Hungary blocks EU sanctions again Russian missile attack on western Ukraine Baerbock: “Ukraine must win” Developments in the Ukraine war in the stern ticker.
Day 99 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine: The new EU sanctions package against Russia for the war of aggression against Ukraine cannot come into force due to another objection from Hungary. The government in Budapest is demanding that the planned punitive measures against Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, be scrapped. This was confirmed by several diplomats in Brussels from the German Press Agency. The way out of this diplomatic blockade was initially unclear on Thursday.
In the east of Ukraine, meanwhile, Russian troops continued their gradual conquest of the city of Sieyverodonetsk. The Ukrainian military, on the other hand, reported the recapture of 20 towns in the occupied Cherson region in the south. There were further rocket attacks in western Ukraine.
5:57 a.m .: Pelé with demand to Putin: “Stop the invasion”
Brazilian soccer legend Pele has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine. “Stop the invasion. There is absolutely no justification for this continued violence,” the 81-year-old appealed to Putin in a letter published on his Instagram account. When he met Putin in the past and exchanged a smile accompanied by a long handshake, he never thought “that one day we would be as divided as we are now,” writes Pele. “The power to end this conflict is in your hands. The same ones I shook in Moscow when we last met in 2017.”
5.19 a.m .: Ukrainian national coach dedicates World Cup playoff victory to the armed forces
National coach Oleksandr Petrakov dedicated Ukraine’s victory over Scotland in the playoff semifinals for the World Cup to the soldiers at home. The 3-1 win in Glasgow on Wednesday evening was “for the forces in the trenches and hospitals giving their last drops of blood, for those in Ukraine who suffer every day,” he said, according to the AP news agency.
The team around ManCity professional Oleksandr Zinchenko won against Scotland 3-1 (1-0) after a strong performance overall. On Sunday (6 p.m.) the Ukrainians will play in Wales for the last European ticket for the World Cup at the end of the year.
The game in Scotland was the first competitive game for the Ukrainian national team since the beginning of the war at the end of February. Should the side qualify for the World Cup by beating Wales, they would meet England, Iran and the USA in Group B in the preliminary round.
5.12 a.m .: Merkel comments on the Ukraine war
In her first public speech in about six months, former Chancellor Angela Merkel called the attack on Ukraine a “profound caesura.” She doesn’t want to make any assessments from the sidelines, says Merkel in Berlin. But Russia’s invasion of the neighboring country marks a blatant breach of international law. “My solidarity is with Ukraine, which has been attacked and invaded by Russia, and in support of their right to self-defense.” She supports efforts by the federal government, the EU, the USA, NATO, the G7 and the UN “to stop this barbaric war of aggression by Russia”.
5.10 a.m .: Poland and Ukraine are examining joint armaments factories
During a visit by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to Kyiv, Poland promised the neighboring country further aid. His country was also asked to help export Ukrainian grain. According to Kiev, it was agreed during the consultations to examine the establishment of joint armaments companies. This will take military cooperation to a new level, says Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal. Morawiecki and his deputy Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s national-conservative ruling party PiS, also speak with President Volodymyr Zelenskyj.
5:09 a.m.: Russian advance in the east continues
The Ukrainian military admits that Russian troops have had “partial success” in battles in the embattled city of Sieverodonetsk in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. The general staff said the enemy was in control of the eastern part of the city. The storm on the big city continues, it was said. The pro-Russian separatists claimed they had already taken control of more than 70 percent of the city.
Sieverodonetsk is the administrative center in the Ukrainian-controlled part of the Luhansk region. The city has been fighting for weeks. Should Russian troops capture the city, they would have complete control over the Luhansk region. The capture of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions is one of the goals set by Putin.
4.43 a.m .: Hungary again blocks new EU sanctions against Russia
Hungary is demanding further changes to the new EU sanctions package against Russia, once again blocking its entry into force. Specifically, the country is calling for the planned punitive measures against the Russian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Kirill, to be abandoned, as several diplomats from the German Press Agency confirmed. The EU’s plan was actually to initiate the decision-making process for the sixth package of sanctions this Wednesday. Earlier on Tuesday night, after weeks of arguments, an agreement was reached at a summit meeting in the dispute over the oil embargo that was also planned.
3.32 a.m .: The United States wants to deliver a total of four rocket launchers to Ukraine
The US wants to provide Ukraine with a total of four multiple rocket launchers. According to the US Department of Defense, the new weapons package for Kyiv will also include another 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles and four Mi-17 helicopters. The US government had announced the new military aid package with a total value of 700 million dollars (650 million euros) the day before.
Deputy Defense Secretary Colin Kahl says Ukraine’s armed forces need about three weeks of training to deploy the Himars missile system. This should give the Ukrainians a greater range and precision in the artillery battles in the east of the country. According to Kahl, the rocket launchers can fire six guided missiles at a time over 70 kilometers. Accordingly, the systems are already available in Europe for training and delivery.
0.41 a.m .: Baerbock: “Ukraine must win”
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has made it clear that Ukraine will win the war against Russia. The Greens politician was asked on Wednesday evening in the ZDF program “Markus Lanz” about Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s more cautious formulation that Russia should not win the war. “I say that what the Chancellor says is true,” replies Baerbock. “Of course, Russia must not win this war, but strategically lose it.” Russia is breaking with international law. “They want to destroy the peace in Ukraine. That’s why Ukraine must not lose under any circumstances – that means: Ukraine must win.”
0.02 a.m .: Selenskyj recalls the fate of children in the war
At least 689 children have been harmed in nearly 100 days of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 243 children were killed, says Zelenskyj in his video address in Kyiv. At least 446 children were injured and 139 children were missing. “And those are just the ones we know about.” There is no information from the areas occupied by Russian troops. “Eternal memory to those whose lives were taken by the Russian war against Ukraine,” says Zelenskyy.
12:01 a.m.: Russian missile attack on western Ukraine
Several Russian missiles are believed to have landed in western Ukraine. The target of the attack on Wednesday evening was the transport infrastructure in the Stryi district, the head of the military administration in the Lviv region, Maxym Kosytskyi, said on Telegram. According to the first reports, two people were injured, and there was initially no information about the dead. At around 9:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. CEST) air alerts were sounded in all parts of Ukraine due to fears of Russian missile attacks. Two people were killed and two injured in shelling on the southern city of Mykolaiv earlier Wednesday.