Glimpse of the night of the war
EU begins oil boycott – Russia sets fires on Ukrainian railways
In light of Moscow’s aggressive war on Ukraine, the European Union aims to impose a ban on the import of Russian oil. This is what the EU Commission’s proposal for a new sanctions package says. In order to give European countries time to change, there must be transitional periods. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen would like to formally present the plans today in Strasbourg. A barrage of Russian missiles and cruise missiles fell over Ukraine on Tuesday evening. According to Kyiv sources, the attacks targeted the Ukrainian railways and their electrical supplies in order to cut off the supply of weapons to Ukraine. The leader of the CDU, Friedrich Merz, wants to return to Germany after his visit to Kyiv and meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Oil boycott with exceptions
The sixth package of EU sanctions is due to be discussed in Brussels on Wednesday. It can be decided in a few days if there are no major objections from the 27 member states. The plan is to impose a ban on the import of Russian crude oil after the phase-out phase for a period of six months, and to impose a ban on the import of oil products after the phase-out phase, which lasted eight months.
According to the information, far-reaching exemptions were planned only in Hungary and Slovakia. They still currently get a large part 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 expected. In addition to the oil embargo, the European Union wants to impose new sanctions on Russian banks, as well as on television stations that spread false information about the Ukraine war.
Russian missiles against Ukrainian railways
Russia is trying to stop the West’s arms supply with massive missile fire on Ukraine’s railway systems. The State Railways announced the bombing of six train stations in western and central Ukraine on Tuesday. There were no injuries among the workers and passengers. 14 passenger trains were temporarily delayed. The missiles also hit three substations in the Lviv region of western Ukraine and one in the Transcarpathian Mountains on the border with Hungary. It is also alleged to have hit the railway’s power supply.
According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia has launched more than 20 missiles and cruise missiles at almost all of Ukraine. Many missiles were launched from long-range launchers over the Caspian Sea. It was one of the fiercest waves of attacks since the Russian invasion on February 24. Wednesday is the seventieth day of the war. Politically, however, President Zelensky interpreted the attacks as a sign of Moscow’s weakness. “It is clear that the Russian army reacted very nervously to our successes today,” he said in his video message that evening. It was not possible to identify a clear military target for the attacks. Zelensky said the Russians only hid their impotence “because Ukraine is too strong for them”.
Merz comes home from Kyiv with advice
After his visit to Kyiv, CDU leader Friedrich Merz recommended that Chancellor Olaf Schultz of the Social Democratic Party travel to Ukraine in person. On Tuesday evening, Merz said in the official ZDF newspaper that he had met the president, the prime minister, the speaker of parliament and the leader of the opposition, as well as Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko. “You can’t have these conversations over the phone. You can’t have them with video conferencing either. You have to have these conversations in person.” Schulz is currently refusing to take a trip to Kyiv because Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was not invited so soon in April.
Merz did not want to say anything about the details of his conversations. He wanted to inform the counselor first. Other than the arms shipments, Merz said, it was a question of Ukraine’s reconstruction, EU membership or the question of the country’s guarantor powers.
We hope for more evacuations from Mariupol
After a successful rescue of civilians from Mariupol, President Zelensky is counting on more evacuations. A group of 156 women, children and elderly people arrived in Zaporizhia on Tuesday. Several of them were hiding in Mariupol at the Azovstal Steel Plant, the last defensive center of the Ukrainian soldiers in the coastal city. “We continue to do everything unconditionally to get all our people out of Mariupol and Azovstal,” Zelensky said. “We need them all” – civilians as well as soldiers. The Ukrainian side is preparing for another rescue operation on Wednesday. The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross must help.
- The European Parliament discusses the situation in the Ukraine war in Strasbourg. EU Commission President von der Leyen also wants to introduce the new sanctions package there.
- The Federal Council of Ministers met at Schloss Meseberg near Berlin and wants to present the results of its withdrawal. It will also be about Ukraine.
- Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is visiting one of Ukraine’s neighboring countries, Romania, a member of the European Union and NATO.