The war in Ukraine on the live ticker
+++ 05:40 Biden welcomes agreement on NATO dispute with Turkey +++
US President Joe Biden welcomes the agreement in the dispute with Turkey over NATO’s northern expansion. He congratulated Turkey, Finland and Sweden on signing the memorandum, Biden said in a statement. This paves the way for “alliance partners Finland and Sweden to be able to invite people to join NATO at the Madrid summit”. The accession of Finland and Sweden “will strengthen the collective security of NATO and benefit the entire transatlantic alliance”.
+++ 04:39 Lithuanian President sees “tectonic changes” in Germany’s relations with Russia +++
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda praises the federal government for the turning point in arms deliveries to Ukraine. “We are really seeing how big these, I would say, tectonic changes are in Germany. Especially since the beginning of the war,” Nauseda said in an interview with Vilnius. “We see things that were unthinkable a few months ago.” The illusions are gone now. “I do not see this talk of reconnecting with Russia because everyone understands, everyone is awake and everyone realizes how great this threat is,” Nauseda said.
+++ 04:02 The US blacklisted dozens of companies +++
The US government has blacklisted 36 companies from many states for trading. Some Chinese companies have backed the Russian military and defense industry there, according to the US Federal Gazette. The list also includes companies from Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.
+++ 03:16 Zelenskyj: Russia wanted to kill as many civilians as possible in Kremenchuk +++
After the rocket hit a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of targeting the civilian object. The goal was to kill as many people as possible. The attack is part of Moscow’s overall strategy against the Ukrainian people, Zelensky said in an afternoon video. “As of this afternoon, the total number of Russian missiles hitting our cities is already 2,811,” Zelensky said. The Russian Defense Ministry denies that the mall was bombed.
+++ 02:26 The mayor of the occupied city of Hersonissos was arrested +++
Russian security forces have arrested the mayor of the occupied city of Kherson. Mayor Ihor Kolychayev defied Russian orders, the statement said. On the other hand, an adviser to Kolychayev says the mayor was abducted because he did not want to cooperate with the Russian occupation forces. The area around the Black Sea port was occupied during the first week of the Russian invasion. Much of the population has left the area.
+++ 01:12 gas deliveries: Siemens Energy rejects claims from Russia +++
Siemens Energy is defending itself against Russia’s claims that gas supplies to Germany should be curtailed because the company does not service the turbines on time. “It’s very convenient to bring in a company that is very well known in Russia,” said Joe Kaeser, chairman of the supervisory board of Siemens Energy, the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Even if it were, it would never justify restricting gas flow so much.” Chancellor Olaf Solz had already criticized the Russian justification as a sham.
+++ 00:39 millions of internally displaced people are returning to their homes +++
In Ukraine, 5.5 million people who fled to other parts of the country after the Russian attack have returned home, according to the United Nations. However, 6.2 million people are still displaced within the country, according to the United Nations Office on Migration (IOM). There were many repatriates in the north of the country and in the capital Kyiv. According to research, the displaced and those left behind primarily need help rebuilding damaged apartments and houses and receiving health care. Nearly a quarter of respondents said they stopped taking drugs during the war, either because they were unavailable or because they were too expensive.
+++ 23:47 Selenskyj demands action against Russia before the UN Security Council +++
In an astonishing message to the UN Security Council, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for Russia to be excluded from the body. Russia can not remain in the Council as long as its “terrorism” continues, especially against Ukrainian civilians, says Zelensky, who attended a short-term meeting in New York via video. The UN Security Council should define the concept of a terrorist state in order to classify Russia’s actions accordingly. “There is an urgent need to set up a tribunal to investigate everything the Russian military has done against the Ukrainians,” Zelensky said.
+++ 22:44 Belarus wants to settle foreign currency bonds in its own currency +++
Belarus’s close ally, Belarus, has announced that it will settle foreign currency loans in its own currency – the Belarusian ruble. According to a government statement on so-called Eurobonds, which are issued in dollars or euros, one is forced to take this step. There can be no guarantee that all holders of such bonds will receive the money they are entitled to in full and on time.
+++ 10:00 p.m. Putin is a “very good example of toxic masculinity” for Johnson +++
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson considers the behavior of Russian President Vladimir Putin a good example of toxic masculinity, a model based on anesthesia, cruelty and also aggression. “If Putin were a woman, I just do not think he would have started such a macho war,” Johnson told ZDF. “If you want a very good example of toxic masculinity, we have it in his face.”
+++ 21:44 Macron hopes for the end of the war this year +++
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he does not expect the war in Ukraine to end soon. Macron said at the end of the G7 meeting that no one believes the war will end in the coming weeks or months. He hopes for the end of the year. “At the moment it is clear that the Russian attack on Ukraine has one goal – the surrender of Ukraine.”
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