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Ukraine war in the live ticker: More bitter fighting in the Donbass

Ukraine – the Ukraine is shaken again and again by Russian rocket attacks. There is also heavy fighting in the east of the country. The situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is also causing concern.

Ukrainian soldiers fire artillery at Russian positions near Bakhmut. © dpa/Libkos

Since the war began in February, Russia has reportedly fired almost 4,700 rockets at Ukraine, leaving large parts of the country in ruins. “Hundreds of our cities have practically burned down, thousands of people have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been deported to Russia,” said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (44) on Sunday.

Last Tuesday alone, Russia fired almost 100 rockets at Ukraine. “Hundreds of different rockets against our cities, against residential buildings, against companies, against power plants,” said Zelenskyj in a video message to the international organization of Francophonie – an association of French-speaking countries whose representatives met in Djerba, Tunisia. As a result of these attacks, more than 20 million people were temporarily without power.

“Millions of people have left Ukraine to seek protection from the war in other countries,” said Zelenskyy. He asked the member states of Francophonie for help. “Ukraine really wants peace. But to restore peace, we need support.” A return to peace is possible “if everyone in the world understands that nobody in the world deserves a single day of terror.”

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All current developments in Ukraine and around the war can be found here in our TAG24 live ticker.

Nov 21 8:40 am: Is Russia focused on defending Svatove?

After retreating across the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine, the Russian forces are concentrating on defending the city of Svatove in the east of the country, according to British estimates.

That’s where the Russian troops are now most vulnerable, the Ministry of Defense said in London on Monday, citing intelligence findings. “As a major population center in the Luhansk region, the Russian leadership will most likely see maintaining control of Svatove as a political priority,” it said.

November 21, 6:16 a.m.: Fierce fighting continues in Donbass

The fierce fighting in the Donbass in eastern Ukraine continues, according to Zelenskyy. The area around Donetsk in particular is heavily contested.

“Although there are fewer attacks due to the worsening weather, unfortunately the number of Russian artillery raids remains high.” The General Staff in Kyiv had previously reported continued clashes on various front sections in the east of the country. Several Russian advances had been fended off near Luhansk, it said.

Fierce fighting continues in Donbass.

Fierce fighting continues in Donbass. © dpa/Libkos

November 21, 5:25 a.m.: Russians expand positions and steal bicycles

After withdrawing to the east bank of the Dnipro River near Cherson in southern Ukraine, Russian soldiers are building new defensive positions there, according to information from Kyiv.

At the same time, in the Kakhovka district, for example, they have increasingly started stealing the civilian population’s means of transport, the Ukrainian general staff said in Kyiv on Sunday. “They steal people’s private cars, motorcycles and even bicycles,” the statement said.

November 21, 5:10 a.m.: IAEA team wants to examine the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant for damage

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) wants to examine the Ukrainian nuclear power plant at Zaporizhia for possible damage on Monday and document the extent of the weekend’s explosions.

The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, occupied by Russian troops, was shaken by dozens of grenade hits on Saturday and Sunday. In the months before, the nuclear power plant had come under fire several times.

Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. © dpa/Leo Correa

November 21, 3 a.m.: Germany offers Poland support with Patriot defense system

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (57, SPD) wants to help Poland with a Patriot defense system after the missile hit.

“We offered Poland support in securing the airspace – with our Eurofighters and with Patriot air defense systems. We are already in Slovakia with them – we want to extend our presence there until the end of 2023, possibly even beyond that.” , said the minister to the Düsseldorf “Rheinische Post” and the Bonn “General-Anzeiger”.

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