Germany, Great Britain and the USA want to send new rocket launchers to Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praises "courage and wisdom" on the battlefield.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked his armed forces and western allies for their continued support against the 112-day Russian onslaught. In a video speech during the night, he praised the Ukrainian army's combat morale. This would have proved that courage and wisdom on the battlefield - coupled with the ability to tactically outmaneuver the enemy - could achieve remarkable results.
Zelenskyy said that he fights every day to ensure that Ukraine receives the necessary weapons from abroad to overcome the military advantage of the Russians. On Wednesday alone, he called US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson again. He also met the heads of government from Albania and Montenegro, Edi Rama and Dritan Abazović. After the meeting of the US-led Ukraine contact group on Wednesday, he saw the signal that arms deliveries from the West would be stabilized, Zelenskyj said.
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The President specifically thanked the United States for a new $1 billion military aid package. In addition, the USA, Germany and Great Britain want to deliver a total of ten multiple rocket launchers to Ukraine. The aid is "particularly important for our defense in the Donbass," where Russia continued its violent attacks during the night. Zelenskyj spoke of rocket hits in the Mykolaiv and Kharkiv areas.
Russian central bank expects slower economic downturn than feared
The head of the Russian central bank is optimistic about economic developments in Russia. The contraction this year will be less than what the central bank had expected in April, Elwira Nabiullina said.
Romania's President also arrived in Kiev
After Scholz, Macron and Draghi, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis also arrived in Kiev. The politician announced this on Twitter. Together with the three heads of state and government from Germany, France and Italy, he wants to meet the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
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Attacks On Donetsk
In view of the Russian attack he wanted to express his solidarity with Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people. "This illegal Russian aggression must end," wrote Iohannis.
France backs Ukraine's military victory
According to diplomats, France is backing Ukraine's military victory over Russia. Such a victory should restore Ukraine's territorial integrity, said a French diplomat. This also includes Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014. However, it is up to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to define what a military victory could look like.
Heavy fighting in Bakhmut, Wessele and Soledar
Russian troops are continuing their attacks in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. In the direction of the city of Bakhmut , there are Russian attacks "to improve the tactical situation," the Ukrainian general staff said on Facebook. The towns of Wessele, Soledar, Berestowe and Vowchojarivka were under artillery fire.
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There is also heavy fighting in the separatist region of Donetsk. The Russians are also attempting to attack in the direction of Sloviansk. There was also artillery shelling on sections of the front in the Kharkiv regions,Zaporizhia, Kherson and Mykolaiv.
10,000 civilians still in Sieverodonetsk
According to the governor of Luhansk, thousands of civilians are holding out in the embattled Ukrainian city of Sieberodonetsk. The Ukrainian army is "holding back the enemy as best it can," Serhiy Hajdaj wrote in the online service Telegram. The Russian army is losing "hundreds of fighters" there, but is always bringing new supplies. They "continue the destruction of Sieverodonetsk".
It is the last major city in the Luhansk region that Russia has not yet conquered. Parts of the industrial city remain under Ukraine's control, according to the Ukrainian General Staff.
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More events of the night in brief:
Accordingly, Germany originally wanted to send four multiple rocket launchers to the war region. German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said the Bundeswehr could only deliver three such rocket launchers.
Two Americans who joined Ukrainian fighters in the war against Russia have been missing for a week. According to relatives, the two men have not returned from an operation in the Kharkiv region. The families fear that Russia will hold the fighters as prisoners of war and sentence them to death. There is no official confirmation for this.
More than 100 million people are currently fleeing the world – more than at any time since the Second World War. This is reported by the UN refugee agency UNHCR.
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