Russia has threatened to lay siege to the Ukrainian army in Donbas, prompting Ukraine to request rockets from the United States. However, the United States has said it will not give Kyiv rockets that could reach Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia has stepped up pressure on Donbas and that Russian troops are now enjoying their "tremendous combat power" in the Donbas region. He said several other cities in eastern Ukraine, including Donbas, are currently Russia's main targets.
He added that shelling had also taken place in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, and in the northeastern region of Somi.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's military chief has warned of fresh Russian operations in the region. A daily report by the General Staff on the war situation states that Russia is also preparing for an attack on the eastern city of Sloviansk.
Ukraine will not get rockets to hit Russia
President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States would not provide Ukraine with a rocket system capable of hitting Russia.
The president's remarks came amid reports that the Biden administration was preparing to send a long-range rocket-propelled grenade launcher to Kyiv to fight Russia.
Earlier, Ukrainian authorities called for a long-range strike system called the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS. This system can fire many rockets simultaneously for hundreds of miles. However, Biden's statement did not specify which system he was referring to.
More than 4,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in Ukraine since the Russian invasion.
European Council pledges 9 billion euros
Meanwhile, European Council President Charles Michel has announced that the European Union is ready to provide nine billion euros to Ukraine. He said the European Council was ready to work with the G7 countries to help meet Kyiv's cash needs.