According to German presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych, Ukraine has no interest in a possible peace plan based on the Minsk agreement. "I'm afraid they will try to get a Minsk III," Arestovych told the Bild newspaper, referring to a possible upcoming trip by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi in Kyiv.
"They will say that we have to end the war that is causing food problems and economic problems, that Russians and Ukrainians are dying, that we have to save Mr. Putin's face, that the Russians made mistakes, that we have to forgive them and give them a must give a chance to return to world society." But that is a problem for Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy renewed his call for modern missile defense weapons. His country had asked for such weapons systems before the Russian invasion, and there was no justification for delaying them. According to the government in Kyiv, the West has so far delivered around ten percent of the weapons requested. "No matter how hard Ukraine tries, no matter how professional our army is, we will not be able to win this war without the help of Western partners, " Deputy Defense Minister Anna Maljar said on Ukrainian television.
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg showed understanding for the continuing demands for heavy weapons and spoke out in favor of further deliveries. "Yes, Ukraine should have more heavy weapons because they absolutely depend on them to defend against the brutal Russian invasion," Stoltenberg said. NATO has already intensified its supplies, said Stoltenberg.
The night in brief:
According to Moscow, the escape route for civilians from the Azot chemical plant in Sievjerodonetsk should be open this Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CEST. It heads north to the town of Swatowe (Swatowo), said General Mikhail Mizintsev of the Russian Defense Ministry. Swatowe is located in the Luhansk People's Republic, which is controlled by pro-Russian separatists and recognized by Russia as a state.
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In view of the costly defensive battle against the Russian military in Donbass, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on his troops to hold out. "This is our state. Holding out there in the Donbass is vital," said Zelenskyy in his video address. On the front in the east of the country it will be decided which side will dominate in the coming weeks.
US President Joe Biden supports the push by European countries to build silos along the Ukrainian border to enable grain exports to contain the global food crisis. The government in Washington, in coordination with its European partners, is developing a plan for transporting grain by rail, Biden said at a trade union conference in Philadelphia.
The United Nations has urged Russia to stop adopting Ukrainian children. It is believed that several thousand children were brought to Russia from Ukrainian war zones. The war in Ukraine has uprooted more than two-thirds of the children living there, according to Afshan Khan, regional officer for Europe and Central Asia for the children's charity Unicef.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem that theywanted to expand cooperation on gas. The EU Commission wants to sign a joint declaration of intent for an energy agreement with Israel and Egypt on liquid gas supplies for Europe on Wednesday. Gas deliveries are planned from Israel via a pipeline to Egypt. There the conversion into liquid gas is planned, which in turn can then be transported to the EU member states.
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