Ongoing war in Ukraine: the army recaptures 29 settlements around Kiev and Chernihiv

D.According to the general staff, the Ukrainian armed forces have 29 settlements in the regions Kiev And Chernihiv taken back by Russian troops. These are areas from which Russia has withdrawn some of its troops, it said in a statement on Friday.

The Russian blockade and bombing of cities continued in northeastern Ukraine Chernihiv And Kharkiv However, the General Staff has further announced. In the east and south, Russian forces also tried to take over the cities Popasna, Ruby Ne and to take Mariupol, the territory of the separatist areas Donetsk And Luhansk expand.

The commander of the city of Kiev had previously spoken of an easing of the situation. “Thanks to the steadfast defense and heroic actions of our troops, the situation around the city is improving,” General Mykola Schyrnov said in a statement published Thursday evening. However, fighting continues on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital.

Ukrainian soldiers near a destroyed Russian tank in a suburb of Kiev

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“The Ukrainian army and branches of the State Rescue Service are clearing and clearing the liberated areas,” Zhyrnov said. Despite the progress, he urged the public to pay attention. In-flight warning signs should continue to be heeded. Civilian infrastructure is also being restored, affecting businesses as well as commercial and service facilities, Schyrnow pointed out.

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This is also confirmed by the reports of the journalist Illia Ponomarenko of the independent media company “The Kyiv Independent”, which is supported, among others, by Axel Springer SE, of which WELT also belongs. The situation is still far from normal, but there are many smaller stores reopening, she tweeted. Supermarkets but also small cafes have welcomed customers again and as of today the ban on alcohol in the city has also been lifted.

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Ukraine recaptures the areas near Cherson

In the region of southern Ukraine Cherson According to their own statements, Ukrainian troops have also managed to recapture eleven settlements in recent days. They also got their hands on Russian heavy military technology, including T-64 tanks, the Defense Ministry in Kiev announced Thursday evening. Thanks to the success, the residents were now able to receive food and medicine. The civilian population welcomed the Ukrainian forces with joy. The information cannot be independently verified.

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According to information, one of the recaptured settlements is Novovorontsovka. The site is strategically located on the right bank of the Dnipro River, which is dammed here to form the Kakhovka reservoir. Even an advance of Ukrainian troops in the Kherson region would become a big city Kryvyi Rih alleviate and even prevent Russian units from entering the strategically important city Mykolayiv cut off from supplies.

The convoy leaves the city surrounded by Mariupol

The besieged Mariupol according to the city administration, it is further cut off from the outside world. Getting to the city in southern Ukraine is not possible, Petro Andryushchenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol Vadym Boychenko, wrote on Telegram on Friday. At the same time, it is too dangerous for the residents to try to escape on their own. The Russian side shows no real willingness to allow residents to escape to the Ukrainian-controlled territory.

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Since Thursday, the occupiers have also flatly refused to let even small amounts of humanitarian aid into the city, the councilor explained. On Friday, however, representatives from Russia let 42 buses with Mariupol residents leave the nearby town of Berdyansk. Mariupol residents could reach the buses on their own.

A convoy of around 2,000 refugees, accompanied by the Red Cross, is on its way to the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhia in the afternoon.

Kremlin: first Ukrainian air strike in Russia

According to Russian information, Ukrainian helicopters carried out the first attack on a fuel depot in Russia. Army helicopters flew over Russian territory and the city’s fuel depot Belgorod attacked, the region’s governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said Friday on his messaging service channel Telegram. A fire broke out in the camp.

Russia accuses Ukraine of air attack on fuel depot in Belgorod, Russia

According to Russian reports, Ukrainian helicopters carried out an attack on a fuel depot in western Russia. Two low-flying Ukrainian army helicopters flew over Russian territory and attacked the fuel depot in the city of Belgorod.

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Belgorod is located about 40 kilometers from the Ukrainian border and about 80 kilometers from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. If the information is correct, this would be the first Ukrainian attack on Russian territory. However, there has not yet been any confirmation from the Ukrainian side. The General Staff stated of “ImageHe had no information on an attack.

The Kremlin said the attack will complicate ceasefire negotiations with Kiev. “Of course, this does not create favorable conditions for the continuation of negotiations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow. Russia and Ukraine continued ceasefire negotiations on Friday via videoconference.

Plane with refugees from Moldova reaches Thuringia

On Friday, a second plane carrying Ukrainian refugees landed via the international airlift Republic of Moldova in Germany. 117 people were on the plane that arrived at Erfurt-Weimar airport in the afternoon.

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Germany had pledged to welcome 2,500 Ukrainian refugees from Moldova. A first plane landed in Frankfurt am Main last week. Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) said the airlift from Moldova was set up in a very short time.

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