EU warns against Russia-China pact – Zelenskyj announces breakthrough with West

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Ukraine demands clear security guarantees. Selenskyj now sees progress here. Meanwhile, the EU warns against Russian-Chinese cooperation. The ticker.

  • Conflict in Ukraine: Ukraine is also seeking support on the diplomatic front.
  • Johnson sees no reconciliation With Putin: The British Prime Minister does not believe that relations with Russia can be restored.
  • security guarantees: Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced progress in negotiations on security guarantees for Ukraine.
  • This Ticker on Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and international efforts is continuously updated.

Update of May 12, 3:50 p.m.: Adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj and Chief Ukrainian Negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak again called for an oil embargo against Russia, citing World War II. “If leaders had acted decisively in 1938, Europe could have avoided World War II,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter. But instead the politicians “acted cowardly and flirted with the aggressor”. Podolyak continued, “History will not forgive us if we make the same mistake again.” The EU must therefore impose an oil embargo on Russia “immediately”, according to the Ukrainian politician.

Ukrainian diplomacy: Kuleba demands Western weapons – fighter jets and missile defense systems

Update of May 12, 3:25 p.m.: During his visit to Germany, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called for the delivery of Western fighter jets and missile defense systems to defend his country against Russia. “Let’s forget the Soviet systems, it’s over,” he said in an interview with Welt-Zeitung. “If this war continues, the last stocks of Soviet weapons will soon be exhausted in the countries willing to give them to us. Some already are,” he said.

Ukrainian diplomacy: Johnson sees no reconciliation with Putin – ‘not with the best will in the world’

Update from May 12, 1:35 p.m.: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson currently sees no possibility of normalizing relations with Vladimir Putin. “Nothing is impossible, I would say, but with the best will in the world, I don’t see how we can now normalize relations with Putin again,” the British newspaper quoted him as saying. The Guardian from British radio station LBC Radio.

Russian leaders have “seriously violated” human rights and international law. He is also responsible for a “barbaric attack” in a “completely innocent country”, Johnson said. The British Prime Minister called the normalization of relations at this stage a repeat of the mistake of 2014 after the annexation of Crimea. “No standardization and the UK is absolutely clear about that,” Johnson noted.

Ukrainian diplomacy: Finland plans to join NATO – application will be submitted in the next few days

Update of May 12, 10:35 a.m.: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine fundamentally changed the security situation in Europe. In view of the war in Ukraine, the Finnish President and Prime Minister have come out in favor of “immediate” NATO membership. A formal application for membership is expected in the next few days.

Ukrainian War: Putin’s invasion fails – heavy losses in the Russian army

First report: Munich – The war in Ukraine is not going as Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin had hoped. Strong resistance from the Ukrainian army stalled its invasion after initial successes, particularly in the south and east, where fighting is now intense. This map shows where the war in Ukraine is raging.

Ukraine is defending itself with heavy weapons, which are now being supplied at an accelerated rate by the West, including Germany. Although kyiv mainly asks for weapons, security guarantees have also been part of the demands for some time. President Volodymyr Zelensky now sees progress on this issue.

Ukrainian diplomacy: progress on security guarantees – Zelenskyj looks to ‘decades ahead’

“We are negotiating with the major nations of the world to give Ukraine confidence in security for decades to come,” Zelenskyi said Wednesday evening. (May 11) in his daily video address. Among other things, this topic was discussed at the May 8 G7 meeting, in which Ukraine participated for the first time.

“This is the first time in the history of our state that such guarantees can be registered,” Zelenskyy said. And not in memoranda or unclear formulations, “but concrete guarantees”. These are also “not only legally valid, but also formulated in such a way that it is clear: what exactly, who specifically and how specifically (Ukraine) is guaranteed”.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sees significant progress in efforts to secure international security guarantees for his country. © IMAGO/Ukrainian Presidency

Negotiations with Ukraine: kyiv offers an exchange of Mariupol – currently no agreement with Russia

The situation of the soldiers in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol is also discussed. “At first, we offered the Russians the following exchange: we transport our seriously injured boys to a humanitarian corridor from Azovstal,” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereschuk said on Wednesday evening, according to the Ukrainian truth. At the same time, the Ukrainian army releases Russian prisoners of war “according to the standard rules of their exchange”. Negotiations are still ongoing and no agreement has yet been reached.

In recent days, there have been several reports of the suffering of Ukrainian soldiers injured in the steelworks. According to a paramedic, there is now an absolute shortage of medicine. Horrifying reports continue to arrive from the Mariupol steelworks, which is the last stronghold of Ukrainian troops in the now badly damaged port city. The Russian army demanded that the defenders surrender, while the Ukrainian troops categorically refused.

Negotiations with Ukraine: EU warning with China – Brussels sees a “worrying pact” with Russia

At a summit meeting in Japan, EU leaders showed solidarity with the country and warned against the negative effects of Russia-China cooperation on the global community. Russia “today, with its barbaric war against Ukraine and its disturbing pact with China, is the most direct threat to the world order,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday. . (May 12) after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Kishida stressed: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not just a European affair, but shakes the heart of the international order, including Asia. This should “not be tolerated”. Cooperation on the Ukrainian crisis is “of crucial importance for Europe, but also for the Indo-Pacific region”, declared the President of the Council of the EU, Charles Michel. He announced that the EU and Japan also intend “to deepen their consultations on a more confident China”.

Michel said the two sides discussed “ways to strengthen our security and defense cooperation.” Kishida pointed to tensions in the South and East China Seas, where Tokyo fears Beijing is increasingly trying to claim disputed areas.

China’s stance on invading Ukraine is being scrutinized by Western countries, because among other things, China itself is looking to Taiwan with a yearning for “reunification.” The democratically self-governing island nation risks becoming a target for the Chinese military. Moreover, in the Indo-Pacific, there is a serious maritime jurisdictional rivalry between China and other countries in the region, which are supported by Europe and the United States. (baby with dpa/AFP)

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