Ukrainian general urges unity as GOP looks to take House

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As Republicans look poised to take the U. S. House of Representatives, one Ukrainian general is calling for unity in Congress after he took back Kharkiv from invading Russian forces in one of the most brutal battlefronts in Europe since World War II.

The U. S. has provided $18.6 billion in security assistance since the war in Ukraine began on Feb. 24 – including arms Ukrainian forces relied on in their major counteroffensive in the northern region earlier this year.

The head of the Kharkiv military garrison, Brigadier General of Justice Serhiy Mykolayovych Melnyk, has seen firsthand the impact that a unified response from international allies can have in the war against Russia.

Ukrainian forces in Kharkiv were immediately engaged in a brutal battle over the northern region following the invasion and before Western aid could be delivered in full effect. However, despite the challenges his forces faced, Melnyk’s troops earned near-instant notoriety.

"Since the beginning of the war, the city has been nicknamed Stalingrad 2022," he told Fox News in an interview from Kharkiv. "We have survived, we are still standing and will continue to stand."

The regional capital city was given the honorary title of "Hero City" by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in early March – a reference to a Soviet tradition following World War II – for its swift response to Russia’s invasion.

Though Melnyk’s forces successfully blocked Russian troops from occupying Ukraine’s second-largest city, located just 25-miles from Russia, the region’s shared border meant heavy fight began at the onslaught of the invasion.

"It cannot be said that the Russian side did not give them adequate support. It's just that the defense of Kharkiv itself was drilled very correctly," Commander Roman Hryshchenko told Fox News, championing Melnyk's leadership.

The commander, whose call sign is "Uncle Roma," leads the 127th Brigade of the Territorial Defense Forces which ousted Russia from Kharkiv – a success story that has made his brigade legendary across Ukraine as 70% of his fighting force consists of soldiers who were civilians before Russia’s invasion.... (Read more)