The night of the war at a glance: Selenskyj speaks of "genocide" in Donbass - Ukraine reports dead after attack on Kharkiv

Russian troops continue to advance in the east - the Ukrainian defenders are threatened with a pocket.

The night of the war at a glance: Selenskyj speaks of "genocide" in Donbass - Ukraine reports dead after attack on Kharkiv

Russian troops continue to advance in the east - the Ukrainian defenders are threatened with a pocket. Ukraine reports airstrikes and artillery shelling on several major cities in the region. President Selenskyj speaks of Russia's brutal actions and warns of the depopulation of the Donbass. Meanwhile, the United States is considering delivering long-range missiles to Kyiv - but apparently fears attacks on Russian territory.

Russia shells major cities in the east

The Ukrainian army is under severe pressure in the far east of its front. Sieverodonetsk in the Luhansk region was shelled with artillery and from the air, according to Governor Serhiy Hajday. The Ukrainian general staff announced that the attack on the city and its suburb Borivske was unsuccessful. The military information was not independently verifiable. In another nearby village, in Ustynivka, the Russian side was said to have achieved a partial victory.

The major cities of Sieverodonetsk and Lysychansk are currently Ukraine's extreme outposts in the east. But there are also fights in the rear of these cities, which means that Ukrainian troops are threatened with being cordoned off. On the north side of this possible pocket, the city of Lyman has been lost, presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych confirmed on Ukrainian television. On the south side there was fighting for the towns of Komyshuvahka, Nirkove and Berestove. Nine people were killed in rocket attacks on the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, including a five-month-old child with his father, Zelenskyy said. 19 people were injured.

Zelenskyj sees "politics of genocide" in the Donbass

In view of the massive Russian attacks in the east, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy fears that the Donbass will be largely depopulated. With their superior firepower, the attacking Russian troops put pressure on the Ukrainian defenders around the city of Sieverodonetsk. "The ongoing offensive by the occupiers in Donbass could desert the region," Zelensky said in his evening video address in Kyiv. Cities would be destroyed, people killed or kidnapped. This is "an obvious policy of genocide".

In his video, the Ukrainian President asked why the EU was taking so long to pass a sixth package of sanctions. Russia still earns billions from energy exports, and not all Russian banks have been sanctioned yet. How long will Ukraine have to fight to get the necessary weapons, he asked. "Ukraine will always be an independent state and will not break." The question is what price Ukraine has to pay for its freedom.

US consider supply of long-range missiles

Meanwhile, according to a media report, the US government is considering sending advanced long-range missile systems to Ukraine. The US-made weapons systems could fire missiles hundreds of kilometers away, reports CNN, citing several officials. A new military aid package could be announced as early as next week. Ukraine asked for these types of weapons, it said. However, the US government has been hesitant because of fears that Ukraine could use the missile systems for attacks on Russian territory. The question arises whether this could lead to a Russian retaliation, according to CNN.

Lavrov railed against Selenskyj

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused Zelenskyy of not being willing to negotiate. The West also supports the Ukrainian head of state in this stance, Lavrov told the Arabic-language branch of the state television channel RT. Zelenskyj had previously said that he would only negotiate directly with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin - and only if Russia withdrew to the borders before February 24. "You don't have to explain or prove to anyone that this isn't serious," Lavrov said. In the first few weeks after the Russian attack, Moscow and Kyiv were still negotiating. But talks ground to a halt when the atrocities committed by Russian soldiers after retreating from Kiev suburbs like Bucha came to light.

Russian national guards do not want to go to war

In the Russian North Caucasus, 115 national guards refused to be deployed in the war against Ukraine. This earned them a dismissal, which was declared lawful by a military court in Nalchik. According to the information, the national guardsmen from the Kabardino-Balkaria republic had refused to obey orders and had returned to their barracks.

US: Russia 'increasing hunger in the world'

The US government, meanwhile, has rejected Russia's demand that sanctions be lifted in exchange for a release of Ukrainian grain stocks. "It is Russia that is actively blocking food exports from Ukrainian ports and increasing world hunger," White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said in Washington. A lot of grain is stored in silos in the Ukraine and on ships that cannot be shipped because of the Russian naval blockade. The sanctions would prevent neither the export nor the necessary monetary transactions.

NATO maneuvers with Sweden and Finland in June

In June, a large multinational maneuver takes place in the Baltic Sea region under the leadership of the USA. In addition to 14 NATO countries such as Germany, the partner countries Sweden and Finland will also take part in the annual maritime exercise "Baltops 22". US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby said: There should be 45 naval units, 75 aircraft and around 7,000 soldiers. Sweden is hosting the maneuver this year, scheduled from June 5-17. Sweden and Finland have applied for NATO membership because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The maneuver has been taking place regularly in the Baltic Sea region since 1972.

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