The war against Ukraine: this is the situation – flashpoints

After a visit to the front, Ukrainian President Zelensky made it clear that the defenders of the country’s independence are heroes. He also sees steadfastness in the war as a reason for rapid accession to the European Union. Developments at a glance.

Kyiv (AFP) – In light of more than 100 days of valiant fighting against the Russian invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has vehemently demanded his status as a candidate to join the European Union.

I mean, this would be a decision not only for Ukraine, but for the entire European project, as the head of state said in his daily video message. That will also decide whether the EU has a future, Zelensky said.

The EU Commission wants to decide in June how to proceed with the EU’s ambitions for the country under attack by Russia. The federal government has not yet taken a position on this issue. However, Chancellor Olaf Schultz (Social Democratic Party) made it clear that there should be no shortcuts for Ukraine on its way to the EU. Ukraine, which has something to do with massive corruption, sees its war against Russia as a sufficient qualification.

Meanwhile, fighting continues in Ukraine. Zelensky said Ukraine’s Donbass maintains its solidity on the 103rd day, referring to the situation in the east of the country. In addition, everything is being done to ensure the stability of the front in the Zaporizhia and Mykolaiv regions. Fierce fighting continued around Severodonetsk, Lesichansk, Slovyansk, Pakhmut, Svyatohersk, Avdiivka, Kurakhov, and in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The armed forces suffered heavy losses in life.

Moscow: Sviatohirsk practically taken

The Russian army and Moscow-backed separatists say they have now completed the capture of the Ukrainian city of Svyatohersk (Sugatogorsk) and its historic monastery. Denis Pushlin, the leader of the separatist region of Donetsk, told Russian state television that Svyatogorsk was practically liberated. There is the Dormition Monastery, which was recently shot down, and is one of the most important shrines of Russian Orthodoxy.

Moscow Patriarch Kirill, who supports the aggressive war against Ukraine, has long been famous for his desire to keep the ancient religious sites of the Russian Orthodox Church under his influence. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said earlier that the capture of the city was in its final stages. The last soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces left behind their military equipment and weapons and fled on their own. Konashenkov said that about 80 Ukrainian soldiers crossed the city river, and the Russian side allowed them to escape and did not shoot.

Initially, there was no confirmation from the Ukrainian side of the abandonment of Svyatohersk. However, on Monday morning the Ukrainian General Staff reported heavy fighting in the Donetsk region around the city. Ukraine has been demanding supplies of heavy weapons from the West for weeks, not only to stop and push Russian forces, but also to liberate occupied positions.

Discussion about tank shipments from Spain

Spain, for example, wants to deliver German-made battle tanks to Ukraine. The union in the Bundestag warned the federal government not to prevent Spain from doing so. If Spain wants to extradite the Leopard 2, the federal government must quickly make that possible, said the deputy chair of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Johan Wadfull (CDU) in Augsburger Allgemeine. Germany is abandoning Ukraine every day because heavy weapons do not reach it. CDU foreign politician Rodrich Keswetter made a similar statement in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper: I expect the federal government to issue the necessary export license as quickly and proactively as possible.

The usually well-informed Spanish newspaper El Pas, citing Defense Ministry sources, reported that Spain was preparing to deliver about 40 Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks and ground-based anti-aircraft missiles. Minister Margarita Robles neither confirmed nor denied this. This is a very sensitive topic and requires the most discretion.

Massive fight in Donbass

Ukrainian Army Spokesman, Alexander Motocyanik, reported that there was heavy fighting along almost the entire front line in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The Russian Air Force carried out 39 sorties for air strikes outside eastern Ukraine. However, the most dangerous situation is in the Zaporizhia region, where the Russian army threatens the capital of the region, according to the statement. President Selinsky visited the area on Sunday and was also directly in front.

What will be important on Tuesday

Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth (the Greens) arrived Monday afternoon for a two-day visit to the Ukrainian coastal city of Odessa. She traveled to the Black Sea at the invitation of her Ukrainian counterpart. We want to show we are there, we want to show how culture is under attack, said the green politician at the start of the trip, before the main day of the trip on Tuesday. Offers of humanitarian aid are still very rare in the discussions.

For the first time since the start of the Ukraine war, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Social Democratic Party) will visit Lithuania on Tuesday, a country that borders Russia and feels particularly threatened by nuclear power. In the capital, Vilnius, he will meet Nosida and the heads of government of the three Baltic states – along with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The chancellor then visits German soldiers stationed in Lithuania to secure the eastern flank of NATO.

dpa-infocom, dpa: 220607-99-569576/2

Leave a Comment