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LIVENewsblog on Ukraine War Britain: Russia Must Consolidate Troops in Ukraine

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Day 66 since the beginning of the war: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is inciting agitation against NATO. In the east and south of Ukraine, Russian troops are continuing their offensive. All information in the news blog.


11:54 am: According to its Foreign Ministry, Russia, which is burdened by Western sanctions, wants to greatly expand trade with China. The supply of raw materials and goods should increase significantly by 2024, the trade volume should reach 200 billion dollars, the ministry said according to a report by the Interfax news agency. Although Chinese companies should be wary of possible follow-up sanctions, Beijing is ready to significantly expand cooperation with Moscow, the report says.

10:52 a.m.: Russia said it used artillery to attack 389 targets in Ukraine overnight, including 35 checkpoints, 15 weapons or ammunition depots and several locations where Ukrainian troops or equipment would have been located. The Russian Defense Ministry said four ammunition and fuel depots were hit by Russian missiles.

10:34 am: As spokesman for the US Department of Defense, John Kirby regularly briefs journalists on the situation in Ukraine, always calmly and professionally. Now, after a question, he struggled for composure. Read more about it here.

John Kirby: During the briefing at the Pentagon, the speaker briefly regained his composure. (Source: Manuel Balce Ceneta/dpa)

9.51 a.m.: Russian anti-aircraft defense reportedly prevented a Ukrainian plane from entering the airspace of the Bryansk region. Parts of an oil terminal were hit by shelling, Russian media reported, citing the region’s governor. “There are no victims,” ​​the RIA agency quoted Governor Alexander Bogomas as saying. A logistics building at the terminal was damaged. The information could not be independently verified.

8.44 a.m.: According to the British military, Russia is forced to rally and regroup its troops after failed advances in north-eastern Ukraine. “The deficiencies in tactical coordination persist,” the British military tweeted. Due to the weakness of the units and insufficient air support, Russia cannot fully exploit its combat capabilities. The information could not be independently verified.

A soldier in a Russian military district (symbolic image): Russia is apparently forced to regroup its armed forces in north-eastern Ukraine.  (Source: imago images/SNA)A soldier in a Russian military district (symbolic image): Russia is apparently forced to regroup its armed forces in north-eastern Ukraine. (Source: SNA/imago images)

8.19 a.m.: The Ukrainian Major Stepan Tarabalka, who is said to have shot down more than 40 Russian planes, has apparently died in the Ukraine war. As the British news medium “Times” reported, he died in an air battle last month. The 29-year-old was celebrated as a war hero. Already on the first day of the war he is said to have brought down six Russian fighter planes. He became known as the “ghost of Kyiv” primarily through a widely shared video by the Ukrainian government, which is said to show the pilot’s flying skills. However, Deutsche Welle, among others, judged the video to be fake.

6.13 a.m.: The Russian army continued its offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine with undiminished intensity, targeting the city of Kharkiv in particular. Heavy explosions were heard in Kharkiv on Saturday night. Despite the ongoing Russian attacks on the country’s second-largest city, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke of “tactical successes” by government troops in the region.

“The situation in the Kharkiv region is difficult,” Zelenskyj said in a televised speech. “But our military and intelligence have made important tactical gains.” According to the Ukrainian armed forces, they recaptured the “strategically important” village of Ruska Losowa near Kharkiv. According to the Ministry of Defense in Kyiv, the Ukrainian soldiers brought more than 600 residents to safety.

A Ukrainian soldier walks through rubble in Kharkiv: the Russian army has targeted the city.  (Source: AP / dpa / Felipe Dana)A Ukrainian soldier walks through rubble in Kharkiv: the Russian army has targeted the city. (Source: Felipe Dana/AP/dpa)

2 O ‘clock: SPD faction leader Rolf Mützenich calls for Russia’s diplomatic isolation. “It is crucial that Russia’s strategic partners turn away from Putin. 45 countries have not condemned the Russian attack on Ukraine, including five nuclear powers. Putin’s government must be isolated,” he told the “Rheinische Post”. “We have to achieve that through talks in the countries.” For example, India wants to buy large amounts of gas from Russia. China is also an important supporter of Russia. Likewise Brazil, South Africa and other countries.

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