The Kremlin wants regime change in Ukraine – and pushes Kiev troops further from the east
Kyiv, Moscow, Cairo The Russian military confirms that Shelling of the Ukrainian port city of Odessathe Moscow leadership nevertheless does not see the grain agreement in danger. At the same time, during his trip to Africa, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov openly named the overthrow of the Ukrainian leadership, which he described as “hostile to the people and to history”, as a goal.
Objection from Kyiv was not long in coming. The attack on the Ukraine Only someone who does not know the true history of the people can give orders, Volodymyr Zelensky countered in the evening. Monday is the 151st day of the war.
Russian military justifies port attack with US weapons
One day after the rocket attacks in the port of Odessa, Moscow justified the internationally criticized attack with the destruction of US weapons. The rockets were fired at a ship repair plant, the shared Department of Defense in Moscow on Sunday.
In the dock are a Ukrainian warship and a warehouse with one of the United States It was said to have been destroyed by the “Harpoon” missiles supplied.
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Moscow admits attack on port city of Odessa
Lavrov believes in grain deal and “regime change” in Kyiv
Despite the attack, Lavrov reaffirmed the validity of the international agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea. The passage through a sea corridor should be monitored from a control center in Istanbul, he said on a visit to the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday.
Representatives of Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations are said to be working there. Russian and Turkish forces would work together to ensure the safety of the ships on the open sea, Lavrov said. He later spoke of a third party, not yet named, that would be involved in the controls.
In Egypt, Russia’s chief diplomat made a name for himself with statements about a planned overthrow of the Ukrainian government that had not previously been heard from Moscow with such openness. “We will definitely help the Ukrainian people to get rid of the absolutely anti-people and anti-history regime,” he said. The Russian and Ukrainian people would henceforth live together.
In the past few days, the Russian leadership has publicly tightened its position on the Ukraine war. On Wednesday, Lavrov threatened to occupy other areas outside of the Donbass.
In view of the western supply of arms and their longer range, it is necessary to further push the Kiev troops away from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, which Moscow has recognized as independent. With the current announcement of a planned regime change in Kyiv, Lavrov contradicted earlier statements. In April he had denied such plans.
Zelensky: Attack on Ukraine shows ignorance of history
Kyiv immediately returned the accusation of the “anti-history regime” to the addressee. “Only those who don’t know the real story and don’t feel its importance could choose to attack us,” Zelensky replied in his video address that evening. For centuries, Ukrainians have been oppressed and will never give up their independence.
According to the president, maintaining national unity is now the most important task for Ukrainians in order to win the war and become a member of the European Union. “Preserving unity now, working together for victory, is the most important national task that we must tackle together,” he said.
If the Ukrainians can do this, they will succeed in what generations before have failed to do. The independence of Russia to transform itself into one of the most modern countries in the world and at the same time to go its own way towards Europe, which according to Selenski will end with full membership in the EU.
Meanwhile, there were no major changes on the battlefields in Ukraine.
Ex-US Secretary of State Kissinger: no surrender of Ukrainian territories
Former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger has advised Ukraine and the West not to cede post-war occupied territories in negotiations with Russia.
Those responsible in the West would have to draw borders beforehand, “and giving up Ukrainian territory shouldn’t be one of the conditions that we can accept,” Kissinger said, according to the translation on Sunday ZDF-“today’s Journal”. Before negotiating, you have to be clear about what you are willing to negotiate and what you are not willing to reveal under any circumstances.
Also FDP open to direct tank supplies to Ukraine
Because of the faltering delivery of weapons by ring exchange, this is now also the case FDP-Politician Marie Agnes Strack Zimmermann open to the direct delivery of German tanks to Ukraine.
This is how the Handelsblatt reports on the Ukraine war and the consequences:
The Chair of the Defense Committee of the Bundestag admits that the Eastern European allies have not been able to find replacements for their arms deliveries to Ukraine as quickly as expected. “If that is problematic for the partners, we should stop the ring exchange and deliver directly to Ukraine – possibly also the (main battle tank) Leopard 2. Time is short,” said Strack-Zimmermann of the German Press Agency.
That will be important on Monday
Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov continues his five-day trip to Africa. From Moscow’s point of view, the tour is an important sign that Russia is not isolated internationally. The Russian leadership also sees the trip as a way to get the states in Africa on their side in this conflict. The hunger in the world, according to the Russian account, is caused by the West – among other things in the hindrance of Russian food and fertilizer exports.
Meanwhile, Germany in particular is waiting to see whether Russia will take back the turbine that has been repaired in Canada and has long been held back due to sanctions. With the missing turbine, Moscow had justified the throttling of gas deliveries via the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline since June and repeatedly demanded the return of the unit and the associated documents.
Doubts are now growing that Moscow is even interested in reinstalling the turbine. For its part, Moscow is reportedly reluctant to provide the necessary documents for the transfer of the plane.
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