Ukraine tape: Russia is said to be planning a major attack on Sloviansk

9:21 am: Left party rejects Bundeswehr special fund

After the agreement between the Traffic Light Coalition and the Federation on the Bundeswehr Special Fund, the Left Party announced its rejection in the Bundestag. Parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch told the Funke Media Group newspapers that the left “would not support a similar amendment to the Basic Law”. “Sufficient equipment for the Bundeswehr for its constitutional mandate, yes, rearmament, no.” First of all, the Bundeswehr has a buying problem. Instead, Bartsch called for a special fund to combat child poverty.

9.17 am: Gauck: Ukrainians also defend our freedom

Former Federal President Joachim Gauck (82) spoke openly in favor of supporting Ukraine, including arms delivery. Gauck noted that the Ukrainians advocated “freedom and peace also in our part of Europe.” “Only Ukraine’s success will prevent Putin from launching further imperialist attacks on neighboring European countries,” Gauck told Bild newspaper. At the same time, he declared that negotiations with the Russian president should continue, but “out of self-confidence and strength.” The Protestant theologian said that many intellectuals and politicians “wake up too late” and “ignored or underestimated the ambitions of neo-imperialism and the aggression of the Kremlin”.

8.43 am: Military expert skeptical about German army’s private money

Military expert Carlo Masala was cautiously optimistic about the agreement between the Alliance and the Federation on the main features of the €100 billion Special Fund planned for the Bundeswehr. “Well, if this money is well spent and is not partly burned by the usual and insane bureaucratic process that you have when buying weapons, then in a few years we will surely have a Bundeswehr army almost fully equipped for the tasks you are supposed to take on and which you also promised Within the framework of NATO and the European Union, to fulfill it better than it has already been.” He said this in an interview with Bayern 2 Radio Welt.

8.20 a.m.: Lambrecht expects rapid adoption of private assets

Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, in her own words, is steadfastly predicting that the $100 billion Bundeswehr special fund will be firmly entrenched in the Basic Law before the Bundestag summer recess. “It could happen very quickly now, because the basic points have been agreed upon,” says the SPD politician at ZDF. “This is a very important sign that we are working together to ensure that the German army is finally equipped as necessary so that we can guarantee the national defense and the defense of the alliance.” When asked how quickly Germany will deliver any weapons to Ukraine, Lambrecht explained that Germany is coordinating with its partners and attaching great importance to proper weapons training. This training sometimes lasts 40 days.

7:50 am: French Foreign Minister wants to meet Silinsky in Kyiv

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna plans to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a visit to Kyiv later today. Her ministry announced that it would assure Ukraine of France’s solidarity and would offer more assistance. Recently, there has been increasing criticism that France is not doing enough to support Ukraine in its war against the Russian invasion.

7.42 am: Russia prepares for a major attack on Sloviansk

According to Ukrainian information, the Russian armed forces are preparing for a large-scale attack on the Slovensk region, the center of the Ukrainian Defense Forces in the Donbass. Russian forces have deployed new units to the region to attack Sloviansk from both Izyum and the recently captured small town of Lyman, according to the Ukrainian General Staff’s state of the art report on Monday. The Sloviansk-Kramatorsk region is the largest metropolitan area in Donbass still under the control of Kyiv. The high command of the armed forces in the east of the country is also stationed here.

7:27 am: Civilians killed or injured in Serodonetsk

According to the authorities, two civilians were killed when Russian forces advanced on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk. Luhansk region governor Serhiy Gaidai said five other civilians were wounded. Russian forces had advanced to the southeast and northeast of the besieged city and would attack with heavy weapons and air support.

06:57: Ukraine reports the restoration of villages near Cherson

Ukrainian forces launched a counterattack in the southern Kherson region. The General Staff reported that the Russian army had retreated near three villages, Andreyevka, Lozov and Beloherka. “Kherson, stand firm, we are close,” the General Staff said on Facebook. Russian forces build defensive lines around Cherson. Initially, there was no information from the Russian side.

If the Ukrainian army regains control of Kherson, it will be very symbolic, since the Russian army captured the region at the beginning of the offensive that began on February 24. The location of the city in southern Ukraine at the mouth of the Dnieper River and close to the Russian-annexed Crimea is of strategic importance.

06:54: Bitter fight for Sievjerodonetsk

Bitter fighting broke out around Sevgerodonetsk in eastern Ukraine after it was stormed by Russian forces. Regional authorities said that Ukrainian forces engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the attacking forces. President Volodymyr Zelensky previously described the situation in Sevgerodonetsk as incredibly difficult. Constant Russian bombing destroyed important infrastructure and 90 percent of buildings. Zelensky added that the capture of Sevgirodontsk became the main task of the Russian occupation forces.

According to Ukrainian sources, Russian forces have also escalated their attacks on nearby Lyschansk, which is under constant fire. A number of civilians managed to escape from Lysychansk. The city and Sieverodonetsk lie on both sides of the strategically important Siverskyi Donets and are the last major areas of the Luhansk region still under Ukrainian control.

06:34: Ukraine continues its counterattack in the south

According to the Ukrainian army, it continued its offensive in the south of the country through the night. According to their statements, the Ukrainian army killed 67 Russian soldiers and disabled 27 military vehicles in the fighting. Among them were six – albeit very old – T-62 tanks. This information cannot be independently verified.

Kyiv also launched attacks in the south of the country at the weekend as a counter-offensive to the Russian advance in the Donbass. Military experts at the US Institute for the Study of War (ISW) have classified the attacks as a “successful limited counterattack.” This forced the Russians in the region to resort to defense and disrupted Moscow’s attempt to impose its control over the Kherson region on the Black Sea.

4:07 am: Webber calls for tough path on oil embargo

In the discussion about the planned oil embargo against Russia, CSU European politician Manfred Weber spoke out against far-reaching compromises in favor of Hungary. “Frankly, I am tired of the fact that the entire EU must always follow hesitation when it comes to sanctions decisions,” said the head of the EPP group at the European Parliament ahead of a special EU summit that begins today. If Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban obstructs the necessary unity against Russian President Vladimir Putin, then intergovernmental solutions must be sought without Hungary.

“If there is no other path, this path should not be ruled out,” Weber said, referring to the option of agreeing to the oil embargo without including Hungary. It must be demonstrated that Orban cannot hold the rest of the European Union hostage.

1 am: More protection for Kremlin critics

According to a press report, the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM) have agreed on admission criteria for particularly vulnerable Kremlin critics from Russia. The “Funke Mediengruppe” newspapers reported that the endangered groups would be helped faster and less bureaucratic with a residence permit to flee Russia. After studying the case, they get permission for a longer stay in Germany and not, as in the past, a Schengen visa limited to a maximum of 90 days.

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