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Ukraine war in the live ticker: Ukraine orders withdrawal from the embattled city of Sievjerodonetsk

Bitter fighting is currently raging, especially around the city of Lyssychansk in eastern Ukraine.

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Ukraine war in the live ticker: Ukraine orders withdrawal from the embattled city of Sievjerodonetsk

Ukraine – It is already the 121st day since the outbreak of war, Russia keeps grabbing the Ukraine on. While the fighting continues, Ukraine, as a new candidate for EU membership, can at least have some hope for a future in a common Europe. All current developments of the day can be found here in the TAG24 live ticker.

Bitter fighting is currently raging, especially around the city of Lyssychansk in eastern Ukraine. © Rick Mave/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

The military situation in the eastern Luhansk region is becoming increasingly critical for the Ukrainian army. Russian troops are fighting and trying to encircle the strategically important city of Lyssychansk.

At the EU summit today, Friday, the high inflation and rising energy prices will be discussed, which are part of the consequences of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.

At a conference in Berlin shortly before the G7 summit, the German government is also focusing on the global food situation and the search for solutions to blocked grain exports from Ukraine.

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9.43 a.m .: According to British intelligence, the Russian Air Force is said 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 Defense Ministry’s website in London on Friday. “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.

8.10 a.m .: Ukraine orders withdrawal from embattled city of Sievjerodonetsk

Four months after the start of the war, Ukraine has ordered the withdrawal of its troops from the embattled city of Sieverodonetsk in the east of the country.

That’s what the governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Hajday, said on television on Friday. Sievjerodonetsk has so far been one of the last parts of Luhansk that has not yet been conquered by Russian and pro-Russian fighters. “It’s a situation now where it doesn’t make sense to stay in battered positions,” said Hajdaj. The number of dead would then rise sharply.

“Therefore, our defenders who are there have already received orders to retreat to new positions and conduct normal, full-fledged military operations from there.” According to the governor, up to 90 percent of the houses in Sievjerodonetsk have now been destroyed.

The city of Sievjerodonetsk in the Luhansk region was recently a hotly contested front line in the Russian war of aggression – now the Ukrainian armed forces have to withdraw from there. © Oleksandr Ratushniak/AP/dpa

7.32 a.m .: The head of the network agency warns of the end of gas deliveries from Russia

The President of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, believes it is possible that Russia will completely stop supplying gas to Germany through the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1.

“We cannot rule it out,” he said on Friday in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”. That is why the Federal Network Agency calculated various scenarios. “Most scenarios are not nice and mean either too little gas at the end of winter or – very difficult situation – in autumn or winter.”

6.56 a.m .: Christian Lindner is against the proposal for a “war solo”

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (43, FDP) has rejected the demand of his Baden-Württemberg counterpart Danyal Bayaz (38, Greens) for “war solos”.

Massive tax increases such as “war solos” are apt to strangle economic development, Lindner warned on Friday. “We need more growth impulses, more start-ups, more overtime to ensure our prosperity. Tax increases would sabotage the strengthening of the economic situation,” he told the German Press Agency in Berlin.

6.20 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 have been taken in by Europe.

“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 – like the one that more or less exists for Kyiv now,” said Olena Sotnyk , the advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanischyna, after talks in Berlin.

Olena Haluschka, board member of the Ukrainian organization Anticorruption Action Centersei, 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.

Before refugees from Ukraine return to their country, it should be reasonably safe there again. © Michael Kappeler/dpa

5.12 a.m .: German water jumpers give Ukraine a home in preparation for the World Cup

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has strengthened the already good relationship between German and Ukrainian water jumpers.

Before the start of the water jumping competitions at the swimming world championships in Budapest, national coach Lutz Buschkow reported that the Ukrainian World Championship team in Berlin and Aachen had been preparing for the title fights during the same training times as the Germans since May.

Buschkow emphasized that from the German point of view everything had been done to give Ukrainian athletes and their families the opportunity to prepare properly for the World Championships. In the final phase before departure, the team stayed at the water jumper’s partner hotel in Berlin, which agreed to give them the price. In addition, Ukrainian athletes took part in the championships of different age groups. “Unfortunately, we can’t get rid of the problems,” said Buschkow.

4.02 a.m .: City Day calls for a strategy for the reconstruction of Ukraine

The German Association of Cities calls for an overall strategy for the reconstruction of Ukraine. He is appealing to the Federal Government and the EU Commission, said the President of the City Council and Mayor of Münster, Markus Lewe (57, CDU), the German Press Agency in Berlin.

“All political levels including the cities” would have to be involved. “We stand firmly by the side of the people in Ukraine. The German cities therefore want to actively support the reconstruction of Ukraine,” said Lewe. At the moment, solidarity measures and humanitarian aid are still in the foreground. “But there are already plans for reconstruction – for schools, hospitals, apartments, transport links and much more. Cities can make an important contribution to reconstruction.”

The Mayor of Münster, Markus Lewe (57, CDU), assures Ukraine of full support as President of the German Association of Cities. © Fabian Strauch/dpa

2.36 a.m .: EU gives Bosnia-Herzegovina new hope for candidate status

The Balkan state of Bosnia-Herzegovina can hope to join the group of EU accession candidates like Ukraine and Moldova.

According to EU Council President Charles Michel, the EU Commission should quickly present a new report on the country’s reform efforts. The EU states would then be ready to make a decision on the accession candidate status for Bosnia-Herzegovina, which has around 3.3 million inhabitants, the Belgian explained on the sidelines of the EU summit in Brussels.

12:02 a.m .: US promises Ukraine more weapons for $ 450 million

Ahead of the G7 summit in Germany, the United States announced further arms sales to Ukraine worth $450 million (about 428 million euros).

This included multiple rocket launcher artillery systems and patrol boats, a senior White House official, John Kirby, said in Washington on Thursday. According to its own statements, the USA has promised or already delivered weapons and equipment worth around 6.1 billion US dollars (5.8 billion euros) to the country attacked by Russia in the four months of the war.

Cover photo: Oleksandr Ratushniak/AP/dpa

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