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Update from May 29, 21:40 p.m.: There are unconfirmed reports from Ukraine of a devastating "blow" to Russian occupying soldiers near Mariupol. According to the Kyiv Independent, the city's exiled Ukrainian mayor spoke of 100 killed and more than 400 injured military personnel in a "temporary Russian base" in the village of Yurivka. According to the report, he cited "local partisans" in Mariupol.
According to the description, the Ukrainian forces were apparently well informed: Only the day before, four buses with Russian military personnel had arrived in Yurivka, said local politician Petro Andriushchenko. Communication equipment and an "electronic warfare system" were also destroyed. However, there is no official confirmation of this account.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan on winning the run-off election in Turkey - and found words of praise for Erdogan's initiative around the grain deal.
Update from May 29, 19:55 p.m.: The Ukrainian parliament has approved the sanctions against Iran demanded by President Volodymyr Zelensky for a period of 50 years. This was reported by several media outlets from Kiev. For example, trade in military equipment and so-called dual-use goods that can be used for civilian and military purposes is to be banned. Ukraine wants to end its economic and financial obligations to Iran and stop the export of capital to the Islamic Republic. Zelensky had also spoken out in favour of a ban on technology transfer and investment in Iran. Previously, the National Security Council had also approved the decision.
The trigger for the decision was the delivery of Iranian Shahed drones to the Russian armed forces by the government in Tehran. The missiles, also known colloquially as "kamikaze drones", have been used by Russia for months to attack major Ukrainian cities.
Volodymyr Zelensky attends an event. © President Of Ukraine/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
Ukraine war: Zelensky adviser Podolyak calls for demilitarized zone in Russia
Update from May 29, 19:34 p.m.: Ukrainian presidential adviser Mychailo Podolyak on Monday called for the establishment of a demilitarized zone in Russia to protect Ukraine from renewed aggression. "The main topic of the post-war settlement should be the creation of protective measures," Podolyak wrote on his Twitter channel. To ensure the safety of Ukrainian residents, "it is necessary to establish a demilitarized zone of 100-120 km on the territory of Belgorod, Bryansk and Kursk." Compliance with this zone must be monitored by international authorities.
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Ukraine war: "Insufficient" – Lavrov criticizes grain deal with Kyiv
Update from May 29, 17:00 p.m.: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the implementation of the recently extended agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea as inadequate. "If everything remains as it is right now (...), you have to assume that it will no longer work," Lavrov said during a visit to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. Ukraine, on the other hand, repeatedly accuses Russia of hindering the shipment of its grain despite the agreement.
In particular, Lavrov complained about ongoing restrictions on Russian agricultural and fertilizer exports, which Moscow expects to ease in exchange for exporting Ukrainian grain. In addition, Moscow is calling for an end to sanctions against its state-owned agricultural bank in order to make payments easier.
Attacks against Kyiv: Apparently ballistic missiles also in use
Update from May 29, 14:35 p.m.: In the latest wave of attacks on Kyiv, Russia fired a total of eleven missiles, according to the Ukrainian military. "At about 11.30 a.m., the Kyiv region was attacked with ballistic missiles and cruise missiles of the Iskander ground-based system," the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, wrote on Telegram on Monday.
"A total of eleven missiles were fired: Iskander-M and Iskander-K from the north." All projectiles were intercepted by air defense. Russia had shelled the Ukrainian capital first on Monday night and only a few hours later in broad daylight with dozens of drones, cruise missiles and missiles. Never since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression in February 2022 have there been so many drone and missile attacks in Kyiv within one month as this May.
Ukraine war: London sees ineffective Russian maneuvers
Update from May 29, 11:50 a.m.: According to British intelligence experts, Russian camouflage and deceptive maneuvers have so far generally been ineffective in the war of aggression in Ukraine. On May 24, Russia conducted a security exercise around the Crimean bridge, which connects the Russian mainland with the peninsula in the Black Sea, which was annexed in 2014 in violation of international law, according to the daily intelligence update from the Ministry of Defense in London.
Part of the exercise was the construction of a smoke screen by TDA-3 smoke generators mounted on trucks, which partially obscured the bridge. "Russian doctrine considers the smoke to be part of 'Maskirovka' (camouflage and deception) - to which it attaches great importance," the intelligence report said. "In practice, however, the Russian Maskirovka has generally been ineffective in the Ukraine war, probably due to the lack of strong central planning and low combat discipline at low levels."
