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LIVENewsblog on the Ukraine War Many dead after shelling of Ukrainian cities

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Day 58 since the beginning of the war: The expected major offensive in the east is still pending. Russia claims to be in full control of Mariupol. All information in the news blog.

12:05 a.m.: According to Ukrainian sources, several people were injured or killed by shelling in different regions in the east and south of the country. In the Kharkov region, two people were killed after a shell hit a car, Governor Oleh Synyehubov said on Thursday evening. Two other people were injured in two other separate incidents. A total of around 50 Russian artillery and multiple rocket launcher attacks were registered in the Kharkov region on Thursday, Synyehubov said. There is active fighting near the small town of Isjum. From the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia, it was said that eight people were injured when the city was shelled twice on Thursday afternoon.

11.30 p.m.: The security policy spokeswoman for the Greens in the Bundestag, Sara Nanni, calls on Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to position himself more clearly on the issue of arms exports to Ukraine. “We need clarity from the Chancellor as to what the priorities are and how decisions are made,” Nanni told the editorial network Germany (RND). It must be clear whether we are delivering everything or whether there are restrictions. “That would build a lot of trust.” According to Nanni’s account, the Greens would also agree to a delivery of tanks from Germany.

10:23 p.m.: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin plans to meet with colleagues from several countries on the war in Ukraine next week at the US Ramstein Air Force Base in Rhineland-Palatinate. The meeting should take place next Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby announced on Thursday. Kirby did not provide details on the list of participants. But not only NATO countries would be invited, he said.

One goal of the meeting is the lasting security and sovereignty of Ukraine. It should therefore be about Ukraine’s defense needs beyond the current war. “We think it’s time to have that discussion as well,” Kirby said. In addition, it should be about the further military support of Ukraine. Earlier in the day, the US government announced $800 million in new military aid.

10:20 p.m.: For the largely destroyed port city of Mariupol in south-east Ukraine, which was besieged by Russian troops, no escape corridor was once again established. “Everything is difficult, chaotic, slow and, of course, dishonest on the part of the Russians,” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on Thursday on the Telegram news channel.

The only hope is that four buses could drive from Mariupol to Berdyansk the day before, she said. Three of the buses had arrived in the government area. The whereabouts of a bus is unknown. According to media reports, almost 80 people arrived in Zaporizhia.

9:48 p.m.: The Russian army captured 42 villages in the Donetsk region in the east of the country on Thursday, according to Ukrainian sources. “It happened today and our armed forces could recapture it tomorrow,” an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s chief of staff said on TV.

9:35 p.m.: Because of the Russian attack, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyj, Ukraine needs aid of seven billion dollars a month just to compensate for economic losses. “And we will need hundreds of billions of dollars for reconstruction,” Zelenskyy said in a video link during a meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Washington.

IMF boss Kristalina Georgieva called for aid to Ukraine “as far as possible” in the form of grants and not in the form of loans. Funding needs and how they are to be met need to be identified more precisely, she said. But in order to prevent Kyiv from piling up significant debt, the support should not be given as a loan, Georgieva said.

9:20 p.m.: According to US information, the Ukrainian armed forces apparently continue to control parts of the besieged southern city of Mariupol. The “media show” put on by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his defense minister may just be another case of Russian disinformation, says US State Department spokesman Ned Price. At a televised meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Putin congratulated the Russian military on a “successful conclusion of the fighting to liberate Mariupol.”

9:06 p.m.: The Kyrgyzstan authorities have warned their citizens against openly showing their support for the Russian war in Ukraine. The use of the pro-Russian “Z” symbol at events marking the upcoming commemoration of the victory over Nazi Germany could “foment hatred between ethnic groups,” said the National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan on Thursday. This is a crime.

The “Z”, with which the Russian army in Ukraine marks tanks and vehicles, among other things, has now become a common symbol of solidarity with the Russian troops. The Russian authorities encourage its use.

Kyrgyzstan is a close ally of Russia and has not yet criticized Moscow for its attack on Ukraine. Despite the lack of reliable data, the Russian attack appears to have met with mixed responses in the Muslim-majority former Soviet republics of Central Asia.

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