Selensky performs in the G7 and NATO – night at first sight

Updated 16.06.2022 at 8:14

  • Ukraine is gaining more foreign weapons and political support.
  • The country also needs them, because in the east Russia is tirelessly attacking with planes and artillery.
  • Overview of developments during the night and outlook for the day.

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At the end of June, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will represent the interests of his war-torn country at G7 and NATO summits. He gratefully accepted the invitation to the summit, Zelensky said on Twitter on Wednesday evening. Initially, it was not clear whether the Ukrainian head of state would leave his country or whether the video would be used as in other meetings. Overall, Zelensky saw great progress in his country’s international support, as he said in an evening in his video address.

The military situation – especially in eastern Ukraine – has remained extremely tense. “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.

Many international contacts of Ukraine

In his evening video, Zelenysky listed all of Wednesday’s international contacts: phone calls with US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meetings with Albania and Montenegro’s heads of government Edim Rama and Dritan Abazovic. Wednesday’s meeting of the US-led contact group in Ukraine in Brussels sent a signal that arms supplies will be stabilized, Zelensky said.

Following a phone call, Zelensky Biden announced another $ 1 billion arms shipment. In addition, the United States provided the country with an additional $ 225 million (about € 217 million) in humanitarian aid.

Federal Secretary of Defense Christine Lambrecht (SPD) has promised to supply three Mars II multiple rocket launchers. However, this is one system less than expected. In early June, on the sidelines of a general debate in the Bundestag, government circles said Germany would supply four multiple rocket launchers.

Selensky said Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had invited him to join the group of seven leading Western industrialized nations. The invitation to NATO came from Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The G7 meeting is scheduled for June 26-28 at the luxurious Alpine Hotel Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. In addition to the US and Germany, the G7 also includes Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Canada, and the EU is represented at all negotiations.

Immediately afterwards, a NATO summit will begin in the Spanish capital, Madrid, which will focus primarily on strengthening the eastern wing against Russia. Asked if Zelensky would come to Madrid, Stoltenberg said: “He is welcome to come in person. If this is not possible for him, he will speak to us via video conference.”

Ukraine’s close international contacts would include the expected visit of Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. However, as with other visits to Kiev under wartime, the trip could not be expected to be officially confirmed until the three politicians arrived safely.

also read: NATO countries want to prevent war with Russia through informal agreements

The fight for the Luhansk region

“The enemy uses planes, several rocket launchers and artillery to drive our troops,” Commander Zalushna 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. The city, which is the seat of the Ukrainian administration in the Luhansk region, is already largely in Russian hands. For Ukraine, leaving the city would mean a significant, symbolic defeat. For Russia, the complete conquest of the Luhansk region is an important war goal.

Even less Russian gas for Germany

Russia’s Gazprom energy group has again reduced gas supplies via the Baltic Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany. Gazprom has announced that as of Thursday night, only a maximum of 67 million cubic meters will be pumped daily. The state-owned company again justified the delays in repairs. Gazprom announced on Tuesday that the daily volume would be reduced by about 40 percent from 167 million to 100 million cubic meters of gas per day and pointed to delays in repairs to gas compressors.

According to the Federal Minister of Economy Robert Habeck, Russia wants to cause unrest in the supply cuts. “The justification provided by the Russian side is only fake. It is clearly a strategy to create uncertainty and increase prices,” said the Greens politician. Quantities can currently be purchased on the market, albeit at high prices. “Security of supply is guaranteed”.

That will be important today

NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss unresolved issues related to the main summit in Madrid at the end of June.

On the contrary, Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to talk to representatives of the automotive industry at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, given the Western sanctions. (dpa / ari)
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According to one analysis, Russia earned 93 billion euros in fossil fuel export revenues in the first hundred days of its war against Ukraine. According to a report published on Monday by the Finnish Center for Energy and Clean Air Research (CREA), the EU is still by far the largest consumer of Russian gas and oil.

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