Status: 22.09.2023, 05:40 a.m.
By: Stefan Krieger, Fabian Müller
Russia is attacking the entire territory of Ukraine with missiles. Explosions occur in Kyiv. The news ticker.
- Ukraine attacks air base in Crimea: Apparently heavy damage after attack
- Counterattack near Bakhmut: Russia tries to recapture city
- Heavy losses for Russia: Ukraine announces current figures
- The information processed here comes from international media and news agencies, but also from the warring parties Russia, Ukraine and their allies. In particular, the information on losses of the armies involved in the Ukraine war cannot be independently verified.
Update from September 21, 20:44 p.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged further arms aid for his country during a visit to Washington. Zelenskyy first met top congressional officials on Thursday (21 September) and was then received at the White House by US President Joe Biden. Biden said the U.S. would ensure that the "world stands with Ukraine." The first Abrams tanks would arrive in Ukraine next week, he assured. In the ranks of the opposition Republicans, however, there is resistance to new Ukraine aid.
"Next week, the first American Abrams tanks will be delivered to Ukraine," Biden told journalists during Zelensky's visit to the White House on Thursday. The president also promised Ukraine a new arms package, which, according to the Pentagon, has a volume of around 325 million dollars (about 304 million euros). The package includes, among other things, anti-aircraft missiles, ammunition for Himars rocket launchers and artillery shells. However, the ATACMS missiles with a range of 300 kilometers hoped for by the leadership in Kiev are not among them.
Ukraine attacks airbase - Russia suffers heavy losses
Update from September 21, 20:44 p.m.: According to intelligence, the Ukrainian army has destroyed a command post of the Russian Armed Forces in the occupied city of Melitopol. The staff was hidden in an engine factory, Ukrainian media reported on Thursday, citing the SBU intelligence service. The target was then destroyed with a missile attack.
Ukrainian separatists on the front line near the city of Bakhmut, Donetsk region. (archive image) © ANATOLII STEPANOV/afp
Melitopol in the south of Ukraine serves the Russian occupation as the administrative capital for the Zaporizhzhia region, which has not been fully conquered. The Ukrainian side claimed to have injured the commander of Russia's 58th Army and his chief of staff in the attack. This could not be independently verified.
Ukrainian army says it succeeds in attacking Russian command post
No exact details were given as to when the attack allegedly took place. On social networks, however, photos of columns of smoke over Melitopol appeared on Tuesday. Russian authorities reported a Ukrainian missile attack that day. Four incoming missiles were shot down.
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Ukrainian air defense reports massive missile strikes
Update from September 21, 14:45 p.m.: On Thursday morning, Russia apparently carried out the largest wave of missile attacks since mid-August. Two people are said to have been killed. The attacks came just hours before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in the US city of Washington for talks. As part of a meeting with US President Biden, the US government is expected to present a new aid package for Ukraine.
Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said that Ukrainian air defenses were able to intercept 36 out of 43 missiles. 20 of them were shot down on the approach to Kyiv.
Ukraine attacks air base in Crimea – apparently serious damage
Update from September 21, 12:40 p.m.: According to the Ukrainian intelligence service SBU, the military used drones in their nightly attacks on the Russian Saki airbase to keep Russian air defenses busy. Subsequently, Neptune rockets were launched.
At least 12 combat aircraft, including Su-24 and Su-30, as well as a Pantsir anti-aircraft missile system were at the airport. In addition, there will be a base for Mohajer drones. These drones are used by the Russians to coordinate their own airstrikes and sometimes as a combat drone.
According to the reports, Ukraine's attacks hit their targets and caused severe damage to Russian military equipment.
Ukraine attacks Russian airbase on Crimean peninsula
Update from September 21, 10:24 a.m.: Ukraine says it attacked and damaged the Russian Saki airbase on the annexed Crimean peninsula during the night. "Attacks by the security service and the navy hit the target and severely damaged the equipment of the occupiers," according to the Ukrainian intelligence service SBU. First drones and then Neptune cruise missiles were used.
