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

The Ukrainian government is rushing to deploy the F-16 fighter jets it has been promised against the aggressor Russia as soon as possible.

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

The Ukrainian government is rushing to deploy the F-16 fighter jets it has been promised against the aggressor Russia as soon as possible. "Our goal is to get closer to the point where the F-16s will help us keep Russian terrorists away. As soon as possible," President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote last night on Platform X, formerly Twitter. In addition to the Netherlands and Denmark, Norway has also pledged F-16 deliveries to Ukraine.

In total, dozens of planes are involved. The exact delivery time is not clear. With the fighter jets, Ukraine wants to increase the effectiveness of its counter-offensive against the Russian attacks and, above all, protect its airspace - together with the air defense systems - better than before. Russia, on the other hand, is threatening that the use of fighter jets will make the war even bloodier.

"Our team abroad is working on expanding the training missions as much as possible," said Zelenskyj in his evening video message. "Our military is preparing the infrastructure as soon as possible and is sending pilots and engineers for training. We have to make sure that Ukraine is fully prepared." He had previously said the F-16s would be delivered once the pilots had completed training.

After a conversation with US President Joe Biden the day before, Zelenskyy said that the US was also involved in the training of pilots and engineers. He also announced that new defense packages would be prepared to meet the needs of soldiers at the front. He did not give details.

Ukraine prepares further mobilization

According to the Ukrainian leadership, they are preparing further conscriptions for the defensive fight against Russia. "Yes, the military have contacted us and there will probably be an additional call-up," Secretary of the National Council for Security and Defense Oleksiy Danilov told Ukrainian radio. However, he assured that the mobilization would not go beyond the parameters already set at the beginning of the war on February 24, 2022.

According to Danilov, this is not an unscheduled measure. The mobilization has been going on for a year and a half, and several stages have already been completed. "You don't have to make a fuss about it, everything is going according to the plan that we are currently pursuing," said the top Kiev official.

Ukraine counts on Taurus delivery

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov is confident that Germany will supply Ukraine with Taurus cruise missiles. "I'm really optimistic and I see in the future that we will also get Taurus from Germany," said Resnikov in an interview with "Bild", "Welt" and "Politico".

As a partner of Ukraine, Germany has already delivered many state-of-the-art systems in view of the Russian war of aggression. However, Reznikov did not specify when he expected the cruise missiles. "But I don't think it will last a whole year," he said.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has so far been reluctant to comment on this. There are fears that the cruise missiles could also reach Russian territory. "Regardless of what demands are made of Germany: I will continue to carefully consider every single decision and never do anything rash," Scholz told the newspapers of the Bayern media group.

Ukrainian media: drone strikes in Crimea

According to Ukrainian media, the Ukrainian secret service SBU and Kiev's armed forces attacked military positions with drones on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia. There are dozens of dead and injured, reported the "Ukrajinska Prawda", citing informed circles at the SBU. A photo of clouds of smoke was also published. Accordingly, the 126th Brigade of the Russian Black Sea Fleet is said to have been attacked in the village of Perevalnoe not far from the Crimean capital Simferopol. The information was not independently verifiable. There was initially no information on this from the Russian side.

According to the reports, the drones also hit an ammunition depot, bypassing Russian air defense systems. Military technology was also badly damaged, it said. The Russian occupiers were not prepared for the special operation of the SBU and the Ukrainian armed forces.

In the past, the Russian Ministry of Defense and the authorities in Crimea had repeatedly reported the shooting down of Ukrainian drones. For weeks now, Ukraine has been increasingly targeting targets on the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014. After more than a year and a half of war, she wants to use her counter-offensive to recapture both Crimea and all other occupied territories. The attacked country is dependent on military support from the West against the numerically far superior Russian armed forces.

Dead and injured after Russian shelling in Kupyansk

According to official sources, at least two civilians were killed when a suburb of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kupyansk was shelled. "The enemy hit a civilian object, a café, where residents stayed during the day," Kharkiv region governor Oleh Synehubov said in a telegram. In addition to the two fatalities, there is also one other injured.

The village of Podoly, a suburb of Kupyansk on the eastern bank of the Oskil, was hit. The Russian troops have increased their military efforts in the area - as a counterweight to the Ukrainian offensive in the south of the country. As a result, the Russians have recently advanced further in the region in north-eastern Ukraine. Kupjansk, which was liberated during the Ukrainian counter-offensive last fall, has come under fire several times.

Three Ukrainian pilots die in plane crash

According to media reports, three pilots were killed in a collision between two planes in Ukraine. Two L-39 training aircraft collided in the air in the Zhytomyr region on Friday evening, sources said. The pilot Andriy Pilschchykov, known under his pseudonym "Juice", is among the victims.

His friend Pavlo Pozeluyev confirmed Pilschchykov's death on social media. Pilshchykov was a pilot of the Mig-29 fighter jet and had taken part in a number of air battles since the start of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, including in the defense of Kiev. In interviews with Western media, he had repeatedly asked for the delivery of Western F-16 fighter jets.

Selenskyj relies on cooperation with Türkiye

In his video message, Zelenskyj informed about a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, who was on his first official visit to Kiev. "Together with Turkey, we can restore security step by step," said Zelenskyj, also with a view to Russia's canceled agreement to ship Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea to Turkey. Ukraine is aiming to resume exports without involving Russia in negotiations.

At the end of July, Russia withdrew from the agreement, which is important for world food security and was concluded through the mediation of Turkey and the UN. Since then, there has been no safe sea corridor for exports. NATO member Turkey maintains close ties with both Ukraine and Russia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly offered to mediate in the conflict between Kiev and Moscow, but he is also pursuing his own interests.

Zelenskyj also announced further initiatives at the diplomatic level for the autumn, "new steps with our partners to strengthen Ukraine". Domestically, there will be new legislative initiatives against state officials, which will not strengthen Ukraine, but rather weaken it. Selenskyj did not give any details. However, he had repeatedly announced a more determined fight against corruption in the state apparatus.