Lithuanians raise more than 5 million euros to donate a combat drone to Ukraine
Lithuanians have raised more than 5 million euros in a public quest to buy a military drone for Ukraine, in support of this country which is defending itself against the Russian invasion.
The money needed to buy a Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drone was raised in three and a half days, during a fundraiser that ended late Saturday evening in this Baltic country of 2.8 million inhabitants.
“It’s probably the first time in history that citizens of one state can buy and donate such heavy weapons to another state,” said influencer Andrius Tapinas, founder of the local online TV channel Laisves TV, at the origin of the initiative.
Update on the situation at 1 p.m.
• Russian pressure continues in the Donbass, and the noose is tightening around the key cities of Severodonetsk, relentlessly shelled, and its twin city Lyssytchansk.
• Six people were killed in Russian strikes in Severodnotesk, eastern Ukraine, according to Roman Vlasenko, head of the Severodonetsk district in the Lugansk region.
• Russian Patriarch Kirill says he “understands” the decision of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and “its current suffering”, while the religious institution announced this week to break with Russia because of the Russian offensive in its neighbor Ukrainian.
Russian Patriarch says he “understands” Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s decision to break with Moscow
The Russian patriarch Kirill assured this Sunday “to understand” the decision of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine which announced this week to break with Russia because of the Russian offensive in its Ukrainian neighbor.
“We fully understand the present sufferings of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, we understand that His Beatitude, Metropolitan Onuphrius (head of this Church, editor’s note) and his episcopate must act in the wisest possible way so as not to complicate the life of their believing people”, said Patriarch Kirill, during the liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, he said, however, to pray that no “temporary” obstacle could “destroy the spiritual unity” of the Russian and Ukrainian peoples.
“We will defend the city to the end”: Severodonetsk rules out a possible evacuation of the premises “in the short term”
The Russian pressure is increasing, but the inhabitants do not let go. The head of the Severodonetsk district in the Lugansk region wanted to be determined on BFMTV this Sunday, saying he wanted to “defend the city to the end”.
Acknowledging that “the situation is complicated” in the Ukrainian city largely pounded by the Russians, Roman Vlasenko spoke of shooting “24 out of 24”, “a lot of destruction and a lot of deaths”.
“Today, we more or less control the situation in the city”, he however assured, dismissing “in the short term” the possibility of an evacuation of the city.
Six dead in Russian bombings in Severodonetsk, according to the municipality
Six people were killed in Russian strikes in Severodnotesk, eastern Ukraine, Roman Vlasenko, head of the Severodonetsk district in the Lugansk region, reported on BFMTV on Sunday.
“There are six dead tonight,” he said soberly.
The city was heavily shelled by the Russians who concentrated their efforts in the east of the country.
Race against time in Ukraine to “memorize” historic buildings targeted by Russian strikes
Shells and missiles have rained down on Ukrainian cities since the start of the war, claiming lives but also damaging historic buildings. Cultural services seek to preserve their memory with cutting-edge technology and 3D scans.
Among them, the French engineer Emmanuel Durand, a specialist in 3D data acquisition, who works to preserve the memory of a fire station built in 1887 using a laser scanner.
“It allows the physical situation of the building to be fixed in history. It can be used to see what has moved for security. To help see what can or cannot be restored, but also for museographical or historical aspects. , he explains.
“Today people realize all the more that cultural heritage is important when we paid no attention to it” before the war, said Tetyana Pylypchouk, member of the commission responsible for identifying damaged historic sites.
The city of Severodonetsk, bombarded for several days
Symbol of the fierce fighting that is still ongoing in the Donbass, the city of Severodonetsk has been the target of bombardments for several days.
“The army is simply destroying the city,” said Luhansk region governor Sergey Gaidai on his Telegram account.
According to him, however, “Severodonetsk is not cut off” by Russian and separatist forces, access to humanitarian aid is still possible.
>> Our article on this fierce battle.
The Donbass is still the scene of violent clashes
Fighting continues to rage in eastern Ukraine. Russian forces are still trying to take full control of the Donbass mining basin after taking the key locality of Lyman, announced by Moscow on Saturday.
Find our previous update on the situation here.
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