A few days after withdrawing from the last major city in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, the Ukrainian army claims to have fended off several advances by Russian troops in the neighboring region of Donetsk.

Russian units were thrown back north of Sloviansk near Dolyna, the General Staff in Kyiv announced on Tuesday. Likewise, the Wuhlehirsk thermal power plant continues to be contested. A Russian attack south of it at Nowoluhanske was repulsed. Attacks on the border to the lost Luhansk region near Bilohorivka and Verkhnyokamyanske were also fended off.

A little further south, however, Russian units near Spirne with massive artillery support and air force deployments continued to advance in the direction of the city of Siwersk. In addition, the General Staff reported intensive artillery shelling on large parts of the front in the Kharkiv, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Kherson and Mykolaiv regions. Airstrikes were also carried out several times, some with helicopters.

For the first time in almost a week there was an air alert across the country – including the capital Kyiv. Several rockets hit Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. There were also rocket attacks in Kharkiv and Dnipro in eastern Ukraine.

After taking Lysychansk, Russian troops continue to advance in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin tells his soldiers to ‘rest’ after victory in Luhansk. According to a report, the Ukrainian ambassador Melnyk is to leave Germany and return to Kyiv.

Vladimir Putin announced the victory of Ukrainian troops in Luhansk in a televised speech. According to a report, the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, is to leave the Federal Republic and move to his country’s foreign ministry. All voices and developments on the Ukraine war in the ticker.

Andriy Melnyk defends the nationalist leader Stepan Bandera against accusations of being responsible for mass murders, including of Jews. It would have been better if he hadn’t done that, because it’s a falsification of history. And grist to the mill of Russian propaganda.