The United States will send another $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including some additional medium-range rocket systems, to help push back Russian progress in the war, officials announced Thursday.

Ukraine's government on Friday announced for the first time that its remaining forces defending the key eastern city of Severodonetsk have been ordered to withdraw, after having lost control of most of the city to Russian forces for weeks, amid relentless shelling and persistent Ukrainian army complaints of being low on ammo and men.

“Héros de la liberté”, “Hero of Our Time”, “Der Unbeugsame”, “The Unlikely Ukrainian Hero Who Defied Putin and United the World”, “Zelensky, Ukraine in blood”: the Western media and leaders no longer know what superlatives to use to sing the praises of the Ukrainian president, so fascinated are they by the “amazing resilience” of the comedian miraculously transformed into a “warlord” and “saviour of democracy”.

Ukrainian troops defending the battleground eastern city of Severodonetsk have been ordered to retreat after weeks of fierce fighting with Russian forces, the governor of Luhansk province said Friday. Follow FRANCE 24’s liveblog for all the latest developments. All times Paris time (GMT+2).

Every day since Russia’s invasion, mainstream headlines have focused on each new arms shipment to Ukraine and the tactical details surrounding the daily fighting and suffering on the ground. This constant flow of information is valuable for tracking troop movements, recording battlefield gains and losses, and documenting any potential war crimes — in essence, helping us write the first draft of history.

The actions taken by the EU and NATO essentially amount to the formation of a “new coalition” targeting Russia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists on Friday, comparing the steps taken by Brussels to the actions of Nazi dictator Adolf Hilter before attacking the Soviet Union.

Gazprom’s Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline will not deliver natural gas to Germany for 10 days in mid-July as it undergoes annual maintenance. It was confirmed earlier this month that the work will take place from July 11 to July 21.

Germany is concerned over the shutdown, fearing that the flow of gas will not be turned back on, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

Danish Radio's defense analyst Mads Korsager described the impetus for the Nordic country's mission as being a “desire to contribute to the deterrence of Russia” and keep and eye on its nuclear submarines, as well as a signal of friendship to the Americans.

A 140-meter-long frigate with up to 135 Danish soldiers will soon be sent to the North Atlantic as part of a NATO deterrence mission. The Danish ship will, together with other nations' vessels, form a “ring of protection” around it, the country's Defense Ministry said.