++ War in Ukraine: Lithuania comments on the blockade of Kaliningrad

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From: Tobias Utz, Moritz Serif and Sarah Neumeyer


Russian troops conquered Sievjerodonetsk. Lithuania defends threats from the Kremlin: news of the war in Ukraine on Sunday, June 26.

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  • Ukrainian conflict: This news ticker is continuously updated by our editorial team. Some information comes from the warring factions and cannot be directly verified independently.

Updates from Sunday, June 26, 00:00: The Lithuanian president spoke in a dispute over transit to the Kaliningrad exclave between Russia and Lithuania. He said in a statement that Lithuania would not make any concessions regarding the transit of Russian goods through neighboring Kaliningrad. “Lithuania must and will retain control of goods transported through its territory,” Gitanas Nausėda emphasized on Saturday evening. Earlier, threats from Russia reappeared.

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A Russian army vehicle during a military exercise in the Kaliningrad region in mid-June. © Mikhail Golenkov / Imago Images

News of the war in Ukraine: Russia controls Sievjerodonetsk

+++ 20:45: Sieverodonetsk Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk spoke after Russia took control of the city. “He’s trying to create his own order.” As far as I know, they appointed a commander, “he said on Ukrainian television. For Russia, the Luhansk region is strategically important, especially in order to occupy the entire Donbas, of which the Donetsk region is a part.

+++ 19:13: Russia controlled Sierodonetsk, a city in the Luhansk region. This was announced by the head of the military administration Oleksandr Striuk.

War in Ukraine: Russia damages Kharkov nuclear reactor

+++ 17:43: Russia has damaged Kharkov’s nuclear reactor. The damage also affected the Institute of Physics and Technology Independent Kyiv. At present, it is still unclear how critical the damage to a nuclear power plant is.

+++ 15:05: According to Independent Kyiv Russian helicopters fired rockets in the Sumy region of Ukraine. The Sumy region is one of 25 administrative units in northeastern Ukraine, near the Russian border.

+++ 13:45: A few days ago, the United States supplied Ukraine with a missile system. Now the first successes are probably recorded. Several Russian army bases were shelled on Saturday afternoon. This was announced in the Telegram by the Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Valery Zalushnyi. The information cannot be verified independently.

Russian losses in the war in Ukraine: known new numbers

+++ 13:00: Today, the Ukrainian General Staff published new figures on losses on the Russian side. According to statistics, the army has already lost 34,700 soldiers.

+++ 12:00: The Russian Air Force is apparently currently attacking the Azot chemical plant in Sievjerodonetsk. There are still around 500 civilians in the factory. According to a report by the Kyiv Independent news portal, Governor Serhiy Hajdaj said that the city would be hit by artillery and air strikes. The information could not be verified.

News of the war in Ukraine: Apparently Russian rocket attacks from Belarus

+++ 11:00: According to the evaluation of the Ukrainian General Staff, Russia fires rockets at Ukrainian cities from Belarus. The main focus is on the cities of Schytomyr and Chernihiv, he said. The information cannot be verified independently.

+++ 10:15: The head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, questioned the Lithuanian border. He had in mind restrictions on transit to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. “Lithuania has basically questioned its own borders,” Rogozin told Russian state television. Russia has so far recognized Lithuania’s borders only because transit to Kaliningrad worked: “Lithuania shot itself not only in the leg but also in the head.”

+++ 9:30: In a situation report from Saturday morning, the British Ministry of Defense addressed, among other things, the situation around the city of Sievjerodonetsk. After the city was largely conquered by Russian troops, the Ukrainian army is probably ordering a new defense strategy. Russia is making “creeping progress” on the ground. According to the report, the Russian army has withdrawn a number of high-ranking generals from Ukraine since the beginning of the war. The information cannot be verified independently.

News of the war in Ukraine: Injured in a rocket attack

+++ 8:30: Four people were apparently injured in a rocket attack by the Russian army on a military facility in Jaworiv (western Ukraine). This was stated in a video message by the governor of the Lviv region, Maxim Kosizsky. The information cannot be verified independently.

News of the war in Ukraine: Russian MP threatens Britain with bombing

+++ 7:30: Russian Duma MP Andrei Gurulev has threatened to bomb Britain. London will be the first city to be bombed by Russian troops. This scenario occurs if the blockade of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad leads to a war with NATO. “The first city hit will be London. It is crystal clear that the threat to the world comes from the Anglo-Saxons, “he said on Russian state television. He also claimed that Russia would destroy NATO space satellites. The information cannot be verified independently.

+++ 07:00: Russian troops apparently shelled various communities around the city of the Dnieper. During the night, several explosions were reported, leading to a nationwide air emergency (see update from 5:45). According to Oleksander Vilkul, head of the regional military administration, more missiles were used. The shelling destroyed the infrastructure and no injuries have occurred so far. Information provided by the news portal Independent Kyiv published are not independently verifiable.

News of the war in Ukraine: Russia sees “aggressive action” by the EU

+++ 6:30: Russia has described the granting of EU candidate status to Moldova and Ukraine as a “geopolitical kidnapping.” They want to “keep Russia in check,” said Maria Zacharovova, a spokeswoman for Foreign Ministry on Friday. It is an “aggressive approach” that could lead to a new division in Europe, Zakhar said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was surprisingly more reserved. Granting the status of EU candidate country to both countries is an “internal matter” of the EU. However, this must be viewed critically, Peskow continued.

News of the war in Ukraine: nationwide air emergency at night

Updates from Saturday, June 25, 05:45: A national air alarm was triggered in Ukraine on Saturday night. In the background were rocket attacks by the Russian army on the cities of the Dnieper and Zaporozhye in southern Ukraine. According to consistent media reports, several explosions have been reported. The information cannot be verified independently. (tu / sne / ms with dpa / AFP)

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