Ukraine war in the live ticker: +++ 23:37 Habeck calls on partner countries to deliver arms to Kiev +++

Ukraine war in the live ticker
+++ 23:37 Habeck calls on partner countries to deliver arms to Kiev +++

Economics Minister Robert Habeck calls on partner countries to supply Ukraine with more weapons. Ukraine knows that it is a difficult phase, “but it is a phase,” he told the “ZDF today-journal” after a visit to Ukraine. The Vice-Chancellor emphasized that it was not easy for him to constantly talk about weapons systems, military equipment and survival at the front. “At the beginning of the legislative period, I would neither have wished nor imagined that I would do an interview with you in which I would advocate for the supply of more military equipment.” But we have to make it clear again why this war is being waged. “Putin plans to not allow liberal democracy in Ukraine and to destabilize it as a whole.” If Ukraine loses, things will continue. Therefore, everyone who wants to defend democracy is once again urged to support Ukraine now.

+++ 22:29 General Staff: 72 Russian attacks on the front repulsed +++
In the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian army has repelled 72 Russian attacks on the front lines. The Ukrainian General Staff announced this on Facebook. In total, there were 79 battles between Ukrainian and Russian troops, according to the situation report (as of 6:00 p.m.).

+++ 22:11 Zelenskyj: “We need artillery and the world has it” +++
After NATO’s decision to further strengthen Ukraine’s air defense, its President Volodymyr Zelenskyj expressed cautious satisfaction. “We in Ukraine appreciate the efforts of every leader, every state that is really active, keeps its promises and tries to improve the capabilities of our air defense,” Zelensky said in the evening in his daily video address, which was exceptionally brief. NATO defense ministers had previously promised Ukraine the delivery of additional air defense systems at a crisis meeting with Zelensky. “Ukraine needs anti-aircraft defense, and our partners can help with this,” said the Ukrainian head of state. “We need artillery and the world has it.” Only a sufficient number of anti-aircraft systems and fighter aircraft could protect Ukraine from Russian air attacks. “Solutions are necessary, solutions are possible.”

+++ 21:31 G7 and EU have supported Ukraine with $72 billion in budget support since the start of the war +++
Since the Russian invasion began on February 24, 2024, Ukraine has received approximately $72 billion in budget support from the G7 countries and the EU. This was announced by the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance, as reported by the state news agency Ukrinform reports. Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko called this aid an “extremely important contribution to financial stability under uncertain conditions caused by the war.” In addition to budget support, the G7 supports Ukraine militarily and humanitarianally as well as in the form of sanctions. Marchenko estimated total budget support for Ukraine since the start of the war at $83.7 billion. The largest donors are the EU, the USA, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Japan, Canada, Great Britain and the World Bank.

+++ 21:04 AfD politician Bystron rejects new allegations +++
AfD politician Petr Bystron has rejected new allegations in the affair surrounding a pro-Russian disinformation campaign and possible covert payments from Russia. “This is just an attempt to brew old coffee again in order to keep the campaign against the AfD in the media until the EU elections,” Bystron told the German Press Agency. The “Zeit” had previously reported that Czech authorities had presented audio recordings for the first time, according to which 20,000 euros in cash were said to have been handed over in a car. However, German security authorities are said to have only received information about the incident from the Czech Republic in written form. According to information from Belgian secret services, Russian-controlled networks are trying to help pro-Russian candidates achieve success in the upcoming European elections.

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