War Day at a glance: Russians bomb Odessa – grain blockade as “real war crime”

War Day at a glance
Russians bomb Odessa – grain blockade as “real war crime”

The southern Ukrainian city of Odessa was bombed for hours. Meanwhile, Russian troops capture the village near Sieverodonetsk and penetrate the industrial area of ​​the heavily attacked city. Germany confiscated real estate from the Russians for the first time. While the EU’s foreign policy chief complains about a “war crime,” US President Biden does not want to travel to Ukraine this summer. 117th day of the war in brief.

Ukraine is losing control of the village near Sierodonetsk

The Ukrainian authorities acknowledged the loss of the village of Metyolkine, southeast of the administrative center of Sieverodonetsk in the east of the country. “Control of Metyolkin near Sierodonetsk has been lost,” Serhiy Hajday, the military governor of the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, said on his Telegram channel. The Russian Ministry of Defense informed about the conquest of the village on Sunday. According to Hajda, Russian troops advanced into the industrial area in the heavily infested city of Sieverodonetsk. The governor wrote that there was already a fight there.

According to the Ukrainian army, several explosions in Odessa destroyed the food warehouse

According to a spokesman for the regional administration, the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa was shaken by several explosions. Detonations were heard after the sirens sounded. According to the Ukrainian army, the food warehouse was destroyed. Russian forces fired 14 missiles during a three-hour bombing, the military said.

Germany confiscated real estate from the Russians for the first time

In Germany, real estate was confiscated for the first time under sanctions against Russia over the offensive war in Ukraine. As reported by the public prosecutor Munich I, three private apartments in the Bavarian capital and a bill to rent were confiscated. An unnamed member of the Russian State Duma and his wife, who resides in Munich, are affected.

Zelensky: Russia is taking Africa hostage

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenský, negotiations to lift the blockade of Ukrainian ports are proving difficult. “We are having complex multilevel negotiations to unblock our Ukrainian ports. But no progress has been made so far,” he told a video meeting at the African Union (AU). “So far, no real tool has been found to ensure that Russia (ports) do not attack again,” Zelenskyj said. He accused Russia of taking Africa hostage in the conflict. “The global food crisis will last as long as this colonial war lasts,” the head of state said.

Corn-Blockade “real war crime”, according to EU foreign policy official

According to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, the problem of blocked grain exports to Ukraine will be resolved. “We are making progress and (…) I am sure that the UN will eventually reach an agreement,” the Spaniard told EU talks, especially with Russia and Ukraine. It is inconceivable that millions of tonnes of wheat are still blocked in Ukraine, while people in the rest of the world are starving. At the time of the possible settlement, Borrell said he could not imagine it would take much longer. If that happens, Russia will be responsible. The grain export blockade is a “real war crime”. Human hunger should not be used as a weapon of war.

Crimean chief: Ukraine shells gas extraction platforms in the Black Sea

According to pro-Russian statements, the Ukrainian coastal defense attacked floating platforms for gas extraction in the Black Sea with rockets. The Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov spoke of the 21 people rescued so far. A total of 109 people were last on the platforms. Earlier, Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Honcharenko reported rocket attacks against production platforms. The Ukrainian army did not initially comment on the process. The plateaus are located about 100 kilometers from the coast of the Odessa region and 150 kilometers from the Crimean peninsula on the Black Sea shelf.

During EU consultations: Selensky expects an increased number of attacks

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenský, Russia will intensify its attacks in the coming days with regard to the discussion of its country’s application for membership in the European Union. “We should expect Russia to step up its hostile activities this week,” Zelensky said in a video. “We are ready.” At the summit on Thursday and Friday, the 27 EU heads of state and government are expected to decide that Ukraine will be granted candidate status.

US President Biden will not travel to Ukraine this summer

US President Joe Biden called a visit to Ukraine on his forthcoming trips to Europe and the Middle East “unlikely.” In general, such a journey always depends on whether it would bring trouble and distraction to Ukraine, Biden said on Rehoboth Beach in his home state of Delaware. At the end of June, Biden will attend the G7 summit in Elmau, Germany, then travel to the NATO summit in Madrid. Biden plans a trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia in mid-July. “And then I’ll go straight home,” he said. Since the outbreak of war on February 24, the American president has not traveled to Ukraine.

Medvedev does not want to talk to the US about nuclear disarmament

Russia’s ex-president Dmitry Medvedev is currently rejecting talks with the United States on nuclear disarmament. He explained the cold relationship between the two countries: “We have no relations with the United States at the moment. They are at zero on the Kelvin scale,” President Vladimir Putin’s confidant and current vice president of the National Security Council said in a statement. telegram post. There is currently no need to negotiate nuclear disarmament with the United States.

Moscow accuses Lithuania of “hostile” restrictions on supplies to Kaliningrad

Russia has accused Lithuania of “openly hostile” restrictions on rail freight to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad following EU sanctions, fueling tensions with the Baltic states. Unless freight transit between Kaliningrad and the rest of Russia through Lithuanian territory is resumed quickly and fully, Russia “reserves the right to take steps to protect its national interests,” the Foreign Ministry in Moscow warned.

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