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

Ukraine has reported the liberation of the village of Staromajorske in the south-east of the country.

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

Ukraine has reported the liberation of the village of Staromajorske in the south-east of the country. "Our south! Our boys! Glory to Ukraine!" President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram on Thursday evening.

He also published a video that is said to have been recorded in the town in the south of the Donetsk region. It shows several soldiers introducing themselves as fighters from the 35th Brigade and holding a Ukrainian flag. One of the men says they completely liberated Staromajorske.

At other points along the front, the attacked country reported heavy fighting - but also other smaller successes. Meanwhile, President Zelenskyy visited the destroyed Transfiguration Cathedral in Odessa on the Black Sea. Ukraine has been defending itself against the Russian invasion for more than 17 months.

Meanwhile, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attended a night military parade in North Korea. The presence of a high-ranking Russian delegation there is raising concerns around the world about increased military cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang.

According to the state news agency TASS, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported again during the night that a drone attack in the Moscow region had been repelled.

Ukraine reports land gains

According to the Ukraine, south of the Russian-occupied city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, it has also gained territory. "We are gradually moving forward," wrote Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maljar on Telegram. The focus of the hard fighting is the villages of Klischchiivka, Kurdyumiwka and Andriivka. The general staff report, on the other hand, spoke of repulsed Russian attacks south of Klishchiyivka and Russian bombardments near Kurdyumivka.

A little over seven weeks ago, Ukraine launched a counter-offensive to liberate the territories occupied by Russia. After the counter-offensive initially fell short of the high expectations, the "New York Times" reported yesterday, citing Pentagon officials, that the attacked country had now begun its most important push to date against the Russian invaders in the southeast.

Russia's defense minister in North Korea

In the presence of Russia's Defense Minister Shoigu, North Korea once again demonstrated its strength and possibly displayed newly developed weapon systems at a night-time military parade. On the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, the regime of ruler Kim Jong Un presented intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which can be equipped with nuclear warheads, as well as new types of combat and reconnaissance drones, state media reported today. Shoigu watched the parade on Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, which was brightly lit with searchlights, standing next to Kim from a grandstand, sources said.

North Korea is largely isolated internationally because of its nuclear missile program. The fact that a high-ranking Russian delegation led by Shoigu took part in the parade in central Pyongyang has raised global concerns about increased military cooperation between Russia and North Korea. In addition to Shoigu, Li Hongzhong, a member of the Chinese Politburo, also attended the military parade, according to North Korean state media.

Shoigu had previously agreed with ruler Kim on "matters of mutual interest in the area of ​​national defense and security as well as the regional and international security environment," state media reported. Kim also took Shoigu to a weapons exhibition.

Moscow: Drone attack repelled

The Russian capital Moscow has again become the target of an attempted enemy drone attack, according to Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. The drone was shot down by the forces of the Russian Ministry of Defense on Friday night, Sobyanin said in the morning on his blog in the Telegram news service. There is no damage or injuries. He did not give details.

The Defense Ministry in Moscow announced that "the attempt by the Kiev regime to carry out a terrorist attack" had been foiled in the morning. The ministry also did not say where exactly in Europe's largest city this attempt should have taken place.

Zelenskyj visits destroyed Transfiguration Cathedral

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy yesterday visited Odessa's Transfiguration Cathedral, which was badly damaged as a result of a Russian attack. Zelenskyj said on his website that he had been informed of the extent of the destruction in the church, which is located in the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now specialists are to examine the possibilities for the restoration of the famous building. It was damaged last Saturday night when Russia repeatedly bombed the Black Sea port.

Orthodox Church of Ukraine switches to modern calendar

In contrast to Russia, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine decided to switch to the modern calendar. The New Julian calendar, which applies to fixed holidays such as Christmas and according to calculations corresponds to the Gregorian calendar used today up to the year 2800, is to be introduced for the new church year from September 1st, according to the decision of the synod of bishops. The Russian Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar to this day.

What is important today

The Africa summit continues today in the Russian Baltic Sea metropolis of St. Petersburg, at which Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin wants to tie the African states closer together. Putin's main speech is also expected on the second day of the summit.