The White House commends Ukraine’s tenacity and promises to increase support…

The White House commends Ukraine’s tenacity and promises to increase support for its “achievement on the battlefield”

On Monday, the White House praised Ukraine’s fortitude as it recaptured ground in a counteroffensive against Russian invaders.

To what extent President Biden is concerned that Russian President Vladimir Putin may strike out or deploy unconventional weapons, officials would not say.

On Air Force One, Mr. Biden’s press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, told reporters, “I can’t comment to Russia’s aim; that’s for them to speak about. We’ll leave it to Ukrainians to define their operations. It is obvious that they are making a strong effort to protect their nation and reclaim territory.

Congress has already approved more than $13 billion in security aid for Ukraine, but Mr. Biden is asking for roughly $13 billion more as they discuss a short-term budget plan.

Our objective has always been to help them succeed on the battlefield, so we’re just going to keep doing that, Ms. Jean-Pierre said.

Over the past 48 hours, Ukrainian forces have rapidly reclaimed land in the east, especially in the Kharkiv region. According to some military calculations, the counter-offensive allowed Ukrainian forces to retake more than 1,000 square miles.

The military under President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has received praise for its tenacity. With the assistance of cutting-edge weapons from the United States and other western countries, they are making progress.

In the meanwhile, Mr. Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to meet soon. He hasn’t left China in two years, so this is his first trip.

The trip will be highly scrutinized to see if the leaders, who are both wary of the west, can strengthen their bonds and see how Mr. Xi responds to Russia’s deteriorating situation in Ukraine.

Even as Russia is waging an aggressive war in Ukraine, “we’ve made explicit our concerns about the extent of China’s alignment and ties with Russia,” Ms. Jean-Pierre said.