In Donetsk, the Russian army has gained territory – and regrets the death of an influencer. Meanwhile, the EU states are targeting the visa regulations for Russians.
Erdogan and Guterres travel to Zelensky: The Turkish President and the UN Secretary General want to meet with the Ukrainian President Zelensky today – in Lviv (Lemberg) in western Ukraine. The “end of the war between Ukraine and Russia through diplomatic channels” should also be discussed.
The Russian army records minor gains in territory in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine: According to the Ukrainian General Staff, enemy troops were able to advance at Opytne in the north of the region and at Novomykhaylivka in the south-west. Attacks north of Sloviansk and in the east and south of the cities of Soledar and Bakhmut were repelled, as were in Kharkiv and Cherson.
- Also in Donetsk should be one Russian influencer killed by a mine have been. Pictures of the allegedly 25-year-old Semfira Suleimanova were published in pro-Russian Telegram groups and she was celebrated as a “peace activist”. However, the information cannot currently be independently verified.
- Tourist visa stop for Russians approaching? Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis is in favor of a Europe-wide regulation. EPP boss Manfred Weber makes a similar statement: “We have to stop tourism from Russia,” he says in the Interview with the “press” and advocates stopping visas for Russians.
Estonia is already a step further and has its Entry regulations tightened: As of today, Russian citizens are no longer allowed to enter the Baltic EU and NATO country with a Schengen visa issued by Estonia.
- Rating agency Fitch upgraded Ukraine from RD to CC. The reason: Foreign creditors have given the country a two-year deferral for upcoming bond payments worth almost $20 billion.