Apparently more than 1000 prisoners from Mariupol brought to Russia World Bank supports Ukraine with another 1.49 billion US dollars The developments in the stern ticker.

Day 105 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine: Fierce fighting continues in the east of the country. Despite their perceived superiority, Russian troops have not yet achieved a breakthrough, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

But Russia also wants to cement its position in southern Ukraine. In the areas occupied by Russian troops, the new rulers are apparently planning to join Russia. Preparations for a referendum have begun, says the pro-Russian governor in the city of Melitopol, Halyna Danylchenko.

The question remains as to what will happen to the grain blocked by the Kremlin. Experts and politicians warn of a global food crisis. Among other things, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov wants to meet his Turkish colleague Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara. It should also be about the release of Ukrainian grain deliveries.

6.32 a.m .: Battle for Sievjerodonetsk is similar to Ukrainian statements as a “Mission Impossible”

Ukraine has rejected Russian claims that Russian troops are largely in control of the strategically important eastern Ukrainian city of Sieverodonetsk. “They don’t control the city,” the governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Gaiday, told Telegram on Tuesday. However, he admitted that it is “very difficult to hold Sieverodonetsk” and even spoke of a “mission impossible”.

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had previously said Russian forces had full control of the city’s residential areas. However, the Russian army continues to try to conquer the industrial area and the surrounding settlements.

5:53 a.m.: Separatists begin trial of foreign fighters in Ukraine

According to their own statements, the separatists in the Donbass region have started the trial of three foreigners from the ranks of the Ukrainian army. The Supreme Court of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic has brought charges against two Britons and a Moroccan for mercenary activity, the Russian state news agency Ria Novosti reported on Tuesday evening, citing a video provided by the court. The public prosecutor had previously stated that the death penalty could be imposed on the accused.

The video shows the three men behind bars being questioned by a translator as to whether they had been made aware of the charges and whether they had any objections to the start of the trial. The defendants therefore gave their consent to the start of negotiations.

Many volunteers from abroad are also fighting on the Ukrainian side. Kyiv itself called them for help. In Moscow, however, these volunteers are referred to as mercenaries.

5.07 a.m.: Apparently more than 1000 captured Ukrainian fighters brought to Russia

More than 1000 Ukrainian prisoners of war from the conquered Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol have now been brought to Russia. The Russian law enforcement authorities are currently dealing with them, the Russian state agency TASS reported on Wednesday night, citing security circles. Among them could be more than 100 foreign “mercenaries”. In total, more than 2,400 Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the plant.

5 a.m.: Zelenskyj sees no Russian breakthrough in the east

Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine continues. Despite their superiority, Russian troops have not yet achieved a breakthrough, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “The situation at the front has not undergone any significant changes in the last 24 hours,” said Zelenskyj in his evening video message on Tuesday.

Selenskyj named the cities of Sievjerodonetsk, Lysychansk and Popasna as focal points. “It can be felt that the occupiers did not believe that the resistance would be so strong,” said the president.

According to Governor Oleh Synyehubov, at least three people were killed and six others injured by Russian shelling in the eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv. Another person was killed in attacks in the evening, it said.

3.37 a.m .: According to the Zelenskyi information system on war crimes, Ukraine starts

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced a new war crimes information system. In the coming week, a “book of torturers” is to be launched, in which confirmed information about war criminals and criminals in the Russian armed forces will be collected, Zelenskyy said in his evening video message on Tuesday. “I have repeatedly emphasized that they will all be held accountable. And we are taking this step by step,” said the President.

The information collected is about “specific facts about specific people who have committed specific violent crimes against Ukrainians,” Zelenskyy said. It’s about not only holding the direct perpetrators, such as the soldiers, accountable, but also the commanders who made the crimes possible – “in Bucha, in Mariupol, in all our cities”. They should all be held accountable, Zelenskyy said.

2.01 a.m .: “Prices for consumers will continue to rise,” says farmer president

According to Farmers’ President Joachim Rukwied, the Ukraine war has “massive effects on German agriculture” – especially with regard to the costs of operating resources. This also has consequences for consumers, says Rukwied in an interview with the “Passauer Neue Presse”. “Energy prices have doubled, the price of fertilizers, especially nitrogen fertilizers, has quadrupled on average, and fodder costs more,” explains the farmer president. However, the higher costs on the producer side have “not all been priced in,” says Rukwied. “This means that, in our opinion, consumer prices will continue to rise.”

12:07 a.m .: World Bank supports Ukraine with another 1.49 billion US dollars

The World Bank is providing additional $1.49 billion (€1.4 billion) in funding to Ukraine. The government could use it to pay wages for state employees, the World Bank said on Tuesday. The organization provides “further support to Ukraine in view of the ongoing war,” according to World Bank chief David Malpass. It was initially unclear whether the new funds were aid money or a loan.

The World Bank said the new funding brought the organization’s support to Ukraine to around $4 billion. According to estimates by the World Bank, the Ukrainian economy is likely to shrink by about half this year as a result of the Russian war of aggression.