Russian Invasion: War towards Ukraine: This is the scenario | EUROtoday

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For Ukraine, it’s a triumph within the midst of its struggle towards the Russian invasion: the EU is speaking to the nation about its deliberate accession. Moscow, alternatively, is betting on warfare regardless of new sanctions.

The EU is beginning talks right this moment for future accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova. The talks are being organised on the sidelines of an EU ministerial assembly in Luxembourg, after the so-called negotiating frameworks had been agreed final week. These set out the rules and rules for the negotiations. This is barely the beginning sign for the method; there are not any negotiations within the true sense of the phrase but.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of a “historic event”. “This is the day that Ukraine has been striving for for decades. And now it is becoming a reality. Ukraine will never be diverted from the path to a united Europe, our common home for all European nations,” Zelensky stated in a video message.

The begin of accession talks with Ukraine and its small neighbour Moldova had already been determined in precept at an EU summit in December. At the identical time, nonetheless, it was agreed that each one reform necessities have to be met earlier than negotiations can start. The accountable EU Commission confirmed this to Ukraine simply this month, after measures had been taken to fight corruption, higher defend nationwide minorities and restrict the political affect of oligarchs.

Minister of State for Europe Lührmann: “Historic day”

Minister of State for Europe Anna Lührmann (Greens) stated: “Today is a historic day for Europe! We are opening EU accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova.” She was impressed by her go to to Ukraine and Moldova final week. “Both countries have made great progress despite the Russian bombs, disinformation campaigns and attempts at destabilization,” she stated.

For the folks of Ukraine, the opening of EU accession negotiations is seen as an essential signal that it’s price persevering with the defensive wrestle towards Russia. However, it’s utterly unclear how lengthy it would take till Ukraine joins the EU as soon as talks have began.

Theoretically, a candidate nation may by no means turn out to be a member. In the case of Ukraine, it’s at the moment thought-about not possible that it’ll turn out to be an EU member earlier than the tip of the Russian warfare of aggression. This would imply that Kiev may demand navy help below Article 42, Paragraph 7 of the EU Treaty – and the EU could be a celebration to the warfare.

Selenskyj replaces commander of navy unit

Ukraine has been defending itself towards the Russian invasion for greater than two years with Western assist. Following stories of excessive losses within the Ukrainian armed forces, President Zelenskyy dismissed Lieutenant General Yuri Sodol from his submit as commander of the Joint Forces. He didn’t give causes for the transfer. However, in response to media stories, the chief of employees of the controversial Azov Brigade, Bohdan Krotevych, had beforehand filed a criticism towards Sodol. He accused the commander of giving negligent orders that had led to excessive losses.

According to media stories, there have been accusations towards Sodol, not least within the Verkhovna Rada, the parliament in Kiev: he had poorly ready Ukrainian troopers for missions – for instance within the contested Kharkiv area.

In his video message, Zelensky additionally condemned a Russian missile assault on the town of Pokrovsk within the japanese Ukrainian area of Donetsk. Four folks had been killed and dozens extra injured, the president stated. He introduced a retaliatory strike after the Russian assault. “And our response will be completely fair.”

Selenskyj receives Schwesig in Kyiv

Meanwhile, Federal Council President Manuela Schwesig advocated Ukraine's accession to the European Union throughout a one-hour assembly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj in Kiev. The Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania met Selenskyj in Kiev instantly earlier than the official begin of accession negotiations in Luxembourg.

Selenskyj expressly thanked the federal authorities for its assist, stated Schwesig. She identified that the Ukrainian armed forces now have to be supported, above all, with further air protection techniques. A Patriot system at the moment stationed in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for coaching functions is because of be delivered shortly. “It is now important that it comes to Ukraine in order to continue to protect the population from Russian attacks,” stated Schwesig. “This is urgently needed now.”

100 Ukrainians prevented from fleeing overseas

Ukrainian safety forces have prevented 100 males from illegally fleeing the war-torn nation within the Odessa area within the south of the nation. Last Friday, a gaggle of 47 males in 4 minibuses had been stopped on the way in which to the border, the State Investigation Bureau stated. Another 53 males had been stopped on the way in which to a “collection point”. They had been to be pushed to a border, bypassing checkpoints, after which crossed it on foot.

According to stories, the escape helpers collected between 4,600 and over 17,000 euros from every man. Those looking for to flee had been sought through social networks. A complete of over 900,000 euros is alleged to have been transferred to those two teams. The escape helpers, together with a police officer, have been provisionally arrested. They resist 9 years in jail.

Russia dismisses new EU sanctions as ineffective

The EU had beforehand adopted its 14th bundle of sanctions to cease Russia's warfare economic system. Moscow, nonetheless, as soon as once more dismissed the brand new punitive measures as ineffective. Rather, the EU is harming itself once more, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow stated. The West isn’t wanting on the penalties for its personal economic system or for the prosperity of the folks within the EU, stated Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko.

“The purpose of the sanctions was to strangle the Russian economy and destroy the cohesion of society. The EU has achieved the opposite,” stated Grushko. Russia additionally warned of renewed will increase in power costs within the EU.

The international ministers of the 27 member states authorized the sanctions in Luxembourg together with different new punitive measures due to Russia's warfare of aggression towards Ukraine. The Foreign Ministry in Moscow introduced that in return, different representatives from politics and enterprise in addition to from EU establishments could be banned from getting into Russia. No particulars got.

First sanctions towards liquefied pure gasoline transactions

The sanctions bundle contains, for the primary time, far-reaching sanctions towards Russia's multi-billion greenback liquefied pure gasoline (LNG) enterprise. It is deliberate that ports such because the one in Zeebrugge, Belgium, will now not be allowed for use to ship Russian LNG to 3rd nations. This is anticipated to end in Russia having the ability to promote much less liquefied pure gasoline as a result of a scarcity of transport capability and making much less revenue, which may very well be used to proceed the warfare of aggression towards Ukraine.

Russian analysts spoke of a blow to LNG producers. However, the sanctions are comparatively gentle and there’s a transition interval that enables Russian corporations to seek out new clients and various routes, as was the case with the oil embargo. India and China – and the Asian area as an entire – are already benefiting from the comparatively low cost power provides from the uncooked supplies superpower Russia.

War crimes: Arrest warrant towards Shoigu

The International Criminal Court has additionally issued arrest warrants towards former Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov for alleged warfare crimes in Ukraine, the court docket in The Hague introduced.

Shoigu was dismissed as protection minister by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May. The court docket had beforehand issued an arrest warrant towards Putin.

The males are accused of focused assaults on civilian targets. There are indications that they had been accountable for focused bombings by the Russian military on Ukraine's electrical energy community from October 2022 to not less than March 2023.

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