A man pushes his bicycle through the city of Sloviansk in Donetsk Oblast in eastern Ukraine after a Russian missile attack
Photo: MARKO DJURICA / REUTERS
What has happened in the past few hours
Russian troops have captured the last two cities in Luhansk, Ukraine.
The fighting is now shifting to the neighboring Donetsk region.
This is what Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Gaidai said.
Russia suffered heavy casualties in capturing the twin cities of Sieverodonetsk and Lysychansk in Luhansk.
Efforts now focused on the southward advance.
"Heavy fighting is taking place on the outskirts of the Luhansk region," Gaidai said on Ukrainian television.
"All Russian army and reserve forces have been diverted there." Donetsk is now at the top of the Russian priority list.
"A large amount of equipment" has already been sent to the region.
The statements could not be verified.
On Tuesday, Russian forces primarily targeted the city of Sloviansk in Donetsk province: “Massive bombardment of the city.
In the center, in the north.
Everyone in the air-raid shelter,” Mayor Wadym Liach wrote on Facebook.
According to Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, two people were killed.
Seven people were injured.
The city has been under rocket fire for days.
That says Kyiv
has reiterated his appeal for more arms deliveries from the West.
The Russian army is currently attacking positions in the country again, he said in a video message on Tuesday.
Some of the rockets were shot down by Ukrainian air defense forces.
Creating protection against missile attacks before the end of this year is a major task for the state, Zelensky said.
»But fulfilling this task depends not only on us, but also on our partners’ understanding of our basic needs.«
Recently, there have been no air alerts in Kyiv and other regions for some time, the president said.
“One shouldn't look for logic in the actions of terrorists.
The Russian army doesn't take breaks." They have only one task: "To take people's lives, to intimidate people."
Selenskyj also criticized the military leadership in the country – this had been preceded by severe criticism of reporting requirements for conscripts.
At the next meeting of the general staff, the defense minister, chief of staff and army commander should give him a detailed report, Zelenskyy demanded.
"I promise the people that I will work this out, and I further ask the General Staff not to make such decisions without me."
Earlier, Army Commander-in-Chief Valeriy Zalushnyi and the General Staff had announced that conscripted Ukrainians would need permission to leave the reporting point.
After criticism on social networks, it was added that this was only necessary for leaving the government district.
The basis is a legal standard from 1992. You can find out more about this here.
left in the Bundestag
is pushing for an end to the sanctions against Russia in order to secure the gas supply in Germany - and for talks to be started on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline , remain limited, «says the parliamentary group’s economic expert, Klaus Ernst, of the «Rheinische Post».
The energy policy sanctions did not work.
They would not stop Russia, and the country continues to earn good money from its raw materials "and our citizens and our economy are the victims of a completely failed sanctions policy.
Against this background, it is immoral to maintain the sanctions in this way.«
The federal government must do everything to ensure the energy supply, said Ernst.
To do this, one must, despite the war that violates international law, talk to Russia.
"Possibly also about putting Nord Stream 2 into operation for a limited period of time if the gas supply cannot be guaranteed otherwise."
In response to Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine,
"Latvia's current military system has reached its limit," said Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks.
"Meanwhile, we have no reason to believe that Russia will change its behavior."
According to the minister, military service is to be introduced in the coming year and will apply to men.
Pabriks also announced plans to build a new military base in the country.
The Baltic state abolished conscription in the years after joining NATO.
Since 2007, the Latvian Armed Forces have consisted of professional soldiers, and there is also a National Guard made up of volunteers.
The country with almost two million inhabitants and borders with Russia and Belarus currently has only 7,500 professional soldiers and national guardsmen.
In addition, 1,500 NATO soldiers are stationed in Latvia.
foreign ministers of the G20
are meeting in Bali this Thursday and Friday.
According to government sources, the United States will press for the sea routes through Russia to be opened for grain deliveries from Ukraine.
"The G20 countries should hold Russia accountable and insist that it support ongoing efforts by the United Nations to reopen sea lanes for grain shipments," said Ramin Toloui, America's deputy secretary of state for economic and corporate affairs.
At the summit in Bali, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will meet his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.
After the start of the war in Ukraine, the US government had unsuccessfully pressured China to position itself against Russia.
What is happening today
At noon today, Chancellor Olaf Scholz will answer questions from MPs in the Bundestag.
Among other things, it should be about the Ukraine war and its effects on Germany, including inflation and gas shortages.
One hour is allotted for the survey.