Withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from Sievjerodonetsk ordered +++ Ukrainian politician warns refugees against hasty return +++ USA promises further arms deliveries of 450 million dollars +++ The news about Russia’s war in Ukraine in star-Ticker.

Day 121 of Ukraine-War: As a new candidate for EU membership, Ukraine can hope for a future in a common Europe. At the same time, however, the military situation in the eastern Luhansk region is becoming ever more precarious for the Ukrainian army. Russian troops are fighting and trying to encircle the strategically important city of Lyssychansk. Additional important weapons such as multiple rocket launcher artillery systems and patrol boats come from the USA.

The most important developments in star-Ticker.


10.53 a.m .: Baerbock – Russia uses hunger as a weapon and “takes the whole world hostage”

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has accused Russia of “deliberately using hunger in the world as a weapon of war”. Russia “takes the whole world hostage,” said Baerbock before the start of an international nutrition conference in Berlin. 345 million people worldwide are currently threatened by food shortages, the hunger crisis is building “like a life-threatening wave before us”. But it was Russia’s war that “made a tsunami out of this wave.”

Baerbock criticized that Russia was trying “to put the blame for the exploding food prices on others”, but that was “fake news”. Russia blockade ports and shell granaries; there are also no sanctions against Russian grain exports. The conference in Berlin is about showing solidarity with Ukraine and with the people in the Global South who are suffering from the Russian war, Baerbock said.

10:24 am: Resistance to Russian occupation – man killed in southern Ukraine

An employee of the Russian occupation administration was killed in an attack in the southern Ukrainian region of Cherson. According to Russian media reports, a bomb detonated in the man’s car. Details were not initially known. In the past few days, there have been several attacks on Ukrainian defectors in the occupied area. According to the head of the Ukrainian military intelligence service, Kyrylo Budanov, MP Oleksiy Kovalev was the target of an attack on Wednesday. The 33-year-old was expelled from the parliamentary group of the Ukrainian presidential party at the end of April on suspicion of cooperation with the Russian occupiers. Nothing was known about his whereabouts.

10.09 a.m .: Gas problems in Germany would affect the whole EU

Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander de Croo has warned of EU-wide repercussions should Germany experience difficulties with gas supplies. “If Germany gets into trouble, it also has an enormous impact on all other European countries, including our country,” he said on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels. With a view to the fact that Russia is actually also in an economic war with Europe, we have to stand together.

“There is no better argument for the fact that we have to do this together than to look at the consequences that Germany is potentially suffering,” said the head of government. You might experience a difficult winter. With a view to possible difficulties with the gas supply, he spoke out in favor of price caps and joint purchases of the raw material.

9:44 am: Authorities – Russian representative killed in attack in Ukraine

According to Russian information, a representative of the authorities was killed in an attack in Cherson in southern Ukraine, which is occupied by the Russian army. “It was a targeted attack,” the authorities said, according to Russian news agencies. “An explosive device was planted in his car.” The victim was responsible for sports and youth in the administration for the Kherson region.

Such attacks on Russian officials are becoming more frequent in the areas of Ukraine controlled by the Russian army. The Russian army had taken the area around Cherson, which borders on the annexed Crimean Peninsula, shortly after the start of its Ukraine offensive at the end of February. Since then, the area has been brought ever closer to Russia. A week and a half ago, Russia began issuing Russian passports, and the Russian ruble was introduced as a means of payment.

9.36 a.m .: London – Russian Air Force is likely to have a shortage of personnel

According to British intelligence experts, the Russian air force is likely to be suffering from a shortage of personnel. This was suggested by statements by a recently captured Russian fighter jet pilot who said he was in the service of the Wagner mercenary force, according to a statement on the Ministry of Defense website in London.

“The deployment of retired close air support personnel now under contract to Wagner demonstrates that the Russian Air Force is likely to have difficulty supporting the invasion of Ukraine with sufficient aircrew,” the statement said.

8.49 a.m .: The head of the Federal Network Agency expects “huge price jumps” in the gas price

The head of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, expects “huge price jumps” in gas prices in Germany. “Depending on the building, it can double or triple,” said Müller on Friday in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”. The gas price increases from last fall and thus from the time before Russia attacked Ukraine are currently being passed on, which means price increases for customers by 30, 50 or 80 percent in some cases. Müller said his authority is currently drawing up scenarios for the further development of natural gas deliveries to Germany. “Most scenarios are not nice,” said Müller.

Müller told the broadcasters RTL/ntv that the price level had risen by 50 percent since the cut in Russian gas deliveries last week. “We know that a maintenance window is imminent on July 11,” he said. Then the Nord Stream 1 pipeline will be shut down completely “and we don’t know what will happen afterwards”.

He will “do everything to ensure that we avoid freezing in private households,” said the head of the agency. However, he has “great concern that we can maintain industrial production in this way”. Therefore, above all, gas must be saved and stored.

7:45 a.m.: Ukrainian troops ordered to withdraw from Sievjerodonetsk

After weeks of bitter resistance against the Russian attackers, the Ukrainian army has to withdraw from the strategically important city of Sievjerodonetsk in the east of the country. The withdrawal of Ukrainian troops has been ordered, the governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Hajdaj, said in the online service Telegram. The Russian units had recently taken over the city almost completely.

The city is practically “in ruins” because of the constant bombardment by Russian troops, the governor explained. “There’s just no point in staying in positions that have been under constant fire for months.” The entire strategic infrastructure of the industrial city was destroyed. “90 percent of the city is damaged, 80 percent of the houses will have to be demolished.”

The capture of Sieverodonetsk in the Luhansk region is a strategically important goal for Russia. The declared goal of the Russian armed forces is to take over the entire Donbass region, which also includes the Donetsk region. Parts of the economically important area in eastern Ukraine have been controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

Harald Kujat (archive photo) was inspector general of the Bundeswehr and from 2002 to 2005 chairman of the NATO military committee

4.31 a.m .: Ukrainian politician warns refugees against hasty return

Warnings are coming from the Ukraine against a hasty return of the approximately five million war refugees who Europe were recorded. “There are two essential prerequisites: We have to find ways and means to rebuild the destroyed infrastructure, at least partially. And where they are going, there needs to be a functioning anti-missile defense system – as it more or less exists for Kyiv now,” said Olena Sotnyk , advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanischyna, after talks in Berlin.

Olena Haluschka, board member of the Ukrainian organization Anticorruption Action Center, named the clearing of mines and hidden booby traps in areas that the Ukrainian side had recaptured from the Russian army as a further prerequisite. At their meetings with German politicians, the two women reported that the main thing they had urged was a rapid delivery of more weapons. They described the fact that the anti-tank howitzers promised by Germany had now arrived at the front as a “turning point”. The two meetings with members of the Bundestag and representatives of the Bertelsmann Foundation made positive comments about Berlin’s support for Ukraine’s status as a candidate for EU membership.

12.31 a.m .: USA promises Ukraine further arms deliveries of 450 million dollars

the United States have pledged further arms deliveries to Ukraine in the amount of 450 million dollars (around 427 million euros). “This package contains weapons and equipment,” White House national security spokesman John Kirby said Thursday. Among other things, Himars multiple rocket launchers, tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition and patrol boats would be delivered. The latest package brings US arms sales to Ukraine to $6.1 billion since the start of Russia’s war of aggression against the country, Kirby said.

dho / rw