Ukraine LIVE: Putin and Lukashenko deserve strikes argues politician – urges Moscow hit

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Former governor of now occupied Luhansk Oblast George Tuka said: “I would very much like our American partners to stop tying us hand and foot with the demand not to shell the territory of Russia. In my opinion, the task of preventive strikes on military facilities located on the territory of both Russia and Belarus is a matter of the security of our country, and not just some political scaremongering.

“For a long time, both Russia and Belarus deserve to receive certain actions in return.”

Mr Tuka made an outlandish call to strike Russia directly, saying that he saw “no reason” why Ukraine should not strike Moscow.

He continued: “I see no reason why we should stop, that we should be stopped from doing so.”

Mr Tuka also called on Western allies to provide more weaponry to “open up new opportunities” for Ukrainian forces.

Ukraine MoD issues new Russian death toll

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence has said 41,170 Russian troops have died so far in the conflict.

It also says Ukraine has destroyed more than 1,750 tanks, 4,014 armoured combat vehicles, 223 jets and 191 helicopters.

The claims have not yet been independently verified.

USA sending half a billion extra help

A $550 million package of support for Ukraine will “include more ammunition for the high mobility advanced rocket systems otherwise known as Himars, as well as ammunition” for artillery, national security council spokesman John Kirby said.

Since President Joe Biden took office to more than $8.8 billion has been sent to Ukraine in aid, according to the Pentagon.

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Good morning from London. I’m Aliss Higham, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on Ukraine today. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

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