Kiev. The Ukrainian army remains under heavy pressure in the far east of its front against the invading Russian forces.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke of a very difficult situation, but encouraged the military: “Donbass will be Ukrainian.” According to Governor Serhiy Hajday, the city of Sievjerodonetsk in the Luhansk region is particularly hard hit. (Today’s) Saturday is already the 94th day of the war. Russia attacked neighboring Ukraine on February 24.
Zelensky calls the situation in Donbass very difficult
Zelensky described the situation in Donbass as very difficult in light of the Russian attacks. Moscow uses maximum artillery and reserves there, Zelenskyj said in a video speech. The Ukrainian army defends the country with all available resources. “We are doing everything we can to strengthen the army,” the president assured. As for the current hotly contested locations in the Donbass, Zelensky was combative. “If the occupying forces think Lyman and Sieverodonetsk will be theirs, they will be wrong. Donbass will be Ukrainian.” If Russia brings destruction and suffering, Ukraine will restore any place. Only the Ukrainian flag will be there – and nothing else, Zelensky stressed.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is breaking away from Moscow
Due to the Russian war of aggression, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Moscow Patriarchate declared its “complete autonomy and independence” from Moscow. The church in Kiev said it disagreed with Moscow Patriarch Kirill’s position. Condemn the war and appeal to Ukraine and Russia to continue the negotiation process.
Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, is strongly behind Russian President Vladimir Putin. Most recently, the pressure in the Church of Ukraine to break out of Moscow had increased. Priests had even called for a church court against Kirill. In terms of the number of congregations, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Moscow Patriarchate is the largest of the three ordinary churches in Ukraine.
Reports of dead and wounded in Russian attacks
Ukraine blamed Russia for the deaths of five civilians in the government-controlled part of the Donetsk region in the eastern part of the country. “Today, Russians killed five civilians in Donbass and wounded four others,” the governor of the region, Pavlo Kirilenko, wrote on the news channel Telegram. In addition, Ukrainian media reported on attacks in the Kharkiv region. The governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Hajday, spoke about a difficult situation in the fought city of Sieverodonetsk. You have enough resources to keep the defense. However, it may be that the Ukrainian military is withdrawing for tactical reasons.
Ukraine: Stop gas supply through Nord Stream 1
The Ukrainian state-owned company Naftogaz and the state network operator are appealing to Germany to stop Russian gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline or at least to slow them down significantly. The line through the Baltic Sea was, among other things, allowed to secure Europe’s gas supply, said CEO Serhij Makohon on Ukrainian television. “But we see that Russia completely violates these principles.” He therefore calls on the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Federal Networking Agency to suspend supplies or at least severely restrict them.
Kremlin opponent Khodorkovsky is pushing for heavy weapons
Kremlin opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky calls on the West to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons. “If the Ukrainians do not get the weapons they demand, there will soon be fighting around Kiev again,” the 58-year-old told “Bild” (Saturday). He believes Western politicians are most afraid of Russian President Vladimir Putin. ‘You think you’re not in a war. Because of this, they also believe that the supply of certain weapons could lead to an escalation or turn them into a war party. Khodorkovsky described this as a “very stupid position” because from Putin’s point of view, Western politicians and countries were already at war with Russia.
It brings the day
US President Joe Biden speaks to graduates from his former University of Delaware. He can also mention the future prospects of the Ukraine war. A meeting against the conflict in Munich is expected. 500 people are registered.
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