Update from May 29, 10:15 a.m.: Russian troops have once again targeted Ukraine with massive attacks. "During the night, Russian occupiers attacked military facilities and critical infrastructure with cruise missiles and attack drones," Ukrainian Chief of General Staff Valeriy Zaluzhny said, according to the Ukrinform agency. Ukrainian air defense shot down 37 X-101 cruise missiles, 29 Iranian Shaheed drones and a reconnaissance drone, it said. Up to 40 cruise missiles were fired from nine Tu-95MS strategic bombers over the Caspian Sea, Zaluzhny claimed. In total, Russia used 35 Iranian drones in the attack.
Ukraine war: Kiev continues to believe in victory against Putin
Update from May 29, 8:35 a.m.: In the middle of the street - and not in the usual air-raid shelter: Despite massive air strikes during the night, President Volodymyr Zelensky has threatened the invaders around Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin with defeat. "Kyiv and all our cities, all of our Ukraine will put an end to the history of Moscow despotism, which has enslaved many different peoples for a very long time," Zelensky said in his daily video address on Sunday. Earlier, a massive air strike fell on the Ukrainian capital during the night.
Update from May 29, 07:04 a.m.: Violent explosions have shaken the Ukrainian capital: Kyiv has experienced a record number of attacks on Sunday night. According to Ukrainian reports, Ukrainian air defense shot down more than 40 Russian missiles. It was a combination of missile and drone attacks, the military administration said on the Telegram news channel. Due to falling debris, there was a death, it said. In total, it was the 15th Russian airstrike on the city this month.
Ukraine war: Russia continues to dream of victory
Update from May 28, 16:54 p.m.: The Kremlin remains certain of its victory in the Ukraine war. "It is a big idealistic mistake to believe that Ukraine will prevail. Russia is 16 times larger than Ukraine. We have enormous resources and we haven't even started to act seriously," Andrey Kelin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom, told the BBC. Kelin warns of an escalation of the conflict. It depends on the escalation of the war that is taking place. "Sooner or later, this escalation could reach a new dimension that we don't need and don't want."
Lavrov rails on Russia's TV over fighter jet delivery: "Unacceptable escalation"
Update from May 28, 15:25 p.m.: The western Russian region of Belgorod on the border with Ukraine has again come under fire, according to the authorities. The focus of yesterday's attacks was the Shebekino and Graivoron districts, Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on his Telegram channel on Sunday. In Graivoron, where heavy fighting took place at the beginning of the week, 115 shells were hit, and in the Shebekino district there were 103 hits. According to Gladkov, a security guard was killed in the attacks on Shebekino, three people were injured, including a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy.
Lavrov rails on Russia's TV over fighter jet delivery: "Unacceptable escalation"
Update from May 28, 13:43 p.m.: In view of the debate over the supply of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, Russia has issued a clear warning. "It's playing with fire. There is no doubt about it," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Russian television, excerpts of which were published on online networks by interviewer Pavel Zarubin on Sunday (28 May). "This is an unacceptable escalation," Lavrov said.
It is operated by "Washington, London and their satellites within the EU" and pursues the goal of "weakening Russia". According to him, the West wants to "inflict a strategic defeat" on Russia and "dismember" its country with military support for Ukraine. Fearing an escalation of the conflict, the West had refused to supply fighter jets to Ukraine for more than a year. A week and a half ago, however, the U.S. government gave the green light to supply Ukraine with U.S.-made F-16 aircraft.
Ukraine war: "Massive" attacks on Kyiv – probably most serious attacks since invasion
Update from May 28, 10 a.m.: According to Ukrainian sources, Russia carried out the most extensive drone attacks on Kyiv since the beginning of the Russian invasion on Sunday night. "In total, a record number of explosive drones was counted: 54!", the Ukrainian Air Force said on Sunday in the messenger service Telegram. More than 40 of these drones would have targeted the Ukrainian capital. There, according to preliminary information from the authorities, two people were killed and three others were injured.
„Es handelt sich um den bedeutendsten Drohnenangriff gegen die Hauptstadt seit Beginn der Invasion“, erklärte die regionale Militäradministration auf Telegram. Dieser habe „in mehreren Wellen“ stattgefunden, der Luftalarm habe mehr als fünf Stunden lang gedauert.
