Ukraine will receive the first 15 Gepard anti-aircraft guns in the summer, while the German Armed Forces will continue to supply ammunition and train Ukrainian troops in Germany, the Defense Ministry said after talks with the German government today. Lambrecht with Ukrainian counterpart Oleksiy Resnikov.
“I spoke with my Ukrainian counterpart and he explicitly confirmed to me once again that Ukraine would like the fastest possible delivery by Germany of Gepard anti-aircraft tanks, including 59,000 cartridges,” said Ms. Lambrecht. also has a deterrent effect. “We are now working to ensure that the first 15 Gepards are ready by mid-July and with fully trained crews,” he said. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann has received the green light from the federal government sell to Ukraine the technically refurbished anti-aircraft tanks from the former reserves of the German armed forces. There are a total of 50 tanks.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the occupation of Luhansk is almost complete, announces the creation of 12 new military bases
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said today that the occupation of the Ukrainian region of Luhansk was almost complete and that 1,908 Ukrainian fighters who had been fortified at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol had surrendered.
“By the end of the year, 12 military bases and units will be deployed in the western military sector,” Soigu told ministry and military officials, noting “increasing military threats on the Russian border” and blaming NATO and the United States. States.
The Azov Battalion Commander stated that civilians and the seriously injured had been removed from the Azofstal plant
The commander of the Ukrainian battalion Azov said in a video released on Friday that civilians and the seriously injured had been evacuated from the Mariupol Azovstal steel plant, without giving further details on the fate of the other fighters.
“We are constantly emphasizing the three most important conditions for us, which are civilians, the wounded and the dead,” said Lt. Col. Denis Prokopenko, the battalion commander, in a video posted on Telegram messaging application.
“The civilians have been evacuated. “The seriously injured have received the necessary assistance and have been removed, to be exchanged later and sent to territory under the control of Ukraine,” Prokopenko said.
Ukraine on Monday ordered Mariupol's defenders to surrender without giving further details on what has been described as an attempt to rescue fighters from Azofstal, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in the devastated port.
The complete surrender of the bombed-out factory's shelters and tunnels could end the most devastating siege of the war that began when Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Prokopenko said that the process of transporting the dead from Azofstal is still in progress. “I hope that very soon, relatives and Ukraine will be able to bury their dead soldiers with honors,” he said.
Russia needs Mariupol, one of the most important seaports, to strengthen its control of the territories along its beaches, reaching as far as the western side of annexed Crimea. The city is now a desolate urban landscape, devastated by artillery fire and street fighting.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that the last fighters in Mariupol (soldiers of the regular army and members of the National Guard to which the Azov Order belongs) are national heroes and he hopes to exchange them with Russian prisoners. class = “text-paragraph”> Moscow calls the Azov Order “Nazi”. The unit, which was set up in 2014 as a paramilitary group to fight Russian-backed separatists, denies its members are fascist and Ukraine says it has since reformed its nationalist roots.
Strong Russian rocket attack on cultural center in the east
At least seven people, including a child, were injured in a powerful Russian rocket attack on a recently renovated cultural center in Lozovaya in the east of the country. announced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“A Russian rocket hit the house of civilization that had just been rebuilt. “Seven victims, including an 11-year-old child,” Zelensky wrote in the Telegram.
The Ukrainian president accompanied his message with a video showing a powerful explosion leveling the building and dense smoke rising from the spot as two cars passed by, one trying to escape the area. .
“The conquerors consider culture, education and humanity as their enemies. “And they are not sparing missiles to fire at them,” Zelensky said. “Russian occupying forces are firing heavily on the entire line of contact and trying to strike artillery deep into the defense of Ukrainian troops,” he told a news conference.