In an interview with NDR Info, Melnyk said he hopes the federal government will support a one- or two-month ban on Russia’s oil and gas imports. “That would be something that would really help us Ukrainians.” Such an EU embargo could help “suffocate Putin’s war machine”. It is not enough that the federal government does not want to pay for gas deliveries in rubles, as requested by Russia. Melnyk also said that his country was grateful for the weapons he had received from Germany. “But Germany could do much more.” There is a long list of weapons of war the country needs him. “All of this can save lives,” says Melnyk.
By 2024, Germany is expected to be largely independent of Russian energy
German Economy Minister Habeck said in Berlin that there have been successes on the way to fewer imports of gas, oil and coal from Russia. By autumn, Germany could completely without Russian coal. Oil is expected to halve in the summer. In the case of gas, it may be possible to become independent of Russian supplies by the summer of 2024, with the exception of some actions, the Green politician said.
Apparently Russia wants to focus on the Donbass
According to the defense ministry in Moscow, the Russian military in the future will focus on the Donbass in their actions in Ukraine. The area in the east of the country should be “liberated”, the ministry said. The first targets set for the military “special operation” in Ukraine have been achieved and “Ukrainian combat units have been significantly reduced,” said Deputy Chief of Staff Rudskoy.
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