From Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed caution after Russia announced on Wednesday it was retreating from the key strategic city of Kherson.

“No one just gets away if they don’t feel the strength,” Zelensky said in his nightly address. “The enemy does not bring us gifts, does not make ‘gestures of goodwill.’ We fight our way up. And when you are fighting, you must understand that every step is always resistance from the enemy, it is always the loss of the lives of our heroes.”

Russia increasingly showed signs of surrendering Kherson city in recent days, including lowering a Russian flag over the main administrative building and the withdrawal of some military resources, but Kyiv has expressed skepticism that Moscow would swiftly withdraw from the city (The Hill).

The Biden administration for the first time will send Ukraine four Avenger air defense systems as part of its latest $400 million weapons package, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The most recent lethal aid tranche comes less than a week after the Defense Department on Nov. 4 announced a $400 million military assistance package (The Hill).

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