Selenskyj calls for a clear commitment from Scholz More air traffic because of the Ukraine war City of Sievjerodonetsk still contested The news about the war in Ukraine in the stern ticker.

In the Ukrainian city of Sievjerodonetsk, which has been fought over for weeks, Russian and Ukrainian soldiers continue to fight for every street and every house. The city is almost sealed off, said the governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Hajday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that taking back Crimea from Russia was a war goal. “Of course we will also liberate our Crimea,” said the head of state in an interview.

1:13 p.m .: Russia reduces gas supply through the Nord Stream pipeline by 40 percent

Russia is reducing gas supplies to Germany via the Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic Sea by a good 40 percent. According to the energy company Gazprom, only 100 million cubic meters of gas per day can be guaranteed instead of the usual 167 million cubic meters. The background is missing parts that should have been delivered by the German Siemens group.

12:49 p.m .: Survey: 812 million euros in donations for Ukraine aid

According to a survey, people in Germany have donated at least 812 million euros since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine at the end of February. This was announced by the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI) in Berlin. The amount of donations for the people in and from Ukraine affected by the war is therefore likely to be even higher, since many smaller initiatives also collected money that were not taken into account in the surrender.

12:23 p.m.: Fighting continues in Seyerodonetsk – chemical plant under fire

Fighting in the city of Sieverodonetsk continues in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk. The situation around the local chemical plant Azot is particularly difficult, said the head of the city’s military administration, Olexander Strjuk, on Ukrainian television. Around 540 to 560 civilians are said to be staying in bomb shelters on the factory premises. “Certain stocks were created at the Azot plant,” Strjuk said. In addition, the police and military provided as much help as possible. The area is under constant fire.

11:35 a.m .: Zelenskyj calls for “much more” support from the West

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has demanded significantly more aid from the West in the war against Russia. “We still have to do a lot more together to win this war,” Selenskyj told Die Zeit in an interview. In particular, his country needs far more modern artillery pieces, such as longer-range multiple rocket launchers and similar systems. On the debate about the extent of support from the federal government, he said that deliveries from Germany were “still lower than they could be”.

10:45 a.m.: Russian troops continue to advance in eastern Ukraine

In eastern Ukraine, Russian troops have been able to advance further in the Donetsk region, according to Ukrainian information. The Russian attackers had established themselves in the settlement of Vidrodzhennya, the Ukrainian general staff said. Previously there had been heavy artillery fire on the nearby town of Bakhmut. The Russian units advanced along the European route 40 in the direction of Bakhmut. In addition, according to Ukrainians, the Russians are preparing to resume their offensive from captured Lyman to Rajhorodok and from Yampil to Siwersk.

10.36 a.m .: The Russian border region of Bryansk reports injuries after shelling

According to official information, in the Russian region of Bryansk, a village not far from the border with Ukraine was again shot at from the neighboring country. At least four residents were injured in the town of Saimishche, said Governor Alexander Bogomas. Several residential buildings were damaged.

On February 24, Russia began a war of aggression against neighboring Ukraine and since then has repeatedly complained about attacks on its own territory. In addition to Bryansk, other Russian regions such as Kursk and Belgorod have repeatedly accused the enemy side of shelling. The government in Kyiv usually does not comment on the allegations.

9:55 a.m.: Lithuania buys 18 howitzers from France

Lithuania buys 18 howitzers from France. The Caesar Markt II howitzers would “significantly strengthen” Lithuania’s defense capabilities, said Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas. Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has raised fears in Lithuania and the other small Baltic states that Russia might attack them too.

9:03 a.m.: London: Russians are making small advances in the Kharkiv area

According to the British Ministry of Defence, the Russian invasion troops in Ukraine have made minor progress in the area around the city of Kharkiv for the first time in weeks. However, the main Russian attack efforts remain focused on the Sieverodonetsk pocket, according to the daily intelligence update on the Ukraine war. According to British government experts, Russia’s industry is adapting to the demand from the Ukraine war thanks to funding from the Kremlin. “However, the industry may struggle to meet many of these needs, in part because of sanctions and a lack of expertise,” the statement said.

5.44 a.m .: More air traffic due to the Ukraine war and recovery from the corona crisis

The more relaxed corona situation and the Ukraine war are causing a lot of movement in the sky. According to the German Air Traffic Control (DFS), the increase in traffic in the airspace after two years of the Corona lull is enormous. “We are currently at around 90 percent of 2019 traffic. At peak times, our controllers are even controlling more flights than before the crisis,” said a spokeswoman. Due to the large-scale shifts in traffic flows due to airspace closures over Russia and Ukraine, DFS has registered an additional increase in traffic of around ten percent for Germany. In addition, there are significantly more military flights over Germany due to the war.

5.35 a.m .: Selenskyj demands clear help from Scholz

Before a possible visit by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj is calling for clear support from Germany. “We need Chancellor Scholz to be sure that Germany supports Ukraine. He and his government have to make a decision,” he said in an interview with the ZDF “heute-journal” on Monday evening. Germany should not attempt a balancing act between Ukraine and relations with Russia. Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi could visit Ukraine in the middle of the week.

5.01 a.m .: Macron travels to Romania and Moldova

French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to neighboring Romania and Moldova in view of the war in Ukraine. According to the Élysée Palace, Macron wanted to leave for Romania early Tuesday morning and then continue to Moldova on Wednesday. Both countries are concerned with the threat of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Another topic is the desire of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to join the European Union. At the EU summit on June 23rd and 24th, the EU states want to position themselves on the candidate status of the three countries.

12:02 a.m.: Ukraine has lost a quarter of its sown area

As a result of the Russian attack, Ukraine as an internationally important agricultural producer planted about a quarter fewer fields. That’s what Deputy Minister of Agriculture Taras Vysotsky said in Kyiv. However, the harvest will be sufficient for personal use, especially since this has fallen due to the flight of many people, he predicted. The farms are not only hampered in their work by the fighting. Because of the export blockade, the cultivation of export-oriented crops is declining, Vysotskyi said.