Selenskyj lists which EU countries he sees alongside Ukraine. Ukraine makes a proposal on energy supply. News ticker on the deals.
- US President Joe Biden’s speech * during his visit to Poland in the midst of the war in Ukraine * is eagerly awaited on Saturday.
- In a video message, Ukrainian President Selenskyj * addressed individual EU states (see first report). You can find out more about the history of the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine * here.
- Ukraine offers its storage facilities for a European gas reserve (see update from March 26 at 13:10).
- Our News ticker on the Ukraine-Russia negotiations is constantly updated. All topics related to the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine * can be found here.
Update from March 26 at 1:10 pm: Ukraine offers its natural gas storage facilities for the storage of a strategic European energy reserve. His country has the largest underground deposits in Europe, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko wrote on Facebook Saturday. “Despite Russia’s large-scale military aggression, Ukraine remains a strong and reliable energy security partner for Europe.”
Halushchenko wrote that he welcomed the fact that the European Union wanted to break away from Russian gas supplies and buy together from other suppliers. With its storage facilities, Ukraine can contribute to this solidarity and equalization mechanism.
Update from March 26 at 13:00: Polish President Andrzej Duda received US President Joe Biden at the presidential palace in Warsaw. Biden attended a reception ceremony in the Polish capital on Saturday afternoon. A military band played the American and Polish national anthems. Biden was accompanied to the Presidential Palace by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, among others. Also present were the Polish counterparts Zbigniew Rau and Mariusz Blaszczak. After the ceremony, a bilateral meeting was planned between Biden and Duda. Earlier, Biden briefly met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.
Negotiations in Ukraine: US President Joe Biden is in Poland, accompanied by Blinken and Austin
Update from March 26 at 12:45 pm: Meanwhile, in the IPPEN interview, Eastern European correspondent Aleksandra Fedorska from Poland looks at the war in Ukraine and the reaction to a possible attack on NATO territory.
Update from March 26 at 12:30: US President Joe Biden met Ukrainian foreign and defense ministers in Poland in person on Saturday. The US president held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Defense Minister Oleksiy Resnikov at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel, the White House said.
The meeting was also attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the head of the Pentagon Lloyd Austin. It was Biden’s first face-to-face meeting with senior government officials in Kiev since the start of the war in Ukraine more than a month ago. It was considered extraordinary that Kuleba and Reznikov were able to leave their country for the meeting.
Ukraine negotiations: Zelenskii accuses Russia of fueling a new nuclear arms race
Update March 26 at 10:35 am: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of fueling a new nuclear arms race. “They (the Russians) boast that they can use nuclear weapons to destroy not just a specific country, but the entire planet,” Zelenskyy said in a video message to attendees at the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital on Saturday. He asked the Qatari government to increase natural gas production. “I ask you to increase the amount of energy produced so that everyone in Russia understands that no one can use energy as a weapon to blackmail the world,” Zelenskyy said.
War negotiations: Selenskyi lists who he sees on Ukraine’s side – with a message to Germany
First report of March 26, 10:00 am: Kiev / Moscow – In the midst of the war in Ukraine, US President Joe Biden traveled to Poland and then to NATO’s eastern flank. The Democrat’s speech is eagerly awaited on Saturday. According to the White House, his speech at around 6:00 pm in the Royal Castle in Warsaw will be about the “joint efforts of the free world” to support the Ukrainian people. Before that, Biden wants to talk to the mayor of the Polish capital, Rafal Trzaskowski, about the city’s help for refugees. In this meeting at the National Stadium in Warsaw, the President of the United States also wants to speak to refugees and representatives of humanitarian organizations.
During his visit to Poland, Biden again called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal”.
Negotiations in Ukraine: President Zelenskii with a clear message to Hungary and Germany
On Saturday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj addressed individual EU states and explained who he saw on the Ukraine side * and who didn’t. He enumerated: “Latvia is at our side, Lithuania is at our side, Estonia is at our side, Poland is at our side … France, Emmanuel, I firmly believe that you will be at our side”.
Selenskyj is particularly clear when it comes to Hungary: “I want to be honest, once and for all. You have decided which side to take. You are an independent state, I was in Budapest. I love your city I’ve been there several times, a beautiful and hospitable city and people ”. Hungary has a tragic history and he and his family visited the Schuh memorial on the banks of the Danube to commemorate the mass shooting of Jews during World War II.
Then he spoke directly to the Hungarian head of state Viktor Orbán *: “If you can, go to the banks of the Danube, look at these shoes and you will see how mass destruction can also take place in our world today. And that’s what Russia is doing today. The same shoes. In Mariupol there are the same people: parents and children, grandparents, thousands. And those thousands have left us ”.
Zelenskii also asks: “And are you thinking of imposing sanctions or not? And hesitant to pass the guns or not? And trade with Russia or not? ” The time for hesitation is over, now a decision must be made. “We believe in your people and in the European Union”, said Zelenskii, before addressing Germany at the end of his speech: “We believe that Germany will also be at our side at the crucial moment”.
Ukraine-News: According to Selenskyj, Russia has invested billions in propaganda
According to the Ukrainian president, the Russian leadership has meanwhile spent tens of billions of dollars on propaganda. “You all know very well what a huge state propaganda system Russia has built *,” Selenskyi said in a video message Saturday night. “Probably no one in the world has ever spent so much money on lies.”
However, Moscow did not take into account that this does not guarantee a result. “Where the road of lies must be paved with money, the result is not guaranteed,” Zelenskii said. “The path of truth is difficult, but the truth opens its way.” Russia categorically denied any intention to attack for about weeks before the offensive in Ukraine began. In front of its own public, the war is declared only as a “special operation”.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal has asked all mayors of the world for humanitarian aid for the population of his country. At the same time, on Friday evening, he appealed to all international partners to support the subsequent reconstruction of his he country. “I am addressing (with this request) not only friendly governments, but also the mayors of European cities and other cities around the world,” he said. “Right now Russia is destroying our towns and villages like the Nazis did 80 years ago.”
Negotiations in Ukraine: Britain imposes further sanctions in the war in Ukraine
The UK government has imposed sanctions * on 65 other individuals and companies in Russia in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Among them is Russian arms company Kronstadt as a manufacturer of the Orion armed drone and other unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a British Defense Ministry update released Saturday evening.
These systems were used in the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the statement said, citing intelligence information. As Ukraine’s strong air defenses could have limited manned flights over the front line, Russia was certainly forced to use more unmanned aerial vehicles. This is likely to lead to increased demand for these systems and their wear. Sanctions would harm the Russian defense industry and limit its ability to replace systems.
Even before the war began, London began sharing intelligence information with the public in an unusually open way. For several weeks, the government has published daily assessments on the progress of the war of aggression. (aka / dpa) * Merkur.de is an offer of IPPEN.MEDIA.