USA want to equip Ukraine with multiple rocket launchers At least five dead in Russian attacks in the Luhansk region The developments in the Ukraine war in the stern ticker.
Day 93 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine: For the Ukrainians in the east, the situation is getting more and more precarious by the day. The city of Sieverodonetsk in the Luhansk region was shelled by artillery and from the air on Thursday, Governor Serhiy Hajday said. The Ukrainian general staff announced that the attack on the city and its suburb Borivske was unsuccessful. The military information was not independently verifiable. In another nearby village, in Ustynivka, the Russian side was said to have achieved a partial victory.
The major cities of Sieverodonetsk and Lysychansk are currently Ukraine’s extreme outposts in the east. But there are also fights in the rear of these cities, which means that Ukrainian troops are threatened with being cordoned off. On the north side of this possible pocket, the city of Lyman has been lost, presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych confirmed on Ukrainian television. On the south side there was fighting for the towns of Komyshuvahka, Nirkove and Berestove.
10.20 a.m .: Pro-Russian separatists announce agreement from the eastern Turkish city of Lyman
Pro-Russian separatists have announced their capture of the strategically important city of Lyman in eastern Ukraine. With the support of the Russian armed forces, they had “gained complete control” over Lyman, the general staff of the separatists in the Donetsk region said on Friday in the messenger service Telegram. The city is an important transport hub connecting to the major cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.
9.55 a.m .: Governor reports at least five dead in Russian attacks in Luhansk region
According to Ukrainian sources, at least five people have been killed in Russian attacks in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. In the regional capital, Severodonetsk, four civilians have been killed and 50 buildings damaged in the past 24 hours, regional governor Serhiy Gaiday said on the online service Telegram. In Komyshuvahka, 50 kilometers away, a man was killed by a grenade.
Russia has shifted most of its troops from central and northern Ukraine, where it was unable to capture the cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv, to the east. Since then, strategically important cities like Severodonetsk and Lysychansk have been besieged by the Russian army. “The residents of Severodonetsk have forgotten what it’s like to have a ceasefire of at least half an hour,” Gajdaj lamented. “The Russians are constantly shelling the residential areas.”
9.30 a.m .: Habeck sees a limited period for negotiations on the oil embargo
Economics Minister Robert Habeck believes that an agreement on an oil embargo is still possible, despite resistance from the Hungarian government. At the same time, the Greens politician made it clear on Thursday in Berlin that he considers the period for negotiations to be limited. With a view to the days before the next EU summit at the beginning of next week, Habeck said: “I assume that’s the corridor where either an agreement can be reached or other instruments have to be considered.”
9.20 a.m .: The Russian central bank lowers the key interest rate again significantly
The Russian central bank has eased its monetary policy again despite the ongoing sanctions against the country. The central bank in Moscow announced that the key interest rate would be reduced by 3.0 percentage points to 11.0 percent. Economists had only expected an interest rate cut to 11.5 percent on average. The central bank announced further cuts this year. It is the third rate cut in a row.
At the end of February, the central bank raised the key interest rate drastically by 10.5 points to 20 percent. In doing so, she was reacting to the sanctions imposed by the West after the start of the war against Ukraine. With its interest rate hike, the central bank wanted to counteract the devaluation of the ruble and the risk of inflation. The ruble has recently recovered significantly. It is currently slightly above the level that prevailed before the start of the war.
9.15 a.m .: Russia uses 50-year-old tanks in Ukraine
According to British government experts, the Russian army is now using outdated equipment in its invasion of Ukraine. According to a statement by the Ministry of Defense in London, Moscow has probably taken 50-year-old T-62 tanks from stocks in the past few days and brought them to the area of operations of the southern armed forces. “The T-62 tanks will almost certainly be particularly vulnerable to anti-tank weapons, and their presence on the battlefield highlights Russia’s lack of modern, operational equipment,” the statement continued. According to British experts, the Russian Southern Forces will continue to be tasked with occupying territory in southern Ukraine.
9.10 a.m .: British government announces special tax for energy giants
In view of the exploding cost of living, the British government wants to impose a special tax on energy companies and relieve consumers. The plan, which Finance Minister Rishi Sunak presented to Parliament in London, envisages that the temporary levy will bring 5 billion pounds (almost 6 billion euros) into the state coffers over the course of the coming year. Oil and gas companies have to pay tax on their profits at 25 percent. There should be allowances for investments. The tax should be levied until energy prices return to normal levels, said the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
9.05 a.m .: Military administration reports 1,500 dead in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievjerodonetsk
According to official figures, around 1,500 people have been killed in the particularly hard-fought eastern Ukrainian city of Sievjerodonetsk since the beginning of the war. Among them are both soldiers and civilians, said the head of the local military administration, Olexandr Strjuk. Many people have also fled. Of the once 130,000 inhabitants, only around a tenth is now there. The governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Hajday, also reported that four people died in Russian shelling on Sieverodonetsk residential areas the day before. More than three months after the start of the Russian war of aggression, the city of Sieverodonetsk is one of the last parts of Luhansk still controlled by the Ukrainian army. Not far from the city limits, however, there is already fierce fighting. Observers fear that Ukrainian brigades in Sievjerodonetsk could be surrounded by Russian and pro-Russian military.
