The night of the war at a glance: Zelenskyj expects a longer war - UN concerned about grain shortage

The United Nations is urging Russia to release blocked grain stocks from Ukraine because of rising world hunger.

The night of the war at a glance: Zelenskyj expects a longer war - UN concerned about grain shortage

The United Nations is urging Russia to release blocked grain stocks from Ukraine because of rising world hunger. In the meantime, fighting between Russian and Ukrainian troops in the war country continued at night. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy prepared the population for a continuing war and called for the extension of martial law by 90 days until August. The US embassy in Kyiv resumed work after a break of almost three months, and the US Senate confirmed a new ambassador.

Fighting with civilian casualties in Donbass

The situation on the individual fronts in Ukraine remained largely unchanged. In the east, Russian troops are still trying to fully capture the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The severity of the attacks was also reflected in the deaths of 15 civilians in the region on Wednesday, the Ukrainian army said. At least one child was also killed.

For their part, the Ukrainian forces claimed to have recaptured another village to the north of the city of Kharkiv. In the past few weeks, the Ukrainian army has said it has pushed the Russian troops in the north and north-east of Kharkov further and further towards the border. Like most military reports on both sides, this information was not immediately verifiable.

According to information from Kiev, Russian troops also shelled the north-east Ukrainian regions of Sumy and Chernihiv from their own territory. Russia, in turn, blamed Ukraine for shelling the border village of Tyotkino and other locations in the Kursk region.

In Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy prepared the population for a continuing war and called for the extension of martial law by 90 days until August. "Our army and everyone defending the state must have all the legal means to act calmly," said the head of state in a video speech.

Moscow extends territorial claims to Zaporizhia

As the highest-ranking politician from Moscow to date, Deputy Prime Minister Marat Chusnullin visited the partially conquered Zaporizhia region in south-eastern Ukraine. The perspective of the region lies in "working in our peaceful Russian family," he said in the small town of Melitopol. The regional capital of Zaporizhia is still in Ukrainian hands. Chusnullin's demand that Ukraine should pay for electricity from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which was occupied by Russian troops, caused particular outrage in Kyiv. In Cherson, too, the occupying power is looking for a way to join the area to Russia.

World is waiting for the grain from Ukraine

In New York, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock accused Russia of using the blockade of grain exports from Ukraine as a weapon of war. "By blocking Ukrainian ports, destroying silos, roads and railways, and especially farmers' fields, Russia has started a grain war that is fueling a global food crisis," she said at the foreign ministers' meeting.

According to the federal government, Russia is preventing Ukraine from exporting 20 million tons of grain, mainly to North Africa and Asia, most of it in the port of Odessa. UN Secretary-General Guterres said it was necessary to let Ukraine back onto the world market as a major producer, along with Russia and Belarus, which also produced large amounts of food and fertilizer.

Senate confirms new US ambassador to Ukraine

After the US announced plans to reopen its embassy in Kyiv, the Senate confirmed career diplomat Bridget Brink as ambassador to Ukraine. The State Department had previously announced that the US embassy in the Ukrainian capital, which was closed due to the Russian war of aggression, will resume operations.

Brink was previously the US envoy to Slovakia. Previously, she had worked at the State Department in Washington as an expert on Eastern Europe and the Caucasus and as Deputy Ambassador to Uzbekistan and Georgia.

Melnyk: NATO membership would reduce the risk of nuclear war

In view of the planned NATO accession of Sweden and Finland, the Ukrainian ambassador in Germany, Andrij Melnyk, considers his country's NATO accession to be feasible. "One thing is clear: we want to join NATO quickly. That can happen just as quickly as in the case of Sweden or Finland. It would only take a purely political decision to quickly integrate Ukraine into the alliance," Melnyk told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

"If Ukraine were in the alliance, the risk of a nuclear war would decrease. Then Putin would know that if Ukraine were attacked with nuclear weapons, he would have to reckon with a nuclear retaliation. That would prevent him from doing so," said Melnyk. The Ambassador also believes that Ukraine's EU membership is possible within the next ten years.

That brings the day

You can read all further developments in our live ticker on the Ukraine war.


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