Gov of Russian Occupied Kherson Fired; Zelensky Dismissed Foreign Envoys

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  • Washington promises to supply nearly $368m humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
  • Ukraine Prez dismisses number of foreign envoys.
  • Nearly 6 died in a residential building attack in Kharkiv.

Kyiv: Ukraine President Zelensky on Saturday fired Hennady Lahuta, governor of Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast. According to the local press, Dmytro Butriy, a member of Kherson Oblast’s legislature from Zelenskyy’s Servant of the People party, was appointed as the acting governor.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement after the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Bali announced to provide further humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Today, I can announce the United States will provide nearly $368m in additional support, including food, safe drinking water, cash assistance, emergency health care, shelter, as well as support to coordination among humanitarian organisations that are doing so much of this critical work on the ground,”- read Blinken’s statement.

The Biden administration- being the main donor to the war-struck nation has supplied more than $1.28 bn in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Likewise, Germany has also secured long-term supplies of ammunition for Gepard anti-aircraft systems it promised to supply Zelensky’s nation, the delivery of which would commence in July.

Hours early, Zelensky had dismissed Kyiv’s ambassador to Germany, as well as several other top foreign envoys. In a decree that gave no reason for the move, he announced the sacking of Ukraine’s ambassadors to Germany, India, the Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary.

Around six were injured after a rocket hit a residential building in the centre of Ukraine’s largest city-Kharkiv. “The enemy rocket hit near the two-storey residential building, the building is partially ruined. The total area of destruction is around 400 square metres (4,305 square feet),” Yevgen Vasylenko, spokesperson for the Department of Emergency Situations in Kharkiv Oblast said.

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