Russia Exploits Artillery Advantage as Ukraine Braces for Attacks on More Eastern Cities

  • Ukrainian officials renewed calls for additional arms from the West.
  • President Volodymyr Zelensky responded to a petition to lift the ban on fighting-age men leaving Ukraine.
  • Biden says Zelensky turned aside pre-invasion warnings of Russia’s intent.
  • The U.K. Defense Ministry warned of the potential for cholera outbreaks in Mariupol.

KHARKIV, Ukraine—Ukraine issued fresh calls for urgent supplies of weapons from the West, as officials warned that the war with Russia was rapidly becoming a series of artillery battles that favor Moscow’s better-equipped forces.

“Ukrainian troops are doing everything to stop the offensive of the occupiers, as much as is possible,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his late-evening address to the nation on Friday. “As much as the heavy weapons and modern artillery—all that we have asked and continue to ask our partners for—allow them to.”

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