War in Ukraine: The US faces Lithuania after threats from Russia

Im Dispute over the restriction of freight traffic to the Russian exclave Kaliningrad have USA protective against Lithuania located. Following Moscow’s threat that Russia would “respond to such hostilities,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday that Washington was on the side of its “NATO allies,” including Lithuania.

Price explicitly referred to Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, according to which an attack on an allied country is considered an attack on all. He stressed that the US commitment to the article was “inevitable.”

Kaliningrad is located on the Baltic coast between Lithuania and Poland and has no direct land connections with Russia. EU member Lithuania announced last week that it would limit rail traffic between Russia and its exclave. Goods subject to EU sanctions against Russia can no longer be transported by rail from Russia to Kaliningrad via Lithuania. These mainly include metals, building materials, technological goods and coal.

Russia’s National Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev announced retaliatory measures on Tuesday with “serious negative consequences for the Lithuanian people.”

“Russia will definitely respond to such hostilities,” Patrushev said, according to Russian news agencies. Appropriate measures are currently being prepared and will be taken shortly. Patrushev did not comment on what exactly was planned and what the consequences would be for the people of Lithuania.

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Moscow also summoned EU ambassador Markus Ederer to the foreign ministry and accused the EU of “escalating tensions”. Restrictions on freight to Kaliningrad are unacceptable, the ministry said. The EU is thus in breach of its “legal and political obligations”.

Relations between Russia and Lithuania, as well as two other Baltic countries, Latvia and Estonia, are already extremely tense due to the war in Ukraine. The Baltic states fear that they will become another target of Russian military aggression. These three countries belong to both the EU and NATO.

CDU President Friedrich Merz accuses Russia of trying to escalate the transit dispute with Lithuania. Lithuania is correctly and correctly implementing EU sanctions against Russia, Merz stressed in Berlin on Tuesday. Russia, for its part, is contributing to growing tensions. He referred to a proposal in the Russian parliament to abolish recognition of the state independence of the former Soviet republic. For the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there is a threat of direct conflict with NATO countries, Merz said. “But I assume that the military presence of NATO forces is sufficient to protect Russia from further escalation.” He hopes that Russia sufficiently respects NATO’s deterrent potential.

Russian offensive in Luhansk

Russian troops invaded areas in the USA on Tuesday Eastern Ukraine with heavy bombing. “Everything that can burn is on fire today,” the governor described Luhansk, Serhiy Hajdaj, situation on the ground of the news agency AP. The Russian army wants complete control of the region, but despite fierce attacks and the deployment of other troops, it still faces resistance.

After weeks of hard fighting, Russia wants to finally reach its first war goal in the east of Ukraine this week – the conquest of the Luhansk region. Still conquering an industrial city Sheverodonezk the key to Russia gaining control of the missing Luhansk territories.

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The Russian military currently controls about 95 percent of the Luhansk region. Hajdaj said Russian troops had reduced the area to rubble. “It is a complete disaster,” Hajdaj said in writing. “Our positions are shelled by howitzers, several rocket launchers, large-caliber artillery and missiles.”

According to its own statements, the Russian army has cut off supplies to Ukrainian troops in Sievjerodonetsk and Lysychansk. “The Ukrainian army group in the Lysychansk region is cut off from supplies and is under fire control by the Russian armed forces,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenko said on Tuesday.

Rescuers and locals pull the body out of the rubble of a building in Lysychansk after a Russian air raid

Rescuers and locals pull the body out of the rubble of a building in Lysychansk after a Russian air raid

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According to a Russian military spokesman, Ukrainian forces in the region have suffered heavy losses. Of the 57th Mechanized Brigade stationed in Sieverodonetsk, only 28 troops remained, while hundreds of Ukrainian troops deserted in a small town a little further west, he said. This information cannot be independently verified.

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The office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenský on Tuesday said in the previous 24 hours Lyssytschansk at least six civilians were killed and 16 others wounded.

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According to Ukrainian sources, Russian forces shelled the Chernihiv region in the north during the day and increased shelling of Kharkov, Ukraine’s second largest city. There were also explosions in the southern city of Mykolaiv on Tuesday morning. A school burned down in Avdiivka in the Donetsk region as a result of shelling, the presidential office said.

Civilians are engaged in the chemical work of Azot

Im Chemiewerk Azot in Shevjerodonezk According to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Wereshchuk, there were still around 300 civilians. However, the situation is constantly changing, according to the Ukrainian agency Ukrinform. If civilians seeking protection express a desire to be evacuated, an attempt will be made to establish an escape corridor. Governor Hajdaj said on Saturday that civilians did not want to be evacuated, but were constantly in contact.

Russian soldiers are firing at the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk

Russian soldiers are firing at the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk

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According to the Russian agency Interfax, about 20 Ukrainian civilians could leave the chemical plant on Monday. They used a passage that is not controlled by Ukrainian troops, and now they are “safe,” separatist leader Rodion Miroshnik said. He also accused Ukraine of using “constant shelling” to prevent the evacuation of civilians from the region.

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Unlike the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, there is said to be no extensive network of anti-aircraft shelters in Azot. According to Hajda, the individual emergency shelters do not follow each other. In the system of bunkers under the Azovstal steelworks, Ukrainian defenders and civilians held on for weeks after the conquest of Mariupol by Russian troops.

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Ukraine has been asking its Western allies for heavy weapons for weeks to repel Russia’s move in eastern Ukraine. In the east of the country, long-range fighting with heavy artillery takes place. Here, Russia clearly outperforms Ukraine in terms of large arms.

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