Ukraine retakes places in Kharkiv

DAccording to its own statements, the Ukrainian army has had successes in its counter-offensive in the east of the country. president Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke of more than 30 recaptured settlements in the Kharkiv region on Friday evening. "Everywhere we bring back the Ukrainian flag and protection for our people," he said in his evening video address. However, "fierce fighting" continued in both Donbass in eastern Ukraine and in the south of the country, the president said.

After more than half a year of war, the Ukrainian troops are the last to be in the area with their counter-offensives Kharkiv as well as in the Cherson region in the south. Only on Thursday did Selenskyj confirm the recapture of the district town of Balaklija in the Kharkiv region. Advances continue to target the city of Kupyansk, which is crossed by several railway and road lines. The small town is therefore considered strategically important for the supply of Russian troops marching towards the Donbass in the north.

Meanwhile, the Russian occupiers announced the evacuation of other places in the Kharkiv region. First, Izyum and Kupyansk are to be cleared, as the head of the military administration deployed by Russia, Vitaly Ganchev, said, according to the state news agency TASS. The town of Welykyj Burluk is also under fire, where the civilian population is also to be taken to safe places. In regions to the south and east of the Ukraine there were air raids during the night.

EU countries approve more billions in aid for Ukraine

Ukraine will soon be able to borrow another five billion euros from the EU receive. On Friday, the finance and economics ministers of the EU countries approved the billions in aid, as announced by the Czech Council Presidency. The new loan will be used for the day-to-day operations of the state and to ensure that the country's critical infrastructure such as schools and hospitals can keep running, Czech Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura said.

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