The night of the war at a glance: Ukraine reports dead civilians from shelling – Zelenskyj calls for a new sanctions package

The night of the war at a glance
Ukraine reports dead civilians from shelling – Zelenskyj calls for new sanctions package

According to Ukrainian sources, numerous people are dying from Russian fire in the Kharkov region, and in the Donbass Ukrainian soldiers are threatened with being surrounded by Russian fighters. EU Council President Charles Michel gives Ukraine and Moldova hope that they will soon be granted candidate status for the European Union, Finance Minister Lindern warns that energy prices could remain very high for years. The night of the war at a glance.

Seventh package of sanctions called for

Shortly before the decision on Ukraine’s possible status as a candidate for EU membership, President Volodymyr Zelenskyj called for further sanctions against Russia. “Russia must feel the growing pressure as a result of the war and its aggressive anti-European policy,” said the Ukrainian head of state in his video message at night. In talks with several European heads of state and government, he stressed that a seventh package of sanctions was needed as soon as possible.

Zelenskyi adviser: “We can win the war”

Zelenskyj’s economic adviser Alexander Rodnyansky expressed his confidence in his country’s victory against the Russian aggressor. “We can win the war,” he said on the ARD program “Maischberger”. He hopes that the counteroffensive can begin in August. The support from abroad helps a lot and also arrives, but it takes a while before the weapons can be used. In any case, one should not indulge in the illusion of a sustainable peace with Russia. Under President Vladimir Putin, the neighboring country is about imperialism – “and it will stay that way.”

Russia: Dozens of ships blocked in Ukraine

According to Russian information, 70 ships from 16 countries are currently stuck in six ports in Ukraine. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, they cannot go to sea unhindered because of the shelling by Ukrainian forces and the high risk of mines. On the other hand, Ukraine – one of the world’s largest grain exporters – has criticized the fact that Russia, by blocking Ukrainian ports, is preventing grain exports and thus provoking a food crisis. The international community has also been demanding that Russia allow the export of Ukrainian grain for weeks.

Dead and injured in Kharkiv region

In the eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv, 14 adults and one child were killed by Russian attacks, Governor Oleh Synyehubov told the Telegram news service. 16 others were injured. According to Governor Pavel Kyrylenko, one civilian was killed in the Donetsk region and 19 others were injured. The information cannot be independently verified.

Ukrainian troops face encirclement in eastern Ukraine

In the heavily contested eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, Ukrainian units around the towns of Solote and Hirske could be surrounded by Russian forces. According to a report by the Ukrainian General Staff, the Russian troops had gained territory, so that the Ukrainian forces there could be cut off the northern road connection to their other units around Lysychansk. The connection via Wrubiwka, west of Hirske, had already come under Russian control last week.

Lindner: Long phase of deprivation

Finance Minister Christian Lindner swore the citizens of Germany into a long phase of deprivation in view of rising prices as a result of the war. “My concern is that we could have a very worrying situation in a few weeks and months,” said Lindner on ZDF’s “heute journal”. “It’s about three to four, maybe five years of scarcity. And we have to find an answer for that.” He added: “There is a risk of a very serious economic crisis due to soaring energy prices, supply chain problems, also inflation.”

EU Council President proposes candidate status for Ukraine

The decision on Ukraine’s possible status as a candidate for EU membership is now imminent. EU Council President Charles Michel advocates granting this status to both her and her small neighbor Moldova. The most recent draft of the final declaration of the EU summit beginning on Thursday reads: “The European Council has decided to grant Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova the status of candidate countries.” The 27 heads of state and government meeting in Brussels until Friday would thus follow the recommendation of the EU Commission.

That brings the day

  • Chancellor Olaf Scholz comments on the forthcoming EU, G7 and NATO summits in the Bundestag
  • Heads of the traffic light coalition are discussing steps to counter price increases, particularly for gas and energy
  • Ifo President Clemens Fuest comments on the consequences of the war for the economy and Germany as a business location

All further developments you can in our live ticker read about the Ukraine war.

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