Die Luftwaffe hob hervor, dass sie 52 der 54 russischen Drohnen zerstört habe. Laut Militäradministration wurden allein über Kiew mehr als 40 Drohnen abgeschossen. Allerdings seien Drohnentrümmer auf ein siebenstöckiges Gebäude im Viertel Golosijiwskiji gestürzt und hätten einen Menschen getötet und einen weiteren verletzt. Außerdem sei ein Brand auf einem Gebiet mit Lagerhallen ausgebrochen und habe sich auf einer Fläche von 1000 Quadratmetern ausgebreitet.
Russland greift Kiew an: Ukraine zerstört wohl Großteil der Drohnen
Update vom 28. Mai, 6.45 Uhr: Die ukrainische Hauptstadt Kiew ist in der Nacht zum Sonntag erneut Ziel „massiver“ Drohnenangriffe geworden. Durch herabstürzende Trümmerteile sei ein Zivilist getötet worden, teilte der Bürgermeister Vitali Klitschko am Sonntag mit. Im Bezirk Solomjanskyj seien in der Nähe einer Tankstelle Trümmerteile einer Drohne herabgestürzt, erklärte Klitschko im Messengerdienst Telegram. Eine 35-jährige Frau sei mit Verletzungen ins Krankenhaus eingeliefert worden, ein 41-jähriger Mann sei tot.
Kurz zuvor erklärte er, dass die Luftabwehr der Hauptstadt „mehr als 20 Drohnen“ abgeschossen habe, die Kurs auf die Hauptstadt genommen hätten. Der Bürgermeister bezeichnete den erneuten Angriff als „massiv“ und rief die Bevölkerung auf, in den Schutzräumen zu bleiben. Er warnte vor einer weiteren Welle von Drohnenangriffen, „die gleichzeitig aus mehreren Richtungen kommen“. Klitschko zufolge brach zudem in einem Unternehmen im Bezirk Holosiiwskyj ein Feuer aus.
Ukraine-Krieg: Russische Grenzregion Belgorod wird erneut beschossen
Update vom 27. Mai, 21.41 Uhr: Bei erneutem Beschuss russischer Grenzregionen zur Ukraine sind nach Angaben der örtlichen Behörden am Samstag mindestens zwei Menschen getötet worden. Bei einem Angriff in der Gegend um den Ort Schebekino in der Region Belgorod seien ein Wachmann getötet und weitere Menschen verwundet worden, erklärte Gouverneur Wjatscheslaw Gladkow. In der Region Kursk wurde laut Gouverneur Roman Starowoit ein Bauarbeiter durch Granatfeuer getötet.
Update vom 27. Mai, 15.06 Uhr: Mehr als sieben Monate nach der Explosion auf der Krim-Brücke hat der ukrainische Geheimdienstchef Wassyl Maljuk die Beteiligung Kiews daran erstmals offiziell bestätigt. Die Krim-Brücke war in der Nacht nach Wladimir Putins 70. Geburtstag stark beschädigt worden, ist inzwischen aber wieder repariert.
„Da es sich hierbei um einen Logistik-Weg handelt, den wir dem Feind abschneiden mussten, wurden entsprechende Maßnahmen ergriffen“, sagte der Chef des Inlandsgeheimdienstes SBU in einem Youtube-Interview des ukrainischen Journalisten Dmytro Komarow. Details des Einsatzes nannte er nicht. Auch westliche Geheimdienste gingen bisher von einer Beteiligung der Ukraine aus. Maljuk hatte im Dezember lediglich Andeutungen gemacht, die Ukraine könnte etwas damit zu tun haben. Nun bestätigte er es. Moskau hatte den ukrainischen Militärgeheimdienst für den Anschlag verantwortlich gemacht.
Ukraine-News: Söldnergruppe Wagner beginnt offenbar mit Rückzug aus Bachmut
Update vom 27. Mai, 13.10 Uhr: Die russische Söldnergruppe Wagner hat laut britischen Geheimdienstexperten wahrscheinlich begonnen, Truppen von einigen ihrer Stellungen in der ukrainischen Stadt Bachmut abzuziehen. Das teilte das Verteidigungsministerium in London in seinem täglichen Geheimdienst-Update am Samstag mit. Wagner-Chef Jewgeni Prigoschin hatte den Abzug am Donnerstag angekündigt und erklärt, die Stadt solle bis zum 1. Juni komplett den regulären russischen Streitkräften zur Kontrolle überlassen werden. Die ukrainische Seite hatte einen Truppenaustausch des Feindes um Bachmut bestätigt.
