LIVE – War in Ukraine: kyiv says it repelled Russian attacks near Severodonetsk

Update on the situation at 1 p.m.

• Ukraine says it repelled Russian attacks near Severodonetsk, a key city in the east of the country, where the two armies have been fighting bloody battles for weeks. “The enemy has retreated and is regrouping,” the Ukrainian military said.

• The war in Ukraine could last “for years”, warned the Secretary General of NATO in an interview published on Sunday by the German daily Bild, urging Western countries to register their support for kyiv over time.

• The governor of Lugansk said that we had to “prepare for the worst”, in an interview published on Sunday. “The situation is difficult, in the city (of Lysytchansk) and in the whole region”, he said, because the Russians “are bombarding our positions 24 hours a day”.

• Berlin indicates that Germany will “use more” of its coal-fired power stations for its electricity in order to secure its supply of Russian gas in the face of recent drops in delivery.

Ukraine says it repelled Russian attacks near Severodonetsk

Ukrainian troops said on Sunday that they repelled Russian attacks on villages near Severodonetsk, a key city in the east of the country, where the two armies have been fighting bloody battles for weeks.

“Our units repelled the assault in the Toshkivka area,” the Ukrainian military said on Facebook. “The enemy has retreated and is regrouping.”

The Ukrainian military added that Russian forces were “storming” the village of Orikhove, but had “successfully repelled” an attack near that village.

Olaf Scholz assures that the G7 will continue to support Ukraine “as long as necessary”

The German chancellor assured that the G7 will clearly state its willingness to support Ukraine “as long as necessary” at the next European summit, in an interview with the German press agency CCA published on Saturday.

“We will continue to support Ukraine as long as necessary. We want to be sure that the Russian president’s calculations will not work out,” he said.

“Putin obviously hopes that everything will fall into place once he has conquered enough territory and the international community returns to its usual concerns,” he said. “It’s an illusion,” he said.

Berlin says Germany will “use more” of its coal-fired power plants for its electricity

Germany will take emergency measures to secure its supply in the face of recent drops in Russian gas deliveries, notably involving increased use of coal, the government said on Sunday.

“To reduce gas consumption, less gas must be used to generate electricity. Instead, coal-fired power plants will have to be used more,” the economy ministry said in a statement.

>> Our article on this announcement.

Zelensky called for ‘more widespread assistance’ for Ukrainians who lost loved ones in the conflict

The Ukrainian president said on Sunday that he had asked for the establishment of “more general assistance” for Ukrainians who have lost a loved one in the conflict.

“I have asked that assistance be put in place for people who have lost loved ones in a more widespread way. We will definitely rebuild everything that has been destroyed. Russia does not have as many missiles as our people want to live,” he said.

“The losses are significant. Many houses have been destroyed, civilian logistics have been disrupted, there are many social problems,” he said.

‘We won’t give the South to anyone’: Zelensky says Ukraine will ‘take everything back’ from Russian forces

Back from the southern front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assures this Sunday that his troops are keeping their spirits up and have no doubts about victory against the Russians, in a conflict that could last for years according to NATO.

“We will not give the South to anyone, we will take everything back, and the sea will be Ukrainian, it will be safe,” he said in a video posted on Telegram as he returned to Kyev.

Boris Johnson calls on Ukraine’s allies to stand firmly and for a long time if they don’t want to see ‘aggression’ triumph in Europe

Ukraine’s allies must support kyiv firmly and for a long time if they do not want to see “aggression” triumph in Europe as never since the Second World War, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday.

The countries that support Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion must keep their cool and ensure that kyiv will have “the strategic stamina to survive and ultimately win”, he wrote in an op-ed published by the Sunday Times.

“Everything will depend on how Ukraine can strengthen its ability to defend its territory faster than Russia can renew its attacking ability. Our task is to give the Ukrainian side time,” he said. .

The governor of Lugansk, under fire, is “preparing for the worst”

Governor of a region of eastern Ukraine permanently bombarded by the Russians, Serguiï Gaïdaï told AFP that it was necessary “to prepare for the worst”, in an interview published on Sunday.

“The situation is difficult, in the city (of Lysytchansk) and in the whole region”, he said, because the Russians “are bombarding our positions 24 hours a day”.

In Lysychansk, there are signs of preparations for street fighting: soldiers are digging holes and putting up barbed wire, and police are placing burnt-out vehicles across the streets to slow traffic.

War in Ukraine could last ‘for years’, says NATO chief

The war in Ukraine could last “for years”, NATO secretary general warned in an interview published on Sunday by German daily Bildurging Western countries to sustain their support for kyiv.

“We have to be prepared for this to last for years”, said Jens Stoltenberg, “we must not weaken in support for Ukraine, even if the costs are high, not only in terms of military support but also because of rising energy and food prices”.

>> Our full article on this statement.

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