8.41 a.m .: Ukraine still has to accept heavy blows for the time being
Former Bundeswehr and NATO general Hans-Lothar Domröse assumes that Ukraine will not be able to fully withstand the Russian advance in the Donbass in the coming weeks. “Now the great momentum of the world power Russia is coming to fruition. (…) They are superior in terms of reach and numbers,” Domröse told the news radio MDR Aktuell. The Ukrainian forces could delay the advance at most here and there.
From autumn, however, the Ukrainians could put up more resistance again, according to Domröse. In about six months, the country will have many more western weapon systems and the soldiers will be much better trained on them. “Until then, however, they will still have to take heavy blows,” said Domröse. Time is playing for Ukraine “if it holds out”.
2.03 a.m .: According to media reports, the USA may want to equip Ukraine with multiple rocket launchers
According to a media report, the US government is considering sending advanced long-range missile systems to Ukraine. The US-made weapons systems could fire missiles hundreds of kilometers away, CNN reported, citing several officials. A new military aid package could be announced as early as next week. Ukraine asked for these types of weapons, it said. However, the US government has been hesitant because of fears that Ukraine could use the missile systems for attacks on Russian territory. The question arises whether this could lead to a Russian retaliation, according to CNN. US President Joe Biden put into effect a new billion-euro aid package from the US for Ukraine with a volume of almost 40 billion dollars (38 billion euros) just over the weekend. Around half of the total amount from the package goes to defense.
1:29 a.m .: Zelenskyj accuses Russia of “genocide” in the Donbass
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of “genocide” in eastern Ukraine. In the Donbass, Moscow is pursuing “an obvious policy of genocide,” he said in his daily televised speech. The Russian offensive could result in the region becoming “uninhabitable”. He accused the Russians of wanting to reduce Ukrainian cities to rubble. “All of this, including the kidnapping of our people and the mass killing of civilians, is a blatant genocidal policy being pursued by Russia.”
At the end of February, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the war against Ukraine under the pretext of ending the alleged “genocide” of the Russian-speaking population in the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. In April, Ukraine’s parliament passed a resolution calling Russian military attacks in the country “genocide.” US President Joe Biden expressed a similar sentiment, saying that Putin appears to want to “eradicate the idea that you can even be Ukrainian”. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed this statement.
12:33 a.m .: Teacher unions call for more effort to integrate Ukrainian children into schools
The teachers’ unions have warned of the poor conditions for the integration of Ukrainian children in German schools and called on politicians to take action. “With a view to the coming school year, it must be ensured that the children and young people who have fled Ukraine are integrated into the regular classes at schools in Germany,” said Maike Finnern, head of the Education and Science Union (GEW). , the editorial network Germany.
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has noticed a great deal of interest in integration courses to teach language and culture among the refugees from the Ukraine. So far, “within a few weeks, more than 80,000 authorizations to participate have already been granted,” reported the “Welt”, citing the BAMF. “17,000 Ukrainians are currently taking part in an integration course.”
“The entire spectrum of society comes from the Ukraine,” from the academic to the unskilled, said Benjamin Beckmann, head of the BAMF integration course department. “But almost all of them have good learning requirements, above all a good school education. We don’t need any literacy courses for them and practically no duplicate learning courses.” According to Beckmann, 95 percent of Ukraine refugees can start their integration course directly with the normal language course.
0.05 a.m .: Melnyk disappointed with Scholz’s performance in Davos
After his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) of lacking leadership and disregard for Ukrainian interests. Melnyk told the “Bild” newspaper: “Militarily, Ukraine is simply being let down by Berlin.” It was hoped in Kyiv that Scholz’s speech in Davos would “hear what concrete steps the traffic light will take to give us massive support so that Ukraine wins this war.” But that didn’t happen.
“Unfortunately, that was a non-negotiable report, especially with regard to the immediate delivery of heavy weapons from Germany to smother the Russian offensive in the Donbass,” Melnyk told the newspaper. He attacked Scholz directly: “The leadership and courage are probably missing.” “Unfortunately, there were no encouraging signals to the Ukrainians” when it came to Ukraine’s candidacy for EU membership.