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Zelenskyy Warns of Larger Russian Operations in East

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, April 10, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns that Russian troops “will move to even larger operations” in eastern Ukraine, while saying his forces will be ready and “will answer.”

Speaking during a nightly video address late Sunday, Zelenskyy said the days ahead will be as crucial as any in the six-week-old war.

He also said during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” broadcast Sunday night that Ukraine’s survival depends on the United States stepping up shipments of weapons, and that he has given a list of what Ukraine needs to U.S. President Joe Biden.

“He has the list,” Zelenskyy said. “President Biden can enter history as the person who stood shoulder to shoulder with the Ukrainian people who won and chose the right to have their own country. (This) also depends on him.”

Britain’s defense ministry said Monday that Russian forces continued shelling the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, and that Ukrainian forces were “repulsing several assaults resulting in the destruction of Russian tanks, vehicles, and artillery equipment.”

A ministry statement raised concerns about “Russia’s continued reliance on unguided bombs” with more indiscriminate attacks posing higher risks to civilians.

The conflict has forced about one-quarter of Ukraine’s 44 million people from their homes, with the United Nations reporting more than 4.5 million refugees have left the country.

New Zealand announced Monday it is sending more aid for Ukraine’s war effort, including a military transport plane and 50 support personnel to help move equipment to distribution centers in Europe where it can then be taken over land into Ukraine.

Some information for this report came from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.