Ukraine does not want to let Russia get away with conquered territories. Meanwhile, 40 countries are taking part in a reconstruction conference in Lugano, Switzerland. The developments at a glance.
Despite the withdrawal of the Ukrainian army, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy does not yet see the city of Lysychansk in the east of the country as lost.
“If the command of our army withdraws people from certain points of the front where the enemy has the greatest fire advantage – Lysychansk in particular – it means only one thing: that thanks to our tactics, thanks to the increased supply of modern weapons, we will come back,” he said Zelenskyj.
After weeks of defensive fighting, the Ukrainian army announced in the evening that it was withdrawing from Lysychansk. Today is the 131st day of the war in Ukraine.
Army retreat to protect soldiers
The Ukrainian army announced that it had avoided encirclement by withdrawing from Lysychansk. “Russia has a great advantage in infantry and artillery,” the military said in Kyiv. The retreat was to protect the soldiers. “We’re taking everything back, we’re rebuilding everything.”
Russia had previously reported that it had taken the city. Lysychansk was the last major Ukrainian bastion in the Luhansk region. Its conquest is one of the war goals named by Russia. The information from the combat zones can hardly be checked independently.
President Zelenskyy said that the Ukrainian army is moving forward – both in the Kharkiv region in the east, and in the Kherson region in the south and on the Black Sea. The recently recovered Snake Island is a good example. “There will come a day when we will say the same thing about Donbass,” he said. “Ukraine gives up nothing.”
Deaths and injuries from shelling
According to Mayor Vadym Lyakh, six people were killed and 15 wounded in rocket attacks on the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk. Lyakh called the attack the “most serious attack in recent times” on the city in the Donetsk region.
Among the dead is a child. According to Lyakh, civilian objects were hit – not military facilities. According to regional commander Oleg Sinegubov, three people were killed and one injured in the shelling of the eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv.
Hofreiter: At least deliver armored vehicles
With a view to the Russian offensive, the chairman of the EU committee in the Bundestag, Anton Hofreiter (Greens), called on the federal government to deliver infantry fighting vehicles or at least armored vehicles to the war zone.
This is urgently needed in view of Russia’s massive action in eastern Ukraine, he told the “Bild” newspaper. Armored vehicles such as “Marder”, “Fuchs” or “Dingo” could save countless lives here.
Kremlin accuses West of warmongering
Russia accused the West of preventing peace negotiations with Ukraine and thus prolonging the war. “Now is the moment when Western countries are betting everything on continuing the war,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Under the leadership of the United States, the West does not allow Ukrainians “to think about, talk about, or discuss peace.”
Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podoliak responded by saying that Russia was aware of the conditions for negotiations: a ceasefire, troop withdrawal, the return of kidnapped citizens, the extradition of war criminals, as well as a reparations mechanism and recognition of Ukraine’s sovereign rights. “The time will come and we will put it on paper,” said Podoliak.
Selenskyj meets IOC boss Bach
At a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach in Kyiv, President Zelenskyj welcomed the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian athletes from many tournaments. “You cannot allow a terrorist state to use sport to promote its political interests and propaganda,” he said in a statement.
He is grateful to Bach for his “unshakeable position” on the subject. “While Russia is trying to destroy the Ukrainian people and conquer other countries in Europe, its representatives have no place in the world sports community,” Zelenskyy said.
That’s going to be important today
In view of the massive war damage in Ukraine, 40 potential donor countries want to come together for a reconstruction conference in Lugano, Switzerland. The government of President Zelenskyj wants to present its priorities.
A meeting between Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in the evening is also supposed to be about Ukraine.