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+++ 03:42 Russia fills its granaries +++
Russia is currently filling its granaries. Currently, grain stocks are about 20 percent more than the level of the previous year, says trade union head Arkady Sluchsky, citing statistics agency Rosstat. At the same time, he says, Russia “in no way restricts” its grain exports. In the case of wheat, for example, the country’s export capacity is about 40 million tons, “and we will export 36 million by the end of the season.” Slotschewski talks about the “information hysteria” about the alleged impending famine, which leads to higher prices. In fact, food security is not in danger. “Once the hysteria is over, prices will go down,” says the president of the Grain Federation. Meanwhile, Russian wheat reserves are likely to continue to rise: a Russian administrative official in Ukraine’s Kherson region announced that wheat produced there will be sold to Russia and delivered there via Crimea.
+++ 02:33 Zelenskyj: Russian army with “maximum combat power” in Donbass +++
According to the President of Ukraine, the situation in eastern Ukraine remains very difficult. In his latest video message, Volodymyr Zelensky says that the “maximum combat power of the Russian army” is now gathering there. It is trying to put more and more pressure on the Ukrainian soldiers in the Donbass. Silinsky names the cities and towns of Sevgerodonetsk, Lysichansk, Bakhmut, Slovyansk and Avdiivka as important targets of the Russian army. There was also shelling on Monday in Kharkiv and in the Sumy region in northeastern Ukraine.
+++ 01:46 Ukraine and Russia report civilian deaths +++
In eastern Ukraine, both warring parties are complaining of more civilian deaths. Donetsk region governor Pavlo Kirilenko said three people were killed in Russian shelling in Donetsk region. According to the online newspaper Ukrajinska Pravda, a man was killed by Russian shells in the Kharkiv region. According to TASS, the Russian side is talking about the killing of two civilians in Ukrainian attacks in the Donetsk region, and the killing of two women in the Luhansk region. The information cannot be independently verified.
+++ 01:05 Netflix is no longer streaming in Russia +++
The US streaming service Netflix is no longer available to people in Russia. The company announced that this was the result of a corresponding announcement since the beginning of March. At the time, Netflix announced that it would cease operations in Russia. Subscriptions and payments have since been processed, according to the company. Although Netflix is the world’s leading streaming service with 221.8 million subscribers (as of the end of March), it has played only a small role in Russia.
+++ 00:20 The European Union agrees to give Ukraine another nine billion euros +++
The European Union wants to provide Ukraine with additional financial aid of up to nine billion euros. This was announced by the President of the Council of the European Union, Charles Michel. Ukraine should be able to use the funds for operating costs, for example for pension payments and operating hospitals.
+++ 23:58 EU countries agree on an oil embargo against Russia +++
European Union countries have agreed to a compromise in the dispute over the planned oil embargo against Russia. More than two-thirds of Russian oil shipments to the European Union have been affected by the import ban, EU Council President Charles Michel said during a summit in Brussels.
+++ 23:41 South Ossetia cancels the referendum on joining Russia +++
Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia will not hold a referendum scheduled for mid-July on its accession to Russia. The new head of the pro-Russian enclave, Alan Jagloyev, canceled his predecessor’s plans to hold a referendum. He emphasized in a decree that a unilateral decision on issues affecting the “legitimate rights and interests of the Russian Federation” could not be taken by referendum.
+++ 22:55 Austrian chancellor criticizes EU approach to oil embargo +++
Against the background of the dispute over an oil embargo against Russia, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nahammer clearly criticized the actions of the European Union Commission. “I am very surprised by the path the Commission has chosen to prepare this already difficult issue for a council,” the conservative politician said on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels. Usually “one negotiates with the interlocutors before announcing the result”. But in this case, the Brussels authority chose a different path and thus provoked an “intensive discussion at the European level”. Niemer stressed that countries dependent on Russian oil should be able to support sanctions. If not, it would be wrong, in his opinion, to impose an oil embargo. However, he assumes that “the concerns will be taken into account and then a conclusion will be made”. Regarding sanctions against Russia, Nahamer also wants to talk about a possible ban on uranium imports. The conservative politician told Austrian parliament members that this too should be discussed “honestly”.
+++ 22:22 Ukrainian ESC winner: I’ve never had Russian friends +++
Ole Psyuk, the Ukrainian winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, says he has no friends from Russia. “I don’t have any Russian friends, and I’ve never had any,” the 28-year-old bandleader Kalush said on the RTL Live news show Monday night. “In terms of culture, we have different cultures. Ours is very different from Russia. We also went to the Eurovision Song Contest with the goal: to show how special our music and our culture are.” Psjok said that one of the division members is already fighting at the front, and he and the others are also ready: “We are completely open to this, and if we are called up, we will return to Ukraine immediately.” He himself has already lost a few friends and acquaintances: “It’s a tragedy that is getting bigger.” The world should not get used to this war, Psjok said. “I think the news of the war should stay on the front pages because it’s not normal to see a brutal war in the heart of Europe in 2022.”
+++ 21:55 Street fight for Sievjerodonetsk +++
Russian forces have advanced into the hotly contested city of Sevgirodontsk in eastern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian sources. There is street fighting, the governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Haji, writes on his Telegram channel in the evening. He recommended city dwellers to stay in temporary shelters. Sevgerodonetsk has been a target of Russian attacks for months. The city is considered the last point still controlled by the Ukrainian army in the Luhansk region. According to the General Staff, Russian troops were still fighting in the morning on the outskirts of the city and on its outskirts.
+++ 21:25 Erdogan on the phone with Putin +++
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again offered Istanbul a venue for possible talks between Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations. The Turkish side said after a phone call between Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, that Turkey may play the role of observer. The Kremlin said Putin also indicated Russia’s willingness to facilitate grain exports from Ukrainian ports in coordination with Turkey. Russia can also export “large quantities of fertilizer” and agricultural products if sanctions against the country are lifted. Ukraine calls this blackmail. The West just wants to talk about ending sanctions when Russia ends the war.
+++ 20:45 Kyiv is troubled by the impasse on joining the European Union +++
The Ukrainian government has criticized what it sees as slow progress towards desired membership in the European Union. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that one is tired of special solutions for EU integration. “We need clear legal confirmation that Ukraine is part of the European integration project, and this confirmation will give candidate status,” he said after meeting his French counterpart Catherine Colonna in Kyiv.
You can read developments prior to the Ukraine war here.