Zelenskyy optimistic about wider use of Western arms

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Zelenskyy optimistic about wider use of Western arms

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed optimism Wednesday that his forces will be given more freedom to use Western-supplied arms to strike Russian targets, something Ukrainian officials have pleaded for to better defend against Russia’s invasion.

As Zelenskyy visited Capitol Hill in Washington to meet with congressional leaders, VOA’s Ukrainian Service asked him if he thought all restrictions on the Ukrainian military will be lifted.

“We count on it,” Zelenskyy said.

His talks on the sidelines of the NATO summit included sessions with House Speaker Mike Johnson and House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries.

“I explained that the will of the Congress was to allow them the flexibility to use the weapons and assistance that were sent to prosecute the war as they see fit,” Johnson told VOA’s Ukrainian Service. “I believe that’s what Congress intended.”

Jeffries described talks with Zelenskyy as “very positive.”

“We made clear that we stand strongly with the people of Ukraine in their brave and courageous fight against Russian aggression,” he told VOA’s Ukrainian Service.

Thursday attacks

Ukraine’s military said Thursday that Russian forces attacked the Sumy region overnight with two ballistic missiles.

The Ukrainian air force also said the country’s air defenses shot down all six aerial drones launched by Russia, with intercepts taking place over the Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Lviv and Mykolaiv regions.

Vitaliy Kim, the regional governor of Mykoaliv, said debris from a downed drone sparked a fire, but that there were no injuries from the attack.

Officials in Khmelnytskyi and Lviv reported no damage or casualties in their areas.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said it destroyed two Ukrainian aerial drones over the Bryansk region, as well as one drone over each of the Tambov, Tula and Moscow regions.

VOA Ukrainian Service contributed to this report.

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