+++ News in the Ukraine war +++: Electricity is flowing again for the most part

Large-scale failures occurred in eastern Ukraine on Sunday evening. The debate about deliveries of battle tanks in Germany continues.

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Firefighters extinguish the fire after a Russian missile attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Sunday Photo: Kostiantyn Liberov/ap

Most of the electricity and water supply restored

According to Governor Oleh Sinegubov, 80 percent of the electricity and water supply in the Kharkiv region had been restored by morning. The region is one of those in eastern Ukraine hit by widespread outages on Sunday evening. (rtr)

The arms deliveries debate continues in Germany

The FDP defense expert Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann calls for the immediate delivery of Leopard main battle tanks to Ukraine. It is highly relevant to underpin the successes of the extremely combative Ukrainian military in reclaiming their own territories by supplying such tanks, says Strack-Zimmermann on ARD. "This is incredibly important and should happen immediately."

She resolutely rejects the objection of opponents of such an approach that Germany could become a party to the war. The Leopard tank would not be commanded by German but by Ukrainian soldiers. “There are no NATO members on the territory of Ukraine. And we won't do that either," emphasizes Strack-Zimmermann. "It's about hardware and not about the people who sit in it."

In view of Ukraine's successes against the Russian invasion troops, Green Party leader Omid Nouripour is calling for more German arms deliveries to Kyiv. “We must focus on Ukraine's capability needs. Right now, before winter comes, we must support Ukraine to liberate as much of its own land as possible this year,” he said Augsburg General (Monday). “Everyone in government knows, however, that more could be done. It should not only be delivered in an exchange of rings, but also, where possible, directly from the stocks of the Bundeswehr and industry.”

Nouripour left open whether this should include the delivery of the Leopard 2 main battle tank. The Leopard tank, along with the Marder infantry fighting vehicle, is part of the ring swap with Eastern European NATO partners, who in return are handing over older tanks of Soviet design to the Ukraine. Kyiv has asked for both Leopard 2 tanks and Marders, which the German defense industry could supply immediately; the Chancellery has not yet given the green light for this. Nouripour said: "We must move in concert with our allies. That is more important than the debate about individual weapon systems.”

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) is reluctant to deliver from Bundeswehr stocks. In the online magazine political She referred to the NATO agreement to strengthen the eastern flank: "We Germans take this obligation very seriously and give Lithuania massive support. But if I want to do that, then I need soldiers who are properly trained and equipped, and I need to be able to transfer material to Lithuania. And I'll say it again: I have a lot of equipment on paper - but when I look at the operational readiness, it looks completely different." This is due to the previous underfunding of the Bundeswehr.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg recently considered it more important to support Ukraine than to have stockpiles of weapons in NATO countries filled according to plan.

The defense policy spokesman for the Union faction, Florian Hahn (CSU), calls on the federal government to supply more weapons to Ukraine. "The current development in Ukraine shows that with the necessary means, Putin's urge to invade can be successfully repelled," Hahn told the newspapers of the Funke media group, according to the preliminary report. "Berlin must finally give up its reluctance and deliver more weapons." The sooner Russia realizes that it will not be militarily successful, the sooner real peace negotiations can take place. (dpa/rtr)

Zelensky - counter-offensive is a possible breakthrough in the war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy describes the counter-offensive from Greater Kharkiv as a possible breakthrough in the months-long war with Russia. In the winter, the Ukrainian armed forces could gain more territory if Kyiv receives more powerful weapons, says Zelenskiy. The Ukrainian army will continue to make progress. "We will not stand still," he said in an interview with CNN, recorded on Friday. (rtr)

Ukrainian counter-offensive shows success

The Ukrainian military is successful with its counter-offensive in the east of the country. Six and a half months after invading the neighboring state, Moscow had its units evacuate much of Ukraine's Kharkiv region on the border with Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry showed on maps. The Ukrainian General Staff reported extensive gains in territory. Under the impression of the losses, there are also voices in Moscow after talks with Ukraine. Russia does not reject negotiations, said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

At the same time, Ukraine is continuing to demand tanks and weapons from the West in order to keep the pressure on the Russian troops high. After a meeting with her counterpart Annalena Baerbock (Greens) in Kyiv, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba underlined that German Leopard 2 tanks were urgently needed. Baerbock initially expressed reservations during her second surprise visit to the country at war. Other leading politicians from the SPD and FDP spoke out in favor of more deliveries, such as the Leopard 2 tank.

In the face of weeks of shelling, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was shut down. Foreign Minister Baerbock called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the site of Europe's largest nuclear power plant. In Germany, meanwhile, there are warnings about overloading the power grid. (dpa)

Russian army withdraws in Kharkiv

Moscow's troops completely retreated to a line behind the Oskil and Siwerskyi Donets rivers, Russian Defense Ministry maps showed. The withdrawal was not commented on. Earlier there was talk of "regrouping" to strengthen units in Donetsk region. At the beginning of the week, the Russian army still controlled about a third of the Kharkiv region. The Ukrainian General Staff now put the gains in territory at more than 3,000 square kilometers – an area significantly larger than Saarland. Most recently, Russia had occupied around 125,000 square kilometers - that's about a fifth of Ukraine's territory including the Crimean Peninsula.

According to Ukrainian sources, Russian troops also withdrew from parts of the southern Cherson region. This information could not be independently verified. There was initially no reaction from the Russian side.

On Sunday evening, Ukrainian media reported that Russia had fired on the neighboring country's critical infrastructure after the partial withdrawal. In several regions there are places without electricity. Politicians in the Kharkov region, among others, reported on problems with the electricity and water supply. "This is a hideous and cynical revenge of the Russian aggressor for the achievements of our army," Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov wrote on Telegram. (dpa)

Loss of power in the power grid in the north-eastern region

In the north-eastern region of Sumi in Ukraine, there has been a drop in power in the power grid. The governor there, Dmytro Schywyzkii, writes on Telegram that the electrical voltage in the network has dropped across the entire region. He therefore calls on the residents to take electrical devices off the grid. In addition, Russian attacks on the infrastructure are possible.

In view of the successful counter-offensive by the Ukrainian armed forces, the debate about the delivery of German battle tanks and armored personnel carriers has reignited. to picture (Monday edition) says Finance Minister and FDP leader Christian Lindner: “You have to salute the bravery of Ukraine. Every day we must see if we can do more to help her in this war.”

According to an eyewitness, there was a widespread power failure in the second largest Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Sunday evening. The city is in darkness. The reason and extent of the blackout initially remained unclear. There were also reports of power outages in other Ukrainian regions on social media. According to the army command, the Ukrainian armed forces have recently expanded their offensive from the greater Kharkiv area in the north-east of the country. Territory was gained primarily around the second largest Ukrainian city, where the armed forces had moved up to 50 kilometers from the Russian border.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on the phone about the critical situation at the Russian-occupied Ukrainian nuclear power plant (NPP) Zaporizhia. The two politicians blamed each other for the security risk, according to reports from the Kremlin and the Élysée Palace. Putin demanded that Ukraine be influenced to stop its attacks on the plant. Macron demanded that Putin remove the weapons from the facility and follow the recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to guarantee safety. According to the state operator, nuclear power plant operation has now been completely stopped. In the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, there are always shelling, for which Russia and Ukraine blame each other. (rtr)

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