Ukraine-News: Zelensky promises to recapture Crimea

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Zelensky promises to recapture Crimea

Expectations before a possible Scholz trip to Kiev are growing – Ukraine is calling for more weapons

Tough fighting is taking place in eastern Ukraine. The country is coming under increasing pressure and expectations of a possible Scholz visit are also rising, because the current commitments of the Ukrainian government are far from sufficient.

Ukraine not only wants to defend its current territories – Zelenskyj announced that they also want to liberate the Crimean peninsula from Russia: according to the president, the Ukrainian flag will fly again over Yalta and Sudak. More in live ticker.

DUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised his compatriots to reconquer the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia. “The Ukrainian flag will once again fly over Yalta and Sudak, over Jankoy and Yevpatoria,” Zelenskyj said in his evening video message in Kiev on Monday. “Of course we will liberate our Crimea as well.”

Russia occupied the Black Sea Peninsula militarily in 2014, when Ukraine was weakened after the change of power and unable to resist. Then an internationally unrecognized referendum took place and Crimea was annexed to Russia. Zelensky has always advocated a return to the peninsula, but rarely declared it as emphatically as a war goal.

The President called on the citizens of Ukraine to maintain contact with the Russian-occupied parts of the country, Donetsk or the Kharkiv region. These areas will also be liberated again, he said. “Tell them the Ukrainian army is sure to come!” In the east of the Donbas, the army is under pressure. In order to succeed, it urgently needs modern artillery from its foreign partners, Zelenskyj continued.

Selensky had previously called in Chancellor Olaf Scholz for a clearer position in the war in Ukraine. “We need Chancellor Scholz to assure us that Germany will support Ukraine. He and his government must decide, “he said on Monday. No balance should be sought between Ukraine and relations with Russia.

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All developments in live ticker:

11:20 – Russia launches a missile attack on a weapons hideout in northern Ukraine

Russia claims to have used long-range missiles to attack the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine. Caliber missiles destroyed the weapons and ammunition depot near the town of Pryluky, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenko said in Moscow on Tuesday. The missiles were also fired at Ukrainian troops and weapons depots in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

10:45 – Russian troops in the east continue their advance

According to Ukrainian sources, Russian troops have managed to advance further in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine. Russian assailants have settled in the settlement of Vidrodzhennya, the Ukrainian General Staff announced on Facebook on Tuesday. Previously, there was heavy artillery fire on the nearby city of Bakhmut. Russian troops advanced along European Route 40 towards Bachmut.

9:45 – Russia reports casualties during shelling of the city on the Ukrainian border

Four people were injured in a grenade attack on a Russian city on the border with Ukraine, according to authorities. In addition, some houses in Klinz in the Bryansk region have been damaged, Governor Alexander Bogomaz said through the Telegram short message service. Representatives of Russia’s regions bordering Ukraine have reported several cases of cross-border shelling in recent weeks, allegedly damaging homes and injuring people.

09:35 – The Moscow Stock Exchange suspended trading in francs

The Moscow Stock Exchange suspended trading in Swiss francs. New sanctions against Russia imposed by Switzerland last week have led to difficulties in settling transactions between the Swiss currency and rubles and dollars, the Moscow Stock Exchange said. Russia’s largest stock exchange is looking for a possible solution and hopes to resume trading in Swiss francs in the future.

09:03 – The Russians are making little progress in the Kharkov area

According to the British Ministry of Defense, the Russian invading troops in Ukraine made less progress in the area around the city of Kharkov for the first time in a few weeks. However, Russia’s main offensive efforts are still aimed at the Sierodonet pocket, according to Tuesday’s daily news of the war in Ukraine.

05:01 – Macron travels to Romania and Moldova

French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to neighboring Romania and Moldova in view of the war in Ukraine. According to the Elysee Palace, Macron wanted to leave for Romania early Tuesday morning and then continue to Moldova on Wednesday. Both countries are concerned about the threat posed by Russia’s offensive war against Ukraine. Another topic is the desire of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to join the European Union. At the EU summit on 23 and 24 June, the EU states want to stand for the candidate status of the three countries.

03:39 – Zelenskyy: Battle for Donbass has a very high price

According to President Zelenský, the Battle of Eastern Donbas will be considered one of the most brutal in European history. “The cost of this battle is very high for us. It’s just scary, “says Zelensky in his daily video message. “We draw our partners’ attention to the fact that only a sufficient number of modern artillery units for Ukraine will secure our advantage.” Ukraine needed 1,000 howitzers, 500 tanks and 1,000 drones, as well as other heavy weapons, explains Ukrainian President’s adviser Mykhailo Podoljak.

2:10 – Özdemir expects even higher food prices

Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir (Greens) expects food prices in Germany to continue to rise as a result of the Ukrainian war. “We have to reckon with increases in the autumn and winter, because business now has to supply itself with expensive energy and price increases are passed on to customers,” Özdemir told the Rheinische Post. “Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go.”

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