War Day at a glance: Western countries announce new weapons – Russia is cutting back gas supplies to Germany

War Day at a glance
Western countries announce new weapons – Russia is cutting back gas supplies to Germany

Ukrainian troops in Sierodonetsk are still failing without Russian fighters gaining ground. People settled in the chemical factory were not rescued, but the ultimatum for Ukrainian soldiers was missed. Heavy weapons can help. The United Kingdom and the United States report, but there is a silencer from Germany. There is also less gas from Russia for the Federal Republic. 112th day of war in brief.

The ultimatum in Seyerodonetsk will expire without a response

According to Ukrainian authorities, Sievjerodonetsk will continue to be defended. The troops resisted attacks from three sides, said Luhansk Governor Serhiy Hajday. “You will prevent the enemy from advancing to Lysychansk.” According to estimates by the British intelligence services, the Russians took control of most of the Ukrainian city of Sieverodonetsk after more than a month of fierce fighting. In addition, British intelligence supports the Ukrainian authorities’ claims that hundreds of civilians are holding up with Ukrainian soldiers in the bunkers of the Azot chemical plant in Sierodonetsk. Pro-pro-separatists from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic accuse Ukraine of disrupting the humanitarian corridor of the Azot chemical plant in Sieverodonetsk. The civilians were said to have been able to leave the race all day. On the other hand, the Ukrainian soldiers in the industrial plant received an ultimatum to lay down their weapons by morning, which they did not do.

American think tank: Donetsk could be annexed by September

Meanwhile, according to the American think tank Study for the Institute of War, the Russian authorities may be accelerating their plans to annex the occupied territories in Ukraine. Mariupol Mayor’s adviser Petro Andryushchenko sees signs of plans by the Russian authorities to annex the occupied Donetsk region as early as September 1: Andryushchenko said the administrative tasks of the separatist authorities in Donetsk had been completely transferred to Russian officials. In addition, Russian school authorities would already designate Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson as regions of Russia. Despite plans, many children are said to have been brought to Russia from homes in the occupied territories. She informed the UN Commission of Inquiry of the Human Rights after receiving information about the disappearance of children in nursing homes.

Russia will capture former American troops

Away from Sievjerodonetsk are said to be other successes of the Russian army. According to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, a weapons depot in the western Ukrainian region of Lviv was destroyed. Armament supplied by NATO countries was stored there, it said. Part of that was ammunition for the American howitzer M777. Russian fighters also managed to arrest two former US soldiers who fought on the side of Ukraine. Alexander Drueke (39) and Andy Huynh (27) served as volunteers in a regular unit of the Ukrainian army. Like the two British Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, they could face the death penalty as “mercenaries”.

Recruitment in Russia is apparently slow

Despite military progress, the Russian leadership is clearly having difficulty recruiting more troops. The American think tank “Institute for the Study of War” informed about possible attempts by the Russian military leadership to increase the number of suitable recruits. Russian military blogger Yuri Kotjenok has claimed that Russian authorities are preparing to raise the age limit for military service from 40 to 49 years. In addition, the current requirement for previous military service to serve in armored and motorized infantry would be abolished.

Western states agree with many weapons

What could also slow down the current success of Russian troops is the supply of weapons from Western countries. And recent announcements. At first, it was said from Germany that only three MARS II rocket launchers would be delivered instead of the four previously discussed. Among other things, there would not be enough ammunition. German rocket launchers from the Bundeswehr should be handed over to Ukraine in August or September. However, Britain promised a rapid delivery of several rocket launchers without specifying a specific number. Deliveries of Harpoon anti-ship missiles are also possible. Denmark and the Netherlands have already promised this. The evening was followed by US President Joe Biden, who promised to supply Ukraine with weapons worth one billion dollars (960 million euros). In addition, there should be $ 225 million in humanitarian aid.

Ambassador Melnyk has two demands on Scholz

According to Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliarova, only about 10 percent of the arms shipments announced so far have arrived in Ukraine. Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk also again criticized the lack of arms supplies on RTL / ntv before Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s trip to Kiev. In addition to granting it candidate status for EU membership, Scholz is expected to “skip the shadow of German hesitation on heavy weapons and massively support Ukraine with all available resources from the Bundeswehr and the arms industry.”

Ukraine cannot reap the harvest

It would also help Ukraine dispatch its grain supplies. Due to the Russian blockade of the Black Sea, this has not been possible for a long time to keep grain storage full. This blocks the storage of new grain. However, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture, about 2.4 million hectares of winter grain have not been harvested due to the fighting. The grain is worth about $ 1.435 billion. The agricultural sector has already suffered a loss of about $ 4.292 billion due to the Russian invasion.

Russia’s economy is more resilient than expected

On the other hand, the Russian economy does not appear to have been hit hard by the sanctions that were sometimes expected. It is quite possible that “the power of the downturn will be slightly less than we thought,” Economy Minister Maxim Reschetnikov said in Moscow. In addition, inflation could be lower than expected. “It can be said that inflation will clearly be much lower than estimated,” the minister added.

Russia sends significantly less gas to Germany

It also seems possible to strangle gas supplies to Germany again. As of Thursday morning, only a maximum of 67 million cubic meters, a third less, will be pumped through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline every day, Gazprom said. The Russian state-owned company again justified this step by delays in repairs by Siemens. Therefore, another gas compression system had to be shut down, he said. Gazprom announced on Tuesday that it will reduce the maximum volume of supplies to initially up to 100 million cubic meters of gas per day. This corresponds to about 60 percent of the previously planned daily volume of 167 million cubic meters of gas. The Federal Network Agency rejected Gazprom’s statement that the delay in repairing the gas compressor unit was the reason for the reduced gas supply volumes.

Israel and Egypt could intervene

The way out of dependence on Russian gas could be an agreement between the EU, Israel and Egypt, there was a statement of intent. The agreement will allow “significant” Israeli gas exports to Europe for the first time, the Israeli Ministry of Energy said. Officials believe that Israeli gas will be piped to liquefaction plants in Egypt and then sent to Europe. Von der Leyen said the agreement would also strengthen regional cooperation. The EU is also planning an agreement with Egypt on hydrogen production.

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