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Putin wanted to take Kharkiv while aid package was delayed in US Congress

Jul 10, 2024

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin wanted to quickly occupy Kharkiv while there was a delay in US aid. We are talking about a $61 billion package that could not be approved for six months.

He said this at the Presidential Foundation and the Ronald Reagan Institute, RBC-Ukraine reports, citing the YouTube of the Office of the President of Ukraine.


Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that it takes a long time from the moment of the decision to the moment when the equipment reaches the brigades. And Putin wanted to take advantage of this.

"And of course, Putin understood and understands this. That's why he had this information. He wanted to use this pause of more than six months in Congress with this decision, so he wanted to occupy quickly Kharkiv, where one and a half million people live now. It's very close to the border. And they [the people - ed.] live, and they are being attacked every day because they want to provoke chaos and make people flee. This is his goal. He did it at the very beginning of the war, he tried to do it with the capital, but the people were strong and so we saved our capital, and I think our country," Zelensky said.

The President added that Ukraine had taken people from the villages occupied by Russia in the Kharkiv region because Putin does not care who he kills. According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russia also suffered significant losses in the repeated Kharkiv operation.

"We have lost some villages along our border, but thank God we took the people back and saved them. All people, different categories, pensioners. All kinds of people, because he doesn't look at who he hits, as he did yesterday. You saw, he doesn't care who he kills - a soldier, a person, a civilian. That's why we took people away from these villages and he was not successful. Thank God for help and, of course, our soldiers, first of all, our heroes, they stopped him. He lost a lot of people. We are talking about thousands of people. For him, it was a very high price for this operation," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

Author - Dmitriy Levchenko, 10/07/2024

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