Baerbock sees Sweden and Finland as a way to strengthen NATO Lithuania’s President appreciates Germany’s Ukraine policy Selenskyj accuses Moscow of deliberately attacking a shopping center The news about Russia’s war in Ukraine in the stern ticker.

Day 125 of the Ukraine War: Russia continues its attacks, especially in the south and east, unabated. According to Ukrainian information, President Vladimir Putin’s army is trying to encircle the strategically important city of Lysychansk. Meanwhile, the heads of state and government of NATO want to discuss the consequences of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine today in Madrid.

The most important developments in the star ticker.

8.43 a.m .: Indonesian President Widodo travels to Kyiv on a peace mission

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has departed for a trip to Ukraine in his largely self-proclaimed role as peace mediator between Russia and Ukraine. After attending the G7 summit in the Bavarian Alps, Widodo traveled to Poland, from where he took the train to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv yesterday evening, he writes on Twitter. Widodo had previously said he would appeal to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to agree to peace talks.

On Thursday, Widodo plans to travel to Russia to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and urge him to end the war to avert a global food crisis. Indonesia will host the G20 summit on the holiday island of Bali in November. Widodo had also invited Putin, and the Kremlin has now confirmed his participation — it is unclear whether in person or via video link.

8.15 a.m .: Ukraine reports dead and injured in attack on city of Mykolaiv

According to Ukrainian sources, at least three people were killed and five injured in a Russian attack on the city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine in the morning. This is what the military governor of the Mykolaiv region, Vitaly Kim, writes on Telegram. “The Russian occupiers flew a missile attack on Mykolaiv.” A rocket hit a skyscraper. Local authorities called on people to stay in a safe place during the air raid and not to post pictures of the attack site.

8.10 a.m .: Baerbock sees Sweden and Finland as strengthening NATO

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is relieved at the end of the Turkish blockade of Sweden and Finland joining NATO. This would thwart Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to split the military alliance, said the Greens politician in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin” before the start of the NATO summit in Madrid. “Now the most important thing is that we make it clear: we stand together, we stand together.”

Both Nordic countries are strong liberal democracies and also have strong armies of their own, so their accession will significantly strengthen NATO, according to Baerbock. At the same time, however, they are “vulnerable” at this time and fear for their safety in view of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Germany is therefore committed to ensuring that there is no long transition period before accession.

7.47 a.m .: Ukraine reports two dead in rocket attack on Dnipro

The bodies of two people were found in the morning after an attack on the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro. Under the rubble of a company destroyed by an enemy missile, rescuers found two bodies, a man and a woman, writes the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region Valentyn Resnichenko in the news service Telegram. Six rockets were fired at the city yesterday. They had met a peaceful company that had nothing to do with the military. In media reports there is talk of a car repair shop.

7.29 a.m .: According to Ukraine, Russian troops want to encircle Lysychansk

According to the Ukrainian military, Russian troops are trying to encircle the strategically important city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine. This is one of the enemy’s main efforts, according to the Ukrainian General Staff in its situation report. The offensive towards the city will continue. Details are not mentioned. Russian troops are already on the southern outskirts of the city. Representatives of pro-Russian separatists had also reported that fighting was already taking place in the city.

There are also attacks by Russia in the direction of the city of Bakhmut, west of Lysychansk, the report said. To keep up the pace, the occupiers would have reinforced their battalion group. There is little movement in the Russian advance on the Slovjansk-Kramatorsk conurbation. There the enemy is concentrating on creating conditions for further attacks. The information cannot be independently verified.

5.30 a.m .: NATO summit discusses consequences of the Ukraine war

Starting at 10 a.m. today in Madrid, the heads of state and government of NATO will discuss the consequences of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. At the two-day summit, a significant increase in NATO’s rapid response forces and further aid commitments for Ukraine are expected. In addition, the 30 NATO countries want to adopt a new strategy in which Russia is described as a “threat”. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj is to be connected to the summit as a guest.

4.10 a.m .: The military commissioner complains about the stress caused by the increase in the NATO task force

According to Eva Högl, the Bundestag Commissioner for the Armed Forces, the drastic increase in the rapid deployment force announced by NATO will put a heavy strain on the Bundeswehr. “It is foreseeable that the demands on Germany will increase. This means an enormous challenge for the Bundeswehr and requires great efforts in terms of personnel, material, equipment and infrastructure,” quotes the “Augsburger Allgemeine” Högl.

At the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine, Högl criticized the fact that the Bundeswehr soldiers who are supposed to deter the Russian army at the Rukla military base in Lithuania lacked basic equipment, including underwear.

1.37 a.m .: Lithuania’s President appreciates Germany’s Ukraine policy

Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda praises the federal government for the turning point it has proclaimed and the arms deliveries to Ukraine. “We really see how big these, I would say, tectonic changes in Germany are. Especially since the beginning of the war,” Nauseda told the German Press Agency in an interview in Vilnius. “We’re seeing things that were unimaginable a few months ago.” This is particularly evident in the assessment of the situation, which is “very serious, very responsible”. “I think the illusions are gone now. I don’t see this talk of renewed engagement with Russia because everyone understands, everyone has woken up and everyone realizes how big this threat is.” There have also been changes in Germany’s politics.

In view of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the federal government had recently completed several political U-turns and decided, for example, to supply heavy weapons to Kyiv and to massively upgrade the Bundeswehr.

0.06 a.m .: Selenskyj accuses Moscow of a targeted attack on the shopping center

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of targeting a civilian object after the rocket hit a shopping center. “The Russian missile hit exactly this object. Targeted. Apparently there was such an order,” says Zelenskyj in his daily video speech and underpins his allegations with video footage of the impact in the city of Kremenchuk. The aim was to kill as many people as possible. The President sees the attack as part of Moscow’s overall strategy directed against the Ukrainian people. “As of this evening, the total number of Russian missiles that have hit our cities is already 2,811,” Zelensky said.

Russia denies a targeted shelling of the shopping center. The “high-precision missiles” fired by Moscow hit factory buildings in Kremenchuk, where western weapons and ammunition were stored. Their explosion caused the fire in the “shopping center that is no longer in use”.