Despite the currently difficult situation at the front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has shown himself confident of victory against the Russian attackers. "2023 must and will definitely be the year of our victory!" Zelenskyj wrote on Telegram yesterday. In his video speech every evening, he also conceded, with a view to the hard-fought east of his country: "The situation is very tough."
Meanwhile, Ukraine has also reported heavy Russian shelling in the south of the city of Cherson and in the east of Kharkiv.
Zelenskyj: Russia wants to prolong the war
In the Donetsk region, the cities of Bakhmut and Wuhledar in particular are still subject to constant Russian shelling, Zelensky said. Despite high losses in their own ranks, the Russians did not reduce the intensity of their attacks there. "Russia hopes to prolong the war and exhaust our forces."
"So we have to make time our weapon. We have to accelerate events," said the Ukrainian leader. In particular, the speed of delivery of foreign military aid is a key factor in this war. Selenskyj also insisted once again on further arms deliveries beyond the main battle tanks recently promised by the West.
Scholz criticizes the debate about the delivery of fighter jets
Chancellor Olaf Scholz has criticized the debate over the delivery of fighter jets to Ukraine. "It is idiosyncratic that this debate is being held. Some people have to ask themselves: why are they asking the question when it is about helping the Ukrainians," said Scholz yesterday evening (local time) at a press conference in Santiago de Chile. A serious debate is now necessary and not "an outbidding competition (...), in which perhaps domestic political motives are in the foreground instead of supporting Ukraine". In an issue as important as arms deliveries, it must be about the matter and rational considerations, emphasized Scholz.
Ukraine is demanding fighter jets, and the United States has not fundamentally ruled out a delivery. The SPD chairwoman Saskia Esken did not fundamentally rule out the delivery of combat aircraft yesterday in the ARD.
Ukraine reports several dead after Russian shelling of Cherson
According to the authorities, three people were killed by Russian fire in Cherson, southern Ukraine. Six others were injured, the Kherson regional administration announced. Among other things, a clinic building was hit. The regional capital of the Kherson region of the same name, which the Ukrainian army recaptured a few months ago, has repeatedly come under heavy fire from Russia's armed forces.
For their part, the Russian occupiers in the neighboring region of Zaporizhia reported four deaths from Ukrainian shelling. The information from the war zone is often difficult to independently verify.
Along with Cherson, Donetsk and Luhansk, Zaporizhia is one of the Ukrainian regions that Russia occupies in part and annexed last year. In addition, Moscow annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in violation of international law back in 2014.
Russian missiles on Kharkiv
A residential building in the city center was hit late last night in a rocket attack on the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. At least one person died and three other residents were injured. According to the military administrator Oleh Sinegubov, helpers were looking for other possible victims in the rubble.
Ukraine gloating over attack on Iranian military facility
The Ukraine showed glee over an attack on a military facility in Iran. In recent months, Kyiv has repeatedly criticized Tehran for supplying combat drones to Moscow. "The logic of war is inexorable and murderous," Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak wrote on Twitter. "And he gives the authors and accomplices hard bills. (...) Ukraine warned you."
According to a report by the Iranian state news agency IRNA, an ammunition factory belonging to the Ministry of Defense near the metropolis of Isfahan was attacked with several small aircraft on Sunday night. According to the Iranian Defense Ministry, it was a military attack, but no one was injured. The Iranian government announced that it would send a team of experts to the city to investigate the background.
What is important today
In Brussels, the agriculture ministers of the EU countries are discussing, among other things, the consequences of the war in Ukraine.