read all about the massive Russian attack on Dnipro in RBC Ukraine's report.

US announces new package of military aid for Ukraine

The United States has announced a new military aid package for Ukraine. The amount of aid has not yet been specified, according to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during a briefing.

According to her, this is the seventh security assistance package authorized by Biden to aid Ukraine since he signed the National Security Law amendment in April.

The new package includes:

  • Missiles for Ukrainian air defense systems;
  • Ammunition for high-mobility artillery;
  • Rocket systems;
  • Artillery shells and other critical equipment.

All armaments are taken from American stocks under presidential authority for reduction.

The new package also includes new funding that the US Department of Defense will use to purchase interceptors for the Patriot and NASAMS air defense systems, to help Ukraine defend its troops and cities from air attacks by Russia.

Zelenskyy reveals what Ukraine needs for new offensive at the front

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview with Bloomberg stated that Ukraine's Armed Forces are now in a better position to deploy manpower than they were a few months ago. Their new offensive depends on the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

Zelenskyy rejected the idea of a deadlock between Ukrainian and Russian forces on the battlefield. He says that the Ukrainian military has a better manpower position than a few months ago, and the new offensive depends on the brigades' armament.

The president also praised the $61 billion aid package approved by the US Congress this year but stressed that military equipment took too long to reach the front.

Kamala Harris may replace Biden if he decides to withdraw from election - Reuters

US Vice President Kamala Harris is considered the most likely alternative to replace Joe Biden if he decides to withdraw from the presidential election, reports Reuters.

The media cites seven high-ranking sources in Biden's campaign, the White House, and the Democratic National Committee.

Several influential Democrats have put forward alternatives to Biden besides Harris, including popular Democratic cabinet members and governors. But, according to Reuters sources, this is just wishful thinking, and Harris is the most likely alternative to Biden.

The sources said that if the vice president is nominated as the Democratic candidate, she will receive the money raised by Biden and inherit the campaign infrastructure.

Kamala Harris also has the highest recognition and rating among other Democrats.

Türkiye wants to become mediator for just peace between Ukraine and Russia - Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country wants to mediate a "just peace" between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, according to the Directorate of Communications of the Turkish Presidential Administration.

During his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Astana, on the sidelines of the 24th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization heads of state, Erdogan emphasized that Türkiye will continue to make efforts to ensure peace in its region and around the world.

Erdogan also added that Türkiye can lay the groundwork for a consensus to end the war between Russia and Ukraine, first through a ceasefire and then through peace.