+++ News in the Ukraine war +++: Baerbock arrived in Kyiv

The Federal Foreign Minister made a surprise trip to Kyiv. According to British information, Ukrainian troops are advancing 50 kilometers in the east of the country.

Annalena Baerbock sits on a train with an FFP2 mask

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on the train on Saturday night on her way to Kyiv Photo: Michael Fischer/dpa

Long promised further relief

Green co-boss Ricarda Lang promises further relief in the energy crisis. “We have laid a good foundation for autumn and winter. But the energy crisis, into which the war of aggression in Ukraine plunged us, will not end in three, five or eight months," she told the newspapers of the Funke media group. “With the three relief packages so far, we have shown that we do not leave anyone alone. Nothing will change about that.” In the next few weeks it will be about corporate aid. "We should think primarily of small and medium-sized companies, such as bakers or handicraft businesses." (rtr)

London: Ukrainian counteroffensive in north-east

According to British information, the Ukrainian troops in the north-east of the country took the Russian forces by surprise with their counter-offensive. The Ukrainian spearheads have now advanced up to 50 kilometers on a narrow front into previously Russian-occupied territory, the Ministry of Defense said in London on Saturday, citing intelligence findings. This coincides with information from Ukraine in the past few days. Only a few Russian troops were gathered in the area, it said. "The Russian forces were apparently taken by surprise."

"Ukrainian units have captured or surrounded several locations," the ministry said. Russian forces around the city of Izyum were becoming increasingly isolated, and the Ukrainians were advancing on the city of Kupyansk. "Their capture would be a significant blow to Russia because the supply lines for the Donbass front pass here," London said. Ukrainian attacks also continued in the Cherson region in the south of the country. "The Russian defensive is under pressure on both its northern and southern flanks," the ministry noted.

The British Ministry of Defense has published unprecedented information on the course of the war since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine in late February, citing intelligence information. In doing so, the British government wants to both counter the Russian portrayal and keep allies in line. Moscow accuses London of a targeted disinformation campaign. (dpa)

Baerbock arrived in Kyiv

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has arrived in Kyiv for her second visit since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. She wanted to show "that we will continue to support Ukraine as long as it is necessary," said the Green politician when she arrived in the Ukrainian capital on Saturday morning.

This concerns the delivery of weapons as well as humanitarian and financial support. According to her assessment, Russian President Vladimir Putin is counting on "that we will tire of sympathizing with the suffering of Ukraine". Putin believes that he can divide societies with lies and blackmail them with energy supplies. "This calculation must not and will not work out," warned Baerbock.

"The Ukrainians have been fighting for everything for over six months," said Baerbock. "They brace themselves against Russian aggression, not only to defend their human right to peace and freedom, but also to defend our European peace order."

In order to provide a little protection for the people, Germany is also helping to clear mines and warfare agents. "Where these insidious weapons continue to threaten the lives of children, women and families every day, the projects we support ensure a little more freedom and security." (rtr)

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