Ukraine forces 'holding positions' in Sievierodonetsk | Ukraine latest


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Ukraine forces 'holding positions' in Sievierodonetsk | Ukraine latest



The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has recorded 9,394 civilian casualties since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Of that number the UN said 4,253 had been killed while 5,141 had been injured. According to the UN statement 272 children were among those killed. The OHCHR said the actual number of civilians killed is likely to be far higher than the number provided. Most of the deaths were caused by heavy weapons like artillery and rocket launchers with the ability to cause destruction on a wide radius.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has arrived in Turkey for talks over unblocking grain exports from Ukraine, which have been stalled due to Moscow’s invasion of its neighbor. This is Lavrov’s second trip to Turkey after meeting his Ankara and Kyiv counterparts Mevlut Cavusoglu and Dmytro Kuleba in Antalya on March 10. At the request of the United Nations, Turkey has offered to escort maritime convoys from Ukrainian ports. At the center of the talks is the opening of a security corridor to ship Ukrainian grain. In a phone call last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Moscow was ready to work with Ankara release maritime shipping blocked during the conflict.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has held talks in Lithuania with the heads of three Baltic countries about the state of security on NATO’s eastern flank. At a joint press conference in Vilnius, the leaders highlighted the threat Russia posed to regional security following its invasion of Ukraine. Scholz said the leaders had continued intensive talks and said that “we are demonstrating in the face of Russia’s aggression, unity.” The German chancellor spoke about NATO’s enhanced forward presence in Lithuania and said “we are going to increase our contribution by strengthening the eastern flank of NATO, and we are ready to strengthen our engagement and to develop it towards a robust combat brigade.” This is the first time Scholz has visited a NATO country that borders Russia since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine in February. The three Baltic countries all border Russia, and Latvia and Lithuania border Russian ally Belarus. Thousands of NATO soldiers, including German soldiers, are stationed in this region.

Russia’s wider plan likely continues to be to sever the Sievierodonetsk area from both the north and the south, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday. While Ukrainian forces have recaptured parts of over the weekend, Russian soldiers continue to occupy eastern districts, the statement said. The ministry added that Russia made gains on the southern Popasna axis in May, however, its progress in the area has impeded over the last week. “Reports of heavy shelling near Izium suggest Russia is preparing to make a renewed effort on the northern axis,” the ministry said. “Russia will almost certainly need to achieve a breakthrough on at least one of these axes to translate tactical gains to operational level success and progress towards its political objective of controlling all of Donetsk Oblast.”

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  1. when you have a comedian as your president never expect protection at all. Am sure this war could not have happened if zelensiky never put his trust in the west and america

  2. The world wants to see Ukraine have the cruise missiles to destroy Russian Grain silos, oil refineries, gas facilities, oil pipelines, any Russian people's homes!!!

  3. Of course Russia wants to steal that land from Ukraine. But I've a feeling that Russia will not be able to hold on to it. The price it will pay for this war will go on for about a century after it is over as no one will trust them again.

  4. France and Germany do not want a strong Eastern Europe. They are not a champions of democracy.

    Putin has declared that he wants to conquer the lands that the Tsar of Russia occupied in 1914. Giving land to Russia will not stop anything. It will only delay it.

    Germany appeases him. It's frankly embarrassing to be part of the west. It even looks like Germany and France have evil intent.

  5. Why do Germans laugh and party and celebrate every time the supreme superior master races of Han and Russians kill a child from the Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Ukraine, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Estonia, Malaysia, etc?

    Why do Germans wish only death and destruction upon all of us "worthless inferior races" ?