Russian invasion: war against Ukraine: That's the situation

According to Ukrainian sources, after the partial withdrawal of its own troops, Russia fired on the neighboring country's critical infrastructure.

Russian invasion: war against Ukraine: That's the situation

According to Ukrainian sources, after the partial withdrawal of its own troops, Russia fired on the neighboring country's critical infrastructure. In the eastern Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv, there was another complete power failure after Russian attacks on Monday.

"Due to shelling, objects of critical infrastructure are out of order, as a result of which the electricity and water supply failed," the city's mayor Ihor Terekhov said on Monday in the Telegram news channel. Work is in progress to fix the problems. According to media reports, all local public transport in Kharkiv, including the subway, which is dependent on electricity, is said to have failed.

The previous evening there had already been a brief, widespread power failure in the Sumy, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Poltava and Dnipropetrovsk regions. The cause was voltage fluctuations triggered by the shelling of "objects of critical infrastructure". Shortly before, Russian troops had largely been forced to withdraw from the north-eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv after a Ukrainian offensive. The city of Kharkiv, which had a population of around one million before the war, is just 30 kilometers from the Russian border. Russia has been waging a war of aggression against Ukraine since February 24.

Ukraine: Russians flee parts of Cherson

After their defeat in Kharkiv, Russian troops are also withdrawing from parts of the southern Cherson region, according to information from Kyiv. In some places, the occupiers have already left their positions there, the Ukrainian general staff said. This information could not be independently verified.

Under pressure from Ukrainian counter-offensives, Russia's defense ministry announced the withdrawal of its own troops from the Kharkiv region over the weekend, more than six months after the start of the war. The withdrawal was officially justified with a strategic "regrouping" of the units.

Kremlin confirms continuation of war against Ukraine

Despite the recent failures in eastern Ukraine, Russia wants to continue its war against the neighboring country. "The special military operation will continue," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, according to the Interfax news agency. "It will continue until the goals set initially are achieved," he added. Peskov was only evasive when asked by journalists whether Russia's military leadership still enjoyed the trust of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.

200 days of war: Selenskyj thanks Ukrainians

On the 200th day of the war, Zelenskyy thanked his compatriots for defending their homeland. "We have achieved a lot in these 200 days, but the most important and therefore the most difficult thing is still ahead of us," said Zelenskyj in his video speech at night. Among other things, he thanked the Ukrainian ground forces, the air force, the naval forces - and everyone who wrote "the history of independence, the history of victory, the history of Ukraine" these days.

Ampel wants more support for Ukrainian advance

In view of Kiev's recent successes, leading politicians from the Ampel parties in the Bundestag called for more support for the Ukrainian military offensive. "Germany must immediately do its part in Ukraine's successes and deliver protected vehicles, the Marder infantry fighting vehicle and the Leopard 2 main battle tank," said the chair of the Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, to the German Press Agency. SPD leader Lars Klingbeil at least did not close his eyes to this and emphasized the need for international coordination.

Putin and Macron address Zaporizhia NPP

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron called Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin to discuss the ongoing critical situation at the Russian-occupied Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia. According to a Kremlin statement, Putin has called for international action on Ukraine to stop its attacks on the plant. Macron, in turn, emphasized that the Russian occupation was the reason for the dangerous situation at the nuclear power plant, the Èlyséepalast said. He demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops. Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russia of shelling the facility itself.

It also became known on Sunday that the largest nuclear power plant in Europe had to be shut down completely. According to the Ukrainian nuclear authority Enerhoatom, all connection lines to the power grid were temporarily interrupted due to shelling. The Russian side also confirmed the shutdown of the power plant, on the site of which two employees of the IAEA are still monitoring the situation.

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