Ukraine War – Voices and Developments: Russian fighter jet crashed in southern Krasnodar region.
During the night, western Ukraine came under fire from Russian cruise missiles. Christian Lindner surprisingly arrived in Kiev on Monday. The Danish Air Force intercepted two Russian bombers bound for Dutch airspace. All news about the war against Ukraine in the ticker.
Night Russian air raid on western Ukraine
Tuesday, August 15 at 7:41 am: According to the authorities, western Ukraine was heavily fired at on Tuesday night with Russian cruise missiles. At least three people were killed in the city of Lutsk, according to the head of the administration of the Volyn region, Yuriy Pohulyaiko. Several injured were taken to hospitals. The city of Lviv and its environs were also hit, as Mayor Andriy Sadowy announced. In Lviv, the attic of an apartment building caught fire. The cruise missiles were reportedly fired by Russian fighter bombers over the Caspian Sea. The affected areas of western Ukraine border on Poland and thus on NATO and the EU.
Russian fighter jet crashed in southern Krasnodar Territory
11:11 p.m.: According to official information, a fighter jet crashed in the southern Russian region of Krasnodar. According to initial findings, one inmate died, the Interfax agency reported on Monday evening, citing the Ministry of Defense in Moscow. The L-39 training aircraft was about to land during a training flight when it crashed onto the airfield for reasons that have not yet been clarified. In the course of the Russian war against Ukraine, fighter planes repeatedly launch attacks on the neighboring country from Krasnodar.
Since the beginning of the war, Russian fighter jets have crashed on their own territory several times. Technical problems are often given as the official reason. Just a few days ago, the crew of a Su-30 aircraft died when it crashed over the Russian Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad.
Luftwaffe intercepts Russian bombers flying “towards NATO territory”.
3 p.m.: On Monday morning, the Dutch and Danish air forces forced two Russian bombers that were headed “toward NATO territory” to turn back. This is reported by the Dutch Ministry of Defence. Accordingly, F16 jets rose as part of a so-called “Quick Reaction Alert” (QRA) to intercept the planes before they reached Dutch airspace. However, that was no longer necessary because the bombers had already turned around when the Danish Air Force had launched jets.
Kiev Mayor Klitschko talks to Lindner about further help
1:45 p.m.: During his visit to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) met the mayor of the city of three million, Vitali Klitschko, for talks. Further financial support for Ukraine and Kiev was discussed, Klitschko said on Telegram on Monday.
The delivery of anti-aircraft systems and long-range weapons was also an issue. Klitschko insisted that there shouldn’t be any delays. Ukraine has been repelling a Russian invasion for over 17 months with massive Western aid.
Suspected Russian sea mine explodes at Romanian tourist spot
10:25 a.m.: There was an explosion in the Black Sea just off the Romanian coast near Costinesti on Monday. The Romanian media reported, citing civil protection officers and eyewitnesses. The explosive device is probably a Russian sea mine, a spokesman for the Romanian Navy told TV station Digi24. According to civil protection, no one was injured.
Navy divers are now on their way to the site of the blast, as another mine has been spotted floating in the sea nearby, said Colonel Corneliu Pavel, spokesman for the Romanian Naval Forces. Since the outbreak of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the Romanian Navy has defused a total of five Russian sea mines in the Black Sea.
Costinesti is an extremely popular tourist destination. According to the authorities, the explosion occurred in the water on a dike near a hotel. A loud bang was heard and then black smoke rose, an eyewitness reported to the broadcaster Digi24, who saw the incident from his hotel terrace.
Federal Minister of Finance Lindner has arrived in Kyiv
Monday, August 14, 07:08: Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner arrived in Kiev on Monday morning for political talks. The FDP leader is in Ukraine for the first time since the Russian war of aggression began. Lindner arrived in Kiev by train. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and several ministers were in Kiev before him.
Germany also supports Ukraine financially. Since 2022, Germany has provided the country with direct financial aid of around 1.5 billion, according to the Ministry of Finance. In addition, Germany and other creditors announced in July 2022 that they would delay Ukraine’s debt repayments.
A debt moratorium for Ukraine was extended to 2027 in March of this year. The deferred payment is intended to give Ukraine additional liquidity leeway and preserve its state functions, as the Ministry of Finance had announced. Ukraine had also received financial injections from the International Monetary Fund.
On the anniversary of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine on February 24, Lindner said: “Politically, militarily and financially, we will remain with Ukraine until it wins this war.” Germany also supports Ukraine in rebuilding destroyed infrastructure agreed.