Teile der 31. Brigade der russischen Luftlandetruppen seien wahrscheinlich von der Linie Swatowe-Kreminna abgezogen worden, um Bachmuts Flanken zu verstärken, hieß es. Dort hatten ukrainische Truppen bis Mitte Mai rund 20 Quadratkilometer eingenommen. Der Austausch der Wagner-Truppen gehe wahrscheinlich in kontrollierten Phasen weiter, um einen Zusammenbruch der Gebiete um Bachmut zu verhindern, hieß es in dem Geheimdienstbericht weiter.
Ein Söldner der privaten Militärfirma Gruppe Wagner im Einsatz nahe der Stadt Bachmut. Neben Wagner könnte der Kreml in Zukunft auch auf andere Söldner-Truppe setzen. © Valentin Sprinchak/imago-images
Ukraine-Krieg: Russland soll Verhandlungsbereitschaft nur vortäuschen
Update vom 27. Mai, 11.10 Uhr: Russland übt nach Einschätzung von US-Experten erneut Druck auf den Westen aus, um die Ukraine zu Verhandlungen zu drängen. Demnach solle der Westen auf die ukrainische Führung einwirken, die Bedingungen Russlands für solche Gespräche zu akzeptieren, hieß es in einer Analyse des Instituts für Kriegsstudien ISW in Washington. Die Experten beriefen sich auf Kremlangaben vom Freitag, wonach der russische Präsident Wladimir Putin offen sei für Dialog. Wie in der Vergangenheit sei es nur Ziel Russlands, mit einer vorgetäuschten Verhandlungsbereitschaft den Westen in seiner Hilfe für die Ukraine zu demotivieren, hieß es.
Nach ISW-Einschätzung hat Russland bisher keine Voraussetzungen geschaffen für solche Verhandlungen oder sich von seinem Maximalziel einer Kapitulation der ukrainischen Regierung verabschiedet. Es sei wahrscheinlich, dass der Kreml seine falschen Behauptungen intensiviere, bereit für Gespräche zu sein. Zugleich sehen die ISW-Experten weiter Versuche Chinas, mit seinem Sondergesandten Li Hui den Westen dazu zu drängen, seinen Einfluss auf die Ukraine zu nutzen, um einen Waffenstillstand zu erwirken.
Ukraine-Krieg: Schwere Verluste für Russland
Update vom 27. Mai, 9.30 Uhr: Der ukrainische Generalstab hat aktuelle Zahlen zu den russischen Verlusten im Ukraine-Krieg veröffentlicht. Demnach soll Russland seit Beginn der Invasion mehr als 206.000 Soldaten verloren haben. Alleine in den Gefechten zum und am 27. Mai seien rund 480 russische Soldaten getötet oder verletzt worden. Darüber hinaus habe Moskau drei Panzer verloren. Tatsächliche Zahlen über Truppenstärken oder Verluste werden von beiden Konfliktparteien nicht veröffentlicht. Unabhängig prüfen lassen sich die Angaben nicht.
Ukraine-Krieg: Mehrere deutsche Staatsbedienstete müssen Russland verlassen
Update vom 27. Mai, 08.35 Uhr: Mehrere Hundert deutsche Staatsbedienstete wie Diplomaten, Lehrer und Mitarbeiter der Goethe-Institute müssen einem Bericht zufolge Russland verlassen. Das berichtet die «Süddeutsche Zeitung» (Samstag). Das Auswärtige Amt habe auf Anfrage mitgeteilt, im Zusammenhang mit der Reduzierung der Präsenz russischer Nachrichtendienste in Deutschland habe das russische Außenministerium im April die Entscheidung getroffen, für den Personalbestand der deutschen Auslandsvertretungen und Mittlerorganisationen in Russland eine Obergrenze einzuführen. «Diese von Russland ab Anfang Juni festgelegte Grenze erfordert einen großen Einschnitt in allen Bereichen unserer Präsenz in Russland.»
