Russia is advancing in the Donbass – Zelenskiy continues to target Ukraine
Kyiv Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is continuing to restructure his security apparatus and unveiled a new commission to monitor the use of Western weapons.
The Russian President Wladimir Putin threw the Ukraine during a visit to Iran that he was not interested in a peace solution. At the negotiations in Istanbul at the end of March, both sides “actually reached an agreement, it just had to be signed,” said Putin. Since then, however, Kyiv has refused to implement the solution that was reached.
During the March negotiations, both sides reached rapprochement on the issue of Ukraine’s non-aligned status. Russia but also insists that Ukraine recognizes Crimea, which Moscow has annexed since 2014, as Russian and cedes the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
President Zelensky has announced the creation of a new parliamentary commission in Ukraine to monitor the use of Western weapons. There are no allegations of misuse of weapons from the West, Zelenski emphasized in his video speech on Tuesday. “But in order to eliminate all manipulations by Russian propagandists and those who help them in Ukraine or elsewhere, such an additional parliamentary control tool will be established,” he said.
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After the recent dismissals of the secret service chief and other executives in the security organs, Zelensky wants to push ahead with the realignment of these agencies. He appointed new heads of the SBU secret service in five regions and reported on the dismissal of another SBU deputy head. Most recently, there had been criticism of possible secret betrayal in the authorities and ongoing corruption.
Ukrainian first lady asks for more guns
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska is from the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, received at the White House. US President Joe Biden also received Selenska and presented her with a bouquet of flowers. Selenska wants to advertise further military aid for Ukraine on her trip to the US. The country continues to rely on Western weapons to stop the Russian invasion.
At the front, meanwhile, fighting in Ukraine continues uninterrupted. Fighting is taking place in the south and east of the country. Neither of the two parties to the conflict was able to achieve strategically important advances. However, according to Ukrainian information, the Russian armed forces made further gains in the fighting for the Donbass in eastern Ukraine.
“The enemy launched an attack in the Pokrovske area, was partially successful and is establishing itself on the southern outskirts of the village,” the Ukrainian general staff said in its situation report on Tuesday evening. Pokrovske is a settlement ten kilometers east of the important transport junction of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. The Siwersk-Soledar-Bakhmut line is considered to be Ukraine’s next line of defense in front of the conurbation around the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.
This is how the Handelsblatt reports on the Ukraine war and the consequences:
That will be important on Wednesday
The EU Commission is expected to present its emergency plan in the event that Russia no longer supplies gas through the Baltic Sea pipeline even after the end of the repair work on Nord Stream 1, which was originally expected on Thursday. The fear of a Russian delivery stop had recently grown in the buyer countries.
Olena Selenska appears before the US Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited all members of her House and Senate to perform in the auditorium at the Capitol Visitor Center.
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