TDespite warnings from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Britain wants to supply Ukraine with long-range missile systems. Specifically, these are M270 artillery pieces that can fire M31-A1 missiles up to 80 kilometers. It is designed to be used primarily as a defensive weapon against Russian artillery in eastern Ukraine. Britain confirmed that Ukraine had ensured that weapons would not be used on Russian soil.
On Sunday, Putin said Russia would use “means of destruction” to hit things it “has not yet attacked” if Ukraine received long-range missile systems. It was not clear at first whether Putin was referring to new targets inside or outside Ukraine’s borders.
Putin claimed that Western arms supplies are aimed at prolonging the armed conflict as long as possible. He was hinting at US plans to provide Kyiv with multiple launch missile systems, among other things.
All developments in the live broadcast tape:
12:14 pm – 70 Russian defectors admit to entering Germany
According to a media report, the federal government wants to enable about 70 Russian dissidents to remain in Germany permanently. On Monday, the newspaper “Spiegel”, citing government departments, reported that Russian journalists critical of the Kremlin, who fled to Germany on a Schengen visa for 90 days after the Russian attack on Ukraine, should be able to live and work in Germany permanently. Your short-term visas must be converted into long-term visas.
According to the report, the federal government is in talks with internal authorities in the states of Berlin and Saxony, among others. A report issued by the working group of Russian experts to the meeting of the Federal Cabinet next Wednesday stated that “the federal government is committed to ensuring that dissidents working in the cultural and media sphere from the Russian Federation, who entered the country on a Schengen visa and are now residing in Germany to continue their work here, can obtain on a residence permit for the purpose of working in the federal territory.
Living costs for opponents must be covered by grants for the time being. These should initially be valid for one year. However, it can be extended if defectors do not find a job by the end of the year or are not yet able to earn a living from self-employment. The scholarships must be funded from the budget of the Secretary of State for Culture Claudia Roth (the Greens), and is estimated at about three and a half million euros for this purpose. According to the report, three organizations will act as the scholarship host: Reporters Without Borders, Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) and the Schöpflin Foundation.
10:26 a.m. – According to a media report, Spain wants to deliver tanks
According to a report in the newspaper “El País”, Spain wants to deliver German Leopard 2 A4 battle tanks and anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine. On Sunday, the newspaper wrote, citing information from the Ministry of Defense in Madrid, that these were decommissioned tanks that should first be ready for use. Ukrainian soldiers should be trained in tanks first in Latvia and later in Spain. The German news agency asked the ministry to issue a statement on the news, but no response has been received so far.
This will be the first time that Ukraine will receive modern Western tanks in combat against the Russian army. In Germany, politicians from the ruling SPD party have so far confirmed that there is an informal agreement between NATO countries not to supply such weapons. According to the newspaper’s report, about 40 of the 108 Leopard tanks purchased by Spain in Germany in 1995 could be restarted.
10:06 a.m. – Russia reportedly agrees to ship grain
According to a media report, the Russian leadership has agreed with Kyiv and Ankara on a scheme to release grain shipments from the previously closed Black Sea port of Odessa. The Kremlin newspaper “Isvestia” described the planned operation on Monday, citing government departments, “in the sovereign waters of the neighboring country, the Turkish army will undertake mine clearance, and will also escort ships to neutral waters.” Subsequently, Russian warships will escort grain carriers to the Bosphorus.
Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine led to massive disruptions in world markets and led to food price hikes. Ukraine is one of the world’s largest grain exporters. So the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports led to fears of famine, especially in poor African countries.
06:30 – Hackers attack a Russian ministry
Hackers apparently attacked the website of the Russian Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities. An Internet search for the site leads to a banner that reads “Glory to Ukraine” in Ukrainian. The state-run RIA news agency late on Sunday quoted a ministry official as saying that the website is not available, but that users’ personal information is protected. RIA also reported that other media outlets have reported that hackers demanded a ransom to prevent user data from being published. Reuters was unable to verify this.
03:02 – Zelensky visits soldiers in Donbass
On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the cities of Lyschansk and Soledar, a few kilometers south of the besieged city of Sevarodontsk. Two recorded videos broadcast on Sunday show Zelensky talking to soldiers in bunker-like buildings and presenting prizes. “You deserve to win – that’s the most important thing. But not at any cost,” Zelensky said in one of the videos.
12:12 am – Experts expect sharp increase in TB and HIV cases in Ukraine
Experts predict a sharp increase in the number of HIV and tuberculosis infections in Ukraine as a result of the Russian war of aggression. Peter Sands, director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Germany’s (RND) Liberation Network, said in an interview published on Monday.
The expert explained that the large movements of refugees, accommodation in confined spaces, and interruption of medical care led to the spread of infectious diseases. According to the Global Fund, even before the war, Ukraine had one of the highest rates of tuberculosis and HIV in the Eastern Europe/Central Asia region.
11:46 pm – Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is not allowed to fly
According to information from Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov cannot travel to Serbia for a two-day visit scheduled this Monday because he did not have a flight permit. According to Russia’s Interfax agency, a high-ranking official in the ministry confirmed a similar Serbian media report on Sunday, which said that Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro had not allowed the Russian government plane to fly over them. Lavrov is under Western sanctions because of Russia’s aggressive war on Ukraine. In addition, European airspace is closed to Russian aircraft.
The minister wanted to meet with the Serbian leadership to talk about providing the country with Russian energy, for example. When asked if the visit has been cancelled, the ministry official replied: “Diplomacy has not yet gained the ability to dispatch.” The Serbian media had previously reported that Lavrov’s visit to Belgrade had been canceled due to the lack of permission to fly over it. On Sunday, Lavrov surprisingly invited foreign journalists to a press conference on Monday.