Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy reportedly called for eastern Europe to provide Russian-made aircraft to Ukraine during a call with US senators.
He also called for a no-fly zone, lethal aid, a ban on Russian oil and a suspension of Visa and Mastercard in Russia.
According to Reuters, Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, said after the call: “These planes are very much needed. And I will do all I can to help the administration to facilitate their transfer.”
Russia’s military is trying to add to its gains in the south, moving closer to the vital port city of Odessa, as it tries to cut off the Ukrainian government from the sea. Outside Kyiv, there have been fierce attacks and counterattacks as Ukrainian forces battle to keep the Russians from encircling it.
The vast armed convoy approaching Kyiv from the north still seems to be largely stalled, and the Ukrainian military says its forces have been attacking it where they can.
Meanwhile, Indians stranded in eastern Ukraine were unable to use the exit routes that were opened up following a brief ceasefire that was announced in Mariupol and Volnovakha.
Indian PM Narendra Modi will speak to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy on the phone today, stated sources.
In New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the situation in Ukraine and the evacuation process. Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, said not too many Indians are left in Ukraine apart from those in Sumy and Pisochyn.