From Ukraine there is an estimate of the number of soldiers killed and upset about a Biden statement. Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues. The developments at a glance.
In a good three and a half months of the Russian war of aggression, according to government figures, around 22.000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed. An adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyj made the number public on Saturday night.
In the meantime, fighting in eastern Ukraine continues without major changes in the course of the front. The Ukrainian side speaks of the success of their artillery thanks to Western ammunition – and appeals to increase the rate of arms deliveries.
“Russia wants to destroy every city in Donbass, ‘every’ is no exaggeration. Like Volnovakha, like Mariupol,” Zelenskyy said in his video address. “All these ruins in once happy cities, black marks from fires, craters from explosions – that’s all Russia can give to its neighbors, Europe and the world.”
Biden: “Zelenskyj didn’t want to hear”
The political leadership in Kyiv reacted angrily to statements by US President Joe Biden that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not take the threat posed by Russia seriously enough before the start of the war. At a fundraiser event Friday night in Los Angeles, Biden said it was already before 24. February provided evidence that Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin wanted to invade Ukraine. Then he added: “There was no doubt. And Zelenskyi didn’t want to hear it – a lot of people didn’t want it.”
“The phrase ‘didn’t want to hear’ certainly needs some explanation,” Ukrainian presidential spokesman Serhiy Nykyforov said on Saturday. Selenskyj has repeatedly called on international partners to impose preventive sanctions in order to force Russia to withdraw troops that were already stationed in the border region with Ukraine, Nykyforov told the online newspaper Liga.net. “And here you can already say that our partners “didn’t want to hear us”,” he said.
Fierce battles for Sieverodonetsk
According to the British government, Ukrainians and Russians are fighting violently in the streets around the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievjerodonetsk. Both sides are likely to suffer a high number of casualties, the British Ministry of Defense wrote.
The British also reported that the Russian air force had been using dozens of old, imprecise anti-ship missiles against land targets since April due to a lack of modern weapons. The shells of the type Kh-22 came from the 800s and were actually developed for aircraft carriers with to destroy it with a nuclear warhead.
First information on Ukrainian losses in months
The number of around . killed Ukrainian soldiers comes from the President -Advisor Oleksiy Arestovych. He named her in one of his regular YouTube video interviews with the Russian opposition leader Mark Feygin. Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said earlier this week that up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers are currently being killed every day. Arestovych emphasized that on the Ukrainian side, even at the beginning of the war, around 100 military personnel died every day. In response to Feygin’s question, whether out of around 10. killed soldiers as a whole, he replied: “Yes, roughly.”
Neither Ukraine nor Russia have so far provided exhaustive information on the losses in the on 24. war that started in February. Selenskyj last spoke in a CNN interview in mid-April of up to 3000 soldiers killed.
Urgent call for faster arms deliveries
According to Arestovych, more Russian than Ukrainian soldiers are constantly being killed. On Friday, Ukrainian artillery attacks using Western ammunition were particularly efficient, he said, giving an estimate of around 600 Russian soldiers killed. In view of this, the Zelenskyj adviser appealed to the West to deliver arms and ammunition much more quickly. The Ukrainian government is very grateful for the help so far, without which it would probably have been pushed back behind the Dnipro River. But he doesn’t understand the slowness of the deliveries. In order to repel Russian aggression, Ukraine needs, among other things, more artillery firepower, emphasized Arestovytch.
Zelenskyj: future will be decided on the battlefield
Selenskyj himself is also pressing the West for faster arms deliveries. The Ukrainian government is preparing for reconstruction, he said in his daily video address. But the current “difficult” battles will decide how soon this time will come afterwards. And the Ukrainian troops could only stop the advance of the Russian military as well as their weapons would allow.
Russia issues passports in Ukrainian territory
Russia continues its attempts to tie occupied Ukrainian territories closer to itself. In the parts of the Zaporizhia region controlled by Russian troops, Russian passports are to be handed out from Saturday. The recipients would then be considered full citizens of Russia, a member of the occupation authorities, Vladimir Rogov, told Rossiya 24 TV channel. According to him, more than 24. people have applied there.
Ukrainian authorities accuse the occupiers of forcing people into Russian citizenship and fear an annexation of the occupied territories. According to Arestovych, a Russian general who was supposed to hold a referendum on annexation to Russia was killed in the occupied territory of Cherson. According to the Russian news agency Tass, more than 800. people received the Russian in the past three years Citizenship in a simplified way. Just under one percent of the applications from residents of the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk were rejected, Tass reported, citing the Ministry of the Interior in Moscow. (dpa)