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Day 230 from the beginning of the war: several Ukrainian cities were bombed. According to the emergency services, the number of victims is on the rise. All information in the news blog.

16:39: To die

Ukraine is said to have received the first German Iris-T SLM air defense system. The “Spiegel” reports it. The handover is said to have taken place on Tuesday at the border with Poland. The federal government recently announced plans to supply a total of four systems in Ukraine.

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) had already announced an early delivery on Monday. The first handover was originally scheduled for November.

The system is intended to protect the civilian population from air strikes. The Russian army has launched missile attacks on several Ukrainian cities since the beginning of the week.

16:39: Russia has included the American internet giant Meta on a list of “terrorist and extremist” organizations. The classification of the parent company of the online networks Facebook and Instagram was carried out by the Russian financial supervisor, its website reads Tuesday. The move will make it easier for Russian authorities to prosecute users in Russia.

Meta is now on the same list of right-wing nationalist groups, foreign terrorist organizations and Russian opposition groups. In March, the authorities had already banned Meta for “extremist activities” and blocked access to Facebook and Instagram. They accused Meta of tolerating “russophobia”.

However, many Russians have since resorted to VPN services to continue using online networks. Instagram is particularly popular in Russia and was an important platform for advertising and sales.

15:30: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced further military aid to government forces in Kiev following massive Russian air strikes against Ukraine. “We will increase and maintain our support for Ukraine so that it can continue to defend itself and free its territory from Russian occupation,” the Norwegian said on Tuesday before a meeting of defense ministers of the 30 NATO countries in Brussels this week. . The momentum is in Ukraine. This continues to make significant progress.

Stoltenberg stressed that the allies were united in their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and self-defense. They will discuss with Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov what the country needs most urgently than him. Stoltenberg said he was pleased with recent Allied announcements to provide more modern air defense systems and other capabilities. “And I’m looking forward to more deliveries.”

Russia is increasingly resorting to “terrible and indiscriminate attacks on civilians and critical infrastructure,” Stoltenberg said. Putin’s attempts at annexation of Ukrainian territory, partial mobilization and ruthless nuclear rhetoric are the strongest escalation since the war began and show that his war is not going as planned. “President Putin has failed in Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.

15:13: After the serious Russian attacks on energy infrastructure in Ukraine, the Ukrainian government has called on the population to save electricity. “Today we ask you to limit your electricity consumption,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal wrote on the Telegram online service on Tuesday. No energy-intensive devices should be turned on between 5pm and 11pm.

In a retaliatory attack for the explosion on the Crimean bridge over the weekend, Russia bombed several Ukrainian cities on Monday, mainly targeting energy supplies. The attacks continued on Tuesday. According to Ukrainian authorities, some 300 cities across the country were without electricity on Tuesday. A third of the city of Lviv in western Ukraine was also without electricity.

Significant damage to power plants was also reported in the central Ukrainian region of Dnipropetrovsk. In the districts of Pavlograd and Kamian there is “heavy destruction”, said the governor, Valentin Resnichenko, via online networks. Many residential areas have no electricity. The southern command of the Ukrainian army reported missile attacks in the Mykolayiv and Odessa regions, where energy infrastructure was also damaged.

14:28: According to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Russia is ready to negotiate with the United States in its war against Ukraine, but without deviating from its objectives. “We have not received any serious offers to contact them,” Lavrov told Russian state television of an alleged offer of talks from the US government.

Moscow sees Washington as a party to the war and the key to resolving the conflict. If Washington offers a meeting between Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden at the G20 summit, for example, Moscow will look into it, Lavrov said.

At the same time, the head of Russian diplomacy once again accused the United States of being directly involved in the war in Ukraine. Washington not only delivers weapons to Kiev, but also provides the Ukrainian leadership with satellite reconnaissance data. “As for the limits of the tasks that we have set ourselves in the context of the special military operation, this is how the president formulated them, and they do not change. They will also be achieved,” Lavrov said.

13:50: According to the Turkish presidential office, the head of the Kremlin Vladimir Putin and the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan want to meet on Thursday in the Kazakh capital Astana. The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the summit of the Conference on Cooperation and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), said an official from the Office of the President of the German News Agency.

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