The Ukrainian authorities are trying to create a humanitarian corridor for women, children and the elderly to leave Mariupol.
The United States will announce a new package of security assistance to Ukraine “in the very near future,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Speaking on CNN, Psaki said that the test of the Russian intercontinental ballistic missile will not change the position of the White House on assistance to Ukraine.
According to her, President Joe Biden “will give additional information about a new round of security assistance in the very near future.”
“You’ll find out more soon,” she said.
CNN, citing three unnamed senior administration officials, earlier reported that the United States is preparing a new package of military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $ 800 million.
If approved, the new package will mean that since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, the United States has promised Ukraine about $3.4 billion in aid.
The message about the new aid package appeared against the background of a new Russian offensive on the Ukrainian port of Mariupol.
Russian troops bombed the Azovstal steel plant, where the last Ukrainian fighters took refuge, ignoring Russia’s demands to lay down their arms and surrender.
It is believed that more than 100 thousand people are blocked in this city on the northern coast of the Sea of Azov, where 400 thousand people lived until February 24.
“The situation there is truly appalling,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a diplomatic conference in Panama.
He stressed that attempts to create humanitarian corridors for the exit of Mariupol residents “failed very quickly.”
According to Russia’s estimates, several thousand Ukrainian soldiers remain at the steel mill. Ukrainian troops ignored several Russian demands to surrender and get out of the maze of factory tunnels and bunkers.
The British Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday that fighting in the region is “intensifying” while Russian forces are trying to break through the defenses of Ukraine.
“Russian attacks on cities across Ukraine indicate their intention to try to disrupt the transfer of Ukrainian reinforcements and weapons to the east of the country,” the ministry said.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that the situation in the east and south of Ukraine remains difficult given the Russian attacks.
In his video message to the country on Wednesday evening, Zelenskiy said that “the occupiers do not give up trying to win at least some victory by launching a new large-scale offensive.”
According to him, Ukraine’s Western allies “have become more aware of our needs,” and Ukraine is receiving new shipments of Western weapons “now that Russia is trying to strengthen its attacks.”