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The strike came amid a spate of escalating missile attacks across Ukraine, and as Ukrainian officials pressed the West for more supplies.
President Biden told Zelensky on Monday that the United States intends to provide Kyiv with advanced medium- and long-range air defense capabilities, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said. Washington is “in the process of finalizing a package” that will also include other items of “urgent need, including ammunition for artillery and counter-battery radar systems,” he said.
Meeting in Germany’s Bavarian Alps, leaders from the Group of Seven, the world’s wealthiest democracies, condemned the mall strike. “We stand united with Ukraine in mourning the innocent victims of this brutal attack,” the statement read. “Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime. Russian President Putin and those responsible will be held to account.”