- 5:31 p.m.: ➤ SPD parliamentary group leader Mutzenich hopes to get this mediator in Ukraine war
- 3:11 pm: Pope calls for ‘genuine negotiations’ in Ukraine conflict
- 12:26 pm: When delivering long-range missiles: Putin threatens to retaliate
- 08:51 am: Kyiv: Multiple missile attacks on the capital and suburbs
- 07:59 AM: Silinsky accuses Russia of mass destruction of cultural monuments
➤ The leader of the SPD parliamentary group Mutzenich hopes to be this mediator in the Ukraine war
According to the leader of the SPD’s parliamentary group, Rolf Mutzenich, the Chinese government can act as a mediator in the Ukraine war. In principle, countries acceptable to both sides would come into question, such as those that refrained from condemning Russia at the UN General Assembly. “So about India, the People’s Republic of China, but also South Africa,” Mützenich told the T-Online news portal.
“China, for example, allowed Russia to do what it wanted, but it did not support aggressive war either,” Mutzenich said. “On the contrary: the Chinese leadership continues to talk about the territorial integrity of states. Perhaps Ukraine and Russia can see China as a potential mediator.”
The leader of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party said that he himself wished the United Nations to play this role. But I doubt that Russia wants it.” On the other hand, Germany will not be able to mediate due to its apparent support for Ukraine. (dpa)
Status at a glance:
Since February 24, Russia has been waging a war of aggression against Ukraine from the air and on the ground. Not long ago, President Vladimir Putin questioned Ukraine’s right to exist as an independent country and recognized the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine.
Since then, the Ukrainian army has been fighting the invaders as best it can. Thousands of deaths were reported on both sides, but the exact numbers of soldiers and civilians were not independently verified. The truth is that the humanitarian situation in Ukraine is getting worse every day. According to the United Nations, more than 6.9 million people have fled Ukraine (as of June 3), mostly women and children, as men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country.
The European Union and the United States responded with sanctions. They also supply Ukraine with arms, and Germany supports the country with arms shipments. Ukraine will receive Gepard tanks from Germany. So far, it has been ruled out that NATO will actively intervene in the war.
On the first weekend of April, pictures of the bodies of several civilians in the small town of Bucha near Kyiv caused international outrage. Ukraine talks about serious war crimes and genocide and blames Russian forces for committing them. Despite the numerous indications, Moscow denies its involvement in the killing of civilians. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that negotiations with Russia should continue. According to a Ukrainian statement, a large-scale offensive long prepared by Russia began in eastern Ukraine on April 18.
Other reports from June 5:
Pope calls for ‘genuine negotiations’ in Ukraine conflict
In light of the fighting in Ukraine for a hundred days, Pope Francis once again called for “real negotiations”. “Please do not plunge humanity into ruin,” the head of the Catholic Church said Sunday before 25,000 faithful in Rome. He appealed to “state officials” to start “real negotiations on a ceasefire and a permanent solution” to the conflict.
“The nightmare of war is weighing on mankind,” Francis said from the window of the Apostolic Palace. “People fight, they kill each other, people… get kicked out of their homes.”
As with previous statements about the war in Ukraine, the Pope did not mention Russia or President Vladimir Putin as aggressors. According to the Vatican, he wants to keep options open for the role of mediator.
The 85-year-old only confirmed his desire to travel to Ukraine at a meeting with children at the Vatican on Saturday. He added that he was still waiting for “the right moment” for this project. “Next week, I will receive representatives of the Ukrainian government to discuss a possible visit from me. Let’s wait and see what happens,” he added.
When delivering long-range missiles: Putin threatens to retaliate
Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened serious attacks on Ukraine if Western long-range missiles are delivered to Ukraine. “If they are implemented, we will draw appropriate conclusions and use our means of destruction, of which we have enough, to strike at those things that we have not attacked yet,” Putin said in an interview published on Sunday on state TV channel Rossiya 1. He said the aim of Western arms shipments was to prolong the conflict in Ukraine as much as possible.
However, the head of the Kremlin appeared relieved in light of the delivery of the latest HIMARS missile launchers announced by the United States. For Ukraine, this will not change anything fundamental in the distribution of power. “There is nothing new here,” Putin said. The Ukrainian armed forces already use such Russian-made systems, preferring American deliveries rather than devastating weapons.
