DUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced new economic sanctions against Russia and its allies Iran and Syria. “The Ukrainian sanctions are part of the global pressure on Russia,” the 45-year-old said in his daily video address on Saturday. A total of 400 people and companies were affected, including those responsible for the supply of Iranian Shahed drones. These are used by the Russian military in its war of aggression against Ukraine. Since most of the victims do not do business with Kiev, the sanctions may have a symbolic meaning above all.
In his video message, Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin blamed the inaction of the international community in Syria a few years ago when his bombs kept President Bashar al-Assad in power for starting a war in Ukraine. “The people of Syria have not received adequate international protection, which has given the Kremlin and its allies a sense of impunity,” Zelensky said.
“There is only one way to save life – it is necessary to expel the Russian army from Ukrainian soil. We will do it,” Zelensky promised. Looking at the past week, he thought his country was on the right track. In addition, Ukraine’s president said there were large-scale negotiations with the United States about further arms aid.
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12:58 pm – Bushman after Putin arrest warrant: Mandatory arrest
Following the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Russian President Vladimir Putin, Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann explained the significance of the decision for Germany. “I expect that the ICC will soon approach Interpol and the contracting states and ask them for enforcement,” the FDP politician said. “Sunday Movie”.
“Germany is obliged to arrest President Putin and hand him over to the ICC if he enters German territory,” Buschmann said. Unlike national criminal prosecution authorities, the court in The Hague can also take action against heads of state under its case law.
The Kremlin reiterated on Sunday that Russia does not recognize the ICC’s jurisdiction. “Russia does and will do what is in its interests,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said of Bushman’s statements.
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10:44 am – LONDON: Russia’s action in Zaporizhia is tantamount to conceding
According to the British intelligence services, Russia may know that some of its key targets are not achievable in the near future. For example, according to a tweet from the British Ministry of Defence, this is shown by authorities in the Russian-controlled region of Zaporizhia declaring Melitopol the region’s capital in early March. According to Russia, this is a temporary measure until the city of Zaporizhia is fully under control.
Zaporizhia was one of four territories illegally annexed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in September 2022. So far, however, Russian forces have not been able to capture Zaporizhia, an industrial city with a population of 700,000. “The tacit announcement of an alternative capital is a tacit acknowledgment within the Russian establishment that the armed forces will not be able to take out planned major targets in the future,” it said in London.
04:21 – Kremlin: Putin visited the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol
For the first time since the start of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin has visited the neighboring country’s occupied territories. Putin made a “working visit” to the port city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, which has been devastated by fierce fighting, the Kremlin announced. Russian state television showed the 70-year-old man driving through the city at night. Damage to buildings was also seen.
After his arrival by helicopter, he briefed himself on the situation during a tour and spoke with city residents, the Kremlin said. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Suzhnulin briefed Putin on the status of reconstruction works. “People are starting to come back to the city,” Suznulin said from the passenger seat. Street lights and bus services have resumed in Mariupol.
According to the report, state television also showed Putin’s visit to the city’s Philharmonic Hall, where the president sat in a hall. According to Susnul, a university building and a student residence also remain intact. Citizens were also shown thanking Putin for the unannounced visit.
4:02 am – Former Commission President Juncker does not expect Ukraine to join the EU anytime soon
Former European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned against raising unrealistic expectations of Ukraine’s quick accession to the European Union. “I think that Ukraine needs the opportunity to join for certain reasons, but I am very saddened by the arrogance of many politicians who promise quick accession to Ukraine, and act in the West, I don’t see it,” Juncker said on the “Luxembourg Word” newspaper’s “Worth Exchange” podcast.
Juncker said simply accepting a country at war was not a “practical option” and therefore “cannot fully develop its will for reform” for political reasons. “But after recent events, I think Ukraine is more likely to join the EU in the long run.”
Considering Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, Juncker was concerned. He always sought dialogue with Russia and China. Even now, he is still of the opinion that he “needs to maintain ties with Russia and China and express willingness to talk.” However, the reality is that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown “no will.” “Real peace talks,” Juncker continued.
8:00pm – Medvedev calls on Americans to rise up in support of former President Trump.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called on Americans to revolt against the imminent arrest of former US President Donald Trump. “Take back the country, Americans! To war!” Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel. It is unclear how serious the 57-year-old’s demands were. He concluded his comment by saying that it might be ironic that he wrote this at the request of presidential candidate “Colonel Daniil Fyodorovich Trump”. May specify.
18:50 – Ukraine reports two deaths in Kramatorsk
Two people have been killed in eastern Ukraine, according to local authorities. Eight people were injured, three of them seriously, Mayor Oleksandr Koncharenko said on Facebook. Cluster bombs were used in the attack. Many buildings were damaged.
Reporters from the AFP news agency heard a dozen explosions in Kramatorsk around 4pm and saw smoke billowing from a park south of the city. Moments later, several more explosions were heard in the residential area. In the park, the woman was hit by shrapnel from the explosives and died on the spot.
Kramatorsk was already the target of Russian attacks on Tuesday. One person died and three others were injured. In April 2022, a rocket attack on the city’s railway station killed around 60 civilians.
18:05 – Russia accepts the grain deal for only 60 days
According to information from Moscow, Russia only wants to extend the grain agreement with Ukraine by 60 days. “We are seeing reports from partners in the ‘grain agreement’ that the agreement has been extended by 120 days,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Saturday, according to Interfax news agency. .
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