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+++ 06:37 Woidke sees major obstacles to security of supply in the event of an oil embargo +++
Brandenburg Minister Dietmar Wodecky still sees obstacles to needed security of supplies in the event of an oil embargo on Russia. The federal government and the Conference of Prime Ministers agreed that “energy security must be ensured throughout Germany at all times,” says the SPD politician. “This is the big challenge facing the federal level – especially now in the area of fuel supply with the oil embargo, which is supposed to come into effect at the beginning of next year. There is still a lot of work to do.” Because of the war in Ukraine, the heads of state and government of the European Union agreed that the European Union would no longer import tanker oil. Crude oil can thus flow through pipelines, but the federal government also wants to end that import. This particularly affects the PCK refinery at Schwedt in Brandenburg, which is connected to the “Druschba” (“Friendship”) pipeline. Most of it is owned by a German subsidiary of the Russian state-owned company Rosneft.
+++ 06:03 Ramelow calls for state supervision of Russian-controlled refineries +++
Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow has called for targeted relief for low-income people in light of rising energy prices. “We should not water society as a whole again,” he told the Tagesspiegel newspaper. “Those who are now hit hardest by rising energy prices, that is, those with the highest net loss ratio, need more help.” According to Ramelow, new proposals by Federal Labor Secretary Hubertus Hill on climate money are a step in the right direction. But the FDP will likely want to slow that, too. The prime minister also called for increased measures against Russia-controlled oil refineries in Germany. “You have to put the refineries in the hands of Russia under state supervision and then regulate the market price.”
+++ 05:38 Violent explosions in Kyiv +++
Violent explosions occurred in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv early this morning. An eyewitness told Reuters news agency that smoke was also seen in the city after the explosions. Earlier, sirens were heard in most parts of Ukraine, including the Kyiv region.
+++ 04:05 Ukraine announces its success in the counter-attack +++
Ukraine says it has recaptured part of the besieged city of Severodonetsk in a counterattack. On the other hand, Moscow reported that Russian forces are making progress in the city. Reports cannot be independently verified. The mayor of Serodonetsk, Oleksandr Strezhuk, said on state television that street fighting continued all day Saturday. “The situation is tense and complicated. … Our army is doing everything it can to drive the enemy out of the city,” he says. But there is a shortage of food, fuel and medicine.
+++ 03:15 Nouribor wants Ukraine to win the war +++
Green Party leader Omid Nouripur said that Ukraine’s goal is victory in the war against Russia. “Ukrainians must restore their sovereignty, territorial integrity and freedom,” he told Funk Media Group newspapers. “We will not recognize an inch of occupied Ukrainian territory.” When asked whether Ukraine should win the war against Russia, Nouribor answered “yes.” “But we are not telling Ukraine what to do. If they want to take back these lands, we support them. And if they want to negotiate, we support them too.” When asked if the delivery of main battle tanks to Ukraine represented a red line, Nouribor replied: “We have to strike a balance between the two goals: to avoid demarcation of war borders and to help Ukraine. Change the necessary measures for this almost weekly, I will be wary of red lines.”
+++ 02:18 Moscow sanctions could cost taxpayers billions +++
Kremlin sanctions against Gazprom Germania and its subsidiaries threaten to burden German taxpayers and gas consumers with additional costs of more than five billion euros annually. This was reported by “Welt am Sonntag”. Because Russia no longer delivers to the German company, a replacement must be purchased. The newspaper wrote that part of the resulting additional costs will be passed on to energy suppliers and therefore end customers from October in the form of gas surcharges. Corresponding information from the newspaper was confirmed by several industry representatives. Moscow stopped supplying the German subsidiary Gazprom with a decree dated May 11 because the federal government had placed the company under guardianship. Since then, the Federal Network Agency, as the responsible custodian, has been forced to purchase alternative gas from the market so that the company can continue to fulfill supply contracts with German municipal utilities and regional suppliers.
+++ 01:07 The President of the African Union announces his visit to Kyiv +++
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 upon arrival at the ECOWAS summit in Accra. This is “important to contribute to the return of peace.” Sall did not give details of his travel plans.
+++ 23:40 Selinsky accuses Russia of destroying cultural sites +++
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accuses 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 cultural and educational organization of the United Nations, says Silinsky in his video speech in Kyiv. 113 churches have already been destroyed or damaged. At the end of May he had already called for Russia to be excluded from UNESCO. Zelensky complains that since the war began on February 24, Russia has fired more than 2,500 missiles at Ukraine. “Our heroes stand on their soil and do whatever it takes to inflict as many casualties on the enemy as possible.”
+++ 22:06 Russia’s Bryansk region: one person was injured after Ukrainian bombing +++
In Russia, according to the Bryansk region, a village on the border with Ukraine was again bombed from the neighboring country. When the village of Slochevsk was bombed, a man was wounded and two houses caught fire. This was announced by the governor of the region, Alexandre Bogomas in his news channel on Telegram. He accused the Ukrainian forces of shooting at the village. The injured resident had to take him to the hospital. The fires were put out. The village of 150 inhabitants is located 1 km from the border with Ukraine. On February 24, Russia began a war of aggression against neighboring Ukraine and since then has repeatedly complained about attacks on its territory.
+++ 21:33 Lavrov expects increases in Russia’s revenue from oil and gas sales +++
According to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russia expects a significant additional income from energy exports this year due to high oil and gas prices. According to his ministry, Lavrov said, “Given the price level formed as a result of Western policy, we do not have budget losses. On the contrary, this year we will significantly increase the revenue from the export of our energy resources.” Serbian TV channel in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After the oil embargo decided by the European Union, Russia will sell raw materials to other customers.
+++ 21:02 Russian and Ukrainian have contradictory claims about Sieverodonetsk +++
Both sides reported successes in the Battle of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine. Luhansk region governor Serhiy Gagday said on Saturday that Russia is throwing “all its weight” into the battle for the city. However, the Ukrainian forces are now “pushing them to retreat”. On the other hand, Moscow said that Ukrainian units are withdrawing from the city. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian volunteer brigade announced the death of a German fighter in its ranks.
+++ 20:28 Ports in Ukraine are closed: African countries buy more Argentine wheat +++
Argentina set a record wheat exports in the first half of the working year – and according to the industry, it exported more wheat to Africa due to the war in Ukraine. This was reported by the Argentine newspaper “La Nacion”, citing the Rosario Grain Exchange. According to a report issued by the Grain Exchange, more than 12.7 million tons were delivered abroad between December 2021 and last May, which is a record for this period. According to the analysis of the grain exchange in Rosario, among other things, the importance of Africa as a buyer increased. She added that “African countries usually receive wheat from Russia or Ukraine, especially North African sub-Saharan countries.” Russia’s war against Ukraine prompted many of those countries to buy Argentine grain. Although Brazil remains the main destination for Argentina’s wheat shipments, Africa’s share of shipments is increasing sharply.
You can read developments prior to the Ukraine war here.