Habeck: Germany can handle winter gas boycott +++ Silinsky sees progress in international guarantees +++ Fighting between Cherson and Mykolaiv +++ Reports on war in Ukraine star-Ticker.
Read in starTape of all important developments regarding the war in Ukraine on Thursday, May 12:
9.06 am: Steinmeier wants to resume plans for a trip to Ukraine
After removing diplomatic anger between Germany and Ukraine, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wants to resume his plans for a trip to the country invaded by Russia. “I suppose I will meet Mr. Selenskyj again in due course,” Steinmeier told MDR. However, there are no short-term plans for this.
A scheduled visit to Kyiv in April and a meeting there with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky failed because the federal president was not welcome in Ukraine due to his previous close relations with Russia. Steinmeier now said he’s glad the annoyance has been eliminated.
9.05 am: Finland’s President and Prime Minister for NATO membership
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin spoke in favor of their country’s entry into NATO. In a joint statement, the two sides endorsed membership in the Western Military Alliance. Finland is now expected to decide to apply for membership in the coming days.
8.06 am: Habeck: Germany can deal with Russia’s gas boycott this winter
Economy Minister Robert Habeck (Greenz) believes that Germany can deal with a boycott of Russian gas supplies as early as this winter. “If we have a full stockpile at the end of the year, if two of the four floating LNG carriers that we have chartered are already connected to the grid and if we save significantly in energy, we can get through the winter fairly if the supply is cut off,” he said of the four “floating LNG carriers” Wirtschaftswoche. “.
Against the backdrop of the Ukrainian war, Germany has already reduced its dependence on Russian gas supplies in recent weeks. But the government has so far promised independence from Russian gas “by the middle of 2024”.
7.35 a.m.: Ukrainian army announces heavy fighting in the east
Ukrainian sources reported that the Russian armed forces intensified their attacks in the east of the country and spread to some areas in the Donbass region. In its report on the situation, the Ukrainian General Staff said that “the enemy is continuing its offensive efforts in the eastern area of operations with the aim of imposing full control of the Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson regions and maintaining the land corridor to the temporarily occupied Crimea.”
Russian attacks on the Donbass are aimed at the cities of Sevgerodonetsk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Kurakhov, as well as Rubichny, which is already largely occupied by Russian forces. The Ukrainian military command admitted that “in the direction of Severodonetsk, the enemy is launching attacks on Kudryazevka and Severodonetsk, and they have achieved partial success.”
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7 am: Siemens pulls out of Russia
Siemens withdraws completely from Russia. Having already stopped doing business with the state, the group now wants to leave the country altogether, Siemens announced. This also puts pressure on earnings figures published in parallel for the last fiscal second quarter, in which Siemens made a profit of 1.2 billion euros. That’s half of what it was in the same period last year, but the group confirmed its forecast for the current year.
6.30 am: Ukrainian army blows up two pontoon bridges – several Russian tanks destroyed
In the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian army twice stopped attempts by Russian troops to cross the Siverskyi Donets in the Luhansk region. According to consistent media reports, they blew up two pontoon bridges near Belohorivka. A satellite image from the BlackSky geospatial service shows one of two Russian pontoon bridges split in two shortly after Ukrainian artillery fire hit the area.
According to reports, at least 50 vehicles of the Russian forces were hit, including several tanks. Drone photos and videos shared on Telegram and dated star Validated showing the bridge half submerged in the river, several destroyed vehicles and clouds of smoke over the combat zone.
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6.02 am: More than one in eight workers fear losing their jobs due to the Ukraine war
According to a survey, more than one in eight employees in Germany fear losing their jobs as a result of the Ukraine war. A total of 13 percent of those surveyed said they feared losing their jobs because of the Ukraine war, according to job portal Indeed. On the other hand, 82% rated their workplace as crisis-resistant.
In the survey, every second employee mentioned that they were worried about their job during the Corona pandemic or currently because of the war in Ukraine. On the other hand, only one in three employees reported that neither crisis caused this fear. For the survey, opinion research institute YouGov interviewed more than 1,000 professionals on behalf of Indeed.
5:37 am: Ukrainian military commander in besieged Mariupol seeks help from Elon Musk
A Ukrainian military commander in the besieged port city of Mariupol has made a desperate plea to the world’s richest man, Elon Musk. The commander of the 36th Marine Brigade Serhiy Volina wrote on Twitter on Wednesday to the new owner of the SMS service: “Help us move from steel in Azov to an intermediate state. If not you, who?”
Volina, whose unit has been holding out for weeks at the Azovstal industrial plants besieged by Russian forces, said he created a Twitter account specifically to reach Musk. He wrote to Musk: “They say you came from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible.” “Our planets are next to each other where I live where it is almost impossible to survive.” He called on “everyone on the planet” to help Musk respond to his call.
4.04 am: Klitschko fears more attacks on Kyiv
Despite the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Kyiv region, Mayor Vitali Klitschko fears a new attack on the Ukrainian capital “at any time”. In an interview with CNN, Klitschko did not even rule out the use of tactical nuclear weapons that night. Kyiv is still the main target of the Russian army. “As long as there is a war in Ukraine, we cannot give any guarantees to the Ukrainian,” said the former world boxing champion.
“Right now, safety is our top priority,” he said. Although our “warriors” are defending the country, the danger remains. “And without our partners, without the United States and European countries, we cannot survive.”
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3.14 am: Ukraine announces first war crimes trial against Russian soldiers
On Wednesday, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office announced the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier. A statement said a 21-year-old Russian man accused of killing a civilian had witnessed a robbery from the window of a stolen car. The soldier and four of his comrades wanted to flee in the car after an attack on his convoy in northern Ukraine. The 62-year-old civilian was riding a bicycle near his home in the village of Chubakivka. According to Ukrainian sources, he did not have a weapon.
2.32 am: Ukraine: fighting between Kherson and Mykolaiv
Russian and Ukrainian forces once again engaged in bitter fighting in the area between Cherson and Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. Ukraine’s military command said the defenders did not give the Russian attackers “any opportunity to advance”. The agency quoted the statement, that at least 23 Russian soldiers were killed and two tanks and an ammunition depot were destroyed during the battles. The information cannot be independently verified.
0.16 am: Silinsky sees progress in international safeguards
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sees significant progress in efforts to secure international security guarantees for his country. “We are negotiating with the leading countries of the world to give Ukraine confidence in security for decades to come,” Zelensky said in his daily video address on Wednesday evening. Among other things, this topic was discussed at the G7 meeting on May 8, in which Ukraine participated for the first time.
12:05 a.m.: Human Rights Watch: Russia and Ukraine use cluster munitions
According to a report by Human Rights Watch, the Russian armed forces have used internationally banned cluster munitions in Ukraine. As a result, hundreds of civilians were killed and schools, apartment buildings and hospitals were damaged, the Geneva-based human rights organization reported. The Ukrainian army has also used this munition at least once.