Ukraine War in the live ticker: +++ 01:55 Özdemir: “Putin’s henchmen deliberately steal Ukrainian grain” +++

Ukrainian War in Live Ticker
+++ 01:55 Özdemir: “Putin’s henchmen deliberately steal Ukrainian grain” +++

Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir (Greens) strongly condemned the theft of grain by Russian troops in Ukraine, which kyiv has complained about. “The fact that Putin’s henchmen deliberately steal Ukrainian grain is reminiscent of the darkest times,” Özdemir told the Funke media group newspapers. “Putin’s calculation is as simple as it is cruel: if you don’t have the strength, you don’t fight back.” Ukraine is one of the largest grain producers in the world – but agriculture is suffering the consequences of the war of Russian aggression. In recent weeks, Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly accused Russia of bringing grain and corn from the occupied territories to Russia.

+++ 01:18 344 people were rescued from Mariupol and surroundings +++
According to the Kyiv government, 344 people were rescued on Wednesday from the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol and its surroundings to Ukrainian-held territory. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced that women, children and the elderly had arrived safely in the city of Zaprorizhia. “This is another small victory for us,” she wrote on Telegram. The refugees had been picked up from Mariupol, Manhush, Berdyansk, Tokmak and Vasylivka stations since the morning.

+++ 00:45 Bund should soon deliver seven self-propelled howitzers +++
The federal government plans to deliver seven self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. According to information from government circles, the howitzers are currently being repaired and should be intact by the end of June, reports “Bild”. On paper, the Bundeswehr has about 100 Panzerhaubitze 2000 weapon systems – but only 40 of them are operational. With the delivery of the seven repair howitzers, the delivery to Ukraine would at least not increase the gap for the Bundeswehr.

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+++ 00:15 Senior Kremlin official visits Mariupol +++
Deputy Head of the Russian Presidential Office Sergey Kiriyenko visited the almost completely conquered Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. This is reported by the head of the separatist republic of Donetsk, Denis Puschilin, on Telegram. Former Russian Prime Minister Kirienko organizes Russian domestic politics in the Kremlin for President Vladimir Putin. According to the information, he visited the steel plant in Ilich and the port of Mariupol.

+++ 23:38 Ukraine reports rocket attack on central Dnipro +++
According to authorities, there was a Russian rocket attack on the center of the city of Dnipro in eastern Ukraine. Railway infrastructure has been affected, railway boss Olexander Kamyshin said on Wednesday evening. There was initially no confirmation from the Russian side. Explosions – partly from anti-aircraft defenses – were also reported in Kyiv, Odessa, Cherkassy, ​​Kirovohrad and Zaporizhia regions. In the evening there was an air alert for a long time throughout the area controlled by the Ukrainian government. According to the regional administration, at least two civilians were also killed in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. Eleven others were injured as a result of Russian attacks. Artillery shelling was also reported on the cities of Mykolaiv and Kharkiv.

+++ 22:54 Russia announces ceasefire in steel mills +++
Russia announces a three-day ceasefire to evacuate civilians from the Azov steelworks in Mariupol, southern Ukraine. The Russian Armed Forces will open evacuation corridors for civilians from the industrial complex on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CEST), the Russian Defense Ministry said. In time, “all hostilities unilaterally” would cease. Civilians could travel to Russia or areas under Ukrainian control.

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+++ 10:19 p.m. Commander of the Azov regiment: “The situation is extremely difficult” +++
Commander of the Ukrainian Azov Regiment, Denis Prokopenko, reports on the besieged Azov Steel Plant in Mariupol with a new video message. “This is the second day since the enemy advanced on the factory premises and bloody fighting took place,” Prokopenko said. He is proud of his soldiers, who go to great lengths to repel enemy attacks. “The situation is extremely difficult, but despite everything, we continue to follow orders to defend ourselves.” According to Ukrainian media, Russian troops began storming the steelworks yesterday.

+++ 9:31 p.m. Minister-Counsellor: Azovstal employee gave information to Russians +++
Russian troops reportedly obtained inside information about the Azov steel plant in Mariupol. “An employee of Azovstal betrayed Ukraine and told the Russians about the underground tunnels leading to the factory. That’s why they launched their attack yesterday and are trying to enter the Azovstal compound,” he said. tweeted adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister and former MP Anton Herashchenko. Herashchenko’s statements cannot be independently verified.

+++ 9:15 p.m. in the event of an oil embargo – Habeck considers a gasoline shortage in the east possible +++
In the event of an embargo on Russian oil, Economy Minister Robert Habeck believes that there may be a temporary shortage of oil in East Germany. A dangerous situation arises when there is not enough oil in the region, says Habeck on “RTL Direkt”. This cannot be ruled out for East Germany and the Berlin conurbation because they are supplied by the large Schwedt refinery, which only processes Russian oil. “It cannot be ruled out, I must unfortunately say, that there will indeed be shortages. We can solve these. But it can happen that too little oil and therefore too little gasoline is available for a limited time This cannot be ruled out.” But we are working on solutions to prevent this from happening.

+++ 20:58 Moscow announces humanitarian corridors in Mariupol +++
The Russian army wants to set up humanitarian corridors from the besieged Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. These would apply from Thursday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CEST) to allow civilians to leave the premises, the armed forces said. Russian troops would cease their military activities during this period and withdraw to a safe distance.

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