War against Ukraine: this is the situation – Politics

Russian invasion

Moscow’s war of aggression against the neighboring country continues. Key targets in Ukraine were hit by Russian missiles. The developments at a glance.

By dpa

Kiev (dpa). Hardened ground fronts, violent air strikes: according to both sides, Russia hit strategically important targets with rockets and cruise missiles in the war in Ukraine.

Russia itself reported on Saturday of the destruction of a Ukrainian weapons arsenal west of the capital Kiev. Ukraine confirmed the bombing of an air base. In Germany, the opposition is increasingly calling for an energy embargo against Russia to stop funding for the Russian war.

Russian troops now have parts of the country under control near the north, east and south. However, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are resisting and probably repelling some Russian troops, for example in the city of Kherson, in the south of Ukraine and in the vicinity of 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 a curfew for Kiev since Saturday evening.

Hit the Holocaust memorial

The British Defense Ministry said on Twitter that Russian attacks on major Ukrainian cities such as Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol continued. Russia is relying “on the indiscriminate use of aerial bombardments and artillery to try to demoralize the defense forces”. According to local media, a Holocaust memorial on the outskirts of Kharkiv was also damaged by Russian bombing.

The information provided by the parties to the conflict can hardly be independently verified. However, both sides unanimously reported battles for Mariupol. The Russian army is bombing civilian and military objects from the air and with artillery, the Ukrainian general staff said. On the Russian side, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov posted videos about the alleged deployment of his fighters in Mariupol.

corridors to escape

The city, which once had more than 400,000 inhabitants, has been severely damaged by fighting since the beginning of March. France, along with Turkey and Greece, is considering a rescue operation for the besieged civilian population. According to Ukrainian sources, ten humanitarian corridors have been set up in other embattled areas to allow the escape of civilians, for example in the outskirts of Kiev and in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk.

According to information from Moscow, another 4,000 civilians were evacuated. In recent weeks, more than 98,000 people have managed to flee Mariupol without Ukrainian help, the Russian defense ministry said. Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of sabotaging the evacuation of civilians from the port city of the Sea of ​​Azov.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced in Moscow that a weapons depot near the city of Zhytomyr had been destroyed with “Caliber” missiles from a warship in the Black Sea. A total of 117 military items were destroyed in 24 hours. Ukraine had previously confirmed that several Russian cruise missiles had also been launched against Ukrainian aviation headquarters in Vinnytsia in the west of the country. There has been “considerable damage” to the infrastructure.

Ukrainian media: Russians flee the city near Sumy

According to their own statements, Ukrainian soldiers drove Russian troops out of a town not far from Sumy in northeastern Ukraine. The Russians left weapons, ammunition and equipment in Trostianets, media wrote on Saturday, citing the 93rd Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The information initially could not be independently verified. The Ukrainian army had previously reported fighting in Trostianets.

The Sumy region has been under attack since Russia’s war against Ukraine began more than four weeks ago. There is also heavy fighting in the neighboring Kharkiv region.

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 for energy supplies every day.

Former Bundestag president Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) pressured the “Welt am Sonntag” to stop imports. “It will be a bitter thing, but I think we have to give up Russian gas and oil supplies as soon as possible,” said Schäuble. Foreign CDU politician Norbert Röttgen expressed expectation that the federal government would soon give in. “The German position of continuing to buy gas and oil from Russia will not last,” Röttgen told the Augsburger Allgemeine.

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