The TV Tower in Kharkiv was hit by a missile - Zelensky says: The strike is "intimidation" and an attempt to limit the city's communications

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has commented on the Russian attack on Kharkiv that destroyed the city's TV tower, calling it an attempt to limit the city "in terms of communication and access to information".

"Obviously, this is an intimidation to make terror noticeable to the whole city," Zelensky said in his video address tonight, adding that "work is being done to restore the signal."

He then reiterated the urgent need for air defense, citing four priorities in military aid: “sky protection, modern artillery, long-range capability as quickly as possible.

Russia has used the lack of air defenses in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, to destroy the region's energy infrastructure and harm its 1,3 million residents.

Some officials and analysts warn that it could be a concerted effort by Moscow to shape the conditions for a summer offensive to capture the city.

Ukraine is awaiting approval from the US Senate after the House of Representatives over the weekend approved a $95 billion package that includes aid to other allies.

It comes after months of delay as some Republican lawmakers opposed further funding for Ukraine and threatened to fire Speaker Mike Johnson if he allowed a vote.

Kiev is in dire need of new firepower as Moscow ramps up its offensive against Ukraine.

The Senate is expected to vote on the package this week, and Biden has promised to sign it quickly.

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