Ukrainian Defense Minister: “Five mines per square meter”
10:51 p.m.: According to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, the Russian defense lines are so densely mined that there are up to five mines per square meter in some parts of the front. In a conversation with the British “Guardian” published on Sunday, he spoke of millions of explosive devices along the front. There are minefields stretching over hundreds of kilometers. This represents a serious obstacle to the counter-offensive of the Ukrainian troops.
According to the Guardian, Reznikov was convinced that the huge minefields could be overcome by Ukrainian troops. However, he stressed that it was vitally important that allies expand and accelerate the training already offered by some nations to Ukraine’s deminers. In the current counter-offensive, the Ukrainians are encountering minefields, anti-tank ditches and other obstacles, as well as Russian defenses in layers.
Selenskyj announces revenge for family killed near Cherson
10:43 p.m.: After a family of four was killed by Russian artillery fire in southern Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced retaliation. “Every occupier annihilated, every burned Russian vehicle, fires in their headquarters and warehouses, the highly telling ‘fogging’ of the Crimean bridge and more – all this proves that we will not leave any crime committed by Russia unanswered,” he said in his nightly video message on Sunday .
According to Ukrainian authorities, Russian artillery killed five people in the village of Schyroka Balka in the Kherson region on Sunday, including a family of four with a father, mother, a 12-year-old son and a baby just over three weeks old. The region was shelled 17 times during the day, Zelenskyy said in his speech. According to the authorities, a total of seven people were killed and around 15 others injured.
Russia has been waging a war of aggression against neighboring Ukraine for more than 17 months. During this time, Russian troops repeatedly fired on civilian objects, cities and towns. The United Nations has so far officially registered more than 9,000 civilians killed in the conflict, but the actual number is likely to be significantly higher.
Ukraine liberates village – Russian rages: “Half is busy drinking alcohol”
7.55 p.m.: On Saturday, Ukraine liberated the village of Uroshaine. The small village lies on a strategically important road. The Ukrainian army showed Ukrainian soldiers in the village.
Curious: After the loss of the village, a soldier from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic raises serious allegations against the Russian soldiers who were supposed to be holding the village. The “Picture-Zeitung quotes him as saying: “The armored units of the 37th Brigade refused to support the infantry in the battles for Uroshaine on the grounds that the tanks were allegedly destroyed immediately after entering the firing position.”
And: “In fact, half the brigade is busy in the background drinking alcohol and the officers are unable to bring them to their senses.”
Six dead in artillery shelling of villages on the Dnipro
1:46 p.m.: At least six people were killed by Russian artillery fire on villages in the southern Ukrainian region of Cherson on Sunday morning, according to the authorities. This includes a family of four with a father, mother, a 12-year-old and a 22-day-old baby from the village of Schyroka Balka. This was announced by Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko on Telegram. The 12-year-old was taken to hospital with injuries and then died there.
Two adults were killed in the neighboring village of Stanislav, wrote the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermak. “The enemy continues to shell the Kherson region.” The villages are located on the north bank of the Dnipro River at its confluence with the Black Sea. Russian troops withdrew from this area last fall. It’s still within range of their artillery though.
Russian warship fires warning shots at Turkish freighters in the Black Sea
1:26 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, a Russian warship is said to have stopped a cargo ship bound for Ukraine on the Black Sea with warning shots. The Russian patrol boat “Vassily Bykov” and a freighter flying the flag of Palau, which the ministry called “Sukra Okan”, were involved in the incident on Sunday. What was probably meant was the Turkish freighter “Sukru Okan”, which sails under the flag of the Pacific state of Palau and was on the Black Sea on Sunday. Initially, there were no confirmations of the incident from Turkish or other sources.
The freighter was on its way to the Ukrainian port of Ismail at 6:40 a.m. Moscow time (5:40 a.m. CEST) and did not respond to stop signals, the Russian military said. Warning shots were then fired from automatic weapons. The ship stopped. Soldiers were transferred with a helicopter to check the cargo. After the check, the ship was able to continue the journey to Ismail. Russia has been blocking Ukrainian grain exports across the Black Sea since mid-July. Moscow threatened to consider all ships calling at Ukraine as hostile.
The Russian ministry only roughly named the south-west of the Black Sea as the location of the incident. According to the online ship tracker Vesselfinder, the “Sukru Okan” headed north off the Turkish coast on Sunday morning and reached Bulgarian territorial waters around noon. Accordingly, the incident is likely to have occurred just off the Turkish coast. Vesselfinder did not list Ismail as the destination of the “Sukru Okan”, but Sulina in Romania.