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From: Sandra Kathe, Karolin Schäfer, Daniel Dillmann

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Russia blocked grain exports during the war in Ukraine. Food shortages are already threatened in some countries. Ticker news.

  • famine threatens: Russia blocks ports amid Ukrainian conflict Grain can not be exported.
  • Ukraine and the EU: Chancellor Olaf Scholz calls for EU reform in the midst of the war in Ukraine. NATO promises further support.
  • help from the west: In the war with Russia, Germany supplies Ukraine with more weapons systems.

+++ 17:40: About 20 million tons of grain are currently stuck in Ukraine as the Kremlin blocks export shipments. This is already leading to food shortages in several countries. However, they could now be delivered via Hungary, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjárto suggested during a meeting of EU foreign ministers. Attempts to lift Russia’s blockade of Black Sea ports have so far failed.

Corn grains are stored in a warehouse in the Kiev region.  Due to the war in Ukraine, millions of tons of grain cannot be exported.
Corn grains are stored in a warehouse in the Kiev region. Due to the war in Ukraine, millions of tons of grain cannot be exported. © Ukrinform / dpa

War in Ukraine: For the first time confiscated apartments of Russian oligarchs

+++ 16:30: In particular, Russian oligarchs and other supporters of Russia have lost significant assets as a result of EU sanctions in response to the offensive war in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the volume of frozen assets has almost doubled from 6.7 billion euros in April to just over 12.5 billion euros, European Commission spokesman Christian Wigand said on Monday. These include freezing yachts, helicopters, real estate and artwork. The assets of the Russian central bank were not included.

Meanwhile, German authorities have seized for the first time three apartments belonging to the sanctioned Duma MP and his wife. The Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office announced on Monday that the flats in Munich had been confiscated together with the couple’s bank account. This was the first case in Germany where property was confiscated instead of frozen. Despite the confiscation, previous tenants can still stay in the apartments, but the rent of 3,500 euros will be paid in Munich court. A member of the Duma was placed on the EU sanctions list shortly before the Russian offensive war.

War in Ukraine: Russia blocks ports – new famine threatens

+++ 15:00: The war in Ukraine threatens global food shortages. For example, Ukrainian grain exports are currently blocked by the Russian government. To this end, the West is planning a conference on food security with Germany as the host. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will also attend the meeting next Friday (June 24).

“During its G7 presidency, the government is particularly determined to find common answers to the emerging global hunger crisis triggered by Russia’s war on Ukraine,” a spokesman from Berlin was quoted as saying by the Arab agency Aljazeera.

War in Ukraine: Russia is blocking ports

+++ 13:08: At a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday (June 20), EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called on the Russian government, Vladimir Putin, to end the blockade of Ukraine’s grain exports.

Russia’s detention of millions of tons of cargo in Black Sea ports while hungry people in the rest of the world have starved has made Russia’s “unimaginable” behavior a “real war crime,” the Washington Post quoted a Spanish politician as saying. saying.

War in Ukraine: The US is hesitant to supply combat drones

Updates from Monday, June 20 09:04: The US is reluctant to supply Ukraine with the combat drones it desperately needs in the war against Russia. Specifically, there are four models of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle drone, which can be equipped with “Hellfire” missiles. But the Pentagon stopped the van at the last minute for fear that the drones might fall into enemy hands.

If that happened, Russia would receive sensitive information about US military radar technology and reconnaissance systems. Radar systems will now need to be replaced so that drones can still be delivered to Ukraine.

War in Ukraine: Moscow condemns Lithuania’s “blockade” – Scholz calls for EU reforms

++ 10:15: Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wants to speed up EU enlargement with reforms. In order for the EU to accept states like Ukraine, it must “modernize its structures and decision-making processes. It will not always be possible to decide unanimously on everything that must be decided unanimously today, “the chancellor said in an interview with the dpa agency.

Scholz wants to talk about a possible departure from the unanimity principle at the next EU summit. It will take place next Thursday and Friday.

War in Ukraine: Moscow accuses Lithuania of breaking the law

++ Update, 8:15: The political leadership in Moscow accuses Lithuania of violating international law. During the Ukrainian war, the EU member state stopped rail transit to the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, which belongs to Russia. Konstantin Kosatschow, one of Russia’s leading foreign politicians, said on Sunday night on his Telegram channel that the blockade was “beginning”.

“Lithuania, as a member of the EU, violates a number of legally binding international legal acts within the framework of sanctions (national law), which affect not only the obligations of Lithuania itself, but also the EU as a whole,” he added. wrote Kosachev.

The war in Ukraine: New weapons from Germany – a prominent visit to Lviv

First message: Kyiv – More weapons, more money, but no direct intervention in the war. This sums up what NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said about the future role of the Western Allies in the war in Ukraine. According to Stoltenberg, one must be prepared for the fact that the war between Ukraine and Russia can “last for years”.

“We must not relax in Ukraine’s support,” Stoltenberg told Bild am Sonntag. Rising energy and food prices as a result of Russia’s offensive war in Ukraine “cannot be compared to the price that Ukrainians have to pay every day with many lives.” If Russian President Vladimir Putin learned from the war that “he can simply continue as after the war in Georgia in 2008 and the occupation of Crimea in 2014,” then NATO nations would pay a “much higher price.”

Help Ukraine: More weapons, more money, no NATO soldiers

It sounded very similar to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who revisited Ukraine over the weekend. In an op-ed article published in the Sunday Times late Saturday, Johnson wrote that time is “important now” in the Ukrainian war. It all depends on “whether Ukraine will strengthen its defense capabilities faster than Russia will regain its offensive capability.” To do this, the country urgently needs new weapons systems from the West.

At the same time, however, Stoltenberg emphasized that the Western Defense Alliance would not intervene in the fighting. “We are helping the country, but we will not send NATO troops to Ukraine,” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been demanding more weapons from Germany for weeks – according to Ukrainian media reports. Accordingly, the German ambassador to Ukraine confirmed the delivery of additional self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. Feldhusen also reportedly promised to supply several rocket artillery systems (HIMARS). These weapon systems are currently being assembled and charged for Germany, the USA and the United Kingdom.

Help for Ukraine: Ben Stiller visited Lviv

Hollywood celebrities even traveled for support from the US to Ukraine. Actor Ben Stiller as UNHCR ambassador visited the city of Lviv, to which many Ukrainians from the east of the country fled.

However, whether all this technical and moral support from Ukraine will be enough to survive the attack from Russia is far from certain. Even the governor of the Ukrainian sub-region, Donbass Luhansk, Serhiy Hajdaj, is not sure. He warned against further escalation of fighting with Russia. “It is good that the West is helping us, but it is too late,” Hajdaj told the afp news agency. In the face of Russian attacks, “there are no safe places” in the Luhansk region for a long time. (dil / kas / dpa / afp)

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