war in Ukraine
Withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from Sieverodonetsk ordered

A Ukrainian soldier looks through binoculars during heavy fighting

A Ukrainian soldier looks through binoculars during heavy fighting on the front line in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region (archive photo)

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

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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.

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.

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