War against Ukraine: That's the situation

During a visit not far from the front, the Ukrainian President encouraged the soldiers. At the same time, he also pleads for a speedy end to the war. The developments at a glance.

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The Ministry of Defense in Kyiv has warned of the danger of new attacks since the end of April after the first rocket attacks on the Ukrainian capital.

“We have always said openly that Kyiv is constantly under threat,” Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maljar said on television on Sunday. Even if many people have returned in the meantime: “We should still understand that the war is in a hot phase and Kyiv will remain the main target of the Russian Federation.” In the night of Monday there was another air raid alarm in Kyiv.

On Sunday, the Ukrainian general staff reported several rocket hits in Kyiv. According to Mayor Vitali Klitschko, one person was injured.

In a video speech published in the evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “Russia’s war against Ukraine must end as soon as possible.” He did not comment on how this should be done. Russia complains that Ukraine has put negotiations on an end to hostilities on hold. Ukraine has been fighting the Russian invasion for more than 100 days. The United Nations has so far registered more than 4100 civilian deaths, but assumes the number of civilian casualties to be far higher.

Zelenskyj visits embattled Zaporizhia region

During a visit to the embattled region of Zaporizhia, Selenskyi found out about the military situation. Almost 40 percent of the southeastern Ukrainian region has been since the Russian invasion on . February has now been occupied by Moscow’s troops, said the region’s military governor, Olexander Starukh, during talks with the president in the city of Zaporizhia. “Many people arrive from places that are temporarily occupied by the enemy,” Zelenskyj said. The refugees need housing and jobs.

A particularly large number of people from the embattled eastern Ukraine fled to Zaporizhia, including from the Donetsk region. There is also the port city of Mariupol, where pro-Russian separatists took control with the help of Moscow’s troops in May. Fighting in Donbass continues. One focus is the administrative center Sievjerodonetsk in the Luhansk region, where according to the authorities Ukrainian troops are successfully resisting Russian units.

In a video released during the night, Zelenskyy said that he made a tour of the contested regions of Donetsk and Luhansk together with his chief of staff Andriy Yermak, visiting the frontline cities of Lysychansk and Soledar. Lysychansk is on the river opposite Sieverodonetsk. Selenskyj had recently repeatedly demanded heavy weapons from the West, not only to stop the Russian advance, but also to recapture occupied areas.

Ukraine confirms death of Russian general

The Ukrainian military has said it has killed another high-ranking Russian officer with the rank of general. The commander of the 1st army corps of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, Major General Roman Kutuzov, had been “de-Nazified and demilitarized”, the administration for strategic communications of the Ukrainian armed forces said on Monday night, according to the online portal “Ukrainskaya Pravda”. A correspondent for Russian state television first reported on Kutuzov’s death.

Kutuzov is said to have fallen while leading a Russian attack on a town near Popasna in the Luhansk Oblast in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian side had previously reported that the Russian attack had been repelled and the enemy had to withdraw with “significant casualties”.

Newspaper: Spain wants to deliver Leopard tanks to Ukraine

According to a report in the newspaper “El País”, Spain wants to deliver German Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks and anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine. The newspaper wrote on Sunday, citing information from the Defense Ministry in Madrid, that these were decommissioned tanks that first had to be prepared for use. The training of Ukrainian soldiers on the tanks should first take place in Latvia and later in Spain. The German Press Agency asked the ministry for a statement on the report, but there was no response at first.

It would be the first time that Ukraine would receive Western main battle tanks in a fight against the Russian army. In Germany, politicians from the ruling SPD party have so far emphasized that there is an informal agreement between the NATO countries not to supply such weapons. According to the newspaper report, around 40 of 108 Leopard tanks sent to Spain 1995 bought used in Germany, to be made ready for use again.

According to the report, Spain is also preparing to deliver a battery of surface-to-air missiles of the MBDA type “Shorad Aspide”. These have already been decommissioned by the Spanish armed forces and replaced by newer systems. So far, Spain has mainly supplied Ukraine with light weapons, ammunition and protective equipment.

London wants to supply first multiple rocket launchers

Britain plans to supply Ukraine with long-range multiple rocket launchers for the first time in its fight against Russian aggression. The British government has announced that it will send several M270 missile systems with a range of up to 80 kilometers into the country According to BBC information, there should initially be three. “As Russia’s tactics change, so must our support,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement on Monday.

The high-precision weapons would enable Ukraine to better defend itself against the brutal attacks of Russia, which leveled cities with its long-range artillery. “If the international community keeps supporting me, I believe that Ukraine will win Wallace said.

Putin warns against delivery of long-range missiles

The Russian military has repeatedly announced that it will target western arms supplies. Moscow repeatedly reports the destruction of heavy weapons and ammunition. President Vladimir Putin has threatened severe attacks on Ukraine if Western long-range missiles are delivered to Ukraine.

“If they deliver, then we will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our means of destruction, of which we have enough, to strike those objects that we have not hitherto attacked,” Putin said in an interview published on Sunday State TV channel Rossiya 1. The aim of the western arms deliveries is to prolong the conflict in Ukraine as much as possible, he said.

Media: Moscow agrees to grain deliveries

According to a media report, the Russian leadership agreed a scheme with Kyiv and Ankara to release grain deliveries from the previously blocked Black Sea port of Odessa. “In the sovereign waters of the neighboring country, the Turkish military will take over the mine clearance and they will also accompany the ships into neutral waters,” the Kremlin-affiliated daily Isvestia described the planned process on Monday, citing government circles. Later, Russian warships would escort the grain carriers to the Bosphorus.

Ukraine is one of the largest grain exporters in the world. The Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports had therefore led to fears of famine, especially in poor African countries.

Most recently, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin received the President of the African Union (AU) and Senegal, Macky Sall. While Putin denied Russia’s guilt in the food crisis, he indicated his willingness to facilitate grain deliveries.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to hold talks in Ankara on Wednesday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov had already confirmed in advance that the issue of grain deliveries from Ukraine would be discussed. According to the newspaper report, the scheme should be coordinated there in detail and then officially approved. So far, such a release has only been agreed for Odessa. (dpa)

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