KYIV: Listed below are the newest developments within the battle in Ukraine: – Russians advance into jap metropolis – Russian forces advance nearer to the centre of the jap Ukrainian metropolis of Severodonetsk, which has been beneath bombardment for weeks within the battle for Ukraine’s industrial heartland, the Donbas. “The Russians are advancing into the center of Severodonetsk. The combating continues. The state of affairs may be very tough,” Luhansk governor Sergiy Gaiday says on Telegram. Severodonetsk is the easternmost metropolis nonetheless in Ukrainian arms. Capturing it will give Russia de-facto management over Luhansk, certainly one of two jap areas that make up the coveted Donbas. Gaiday says town’s essential infrastructure has been “destroyed” and 60 % of its housing is broken past restore. – Zelenskyy visits Kharkiv – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy leaves the Kyiv area for the primary time for the reason that invasion began to go to the northeastern metropolis of Kharkiv, the place Ukrainian troops beat Russian forces into retreat in current weeks. Zelenskyy’s workplace posts a video of him carrying a bulletproof vest and being proven closely destroyed buildings in Ukraine’s second-biggest metropolis, which got here beneath relentless assault for practically three months. He sacks Kharkiv’s safety chief, “for not working to defend town from the primary days of the full-scale battle however considering solely of himself”. – Eurovision trophy auctioned for military – Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra, which gained the Eurovision track contest this 12 months, auctions off its trophy on Fb to boost funds for the Ukrainian military. The trophy — a big crystal microphone with the track contest’s brand — nets $900,000 (836,000 euros) after a bidding battle gained by Ukrainian bitcoin firm WhiteBIT “You guys are superb!” Kalush Orchestra says on Fb, asserting the winner. – Ukraine counterattack in Kherson – Ukrainian forces counterattack within the south, claiming to have pushed again Russian troops in Kherson, the one area absolutely managed by Russian forces. “Kherson, maintain on. We’re shut!” Ukraine’s basic workers tweets. Kherson, which borders Crimea, was taken by Russian forces in March and Moscow-backed officers within the area have just lately pushed for its annexation. – French international minister in Kyiv – French International Minister Catherine Colonna visits Kyiv for talks with Zelenskyy, the primary go to by a French minister to Ukraine for the reason that invasion. Paris says her go to goals to point out solidarity with Ukraine, “from a humanitarian and monetary perspective in addition to when it comes to supplying defence gear”. Zelenskyy has at time been essential of French President Emmanuel Macron, accusing him of pressuring Ukraine to supply territorial concessions to Russia in return for peace, claims France rejects. – Lavrov denies Putin is ailing – Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov denies hypothesis that President Vladimir Putin is ailing, saying there aren’t any indicators pointing to any ailment. Putin’s well being and personal life are taboo topics in Russia and are virtually by no means mentioned in public. Answering a query from France’s broadcaster TF1, Russia’s high diplomat says: “I do not suppose that sane individuals can see on this particular person indicators of some type of sickness or ailment,” including that Putin seems in public “day-after-day”. – Germany OKs fund to modernise navy – Germany’s authorities and conservative opposition agree on an modification to the structure to permit the creation of a particular 100-billion-euro fund to modernise the military within the face of the Russian menace. The deal will enable Berlin to realize NATO’s goal of spending two % of GDP on defence “on common over a number of years”, in keeping with the textual content of the settlement obtained by AFP.