Ukraine war in the live ticker: +++ Report 03:37: Sanctions cause billions in damage in Belarus +++

Ukrainian War in Live Ticker
+++ 03:37 report: Sanctions cause billions in damage in Belarus +++

According to the state news agency, Western sanctions against Belarus are causing
Belta billion losses. “Because of the sanctions, almost all Belarusian exports to European Union and North American countries have been blocked,” Belta quoted Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko as saying in a transcript of an interview with the channel. Dubai-based television company Al-Arabiya. The damage amounts to “about 16 to 18 billion dollars a year”.

+++ 02:04 General Staff: Russian troops are sometimes only 20% equipped +++
According to Ukrainian information, Russian troops suffer from a sometimes disastrous lack of equipment. The Ukrainian army general staff reports on Facebook that Russia has suffered significant human and material losses. In some cases, Russian troops would be only 20% equipped. In Pospana, soldiers had therefore teamed up with mercenary troops in order to be able to continue the attack.

+++ 01:03 Ukrainian troops advance towards the Russian border near Kharkiv +++
Ukrainian troops report a symbolic success in their counter-offensive in the eastern region of Kharkiv: they have at least advanced to the border with Russia. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has released a video showing a dozen soldiers next to a border post in the national colors blue and yellow. According to the information, they belong to a brigade of volunteers from the city of Kharkiv. The Ukrainian army had already signaled in recent days that it was gradually pushing back Russian troops near Kharkiv.

+++ 00:27 Lviv reports Russian hacker attack on administration +++
The municipal administration of the city of Lviv in western Ukraine has become the target of a cyberattack by suspected Russian hackers. Following Friday’s attack, some city services were no longer available, Deputy Mayor Andriy Moskalenko wrote on Facebook. A part had been restored on Sunday. The attackers also stole internal information from the city administration, which was later posted on “hostile” news channels on the Telegram chat service, Moskalenko wrote. Russia also carries out attacks on the “computing front” and you have to be careful offline and online.

+++ 23:30 Baerbock stresses the importance of NATO +++
Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock stresses the importance of the transatlantic alliance: “As an alliance, NATO is more relevant and more important than ever,” she said after the informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin.

+++ 10:09 p.m. Additional military aid: EU foreign ministers meet Ukrainian foreign ministers +++
European Union foreign ministers will discuss the Russian war of aggression with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels tomorrow Monday. EU states are expected to approve an additional €500 million in military aid to Ukraine. This was suggested by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the G7 meeting in Schleswig-Holstein on Friday. Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is also expected in Brussels. Kuleba had recently requested more self-propelled howitzers from the federal government. Berlin has so far pledged seven artillery pieces.

+++ 9:46 p.m. Governor: Ukraine still controls ten percent of Lugansk +++
Despite heavy Russian attacks, according to the regional governor, the Ukrainian army still controls around 10% of the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk. In particular, the Russians have not been able to take the outskirts of the cities of Rubishne, Sievjerodonetsk and Lysychansk so far, Serhiy Hajday said on Sunday. Moscow said last week that pro-Russian separatists, with the help of the Russian military, had advanced to the administrative borders of Luhansk just 11 weeks into the war. Hajdaj called these statements “fantasy” at the time. In the Donetsk region, also in eastern Ukraine, 3 civilians were killed and 13 others injured in Russian attacks on Sunday, according to the regional administration.

+++ 9.15 p.m. “historic day”: Lithuania welcomes Finnish NATO decision +++
More and more of NATO’s 30 member states are hearing joyful voices about a possible expansion of the military alliance: Lithuania has now welcomed Finland’s decision to apply for NATO membership. “Historic day”, wrote President Gitanas Nauseda on Twitter. “This will strengthen the security of Finland, the Baltic Sea region and the entire alliance.” Finland can count on Lithuania’s full support and help on the way to full NATO membership, wrote the head of state of the Baltic EU-NATO country.

+++ 20:41 US expects Sweden and Finland to join NATO soon +++
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken assumes that Sweden and Finland will soon join NATO, despite Turkey’s critical tone. There is broad support for this within NATO and further discussions between Turkey and the two Scandinavian countries.

+++ 20:12 Green veteran Ströbele complains about “war rhetoric” in his party +++
Longtime former Green member of the Bundestag Hans-Christian Ströbele criticized his party’s stance on supplying heavy weapons to Ukraine. “We should really refrain from this rhetoric of war. If some want to deliver more and more offensive weapons, this will lead to an even bigger war”, warns Ströbele in an interview with “Spiegel” according to the preliminary report. “If the Ukrainian military gains ground through the use of heavy weapons, Putin will deploy many more troops and weapons, ultimately perhaps tactical nuclear weapons.”

You can read previous developments of the conflict in Ukraine here.

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