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Western arms sales to Ukraine only prolong the “military conflict”.
However, here it is important to determine which missiles will be used. According to all that could be heard, the Americans wanted to launch missiles with a range of 45-70 kilometers. That’s roughly what the previous Uragan, Smerch, and Grad missiles did, Putin said. At the beginning of the war, which Putin calls only “special operations”, Ukraine had 515 such systems. The head of the Kremlin assumes that Ukraine currently has 360 of them in service.
The image is similar to the artillery that Ukraine has ordered in the West. “It seems that it is also about making up for what was lost and what was destroyed in the fighting,” the Russian head of state said. In addition, the Russian air defense has now destroyed most of the combat drones in Ukraine. “Our air defense systems are cracking it like a nut.” (dpa)
Ukraine announces territorial gains in Severodonetsk
Ukraine reported territorial gains in the besieged city of Sevarodonetsk. “The Russians controlled about 70 percent of the city, but in the past two days they have been pushed back,” the governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Gaidai, said on Sunday in an online Telegram service. “The city is divided in half, and they are afraid to move freely there.” Eight Russian soldiers were arrested.
The Russian side reported the withdrawal of some Ukrainian soldiers from Sevgerodonetsk on Saturday. “Some units of the Ukrainian army, which incurred huge losses (up to 90 percent in some units) in the fight for Severodonetsk, are retreating towards Lyschansk,” the Moscow Defense Ministry said.
However, the city’s mayor, Oleksandr Stryuk, later stated that “street fighting” continues. Ukrainian forces attempted to regain “full control” of the city.
Sieverodonetsk is the last major city in the Luhansk region not yet conquered by Russia. The stated goal of the Russian Armed Forces is the control of the entire Donbass region, which also includes the Donetsk region. Pro-Russian separatists have partially controlled parts of Donbass since 2014.
The neighboring cities of Sievjerodonetsk and Lysychansk are located about 80 kilometers east of Kramatorsk, the capital of the Ukrainian-controlled part of the Donetsk region. Before the start of the Russian offensive, the population of Sevgerodonetsk was about 100,000. (afp)
Kyiv: Multiple missile attacks on the capital and suburbs
According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russia fired missiles at the capital, Kyiv, and its suburb again in the morning. The military command in Kyiv announced, on Sunday, that the military and civilian infrastructure had been hit. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko also reported missile attacks on his Telegram channel. The regions of Darniza in the southeast and Dnipro in the west of the city were affected. Klitschko said that according to the current situation, an infected person is being treated in hospital, but there have been no deaths.
So the emergency services were on the spot. According to the authorities, the suburb of Brovary, which has already been bombed several times, was also hit by rockets. The exact extent of the damage was not clear at first.
According to Mayor Vitali Klitschko, at least one person was injured in explosions in Kyiv and taken to hospital. No deaths have been reported as of this morning. According to the Ukrainian authorities, the Russian attack was apparently aimed at the railway network.
People posted pictures and videos of fires and clouds of smoke on social media. I also heard crashing sounds. In the morning there was a long air alarm. Residents are repeatedly asked to go to protective bunkers in this case. This is the deadliest attack on the capital area in weeks. (dpa)
Silinsky accuses Russia of mass destruction of cultural monuments
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of massive destruction of cultural monuments, churches, and other religious sites during his war. This is reason enough to exclude the country from UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural and educational organization, Zelensky said in his video address in Kyiv on Saturday. 113 churches have already been destroyed or damaged. At the end of May he had already called for Russia to be excluded from UNESCO. (dpa)
The head of the African Union wants to visit Ukraine after Russia
After his talks with Kremlin President Vladimir Putin about global supply shortages due to the Ukraine war, the head of the African Union, Senegalese head of state Macky Sall, wants to hold talks in Kyiv. “Yes (…) I will also travel to Kyiv,” Sall told reporters on Saturday as he arrived at the summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra. This is “important to contribute to the return of peace.” Sall gave no details of his travel plans. (afp)
With material from dpa and AFP
After the Hundred Days of War in Ukraine, Russian forces lead the new forces into the Battle of the city of Sevgerodonetsk in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian presidential administration expects the Russian war of aggression to last up to six months.