Berliner Boersenzeitung - Ukraine president says 'outnumbered' in strategic city Severodonetsk

AED 4.011166
AFN 77.123349
ALL 100.441338
AMD 423.718062
ANG 1.962531
AOA 956.099223
ARS 1000.97698
AUD 1.616902
AWG 1.967339
AZN 1.86083
BAM 1.955631
BBD 2.19861
BDT 127.948966
BGN 1.957837
BHD 0.411265
BIF 3135.029648
BMD 1.092056
BND 1.462174
BOB 7.524351
BRL 5.929101
BSD 1.088906
BTN 90.953357
BWP 14.665735
BYN 3.562993
BYR 21404.294185
BZD 2.194911
CAD 1.489728
CDF 3131.474361
CHF 0.998984
CLF 0.036085
CLP 995.704135
CNY 7.917846
CNH 7.941824
COP 4289.955662
CRC 569.150919
CUC 1.092056
CUP 28.939479
CVE 110.789494
CZK 25.358196
DJF 193.88328
DKK 7.470649
DOP 64.364449
DZD 146.651353
EGP 52.376483
ERN 16.380837
ETB 62.908575
FJD 2.425242
FKP 0.841495
GBP 0.859785
GEL 2.981739
GGP 0.841495
GHS 16.769554
GIP 0.841495
GMD 73.987208
GNF 9374.19161
GTQ 8.477558
GYD 227.720362
HKD 8.526886
HNL 26.970674
HRK 7.543867
HTG 143.927588
HUF 392.441605
IDR 17597.988207
ILS 3.946116
IMP 0.841495
INR 91.207793
IQD 1426.476987
IRR 45961.903735
ISK 149.481023
JEP 0.841495
JMD 170.725277
JOD 0.773944
JPY 172.353754
KES 138.838027
KGS 93.15651
KHR 4470.614473
KMF 495.033049
KPW 982.850625
KRW 1501.690104
KWD 0.333929
KYD 0.907422
KZT 516.425466
LAK 24110.920777
LBP 97511.591018
LKR 329.421592
LRD 212.341689
LSL 19.589011
LTL 3.224557
LVL 0.660574
LYD 5.281545
MAD 10.687178
MDL 19.241341
MGA 4869.580068
MKD 61.519695
MMK 3546.954724
MNT 3767.592977
MOP 8.756945
MRU 43.110282
MUR 50.977579
MVR 16.872676
MWK 1888.137175
MXN 19.242902
MYR 5.099359
MZN 69.782357
NAD 19.589011
NGN 1747.595508
NIO 40.086543
NOK 11.752481
NPR 145.525451
NZD 1.783094
OMR 0.419994
PAB 1.088906
PEN 4.094847
PGK 4.260633
PHP 63.790807
PKR 303.151458
PLN 4.259433
PYG 8210.29198
QAR 3.976449
RON 4.976721
RSD 117.020509
RUB 95.44177
RWF 1426.576978
SAR 4.096048
SBD 9.216317
SCR 15.238589
SDG 656.325922
SEK 11.642014
SGD 1.465216
SHP 0.841495
SLE 24.95053
SLL 22899.86864
SOS 622.346332
SRD 32.330354
STD 22603.350742
SVC 9.528178
SYP 2743.823427
SZL 19.59831
THB 39.508437
TJS 11.5969
TMT 3.822195
TND 3.415409
TOP 2.573375
TRY 36.133401
TTD 7.391363
TWD 35.528184
TZS 2918.248343
UAH 44.666948
UGX 4028.652586
USD 1.092056
UYU 43.772084
UZS 13779.811688
VEF 3956029.59942
VES 39.836596
VND 27754.598812
VUV 129.651093
WST 3.061697
XAF 655.900438
XAG 0.035459
XAU 0.000453
XCD 2.951336
XDR 0.824729
XOF 655.900438
XPF 119.331742
YER 273.368915
ZAR 19.606716
ZMK 9829.816816
ZMW 27.848598
ZWL 351.64153




  • SCS




  • RELX




  • BTI




  • BCC








  • BP




  • NGG




  • CMSC




  • GSK




  • RIO




  • BCE




  • VOD




  • JRI




  • CMSD




  • AZN




Ukraine president says 'outnumbered' in strategic city Severodonetsk
Ukraine president says 'outnumbered' in strategic city Severodonetsk / Photo: ARIS MESSINIS - AFP

Ukraine president says 'outnumbered' in strategic city Severodonetsk

Ukrainian troops suffered setbacks after retaking parts of flashpoint eastern city Severodonetsk, where President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday warned his forces were outnumbered by a "stronger" Russian side.

