The Russian invasion of Ukraine lasts for the 98th day. The Russians launched a raid on Severodonetsk, the last large Ukrainian stronghold in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, said Serhiy Hayday, the head of the regional authorities. Here are the highlights of the last hours.
> We will provide Ukraine with more advanced missile systems and more precise ammunition, declared US President Joe Biden in a text published in the New York Times. As announced by the White House, the new military aid package will include, inter alia, HIMARS missile artillery system, helicopters and radars.
> Russia may soon seek to annex Kherson or create a “Kherson People’s Republic”, although its occupation authorities have failed in gaining the local residents’ legitimacy, State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
> The Russians conducted a raid on Severodonetskthe last large Ukrainian bastion in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, informed Serhiy Haydai, the head of the regional authorities.
> Russian forces are trying to take full control of Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region and surround the Ukrainian troops fighting there, informed the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
> The Ukrainian human rights spokeswoman Ludmyla Denisova – by the votes of the Verkhovna Rada – remained dismissed from office. According to the media, the reason for the politicians’ decisions was the overly drastic rhetoric of the spokeswoman, who reported literally and without sparing any details about the crimes committed by the Russians.
> Gazprom announced that from Wednesday will suspend gas supplies to the Danish company Orsted and Shell Energy under a contract for gas supplies to Germany. The reason is the lack of payment for the raw material in rubles.
> German energy companies Uniper and RWE paid for Russian natural gas according to a new scheme proposed by Moscow. Thanks to this, the continuity of gas supplies to Germany will be maintained, informed Reuters.
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