Ukrainian war in live ticker
+++ 01:24 Zelensky’s adviser rejects new agreement from Minsk +++
Before the visit of Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Oleksiy Arestovych rejects a possible peace plan modeled on the Minsk Agreement on the Pacification of Eastern Ukraine. “I am afraid they will try to reach Minsk III. They will say that we must end the war that is causing food problems and economic problems, that the Russians and Ukrainians are dying, that we must save Mr Putin’s face, that we must save Mr Putin’s face,” he said. that the Russians made mistakes, that we must forgive them and give them a chance to return to world society, “Arestovych told Bild. That is the problem of Ukraine. Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany signed the Minsk Peace Agreement in the capital of Belarus in 2015 in the so-called Norman format. It was basically an end to the civil war in Luhansk and Donetsk.
+++ 23:49 Selensky calls on troops in the east to withstand +++
Given the costly defensive battle in the Donbas, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calls on his troops to endure. “This is our state. Staying there in the Donbas is vital,” Zelensky said in his evening video. “There are losses and they are painful.” However, in the coming weeks, the front in the east of the country will decide which party will dominate. The higher the enemy’s losses there, the less power it has to continue the aggression, says Zelensky. In the Donbas coal and steel area, Ukrainian troops have been fighting desperately for several days against the conquest of the city of Sievjerodonetsk.
+++ 22:50 Selensky calls for modern missile defense +++
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is asking foreign partners to supply modern anti-missile weapons. A number of important negotiations will take place this week, not only with European politicians, he announced without clarification. “We reiterate to our partners that Ukraine needs modern missile defense weapons,” he says in his video. His country requested such weapons systems before the Russian invasion, and there was no justification for delaying them.
+++ 22:28 UN: Russia should refrain from adoption from Ukraine +++
The United Nations has asked Russia to stop the adoption of Ukrainian children. “We always insist that no child is released for adoption during the conflict,” said Afshan Khan, UNICEF’s regional officer for Europe and Central Asia. Children should always be returned to their families. The decision to relocate a child must always be based on his or her well-being, says Khan. Already in early March, the United Nations expressed concern about the possible forced adoption of Ukrainian children. It is estimated that several thousand children were brought to Russia from Ukrainian war zones.
+++ 22:06 Ukraine: Russia regroups +++
According to the Kiev army, Russian troops carried out attacks in several places in eastern Ukraine. In the city of Sievjerodoneck, fighting continued on every street, the Ukrainian General Staff announced in the evening. The enemy regroups his troops and tries to bring in reinforcements. Russian attacks have also been reported in Rubishne in the Kharkiv region and in Zolot in the Luhansk region. Such an attack was reportedly repulsed near Berestowe in the Donetsk region. As usual, military information cannot be independently verified. Heavy Russian artillery fire was reported in almost all sectors of the front in the east and south.
+++ 21:47 Özdemir has clear expectations from Scholz’s trip to Kiev +++
Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir welcomes Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s trip to Ukraine. “First of all, I think it’s great that our chancellor is traveling to Ukraine,” says the green politician in “RTL Direkt”. A common path with EU partners is a strong signal. Özdemir shares a visit to Kiev with clear expectations, namely to honor “Ukraine’s will to fight, this enthusiasm to fight for European values”, “by providing military support to Ukraine and providing a perspective that leads to Europe”.
+++ 21:20 Moscow wants to keep budget figures locked down due to sanctions +++
In Russia, some budget lines are to be treated confidentially in the future. This is to protect the country from further sanctions, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement. In the first five months of this year, the budget surplus was almost 1.5 trillion rubles (almost 25 billion euros), it is said. The reason is higher energy prices.
You can read the earlier development of the Ukrainian war here.