Russian invasion: Russian missiles hit key targets in Ukraine – Politics

Curfew again in Kiev

However, Ukrainian Army Chief of Staff Olexander Grusewitsch warned that a Russian attack on the capital was still possible, as Russia was amassing strong forces there. Mayor Vitali Klitschko has ordered another curfew for Kiev since Saturday evening.

According to the British Defense Ministry, Russia is not giving up its attacks on major Ukrainian cities such as Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol. Russia “relies on the indiscriminate use of aerial bombardments and artillery to try to demoralize the defense forces,” the UK ministry said on Twitter.

According to Ukrainian information, ten humanitarian corridors were set up on Saturday to allow civilians to flee from particularly hard-fought regions. The corridors are located on the outskirts of Kiev and in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk. However, according to the Union agency, there is no centralized evacuation by bus from the badly damaged port city of Mariupol, Deputy Prime Minister Irina Wereshchuk said.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Friday evening a humanitarian action with Turkey and Greece to save the people of Mariupol at short notice. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy describes the situation as “absolutely tragic”. So far it has been possible to evacuate just over 26,000 civilians from the city this week.

Russia reports missile attacks

The Russian Defense Ministry announced in Moscow that a missile strike in Ukraine destroyed an arsenal of weapons and military technology. Four “Caliber” rockets were fired from a warship in the Black Sea and hit the depot near the town of Zhytomyr. A total of 117 military items were destroyed in 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Ukraine had previously confirmed that several Russian cruise missiles fired at the Ukrainian Air Force headquarters in Vinnytsia in the west of the country on Friday. There has been “considerable damage” to the infrastructure.

Energy embargo: will Germany give up?

At a summit in Brussels, NATO and the European Union tried to find a united response to Russia’s war of aggression. However, on Friday the EU was unable to reach an agreement on an immediate ban on imports of gas, oil or coal from Russia, also due to resistance from the federal government, which fears dramatic economic damage in its country. Germany and other EU countries have to pay Russia hundreds of millions of euros every day for energy supplies.

Former Bundestag president Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) has lobbied the “Welt am Sonntag” to stop Russian oil and gas imports. Foreign CDU politician Norbert Röttgen also expects the federal government to surrender soon. “The German position to continue buying gas and oil from Russia will not last,” Röttgen told the Augsburger Allgemeine (Saturday). Germany will not be able to justify not having stopped death and expulsion. According to the Federal Interior Ministry, some 260,000 refugees from Ukraine are now officially registered in Germany. According to official data, there are almost 2.27 million in Poland.

At the summit on Friday evening in Brussels, EU states initially decided to buy gas on the world market only with joint market power to gradually become independent from Russia. Furthermore, Western states rely on individual actions to help Ukraine. Britain has imposed new sanctions on people and companies in Russia.

Anti-war demonstrations are scheduled for Saturday in Germany.

The Ukrainian premier asks for help

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal has asked for humanitarian aid from all mayors in the world. At the same time, on Friday evening, he appealed to all international partners to support the subsequent reconstruction of his he country. Schmyhal had already estimated in mid-March the damage caused by the war to the Ukrainian economy at almost 515 billion euros. Again, these figures cannot be independently verified.

Germany supplies weapons and fuel

Meanwhile, according to Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, Germany has not only supplied Ukraine with weapons, but also large quantities of fuel. This was bought in Poland, the SPD politician told the Germany editorial network (Saturday). “Overall, we deliver and deliver consistently.” He denied allegations of slow arms deliveries. But he can understand Ukraine’s impatience, Lambrecht said.

On Friday evening it became known that more weapons from Germany had arrived in Ukraine to fight the Russian aggressors. According to information from Ukrainian government circles, there are 1,500 “Strela” anti-aircraft missiles and 100 MG3 machine guns. There are also 8 million gun ammunition and other equipment.

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Verdi) justified the arms deliveries to Ukraine. “When the world changes, politics has to change,” Baerbock said Saturday in Cottbus as a speaker at a Green Party conference. “We support the Ukrainians so that they can defend themselves and fight for their security and their peace.”

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