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Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Events In Brief || Nuclear War, France Further Military Aid

Russian Foreign Ministry speaks out against nuclear war

The Russian Foreign Ministry has declared that it wants to prevent a nuclear war. The risks of a nuclear war should be kept to a minimum, a ministry official said, according to the Russian agency Tass.

In particular, any armed conflict between nuclear powers must be prevented, Vladimir Yermakov, head of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Division, is quoted as saying. Russia follows the agreements of the nuclear powers represented in the UN Security Council to prevent a nuclear war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has in connection with the war against Ukrainerepeatedly threatened to use the country's nuclear weapons.

France announces further military aid

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy further military and humanitarian support in a telephone call. Macron wants to work to restore Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Elysée Palace said. According to this, Zelenky thanked for the "large-scale" French deliveries, which contributed to the Ukrainian resistance against the Russian invading troops. 

Events In Brief

According to the Elysée Palace, Macron also promised the Ukrainian president that French experts would continue to help collect evidence of war crimes. Macron called the situation in the port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, which was surrounded by the Russian army, "unbearable". France's humanitarian aid to date has totaled more than 615 tonnes in kind, including medical equipment, generators for hospitals, food, rescue vehicles and shelter materials, according to the Elysée Palace. France is also delivering heavy artillery to Ukraine, including Caesar howitzers.

Ukraine can fend off Russian attacks, EU gas targets are said to be unreachable - the overview at noon

Russia is apparently making slower progress than expected with its latest offensive in eastern Ukraine. Several Russian attacks in the Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts have been fended off, according to Ukrainian sources. The British Ministry of Defense reports that Russia must gather and regroup its troops in eastern Ukraine. The situation in the Azov steelworks in Mariupol, where 2,500 soldiers and 1,000 civilians are said to be staying, remains unclear.

Russia Wants To Secede

According to a report, the gas targets set by the EU itself can not be achieved. Once again Spiegel, citing calculations by the Jülich research center, a reduction in gas imports from Russia while simultaneously replenishing gas reserves for the winter would only be possible with significant losses for industry.

In connection with possible rising energy prices, the head of the ver.di trade union, Frank Werneke, is also calling for a cap on gas prices for private households. The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU), on the other hand, calls for prioritization of key industries in the event of a possible gas embargo.

Further events of the morning in brief:

Russian anti-aircraft defenses are said to have prevented a Ukrainian plane from entering the airspace of Russia's Bryansk Oblast.

CSU boss Markus Söder has criticized the traffic light coalition and especially Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). "That doesn't really do justice to the claim to leadership that Germany has," he said at the small party conference of the CSU.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) has called for more European efforts in defense policy. She wants to present proposals for an EU defense policy.

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The chairman of the German trade union federation, Reiner Hoffman, calls for the rich to be more involved in dealing with the burden of the war in Ukraine.

Ukraine wants to solve the fuel shortage in the country with European suppliers. Appropriate contracts should have been concluded.

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