At the base, located in the west of Crimea, there would have been at least twelve combat aircraft and man-portable air defense systems. The base has also served as a training camp for drone operators. The Russian military says it intercepted and destroyed 19 Ukrainian drones over Crimea and the Black Sea. The Russian side is silent about possible damage. Ukraine has been increasingly attacking Russian facilities in Crimea, which Russia annexed back in 2014, for some time. Sevastopol in the Crimea has always been the main base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
Ukraine war: Heavy losses for Russia - Kyiv gives figures
Update from September 21, 09:30 a.m.: The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army has published current figures (as of September 21) on the losses of Russian forces in the Ukraine war. According to the report, about 24 soldiers from Russia were killed or wounded within 490 hours. The information cannot be independently verified.
- Soldiers: 274,470 (+490 the previous day)
- Tanks: 4638 (+3)
- Armored combat vehicles: 8,883 (+15)
- Artillery systems: 6137 (+41)
- Multiple rocket launchers: 781 (+2)
- Vehicles and tankers: 8670 (+37)
- Combat and reconnaissance drones: 4850 (+29)
- Source: Data from the General Staff of Ukraine as of September 21, 2023
- Note:According to calculations by independent Russian media from the beginning of July 2023, around 47,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the Ukraine war so far. These figures are very different from those published by the Ukrainian side. British intelligence, on the other hand, places the figures in the middle of these claims.
Ukraine war: Russia bombards Ukraine with air strikes
Update from September 21, 08:10 a.m.: Russia bombarded Ukraine with heavy airstrikes early Thursday morning (21 September). In the capital Kiev, there was an explosion in the southeastern district of Darnytskyi, falling debris damaged residential buildings, Ukrainian media reported. Kiev's mayor Vitali Klitschko spoke of seven injured. Photos showed how the wounded were brought to safety.
According to Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko, a hotel building was hit in Cherkasy in central Ukraine. Here, too, seven people were injured and ten others were brought to safety, Klymenko said on Telegram. In Kharkiv in the east of the country, there were two victims. Rocket fire was also reported from Lviv in the west.
Russia reports downing of Ukrainian drones
Update from September 21, 03:30 a.m.: Russian air defense units have destroyed 19 Ukrainian drones over the Black Sea and the annexed Crimean peninsula, as well as three more over other parts of Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry says.
Ukraine war: Russia tries to retake Andriyivka
Initial report: Kyiv – The Ukrainian army says it has repelled advances by Russian occupying forces on two important sections of the front. Russian units had tried to recapture the village of Andriyivka near Bakhmut in the Donbas, which was lost last week. This was announced by the General Staff in Kiev on Wednesday evening. However, they did not succeed in doing so.
Bakhmut itself has been captured by the Russians after months of fighting with heavy losses. In their counteroffensive, however, the Ukrainians are advancing north and south of the city, putting pressure on the Russian occupiers.
At Maryinka in the Donetsk region, ten Russian advances were repelled in the course of the day, according to the evening situation report. The military data were not immediately independently verifiable.
On the sector of the front near Robotyne in the southern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhzhia, there have been Russian air and artillery strikes. At this point, the Ukrainians have advanced far into the heavily fortified Russian positions. Recently, however, there have been few changes. The report mentioned Ukrainian actions in the region without giving any details.
Silva and Zelensky meet in New York
Brazilian President Lula da Silva and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy have discussed ways to end the war in Ukraine peacefully. "We had a good conversation about the need to find ways to peace," Lula wrote after the meeting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on the news platform X, formerly Twitter. They have committed themselves to an open dialogue between the countries.
Zelensky said after the meeting that he and Lula had instructed their diplomatic representatives to "work on the next steps in our bilateral relations and peace efforts." The Ukrainian government had asked for the meeting after the two failed to meet at the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, earlier this year. Lula advocates the formation of a group of nations to mediate an end to the war between Russia and Ukraine. In May, Lula declared that both the governments in Moscow and Kiev were responsible for the conflict. Last month, he said that neither Zelensky nor Russian President Vladimir Putin were ready for peace. (With agency material)