The night of the war at a glance: Ukraine speaks of an "extremely bad" situation in the Donbass - Russia is increasing the pressure on major cities

In eastern Ukraine, massive Russian artillery and airstrikes are increasingly threatening the Ukrainian defenders.

The night of the war at a glance: Ukraine speaks of an "extremely bad" situation in the Donbass - Russia is increasing the pressure on major cities

In eastern Ukraine, massive Russian artillery and airstrikes are increasingly threatening the Ukrainian defenders. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj therefore called on the world community in Davos to stand more clearly on his country's side. The World Economic Forum there continues on Thursday. Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko are expected to appear.

Ukrainians in the east under pressure

Sieverodonetsk and neighboring Lysychansk are the last major cities still held by Ukrainian troops in the Luhansk Oblast. The shelling of the city of Sievjerodonetsk continued throughout Wednesday, according to the Ukrainian General Staff. 95 percent of the Luhansk administrative region in the Donbass has been occupied by Russian troops, said Governor Serhiy Hajday. The situation is "extremely bad". Russia wants to completely conquer the area in order to add it to the so-called Luhansk People's Republic. Moscow had recognized this as an independent state a few days before the attack on Ukraine - just like the so-called Donetsk People's Republic.

The Ukrainian General Staff also reported attacks on Berestove, Lypove and Nyrkove. These are behind the Ukrainian defenders on the strategically important road to Bakhmut. It was said that the attacks had been repelled. But the information could not be verified. Foreign observers fear several Ukrainian brigades could be encircled in Sieverodonetsk.

"In some directions, the Russian groups undoubtedly have tactical successes, that's basically no secret," Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motusyanyk said in Kyiv. But it is not correct to speak of a withdrawal. The Ukrainian army is trying to maneuver to improve its position and attack again.

As an example of the emergency situation in the East, Governor Hajday cited the burial of at least 150 people in a mass grave in Lysychansk. The police had to help out as undertakers. Both victims of the Russian shelling and people who died of natural causes were buried in the grave. A video showed bodies in white bags - each labeled with their name - being thrown into a pit. After the war, the dead should be properly buried, the governor promised.

Zelenskyj: Russia will always understand

Ukrainian President Zelenskyj was video-connected to a round of talks in Davos on Wednesday and said Ukraine would not give up any territory. "Ukraine will fight until it has all its territory back."

Because of the difficult situation in eastern Ukraine, Zelenskyy called on the world community to side with his country more clearly. In a video speech, he was also disappointed by the deliberations at the World Economic Forum. "No matter what the Russian state does, there is someone who says: Let's take their interests into account," said Zelenskyy. "And that despite thousands of Russian rockets hitting Ukraine. Despite tens of thousands of Ukrainians killed. Despite Bucha and Mariupol."

Questions for Scholz in Davos: How does Berlin help Ukraine?

Chancellor Scholz's appearance in Davos should be about the German attitude to the war in Ukraine. Germany has been criticized by its allies in NATO and the EU, but also by Ukraine, for doing too little against the Russian attack. Berlin has hesitated, especially when it came to the delivery of heavy weapons.

However, according to information from the German Press Agency, there are informal agreements among the NATO countries not to hand over certain weapon systems to Ukraine. Alliance circles confirmed that the risk of a direct military confrontation between NATO countries and Russia should be kept as low as possible. It is feared, for example, that Russia could interpret the delivery of Western battle tanks and combat aircraft as entering the war and then take military retaliatory measures.

Ukraine has not yet received such weapons. Ultimately, however, the decision for or against the delivery of certain weapon systems does not lie with NATO, but each state decides for itself. The FDP defense politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann saw Scholz as having a duty to ensure clarity in the German line. "It must not be that at the end of the war the world perceives Germany as a complete brakeman and loser just because we are not able to organize and communicate," she said. Germany had organized humanitarian aid and delivered high-value military material and weapons.

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