War Day at a glance: Russians surround Ukrainian troops – Kyiv gains EU candidate status

War Day at a glance
Russians surrounded Ukrainian troops – Kyiv is gaining EU candidate status

Natural gas in Germany is significantly more expensive. So much is already certain. While the federal government is announcing a state of emergency, Russian President Putin is securing the support of his BRICS partners. His troops are advancing further in eastern Ukraine. In Kiev, meanwhile, people are rejoicing at the decisions of EU member states. 120th day of war in brief.

Lyssytschansk: The Russians are advancing to the outskirts of the city

According to Ukrainian sources, Russian troops have advanced to the outskirts of Lyssychsk in eastern Ukraine. It is the last large city in the Luhansk region, which is still fully under Ukrainian control. “Our fighters stopped the advance towards the southern edge of Lysychansk, inflicted losses on the enemy and forced him to retreat,” the situation report of the General Staff in Kiev said in the evening. The Russian army is now drawing on the advance. The settlement of Borivske east of the river Seversky Donetsk was also fought.

In the morning, it turned out that a Ukrainian group was surrounded in the towns of Solote and Hirske in the south of Lysychansk. In the evening, the Ukrainian army announced that Russian troops had in the meantime partially conquered Hirske. According to the report, they managed to close the boiler completely. Russia also shelled fuel tanks and military equipment of the Ukrainian army near Mykolaiv during the day, according to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow. Tough battles have been raging in Donbass for weeks as the Russian army tries to conquer the entire provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk. The Russian Air Force apparently flies with heavy attacks on Ukrainian positions.

Moscow insists on meeting the war goals

With regard to possible negotiations to end hostilities, the Kremlin adheres to all its demands. A peace plan is possible, but when Kyiv meets all the requirements, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to Interfax. Moscow’s public demands include the recognition of the eastern Ukrainian separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states and the Crimean and Black Sea peninsulas, annexed in 2014, as Russian territory. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently formulated as Kiev’s goal the recapture of Crimea and the occupied areas since late February.

First German howitzers, now American rocket launchers

According to the government in Kiev, the US has now supplied multiple HIMARS rocket launchers in support of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. “HIMARS has arrived in Ukraine,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Twitter. He thanked his American colleague Lloyd Austin “for these powerful tools” and published photos of rocket launchers. Mobile machines can fire multiple precision-guided missiles simultaneously at targets up to 80 kilometers away. The US military also has systems with a range of several hundred kilometers. Resnikov announced on Tuesday that Germany had in the meantime delivered the Panzerhaubitz 2000. According to the Ukrainian embassy in Berlin, all seven howitzers promised by Germany had arrived in Ukraine.

EU countries grant candidate country status to Ukraine and Moldova

Ukraine and Moldova are gaining official candidate status for EU accession. The Heads of State and Government of the 27 EU countries decided on this evening at their Brussels summit, as announced by Council President Charles Michel. He called the decision a “historic moment” on Twitter. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Today is a good day for Europe.” With this step, the EU acknowledges the efforts of both countries to join the EU and wants to encourage them to continue on this path with determination. In the first reaction, Ukrainian President Zelensky thanked for his support. “Ukraine’s future lies in the EU,” he wrote on Twitter.

Putin shakes hands with BRICS partners

By contrast, Russian President Vladimir Putin is turning his back on the EU. At a virtual summit of the so-called BRICS countries, the West accused the global economic crisis. He gave the group a new leadership role with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. “Only on the basis of honest and mutually beneficial cooperation can we find a way out of the crisis in which the world economy has collapsed due to reckless selfish actions of individual countries, which use financial mechanisms to pass on macroeconomic mistakes to the world,” the Kremlin chief said.

Habeck reports an alarm level – gas should be significantly more expensive

In Germany, meanwhile, the topic of natural gas continues to make headlines. Due to extremely limited supplies from Russia, the federal government has declared a level of alarm in the “gas emergency plan.” Economy Minister Robert Habeck warned companies and consumers to save gas. A “national effort” is needed. Given the current situation, the president of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, believes that it is possible to triple consumer gas prices. “If you extrapolate it, a lot depends on how you heat, how your building is built. But it can triple the previous gas bill,” Müller told ntv. Asked at the RTL “Nachtjournal” whether he could imagine gas bills tripling, “This cannot be ruled out.” This is within the limits of: “So a wave of prices is coming to Germany that can no longer be averted because prices have already accumulated.”

Müller sees the real danger of a gas bottleneck in Germany. “I will do everything we can to avoid freezing in private households,” said ntv, “but I am very afraid that we will be able to maintain industrial production in this way.” The more gas saved, the less consequences the industry faces. “Anyone who saves and stores gas helps avoid the need to reduce jobs, added value and society.”

The UN chief could thwart the grain deal

The world market is also affected by another bottleneck: grain supplies from Ukraine blocked by Russia. However, the dispute seems to be progressing. UN Security Council circles have confirmed the possibility of a meeting between the conflicting parties with UN Secretary-General António Guterres in Turkey – perhaps as early as next week. The talks are at a point where the UN chief would negotiate directly with the Russians and Ukrainians to secure an agreement. Ukraine complains that the Russian navy is blocking its Black Sea ports. Both countries are among the largest exporters of wheat and play an important role in global food security.

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