Betroffen sind nach Zeitungsangaben in einer niedrigen bis mittleren dreistelligen Zahl Diplomaten, aber vor allem Kulturmittler, wie etwa Lehrerinnen und Lehrer der deutschen Schule in Moskau und in erheblicher Zahl Mitarbeiter der Goethe-Institute.
Ukraine-Krieg: Kiew pocht auf deutsche Taurus-Raketen
Update vom 27. Mai, 06.30 Uhr: Die Ukraine hat Deutschland um die Lieferung von Marschflugkörpern vom Typ Taurus gebeten. In den letzten Tagen sei eine entsprechende Anfrage der ukrainischen Seite eingegangen, sagte eine Sprecherin des Verteidigungsministeriums. Sie machte keine näheren Details zu dem Schreiben – etwa dazu, wie viele Einheiten Kiew forderte. Der CDU-Verteidigungsexperte Roderich Kiesewetter hatte sich vor wenigen Tagen für die Lieferung deutscher Marschflugkörper vom Typ Taurus an die Ukraine ausgesprochen. Die Lenkwaffen mit bis zu 500 Kilometern Reichweite ermöglichten dem angegriffenen Land „Schläge gegen die militärische Infrastruktur der Russen weit hinter der Frontlinie“, hatte er gesagt. Für die Bundeswehr seien vor zehn Jahren rund 600 Taurus beschafft worden. Davon seien heute noch „um die 150“ einsatzbereit.
Verteidigungsminister Boris Pistorius (SPD) hatte am Dienstag zurückhaltend auf den Vorschlag von Kiesewetter reagiert. Er sagte aber auch, er sei „der Auffassung, dass wir die Ukraine mit allen völkerrechtlich zulässigen Systemen unterstützen sollten, die es braucht, um diesen Krieg zu gewinnen und die wir imstande sind, zu geben“.
Ukraine war: Huge cloud of smoke over steel plant in Mariupol
Update from May 26, 20:40 p.m.: Videos are circulating on Twitter purporting to show a huge cloud of smoke over the Azovstal steel plant in the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol. The factory site was the focus of coverage of the Ukraine war in the summer of last year. For weeks, Ukrainian fighters had resisted Russia there. The steel mill and the city had fallen in the further course. According to Russian authorities, the explosions were the result of missile attacks from Ukraine.
Update from May 26, 19:45 p.m.: At least two civilians are said to have died in a Russian missile attack on a veterinary clinic in the city of Dnipro. This was reported by the Ukrainian authorities. In addition, at least 23 other people are said to have been injured.
Update from May 26, 18:46 p.m.: Sergei Lavrov has blamed the US for the Ukraine war. Washington has brought the international community "to the brink of a third world war," the Russian foreign minister said. Lavrov threatened the United States that in this case, the Atlantic Ocean would not protect them either. The Foreign Minister's comments were shared by Kremlin-loyal journalist Pavel Zabrubin on Telegram.
Ukraine war: Zelensky responds to China's proposal
Update from May 26, 17:30 p.m.: Volodymyr Zelensky's office has responded to China's proposal for an immediate ceasefire. China's demand for Ukraine to cede the occupied territories to Russia was rejected by a spokesman for the president. Any compromise with Russia is "tantamount to admitting a defeat of democracy," Mykhailo Podoliak, Zelensky's adviser, said in a tweet.
Update from May 26, 16:15 p.m.: The special envoy of the People's Republic of China, Li Hui, has called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine. This is reported by the Russian state news agency TASS. The envoy allegedly tried to convince Ukraine's Western allies to influence Volodymyr Zelensky's government to agree to a ceasefire. Kiev should give up its claim to the territories occupied by Russia.
Ukraine war: Putin waits for Scholz's call
Update from May 26, 14:37 p.m.: According to the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready for a new phone call with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) about the war in Ukraine. So far, Scholz has not called or Berlin has not initiated such an initiative for talks, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. He was responding to statements by the chancellor that he wanted to talk to Putin in due course. "It is necessary to talk," Peskov said.
