A woman speaks on a mobile phone on a roadside while smoke rises behind in the village Sviato-Pokrovske, Donetsk region, on June 23, 2022, amid Russia's military invasion launched on Ukraine. - On the road between the towns of Siversk and Bakhmut, AFP journalist witnessed several shellings on the route, which is now the main itinerary being used to reach the city of Lysychansk, since a highway has long been under shelling. Driving out of the devastated eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk on June 23, the journalists twice had to jump out of cars and lie on the ground as Russian forces shelled the city's main supply road. The three shelling incidents they witnessed took place on a stretch of road approximately 5 kilometres (3 miles) long. (Photo by Anatolii Stepanov / AFP)

As a new candidate for EU membership, Ukraine can hope for a future in a common Europe. At the same time, however, the military situation in the eastern Luhansk region is becoming increasingly precarious for the Ukrainian army. Russian troops are fighting and trying to encircle the strategically important city of Lyssychansk.

Additional important weapons such as multiple rocket launcher artillery systems and patrol boats come from the USA.

The situation at a glance:

Warnings are coming from the Ukraine against a hasty return of the approximately five million war refugees who were taken in by Europe. “There are two essential prerequisites: We have to find ways and means to rebuild at least part of the destroyed infrastructure. And where they are going, a functioning anti-missile defense system is needed – just as it more or less exists for Kyiv now,” said Olena Sotnyk, adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna, after talks in Berlin. Olena Haluschka, board member of the Ukrainian organization Anticorruption Action Center, named the clearing of mines and hidden booby traps in areas that the Ukrainian side had recaptured from the Russian army as a further prerequisite.

This will be important on Friday: At the EU summit, high inflation and rising energy prices will be the subject of the consequences of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.

The military situation around Lysychansk will continue to be the focus, as Russia could open the way there for control of the entire Luhansk region.