According to the information, significant exemptions are planned only for Hungary and Slovakia. Currently, they still get much of their oil needs from Russia and cannot change course any time soon. Germany sees itself ready to change course, even if price increases are foreseeable. In addition to the oil embargo, the EU wants to impose new sanctions on Russian banks, as well as TV channels that broadcast false information about the war in Ukraine.
Russian missiles against Ukrainian railways
Russia is trying to shut down Western arms supplies with massive rocket fire at Ukrainian railway systems. The national railway company said six stations in western and central Ukraine were hit on Tuesday. There were no casualties among the employees and passengers. 14 passenger trains were temporarily delayed. The rockets also hit three substations in the Lviv region of western Ukraine and one in the Transcarpathian Mountains on the border with Hungary. It was also allegedly about hitting the railroad’s power supply.
According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia fired more than 20 rockets and cruise missiles at almost all regions of Ukraine. Many missiles were fired from long-range bombers over the Caspian Sea. It was one of the heaviest waves of attacks since the February 24 Russian invasion. Wednesday is the 70th day of the war.
Politically, however, President Zelensky interpreted the attacks as a sign of Moscow’s weakness. “Obviously the Russian military reacted extremely nervously to our successes today,” he said in his video message that evening. A clear military target of the attacks could not be identified. The Russians hid their impotence only “because Ukraine is too strong for them”, Zelensky said.
Merz returns from kyiv with advice
After his visit to Kyiv, CDU leader Friedrich Merz recommended that Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) also visit Ukraine in person. He met the president, the prime minister, the speaker of parliament and the leader of the opposition, as well as the mayor of kyiv Vitali Klitschko, Merz indicated Tuesday evening in the “heute-journal” of ZDF. “You can’t have these conversations over the phone. You can’t have them over video conferences either. You have to have these conversations in person.” Scholz is currently refusing a trip to kyiv because the Federal President Frank Walter Steinmeier had been unloaded at short notice in April.
Merz would not say anything about the details of his talks. He wanted to report to the Chancellor first. Beyond arms deliveries, it was about the reconstruction of Ukraine, EU membership or the question of guarantor powers for the country, Merz said.
Hope for more evacuations from Mariupol
After a successful rescue operation for Mariupol civilians, President Zelenskyj is counting on further evacuations. The group of 156 women, children and elderly people arrived in the city of Zaporizhia on Tuesday. Many of them were hiding in the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, the last defensive post of Ukrainian soldiers in the port city.