War Day at a glance
Sievjerodonetsk is under siege – Putin is settling accounts with the West
Tough fighting continues in the east and south of Ukraine. The city of Sierodonetsk remains the target of a Russian offensive. Ukraine, meanwhile, claims to have seriously damaged a Russian warship. The Russian president not only closes the gas tap, but also verbally at the economic forum and fights against the West. At the diplomatic level, candidate status could soon attract Ukraine. 114th day of the war in brief.
The difficult situation in Sieverodonetsk
According to British intelligence experts, the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievjerodonetsk is still threatened by siege. Russian troops continued their efforts to close the ring around a strategically important city in the south. “In the last 24 hours, Russian forces have probably continued to try to gain the upper hand on the Popasna axis, from where they intend to encircle the Sievarodonetsk pocket from the south,” the British Ministry of Defense said. According to Ukrainian sources, the chemical plant, which is said to be home to soldiers and hundreds of civilians, was almost completely destroyed by Russian artillery and rocket fire. “There are no surviving office buildings on the territory of the chemical giant,” Serhiy Hajday, the military governor of the eastern Ukrainian Luhansk region, wrote on the Telegram.
Dead and injured in a rocket attack in southern Ukraine
At least two people were killed and 20 others were injured in a Russian attack on the city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. According to the governor of the region, Vitaly Kim, in the online service Telegram, the rocket attack took place in a residential area. Earlier in the morning, he announced that Russian missiles had hit four high-rise buildings and infrastructure, without specifying whether it was a military facility. Among the injured is a child. The port and industrial city of Mykolaiv had a population of almost half a million before the war and is still in the hands of Ukraine. However, it is not far from the city of Kherson, which is under Russian control shortly after the crisis broke out. Due to the fact that Mykolaiv is on the route to Odessa, the largest Ukrainian port, the city is an important strategic destination for Russia.
The Russian ship was probably badly damaged in the attack
In the Black Sea, the Ukrainian army said it had fired rockets at a Russian tug and seriously damaged it. Even the air defense system on board failed to repel the attack of the Ukrainian naval forces, the Ukrainian navy announced on social networks. The ship, which was commissioned in 2017, was to bring ammunition, weapons and troops to Snake Island, which has been occupied by Russia since the end of February. Odessa’s military governor Maxim Marchenko initially wrote about the use of Western “Harpoon” missiles. He later changed his entry into the Telegram intelligence service. Initially, there was no confirmation from the Russian fleet. Denmark provided Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
A Russian warship attacks Danish territorial waters
Outside the war zone, a Russian naval ship also caused a stir by invading the Danish sovereign waters of the Baltic Sea twice. According to the Danish Armed Forces, the Russian Corvette first crossed Danish waters north of Christianso Island in southern Sweden at 2:30 a.m. “A few hours later, the same corvette crossed the territorial waters again, also north of Christians,” a statement from the Danish army said. Accordingly, the ship immediately left Danish territory after being called by the Navy’s VHF radio. The Foreign Ministry in Copenhagen later said it had talked to the Russian ambassador about the incident. At the end of April, a Russian military spy plane violated Danish airspace. “Russia is again ignoring international rules by not respecting the borders. We have made it very clear to the Russian ambassador that such an approach is completely unacceptable,” said Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod.
Putin settles accounts with the West
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused US and EU economic policies of global inflation. “What is happening now is not the result of recent months, and certainly not the result of Russia’s military special operation in Donbas,” Putin told the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. The reason for the increase is “systematic mistakes in the economic policy of the current US government and European bureaucracy.” The military operation in Ukraine only provided Western countries with an excuse. “It allows them to blame their own miscalculations on others, in this case Russia,” Putin said in a televised address.
Putin on nuclear weapons: “Everyone should know what we have”
In the same speech, Putin also spoke of the threat of nuclear war emanating from Russia. As soon as you respond to the statements of foreign politicians, it is immediately said that Russia is threatening someone, Putin said. Then he added: “We do not threaten anything. But we want everyone to know what we have and what we can use to protect our sovereignty.” Due to Russia’s war on attack, which has been going on for almost four months now, many fear that nuclear weapons could be used in the worst case. Moscow always rejects this intention. Instead, Russia has repeatedly emphasized that, unlike the United States, it has no right to a first strike in its military doctrine.
EU Commission for the Candidate Country of Ukraine
“Ukrainians are ready to die for a European perspective,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. It made recommendations to the 27 EU member states on whether and how quickly Ukraine should be granted EU candidate status. “Ukraine deserves a European perspective,” she said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was pleased. “This is the first step towards EU membership,” he wrote on Twitter. Russia, on the other hand, reacted with reservations. This is not a military-political level, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Nevertheless, these developments call for increased attention from Russia, as they know about “strengthening the European Union’s defense component”. According to a new survey, more than half of German citizens who have the right to vote are in favor of Ukraine’s accession to the European Union over the next few years. According to a Forsa survey commissioned by ntv / RTL, 55 percent would support Ukraine becoming a member of the EU.
Putin: The Western “economic blitzkrieg” has failed
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Western sanctions against his country have failed. “Right from the start, the economic blitzkrieg had no chance of success,” Putin told the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg. He described the sanctions imposed by Western states in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine as “crazy” and “thoughtless.” Repressive measures have also hit the EU hard. He estimated the damage to Europe at $ 400 billion.
Tense gas supply situation in Germany
For the first time since the end of March, the Federal Network Agency described the gas supply situation in Germany as “tense”. It is currently “stable”, the office wrote in a daily report. Security of supply in Germany is currently guaranteed. Russian energy giant Gazprom has previously drastically reduced the maximum volume of Russian gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. Gazprom justified this by delays in compressor turbine repairs. “Since the middle of the week, this reduction has also affected the transfer of gas to other European countries, such as France, Austria and the Czech Republic,” the office said.
France, on the other hand, has completely abandoned supplies of Russian gas through pipelines from Germany. The gas network operator GRTgaz has announced that gas supplies will not be affected and that the filling of the storage facilities for the winter will continue. Even if Russia shuts down gas supplies completely, there would be no problems in France in a normal winter. Natural gas from Russia plays a minor role for France. In addition to pipelines, Russian natural gas is also imported by ship.
Eurovision Song Contest is not in Ukraine
The next Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will not take place in this year’s winner, Ukraine, due to the Russian offensive war. Instead, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in Geneva has announced that it wants to negotiate with the BBC on whether ESC 2023 could take place in the UK. In mid-May, the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the 66th ESC in Turin with the hip-hop song “Stefania”. According to ESC tradition, Ukraine was to host the competition the following year.
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