"President Putin remains open to dialogue, but of course pursues the fundamental goal of protecting the interests of our citizens." According to the Kremlin, Putin and Scholz last spoke on the phone for about an hour on December 2 on December <> on the situation in Ukraine and the consequences of the war. Scholz had told the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger on the war that "in the end there will have to be an agreement between the governments in Moscow and Kiev". His last phone call with the Kremlin chief was some time ago. "But I intend to talk to Putin again in due course," said the Federal Chancellor.
Ukraine war: According to Moscow, attacks on Russia from Ukraine
Update from May 26, 14:15 p.m.: In the Russian border region of Belgorod near Ukraine, according to Russian information, targets have again been attacked with heavy artillery. The governor of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said on Telegram that the village of Kozinka near Graivoron had been hit by 132 missiles.
According to regional governor Gladkov, the Belgorodsky and Volokonovsky regions, as well as the city of Shebekino, were also shelled with artillery, mortar shells and drones. As a result, several buildings were damaged. According to Gladkov, there were no casualties.
In the center of the Russian city of Krasnodar in the southwest of the country, several buildings were damaged by two drones, according to regional governor Venjamin Kondratiev. The incident occurred on the central Morskaya street, he said on Friday in the online service Telegram. There were no casualties. Krasnodar is located about 200 kilometers from the Crimean bridge, which connects the annexed peninsula with the Russian mainland. While other regions of Russia are regularly shelled, the city has so far been little affected.
Ukraine war: Kyiv reports new Russian attacks
Update from May 26, 11:30 a.m.: Ukraine and Russia have reported new attacks by the opposing side, as well as several explosions. Russia has fired 17 missiles of different types and 31 so-called kamikaze drones of the Iranian type Shahed-136/131 at Ukraine, the air force said on Friday in Kyiv. 10 cruise missiles and 23 Shahed drones, as well as 2 reconnaissance drones, were shot down, it said. The attacks, which again affected the capital Kyiv, lasted until five o'clock in the morning. There was an air raid alarm at night throughout the country. There were also reports of attacks from the Ukrainian side in Russia.
There were strikes in Ukraine in the Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions, the Ukrainian authorities said. In Dnipro, the military administration reported explosions. A hospital had been hit. "As of now, one person has died and 15 have been injured," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote in his Telegram channel. Media outlets circulate images showing severe damage to the hospital.
Medvedev on possible preemptive strike: "There are incontrovertible laws of war"
Update from May 26, 10:20 a.m.: Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev issued a warning of a possible preemptive strike if the West were to consider providing Ukraine with nuclear weapons. According to several reports, he tells various Russian news agencies: "There are incontrovertible laws of war. When it comes to nuclear weapons, there must be a preemptive strike."
Medvedev, former president of Russia and a close confidant of the current head of state Vladimir Putin, currently holds the position of deputy chairman of the National Security Council. This body plays a key role in shaping Russia's foreign, security and defense policy.
President Zelensky: Take more Russian prisoners of war for exchange
Kyiv/Moscow – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on his troops to capture more Russian soldiers. "Everyone on the front line should remember: the more Russian prisoners of war we take, the more of our people will return," Zelenskyy said in his evening video address on Thursday (25 May).
He welcomed a prisoner exchange in which 106 Ukrainian military personnel were handed over by the Russian side. They had fought in the area of the now almost completely destroyed city of Bakhmut, as Zelensky said. Among them are eight Ukrainian officers. Many of the returned military had previously been considered missing. Zelenskyy did not specify how many Russians were handed over in Thursday's exchange.
Ukraine war: Another air alert in Kyiv
In Kiev, an air raid alarm was triggered again on Friday night. The Ukrainian capital had already been attacked with drones in recent weeks. People in central regions of the country were also called upon to go to shelters. In the western areas, the night remained quiet at first.
According to the authorities, a Ukrainian missile was shot down in the south of Russia. Air defenses hit them near the city of Morozovsk, Governor Vasily Golubev wrote on Telegram. Ukrainian media pointed out that there is a Russian military airport in Morozovsk.
Lukashenko: Deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus started
Meanwhile, according to Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko, Russia has begun deploying tactical nuclear weapons in the neighboring country. The number of weapons and places of storage have also been determined, Lukashenko said on Thursday in Moscow after a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Lukashenko did not give details.
This is the first time since the 1990s that Belarus has received nuclear missiles after voluntarily surrendering its nuclear weapons after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stressed that Moscow has sole control and decision over the use of nuclear weapons. (with agencies)