Istanbul, Düsseldorf What does “reduction of military action” mean? The world is baffled after the Russian negotiating delegation announced exactly this after talks with Ukrainian participants in Istanbul on Monday evening.
It seems that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to end hostilities around the capital Kiev. The images also show how some Russian combat units in the region may have withdrawn.
However, British military experts consider it “very likely” that Russia will shift its combat capability from northern Ukraine to the country’s southeast. The offensive in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions should now be intensified there. Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, issued a similar statement. The goal is apparently to encircle Ukrainian troops in the area.
According to the Russian army, they destroyed two ammunition depots in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. The Ukrainian army has stored ammunition for its missile artillery in the city of Kamianka, a spokesman for the Russian defense ministry said.
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A total of 64 Ukrainian objects were destroyed in 24 hours, including a Ukrainian special forces unit in the Mykolaiv region. The information cannot be independently verified.
Attacks on Ukrainian cities
The governor of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine reported heavy Russian artillery shelling in residential areas of the city of Lysychansk. “Some skyscrapers have been damaged,” Serhiy Gaidai wrote on Telegram. “Many buildings have collapsed. Rescuers are trying to save those who are still alive ”. This information cannot be independently verified.
The Chernihiv region is also still under fire from Russian troops, according to its governor, despite Russia’s announcement that it will curtail military activities there. “Do we believe the announcement? Of course not,” writes Wiatscheslav Tschau on Telegram’s messaging service. Tschau adds: “The enemy in the Chernihiv region shows ‘reduced activity’ with air strikes on Nizhyn and overnight on the (city) of Chernihiv.”
According to the governor, there are long-range attacks in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. Almost all cities along the demarcation line are under fire, Pavlo Kyrylenko told Ukrainian television. The situation could worsen as Russian troops focus on attacks in the region. The demarcation line separates the areas under Ukrainian control from the territory held by pro-Russian separatists. The information cannot be independently verified.
According to the Ukrainian government, three humanitarian corridors are planned for Wednesday in the south-east of the country. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereschuk announced that these were escape routes from the cities of Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov and Melitopol.
The buses would drive towards the embattled cities. Private cars could join the bus convoy on the way back. In addition, relief supplies would be brought to the cities. In addition, a corridor had been agreed to allow civilians to escape from the town of Enerhodar nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia.
According to Vereshchuk, proposals for humanitarian corridors for 97 settlements in 9 regions were handed over to the Russian delegation during the Istanbul talks the day before.
Johnson considers the largest arms shipments
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly considering sending larger weapons to Ukraine. The London Times newspaper wrote Wednesday, citing unknown insider sources. Johnson warns that the Russian president could become “more unpredictable and vengeful”.
“Not only is the Ukrainian army retaining control of the major cities, it is even forcing the Russians to withdraw. With that, our support has to change, “a British cabinet source said.
According to the report, Johnson would like to work to ensure that the United States provides Ukraine with more advanced anti-ship missiles and air defense systems. So far, London has mainly sent anti-tank missiles and other missiles to Ukraine in support.
Meanwhile, the United Nations is setting up an independent commission to investigate possible war crimes in Ukraine. The panel will be led by Norwegian Erik Moses, one of three nominated human rights experts.
Lavrov goes to China
Meanwhile, Russia and China are closing in on the tensions surrounding the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. For the first time since the invasion began, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in person on Wednesday in Tunxi, in the Anhui province of south-east China, his counterpart Wang Yi, who welcomed him as an old friend”.
Both sides stressed the quality of the relationship and the desire to expand cooperation.
Current report on the crisis:
According to the Moscow government, China condemns Western sanctions against Russia. Foreign ministers of Russia and China on Wednesday described the punitive measures as illegal and counterproductive, the Russian foreign ministry said.
Four million refugees
Meanwhile, the number of people fleeing Ukraine has risen to over four million. Since the Russian invasion began on February 24, 4.02 million people have fled the country, according to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR. In addition, according to UN estimates, around 6.5 million people are fleeing within Ukraine.
So far the largest number of those who fled abroad (2.34 million) has been counted in Poland, followed by Romania (609,000). Hundreds of thousands also arrived in Moldova, Hungary and Slovakia.
More than 280,000 arrivals have been counted in Germany. Since there are no fixed border controls and people with Ukrainian passports can enter the country for 90 days without a visa, the total number of refugees from Ukraine to Germany is likely to be significantly higher overall.
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