There is a first report of a killed German who fought for Ukraine in the war. The heavy fighting for Sievjerodonetsk continues, the Ukrainians are still holding the position. In the evening, the national team of Ukraine can qualify for the World Cup. what happened in the night

The Ukrainian capital Kyiv was rocked by several explosions on Sunday. “Several explosions in the Darnytsky and Dniprovsky districts,” Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram. “The emergency services are in the process of deleting.”

The Russian army invaded Ukraine on February 24. After being unable to take Kyiv, she increasingly moved her troops to the east of the country.

In view of the massive destruction of cultural heritage caused by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has emphatically called for Moscow’s exclusion from UNESCO. “Unesco is no place for barbarians,” Zelenskyy said in his video address in Kyiv on Saturday. Russian troops would destroy cultural monuments, churches and other religious sites en masse. That’s reason enough to exclude the country from the United Nations cultural and educational organization, he said.

113 churches have already been destroyed or damaged. Russia is a “terror state” that is destroying historical heritage with its artillery. At the end of May he had already demanded that Russia be excluded from UNESCO.

Since the war began on February 24, Russia has already fired more than 2,500 rockets at Ukraine, Zelenskyy complained. “Our heroes are holding the fort and doing everything to inflict maximum casualties on the enemy.” Referring to the focus of the fighting in Donbass in eastern Ukraine, the head of state said the day will come when Russia will leave the area alone . Only the command of one person is decisive for this, he said, without naming Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Selenskyj and the Ukrainian general staff reported heavy fighting, especially in eastern Ukraine. There is a focus in the Luhansk region with the heavily contested administrative center Sievjerodonetsk. Bloody street fighting continued, Zelenskyy said. The Ukrainian armed forces want to continue to prevent Russian troops from taking complete control there. If the city falls, Russia would have achieved an important war goal: complete control of the Luhansk region. Russian airstrikes in the region were also reported.

For the first time, Ukraine officially informed about the death of a German volunteer fighter in the fighting. The International Legion for the Defense of Ukraine announced on Saturday in Kyiv that three volunteers from France, Australia and the Netherlands were among the “fallen brothers in arms”. The names of the four men were also included in the statement, but not the time or place of their deaths. From the Foreign Office in Berlin it was heard that the embassy in Kyiv was trying to clarify and was “in contact with the Ukrainian authorities who have spread the relevant news”.

Zelenskyj had called on volunteers from all over the world to join the fight against the Russian army. For this purpose, the Legion was founded, which is now actively recruiting. The Russian military repeatedly reports the “annihilation” of mercenaries, and according to Moscow figures, the number of foreigners killed is in the thousands.

In Russia, according to the Bryansk region, a village on the border with Ukraine has again been shelled from the neighboring country. When the village of Sluchevsk was shelled, a man was injured and two houses caught fire. This was announced by the governor of the region, Alexander Bogomas, on his Telegram news channel on Saturday. He accused Ukrainian forces of shooting at the village. The injured resident had to be taken to a hospital. The fires have been extinguished.

In a video message, Zelenskyy accused Russian forces of shelling and setting fire to a large wooden church in Svyatohirsk (Swjatogorsk). Pictures showed that the building with the onion domes was ablaze. In a video in the Telegram online service, Zelenskyy said on Saturday that 300 civilians, including 60 children, had previously sought shelter from bombs in the church. The Russian Defense Ministry denied the allegations and accused the Ukrainian armed forces of having fired themselves.

While their home country is suffering from the Russian war of aggression, the Ukrainian national team is just one win away from qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year. In order to achieve this big goal, the team led by former Dortmund Bundesliga professional Andriy Jarmolenko must defeat Wales this Sunday (6 p.m.) in Cardiff.

It’s about the last European ticket for the World Cup – and also about strengthening the national pride of the Ukrainians and the morale of the soldiers through success on the international stage. Ukraine had reached the final of the playoffs with a 3-1 win in Scotland. It was the first competitive game since the beginning of the war at the end of February. Should Ukraine qualify, they would face England, Iran and the USA in Group B of the World Cup preliminary round.

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