Ukrainian defenders threatened in Severodonetsk Ukrainian defenders in the east under pressure Zelenskyj: “Ukraine is fighting until it has its entire territory back” Developments in the Ukraine war in the stern ticker.
Day 92 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine: According to Ukrainian sources, the Russian army is trying at all costs to capture the strategically important city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy conceded in his speech on Thursday night that “the enemy is clearly superior in terms of equipment and the number of soldiers” in the sector of the front. However, their own armed forces withstood the “extremely violent offensive”.
11.20 a.m .: Scholz: Putin missed all strategic goals in Ukraine
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has once again shown himself to be convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not win the war in Ukraine. “He has already missed all of his strategic goals,” said Scholz on Thursday in his speech at the end of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “A capture of all of Ukraine by Russia seems further away today than it was at the beginning of the war. More than ever, Ukraine is emphasizing its European future.”
In addition, the “brutality of the Russian war” has welded the Ukrainian nation closer together than ever before and prompted two states to move closer to NATO: “With Sweden and Finland, two close friends and partners want to join the North Atlantic alliance. You are very welcome!” , said the Chancellor. Putin also underestimated the unity and strength with which the Group of Seven Industrial Nations (G7), NATO and the EU reacted to his aggression.
7 am: Ukrainian defenders in the east under pressure
Sieverodonetsk and neighboring Lysychansk are the last major cities still held by Ukrainian troops in the Luhansk Oblast. Russia wants to completely conquer the area in order to add it to the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic. Moscow had recognized this as an independent state a few days before the attack on Ukraine – just like the People’s Republic of Donetsk.
The Ukrainian General Staff also reported attacks on Berestove, Lypove and Nyrkove. These are behind the Ukrainian defenders on the strategically important road to Bakhmut. It was said that the attacks had been repelled. But the information could not be verified. Foreign observers fear several Ukrainian brigades could be encircled in Sieverodonetsk.
6.26 a.m .: Zelenskyj: Russian troops “clearly superior” to the defenders in eastern Ukraine
According to Ukrainian sources, the Russian army is trying at all costs to capture the strategically important city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy conceded in his speech on Thursday night that “the enemy is clearly superior in terms of equipment and the number of soldiers” in the sector of the front. However, their own armed forces withstood the “extremely violent offensive”.
Russian troops have already advanced to the suburbs of the industrial city. Moscow had massively expanded the offensive around Severodonetsk in the past few days.
However, Governor Serhiy Gajdaj rejected statements by pro-Russian fighters that Severodonetsk was “encircled”. About 15,000 people are still in the city and in the surrounding villages. Gajdaj stressed that despite the ongoing attacks, the overwhelming majority of them did not want to leave the city. These are mainly older people who are looking for protection from the constant shelling in cellars.
3.52 a.m .: Deutsche Bahn wants to transport more grain from Ukraine
Deutsche Bahn wants to give Ukraine more support for grain exports. “In view of the impending famine in parts of the world and the enormous need to export millions of tons of Ukrainian grain to the world, we as DB Cargo will organize further orders and train journeys in coordination with the federal government,” said DB Cargo boss Sigrid Nikutta the newspapers of the editorial network Germany.
“We do everything that we as a company can do out of social responsibility.” DB Cargo, with its subsidiaries in Poland and Romania, currently runs several trains a day with grain to various seaports. “Now it’s a matter of expanding these agricultural exports. The goal is viable connections to the seaports of the North Sea and the Black and Mediterranean Seas.”
12:00 a.m.: Zelenskyj: “Ukraine will fight until it has its entire territory back”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the world community to more clearly side with his country under Russian attack. In his video speech on Wednesday evening, he was also disappointed by the deliberations at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “No matter what the Russian state does, there is someone who says: Let’s take their interests into account,” said Zelenskyy.
It was the same in Davos. “And that despite thousands of Russian rockets hitting Ukraine. Despite tens of thousands of Ukrainians killed. Despite Bucha and Mariupol”. Russia is doing this in the middle of Europe. In this context, Zelenskyj criticized former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. He too had said that peace for Ukraine could probably only be achieved by ceding territory to Russia.
Zelenskyy was connected via video to a round of talks in Davos on Wednesday and said that Ukraine would not give up any territory. “Ukraine will fight until it has all its territory back.” He is ready for talks with Moscow if Russia withdraws to the pre-February 24 front lines.