Ukrainian Defense Minister announces major offensive in the south of the country

Moscow, Kyiv According to Ukrainian sources, 15 people were found dead in a collapsed block of flats in Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region. President Volodymyr Zelensky then threatened Russian soldiers with consequences. At the same time he ordered his army to recapture occupied areas in the south of the country. Civilians were called there to flee. Monday is the 138th day of the war for Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the dispute over a stuck turbine for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in Canada is entering a new round. Russia recently justified the significantly reduced gas deliveries to Germany with the missing part.

Ukraine said it was “deeply disappointed” by the Canadian government’s decision to hand over the turbine after maintenance work was completed – and thus make an exception to sanctions against Russia.

The Ukrainian leadership has called on civilians in the occupied south of the country to flee because of a planned army offensive. Residents of the Cherson and Zaporizhia regions should urgently leave their homes – if necessary in the direction of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which has been annexed by Russia since 2014, said Deputy Prime Minister Irina Wereshchuk.

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Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov told the British Sunday Times that Zelensky had ordered the military to reclaim occupied territory in the south with Western weapons. In particular, the coastal areas are of great importance for the Ukrainian economy. Resnikov announced that a million soldiers would take part in the offensive.

Woman in the Zaporizhia region

The Ukrainian military is planning an offensive in the south of the country.

(Photo: dpa)

Zelensky threatens “Russian murderers” with punishment

“Punishment is inevitable for every Russian murderer,” Zelensky said after the rocket fire in Chasiv Yar. The attack on the residential area showed once again that Russia’s troops also deliberately killed in residential areas. “After such attacks, they will not be able to say that they did not know or did not understand something,” said the Ukrainian head of state in his video speech on Monday night.

In addition to the 15 dead, six injured people were also rescued from the apartment building in the Donetsk region by late Sunday evening, according to the deputy head of the presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko. 23 people are still missing.

Residential area in Chasiv Yar

Ukraine criticizes Canada for exempting gas turbines from sanctions

Ukraine has protested against the planned delivery of the serviced Russian Nord Stream 1 turbine from Canada to Germany. A statement by the foreign and energy ministries in Kyiv said they were “deeply disappointed” by the Canadian government’s decision to make an exception to the sanctions imposed on Russia in this case. “We urge the Canadian government to reconsider this decision and ensure the integrity of the sanctions system.”

In mid-June, the Russian energy company Gazprom reduced its gas deliveries to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline. The reason given in Moscow is the missing turbine, which cannot be returned from Canada after maintenance work due to sanctions. Canada now wants to have the turbine sent to Germany instead of directly to Russia.

Kubicki: Schröder twisted the facts in the Ukraine war

FDP Vice Wolfgang Kubicki was irritated by statements by former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) about his contact with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. “Basically, of course, it’s always better to keep in touch with the leaders of authoritarian states, and nobody can prevent the ex-chancellor from doing this,” Kubicki told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday). “But anyone who thinks that Germany has a diplomatic obligation to end the war in Ukraine is distorting the facts.”

Wolfgang Kubicki

The FDP deputy criticized Gerhard Schröder’s recent statements about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

(Photo: dpa)

Schröder had previously told the “FAZ” that he did not want to give up his “opportunities to talk to President Putin” despite the Russian war of aggression. He doesn’t believe in a military solution. “The war can only be ended through diplomatic negotiations.”

World website blocked in Russia

The Russian authorities have blocked the website of the daily newspaper “Welt”. At the request of the General Prosecutor’s Office, the site has not been accessible from the Russian Internet since Saturday, according to a register maintained by the media regulator Roskomnadzor.

This is how the Handelsblatt reports on the Ukraine war and the consequences:

After Russia’s invasion, the “world” began to publish news in Russian under the title “War in Ukraine”. In addition, the paper has meanwhile employed the Russian journalist Marina Owsjannikova, who became known in mid-March with a protest action on Russia’s state television. Since the beginning of the war, the Russian authorities have increasingly taken action against foreign and, above all, critical Russian media.

That will be important on Monday

The last most important gas pipeline Nord Stream 1 from Russia to Germany will be shut down for an expected ten days. According to the operating company, after the maintenance work has been completed, it should be reopened in the early morning of July 21st. However, the great concern in the federal government and the Federal Network Agency is that Russia will not turn on the gas tap again after the work is completed.

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) is also beginning a series of visits to numerous Bundeswehr departments. Against the background of the threat situation on NATO’s eastern flank, she wants to get an idea of ​​the operational readiness of the staffs, units and associations.

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