Dhe most important ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the missile cruiser “Moskva”, is badly damaged after an explosion. As the Interfax news agency reports, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, ammunition on board the ship allegedly exploded. The entire crew was rescued and the cause of the fire is currently being investigated.
A Ukrainian official previously said the ship was hit by two rockets, but provided no evidence to support the claim. The governor of Odessa previously said that a Russian warship had been fired upon and damaged in the Black Sea. Neptun-type missiles caused “considerable damage” to the Russian ship, Governor Maxym Marchenko wrote in the Telegram messaging service on Wednesday.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych also spoke on YouTube of a “surprise” in connection with the “flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet”. Arestovych said the Russian ship Moskva was on fire. “At this moment”.
Due to rough seas, it is unclear when the ship and its 510 crew will receive help. The cause of the fire is under investigation, he added.
Among other things, the “Moskva” was allegedly involved in the conquest of the Ukrainian Snake Island at the start of the war almost seven weeks ago. Advisor to Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Herashchenko, in a social media post, suggested that the warship had been hit by a Neptun missile. Ukrainian internal development has a range of 280 kilometers.
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03:00 – Military – Forces repel 8 Russian attacks in the East
According to the Ukrainian armed forces, they repelled eight Russian attacks in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. “In particular, Ukrainian defenders destroyed one enemy tank, four armored vehicles and six other vehicles,” the Ukrainian military said in a statement.
2:35 a.m. – Insider – US plans to send senior US officials to Kyiv
According to an insider, the United States wants to send a senior American official to visit the Ukrainian capital of kyiv in solidarity. According to the insider, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin Lloyd are possible candidates for a surprise visit. US President Joe Biden is unlikely to make the trip himself.
According to the person familiar with the matter, a final decision has not yet been made. The US daily ‘Politico’ also reports talk of sending a high-ranking member of the government, citing two other insiders.
2:00 a.m. – Habeck calls for de-escalation after Steinmeier unloads
Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck (Die Grünen) calls for de-escalation after Ukraine canceled a trip to kyiv by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. “Now we all have to make sure we solve the problem and not make it worse. That’s what phones were invented for,” says Habeck, according to a preliminary report in the papers of media group Funke. federal government would be in constant and continuous exchange with the Ukrainian government.Nevertheless, according to the Green Party politician, the Ukrainian side made a diplomatic mistake.
00:48 – “Tens of thousands” of unexploded explosive devices
Russian troops reportedly left large quantities of unexploded explosive devices in the north of the country, according to Ukrainian sources. Tens of thousands of unexploded grenades or mines are in the area, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his video message Thursday evening. Mine clearance is ongoing and returning residents should be extremely careful and vigilant.
The military situation, Zelenskyj said, is currently not significantly different from the past few days. Russian troops have intensified their activities in the east and south. They tried to make up for their losses, shelling and artillery attacks continued. They also wanted to recruit residents of the southern areas of the country held by Russian troops into their forces. The information could not be independently verified.
00:32 – Zelenskyy: “Friends of Ukraine” were visiting kyiv
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for their commitment to Ukraine after a visit by their presidents to Kyiv. The visit of the presidents of the “four states – friends of Ukraine” on Wednesday was useful and fruitful, Zelenskyj said in his video message Thursday evening. It was the presidents of these countries who helped Ukraine from day one, who did not hesitate to supply arms to kyiv and had no doubts about the sanctions against Russia.
00:05 – President of the KMK: 400,000 Ukrainian students expected
According to the President of the Conference of Ministers of Education, Karin Prien, Germany must prepare to receive up to 400,000 Ukrainian refugee schoolchildren and would need 24,000 teachers for this. “The federal government assumes that one million Ukrainians could come to Germany. Of these, 40% will definitely be schoolchildren,” Prien, who is Schleswig-Holstein’s education minister, told Editorial Network Germany (Thursday). first bring justice to the German school system,” the CDU politicians continued.
“We calculate that it takes about 60 teachers for 1,000 students. So for 400,000 children and young people in Ukraine, 24,000 teachers would be needed”, at least if we want to continue working with small groups in the field of reception classes.
11:30 p.m. – Moscow is considering government aid for airlines
According to a news report, the Russian government plans to support airlines and airports with state aid. The Interfax news agency reports that airlines and airports could use the money to better compensate for the economic damage caused by Western sanctions.
10:45 p.m. – US delivers howitzers to Ukraine for the first time
For the first time, the United States is also providing howitzers to Ukraine under its new military assistance program. The 18 guns have a caliber of 155 mm, according to the announcement. Military expert John Spencer of the Madison Policy Forum think tank praised the deployment of artillery and associated munitions. “You need these bigger, more powerful weapons to match what Russia is bringing to the attempted takeover of eastern Ukraine,” he told Reuters.