War in Ukraine: Selensky calls for new sanctions against Russia – a night at first glance

Updated 22.06.2022 at 06:16

  • Adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is convinced he can still win the war – and hopes for an August counteroffensive.
  • However, Ukrainian troops in the east of the country currently have to fight the siege.
  • What happened last night – and what will be more important on Wednesday.

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Shortly before the decision on the possible status of Ukraine as a candidate for EU membership, President Volodymyr Zelensky called for further sanctions against Russia. “Russia must feel growing pressure as a result of the war and its aggressive anti-European policies,” the Ukrainian head of state said in a video message on Wednesday evening. In talks with several European Heads of State and Government, he emphasized the need for a seventh package of sanctions as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, fighting continues in eastern Ukraine and is threatened with siege by Ukrainian troops. On the other hand, the area around the city of Kherson occupied by Russian forces is gradually being recaptured, Zelensky said.

There may soon be some movement in grain exports from Ukraine – according to the Kremlin, Turkish officials are due to travel to Moscow next week to negotiate blocked exports, leading to dangerous supply barriers, especially in developing countries.

Zelensky’s adviser: “We can win the war”

Zelensky’s economic adviser Alexander Rodnyansky expressed confidence in his country’s victory against the Russian aggressor. “We can win the war,” he told the ARD “Maischberger”. He hopes the counteroffensive may begin in August.

Support from abroad helps a lot and also arrives, but it takes a while before the weapons are used. Under no circumstances should one indulge in the illusion of a sustainable peace with Russia. Under President Vladimir Putin, the neighboring country is about imperialism – “and so it will remain.”

Russia: Dozens of ships have been blocked in Ukraine

According to Russian information, 70 ships from 16 countries are currently stranded in six ports in Ukraine. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, they cannot set sail without hindrance due to shelling by Ukrainian forces and the high risk of mines.

On the other hand, Ukraine – one of the world’s largest grain exporters – has criticized Russia’s obstruction of grain exports by blocking Ukrainian ports, triggering a food crisis. The international community has also been demanding that Russia allow the export of Ukrainian grain for weeks.

Deaths and injuries in the Kharkiv region

In eastern Kharkov, eastern Ukraine, 14 adults and one child were killed in Russian attacks, Governor Oleh Synyehubov told Telegram on Tuesday. 16 others were injured.

According to Governor Pavel Kyrylenek, one civilian was killed and 19 others were injured in the Donetsk region. The information cannot be verified independently.

Ukrainian soldiers face siege in eastern Ukraine

In the heavily invaded eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, Ukrainian troops around the cities of Solote and Hirske could be surrounded by Russian forces. According to a report by the Ukrainian General Staff, Russian troops have acquired territory so that local Ukrainian forces can cut off the northern road link with their other troops around Lysychansk. The connection via Wrubiwka, west of Hirska, came under Russian control last week.

Lindner: A long phase of deprivation

Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) has sworn German citizens into a long phase of deprivation given rising prices as a result of the war. “I’m afraid we could have a very worrying situation in a few weeks and months,” Lindner told ZDF’s Today Journal.

“It’s about three to four, maybe five years of scarcity. And we have to find the answer.” He added: “There is a risk of a very serious economic crisis due to soaring energy prices, supply chain problems and also inflation.”

The President of the Council of the EU is proposing candidate status for Ukraine

The decision on the possible status of Ukraine as a candidate for EU membership is now a decision. EU Council President Charles Michel is pushing for this status to be granted to her and her small neighbor, Moldova.

The latest draft of the final declaration from Thursday’s EU summit reads: “The European Council has decided to grant Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova candidate status.” The 27 Heads of State and Government, which will meet in Brussels by Friday, would follow the recommendations of the EU Commission.

The war in Ukraine: This brings the day

Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to comment on the forthcoming EU, G7 and NATO summits in the Bundestag on Wednesday, which will focus on the war in Ukraine. After a 20-minute government statement, the SPD’s policy is followed by a one-and-a-half-hour debate.

In addition, the heads of the Semaphore coalition are discussing possible steps against rising prices, especially for gas and energy, as a result of the war. President Ifo Clemens Fuest also spoke in the afternoon about the consequences of the war for the economy and Germany as a trading post. (dpa / mbo)
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Peskow Kremlin spokesman

Four months after the attack on Ukraine, Russia called relations with the West long-term damaged. “Yes, it will be a long crisis,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with MSNBC, which was broadcast on Tuesday night. “We will never trust the West again.” Since the beginning of its war against Ukraine, Russia has repeatedly made accusations against Western states – for example, for military support in the invaded country.

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