Gazprom reportedly cut off gas supplies to Austria and Italy +++

The Austrian energy group OMV is to receive less gas from Russia. The Russian gas company Gazprom informed OMV about the cuts, the daily Vedomosti reported, referring to an OMV spokesman. However, the extent of the reduction remained unclear. “OMV can fully compensate for this cut,” the spokesman said. According to a report by the Russian news agency RIA, the cuts will affect the Italian Eni by about 15 percent.

+++ 07:03 Moscow wants to negotiate nuclear weapons agreements +++
Russia and the US must discuss the extension of the START agreement on reducing the number of nuclear weapons, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the RIA. The matter is important for global security, and Russia’s military operation in Ukraine is no reason to avoid it, Peskov added. Asked about the possibility of nuclear war, Peskov replied: “I believe that today’s media should be professional enough not to ask such questions, and those with whom they are interviewed should be intelligent enough not to answer such questions. “

+++ 06:38 Correspondents report from Scholz’s train to Kiev +++
The correspondent of the Italian newspaper “la Repubblica” apparently reported directly from a special train that the heads of Italy, France and Germany were going to Kiev – Tommaso Ciriaco describes the scene shortly after midnight: The train goes from the Polish border towards the Ukrainian capital in a french cabin. Heavy curtains on the walls. Macron in a white shirt, Draghi in a “sweater with air conditioning”, Scholz in a “short-sleeved shirt that’s out of fashion”. All three spoke for at least an hour and a half, Ciriaco writes. The train arrives in the morning. “Next stop, Kyiv.”

+++ 06:12 Commander-in-Chief: “The fierce battle for Luhansk continues +++
“The tough fight for the Luhansk region continues,” said Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valery Zalushnyi. Russian troops attacked there from nine directions simultaneously, he wrote on Facebook. “The enemy uses planes, several rocket launchers and artillery to drive our troops,” he wrote of the fighting in the east. The key to Ukraine’s defense operation is the city of Sierodonetsk, which has been fought for for several days.

05:21 The federal government is examining a liquefied gas ship at Lubmin +++
The Federal Network Agency is for a floating liquefied gas terminal in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. “The floating terminal at Lubmin is under investigation and clarifications are currently underway. The inland connection to the pipeline system would be there due to the Nord Stream anyway,” said Klaus Müller, head of the Rheinische Post. It is currently being investigated to include not only the North Sea but also the Baltic Sea in order to bring enough gas from the coast to southern Germany.

+++ 04:55 For the first time, the Ukrainian war has increased the number of displaced persons to over 100 million +++
According to a report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine will exacerbate global displacement. According to the UN, more than 100 million people around the world are fleeing for the first time. “It is clear that if no solution is found quickly, the impact will be quite devastating,” said UNHCR Director Filippo Grandi. More and more people are fleeing due to rising prices and violent uprisings in the African Sahel. He criticizes Ukraine for providing too much funding, while other programs to support the displaced are underfunded.

+++ 03:58 Strack-Zimmermann: “Now and in the future we must also supply heavy weapons” +++
FDP security politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann and the chairman of the European Committee in the Bundestag, Greens Anton Hofreiter, are in favor of continuing to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine. “We must be prepared to supply heavy weapons now and in the future, and we should be dealing with what could happen militarily in the coming months. Every day counts,” said the chairman of the Defense Editorial Board of Germany (RND). ).

“Clear support for EU candidate status would be desirable. If Germany, France and Italy put it together, it would send a strong signal,” Hofreiter RND said, referring to Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel’s trip to Kiev. Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. “Given Russia’s brutal actions, Ukraine also needs additional military support. There should also be as specific commitments as possible,” Hofreiter said.

+++ 02:52 Selensky sees foreign policy successes in Ukraine +++
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sees progress in international support for his country invaded by Russia. In his latest video report, he lists all the international contacts for the day: phone calls with US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meetings with Albanian and Montenegrin leaders Edi Rama and Dritan Abazovic. “In all international contacts, I hear admiration for the actions of our defenders,” says the president. But Russia would not be Russia if it sat and watched Ukraine’s foreign policy success, Zelensky said. He mentioned that Moscow had stopped gas supplies to the EU and Wednesday’s rocket attacks in the Mykolaiv and Kharkiv regions.

+++ 00:16 report: Damage $ 4.3 billion in the Ukrainian agricultural sector +++

According to Kiev’s calculations, Ukrainian agriculture has suffered $ 4.3 billion (4.1 billion euros) in damage as a result of Russia’s war of aggression. According to a research report prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, large areas were damaged or contaminated by mines. Thus, it was not possible to bring in a harvest worth $ 1.43 billion. The cost of necessary research and demining is estimated at $ 436 million. In addition, $ 926 million worth of agricultural machinery was destroyed. Irrigation systems worth $ 225 million have been damaged in the Russian-occupied regions of southern Ukraine. The damage to the grain silos was estimated at 272 million euros. In addition, Russia shipped $ 613 million worth of grain from the occupied territories. Livestock losses are estimated at $ 136 million.

+++ 00:24 Habeck calls for energy savings after throttling gas again +++
After Russia’s Gazprom Group cuts gas supplies, Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck is again calling for energy savings. “Every kilowatt hour helps in this situation,” says the Green politician in a video on Twitter. The situation is serious, but it does not threaten security of supply in Germany. “We have to be vigilant,” Habeck warns. It is treacherous to forget the war in Ukraine and to think that this is how everything can continue. “We have to keep working. Above all, we must not allow ourselves to be divided. Because Putin intends to do so.”

+++ 23:11 The Germans see responsibility for the war in Russia less often than the Finns or the British +++
In Germany, Russia blames a smaller part of the population on the offensive war in Ukraine than in other European countries. This is the result of a representative Yougov survey commissioned by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think-tank. According to this, about two thirds of people in Germany see the main responsibility in Russia. In Finland, on the other hand, it is 90 percent, in the United Kingdom, Poland and Sweden 83 percent each.

+++ 22:25 US accuses Putin of China’s partisan +++
The United States has criticized China for announcing increased cooperation with Russia. “China says it is neutral, but its behavior makes it clear that it is still investing in close ties with Russia,” a State Department spokesman said. “The nations that stand on the side of Russian President Vladimir Putin will inevitably find themselves on the wrong side of history.” More than three months after the Russian invasion, “China is still behind Russia,” a State Department spokesman said. “It continues to spread Russian propaganda around the world. It still protects Russia in international organizations and evades its responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. And it still denies Russian atrocities in Ukraine and suggests that it has been staged.”

+++ 22:03 Selensky arrives at NATO and G7 summit +++
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accepted an invitation to the G7 and NATO summits. Selensky writes this on Twitter. The group of seven leading industrialized countries (G7) will meet in Bavaria at the end of June, followed by NATO in Madrid. Chancellor Olaf Scholz invited him to join the group of seven leading Western industrialized nations. The invitation to join NATO came from Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Selensky does not say whether to leave his capital Kyiv or how to join other conferences via video link.

+++ 21:34 More than just wire: Latvian president praises NATO’s eastern wing protection +++
Latvian President Egils Levits praised the Canadian-led NATO battalion protecting NATO’s eastern wing in its country. “This is not just a training mission, it is an operational deterrent,” Levits said at a ceremony on the occasion of the five-year anniversary of a multinational combat group at the Latvian military base Adazi. The NATO force demonstrates the Allies’ determination to defend every member of the Alliance. In view of the Russian war in Ukraine, Levits is pushing for further strengthening of NATO’s eastern wing. NATO’s previous tripwire logic is no longer enough to defend the Baltic states.

You can read the earlier development of the Ukrainian war here.

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