Ukraine war in the live ticker
+++ 00:03 Danish police: Unauthorized drone flights over natural gas fields reported +++
Unauthorized drone flights near natural gas fields in the North Sea were reported to the Danish police over the weekend. A police spokesman confirms this. According to the Danish Offshore Industry magazine, drones have been spotted near the Roar gas field, which is operated by the French company TotalEnergies more than 200 kilometers west of Denmark. It was the second incident of this kind within a week. On Thursday, the daily newspaper “Ekstra Bladet” reported on “unapproved” drone activities over the Halfdan B natural gas, which is also exploited by TotalEnergies.
+++ 23:01 Selenskyi: Ukrainian army is advancing “quickly and powerfully” in the south +++
According to Ukrainian President Selenskyj, dozens of towns have been liberated from Ukrainian occupation in the past few days. There is good news, says Zelenskyj in his evening video message. “The Ukrainian army is advancing fairly quickly and powerfully in the current defensive operation in the south of our country.” Villages in the Cherson, Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk regions were brought back under Ukrainian control. In particular, in the Cherson region in the south, localities were liberated. The Ukrainian armed forces speak of a total of eight settlements in the evening.
+++ 22:16 Ukrainian central bank chief submits resignation +++
In Ukraine, central bank head Kyrylo Shevchenko surprisingly handed in his resignation in the middle of the war with Russia. “I have made a difficult decision for myself for health reasons that I can no longer ignore,” the central bank said in a statement. The 49-year-old thanks President Volodymyr Zelenskyj for the trust and cooperation. After the Russian invasion on February 24, the work of the financial system was ensured without interruptions. According to media reports, the conflict between the finance ministry and the central bank had recently intensified. Shevchenko had spoken out in favor of cuts because of the chronic budget deficit. Because of the risk of hyperinflation, further financing should no longer be provided by the printing press.
+++ 21:51 Kremlin propagandist sees treason and cowardice at work +++
In the face of the news from the front, Vladimir Solovyov, one of the main Kremlin propagandists, is depressed. “I’m not in a good mood,” he admits on his show. Ukraine works “very effectively”. Not long ago, the Russians were just outside Kyiv – and now the front line is being straightened out: Solovyov speaks of treason and cowardice and calls for quick action: “Those responsible must be punished.” Unfortunately, there is no death penalty. It seems to him that this is the “only solution” for some. The problem is that they don’t have officer honours. And you can’t shoot yourself.”
+++ 21:28 AKW boss will not lead occupied nuclear power plant again +++
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the head of the occupied Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia, who was temporarily arrested by Russia, will no longer take up this position. Ihor Murashov is now reunited with his family in Ukrainian-controlled territory, a statement said. It is not clear who will take over the chief post.
You can read earlier developments relating to the Ukraine war here.