Text size:

"We're holding out" in the key city but "there are more of them and they are stronger," Zelensky told journalists in Kyiv, adding that Severodonetsk and neighbouring Lysychansk were both "dead cities now".

With fighting raging in and around Severodonetsk, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blasted European countries for blocking his plane from travelling to Serbia.

Lavrov repeated Moscow's threat of retaliation if the West supplied more long-range weapons to Ukraine as promised, while Zelensky warned that the blockade on the country's grain stocks could get worse.

With Russia bringing the weight of its artillery to bear around Severodonetsk -- the largest city in the Lugansk region not under Russian control -- more help was promised from abroad.

The United Kingdom said it would follow the United States and send long-range missile systems to Ukraine, defying Russian warnings against supplying them to Kyiv.

Thousands of civilians have been killed and millions forced to flee their homes since President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine on February 24.

Fighting since April has been concentrated in the east of the country, where Russian forces have made slow but steady advances after being beaten back from other parts of Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv.

- 'It's a horror show' -

Artillery strikes have intensified on Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, where pensioner Oleksandr Lyakhovets said he had just enough time to save his cat before flames engulfed his flat after it was hit by a Russian missile.

"They shoot here endlessly... It's a horror show," the 67-year-old told AFP.

Lysychansk was among the areas visited Sunday by President Volodymyr Zelensky, who "got himself acquainted with the operational situation on the front line of defence", the presidency said.

Lavrov on Monday hit out at European countries that prevented his plane passing through their airspace, forcing him to cancel a visit to ally Belgrade.

"The unthinkable has happened... This was a deprivation of a sovereign state of the right to carry out foreign policy," Lavrov told journalists in Moscow.

Lavrov had been due to hold talks with top officials in Belgrade, one of Moscow's few remaining allies in Europe since the launch of its military offensive in Ukraine.

Serbian daily Vecernje Novosti reported that NATO-members Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro had refused access to their airspace.

While Serbia has condemned Russia's military action in Ukraine, it has not joined the European Union in imposing sanctions in Moscow, despite its bid to join the bloc.

- UK pledges missiles -

The United States last week said it would supply Ukraine with advanced missile systems, the latest in a long list of weaponry sent or pledged to the pro-Western country.

Lavrov told journalists Monday: "The more long-range weapons you supply, the further we will push away from our territory" the line of Ukrainian forces.

Putin had already warned the West against supplying such weapons.

The UK defence ministry said London had coordinated closely with Washington over its gift of the multiple-launch rocket systems, known as MLRS.

The M270 launchers, which can strike targets up to 80 kilometres (50 miles) away with precision-guided rockets, will "offer a significant boost in capability for the Ukrainian forces", the ministry added.

Western powers have imposed increasingly stringent sanctions on Russia but divisions have emerged on how to act, particularly on whether to engage in dialogue with Russia.

- Resort deaths -

Russian forces continued their offensive on several other fronts in the east of Ukraine, with Kyiv saying it had repulsed seven attacks around Donetsk and Lugansk.

The Russian defence ministry said its aircraft had hit three arms depots and a fuel storage facility near the village of Kodema, in the Donetsk region.

Three civilians were killed in Black Sea resort Lazurne, where Russians have mined the coast, the authorities said.

Renewed Russian long-range missile strikes in the northeastern Kharkiv region hit what Moscow said was a factory for repairing armoured vehicles near Lozova.

At least 10 civilians have been killed in the region in 24 hours, Kyiv said.

"The enemy is stepping up" attacks on infrastructure including roads and "creating railway pontoon bridges across rivers" around Kharkiv, the Ukrainian defence ministry said.

Russian troops now occupy a fifth of Ukraine's territory, according to Kyiv, and Moscow has imposed a blockade on its Black Sea ports, sparking fears of a global food crisis.

Zelensky warned Monday the volume of grain his country is unable to export because of a Russian blockade could at least triple by the autumn.

"Right now we have about 20-25 million tonnes blocked. In the autumn that could be 70-75 million tonnes," said Zelensky, whose country was the world's fourth biggest grain exporter before the war.

The Ukrainian army said meanwhile that it had pushed the Russian fleet back more than a hundred kilometres from Ukraine's southwestern Black Sea coast, where Moscow's ships have been carrying out a naval blockade for weeks.

According to the ministry, Russian forces had to deploy coastal defence missile systems in Crimea and in Ukraine's southern Kherson region which they now occupy.

"We have deprived the Russian fleet of total control over the northwestern part of the Black Sea, which has become a 'grey zone'," the ministry said, adding Moscow was currently trying to regain control there.

Russian ships nevertheless continue "to block civil navigation" in this area, according to the same source.