It’s war in Ukraine. For more than two months. And the end of hostilities is not in sight at the moment. Not even through diplomatic channels. A fierce struggle is raging, especially in the Donbass. News from Tuesday (May 3).
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Update, 11:13 a.m. – German fighter jets must leave after Russians violate airspace near Rügen
A Russian reconnaissance plane on approach over the Baltic Sea alerted the German Air Force. In response, two Eurofighters from the Laage air base in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania stepped up to the plate on Saturday, the German press agency learned. The Russian craft had been identified in international airspace off the island of Rügen. the Alarm groups of the two German machines accompanied the Russian aircraft into international airspace away from Germany.
Denmark had already summoned the Russian ambassador to the Foreign Ministry for an interview. Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod justified it on Sunday by saying that a Russian military plane had entered Danish airspace. According to Swedish reports, a Russian AN-30 propeller plane also violated Swedish airspace east of the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. Four Russian fighter jets entered the airspace over Sweden in early March.
Update, 10:22 a.m. – Putin may soon officially declare a state of war
In Ukraine, there are fears that Russian attacks will intensify significantly in the coming weeks. Several Ukrainian media outlets on Tuesday picked up a report by US television channel CNN on speculation that Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin declare a state of war in Russia and order general mobilization within days. Ukraine’s military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov also spoke about Russian preparations for an open mobilization of soldiers and reservists. There is no evidence on this. So far, Russia has only officially spoken of a “special operation” in Ukraine.
The Kremlin did not initially react to the latest rumours. In the first weeks after the attack on the neighboring country on February 24, Moscow commented on the concerns of its own population and stressed that a general mobilization was not planned. Even with such an arrangement, however, the scope would be completely blurred: Russian legislation also provides for the possibility of partial mobilization, which would then only affect individual regions of the giant country.
Many people are now eagerly awaiting Putin’s speech at the traditional May 9 military parade in Moscowwith which Russia annually commemorates the victory over Hitler’s Germany in 1945. Many experts initially assumed that the head of the Kremlin wanted to celebrate successes in Ukraine on the day, the so-called “denazificationhe designates as the objective of the Russian military operation. Given only the hesitant advance of Russian troops and strong Ukrainian resistance, some observers now assume that hostilities will intensify.
Update, 9:43 a.m. – Putin apparently wants to show off 500 POWs as ‘trophies’.
May 9 is traditionally celebrated in Russia as Victory Day over the Nazis. According to Russian media Gulagu.net, which criticizes the government, Putin has the plan during this year’s parade present more than 500 prisoners of war on Red Square in Moscow.
Accordingly, this public exhibition “held before a shocked audience and under video recording to demonstrate the strength and superiority of the Russian military and suppress the will of the Ukrainians”.
In order to allow Putin’s treacherous presentation of prisoners of war, employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) and units of the FSB national secret service were put in charge of Ukrainian prisoners carry out “operational work”.
The final decision on whether the heinous plan to round up POWs in Red Square will indeed be implemented must be made by May 6, three days before the holiday.
Update, 9:20 a.m. – Pope requests audience with Putin
Pope Francis is planning a trip to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. He requested a meeting with the Kremlin boss in Moscow to try to end the war in Ukraine. But there is still no answer, he said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
The Pope also commented on the role of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Cyril: “He cannot become Putin’s altar boy“. The Patriarch has publicly supported Putin’s actions in Ukraine, thus causing irritation in some parts of the Orthodox churches. Pope criticizes Russia’s attack on Ukraine and recently canceled a scheduled meeting with Kyrill.
Update, 8:35 a.m. – This is how Putin wants to take over all of eastern Ukraine
Russia plans according to US estimates in May, annexation of large parts of eastern Ukraine and recognition of the city of Cherson, in southern Ukraine, as an independent republic. The action expected from the United States is “straight out of the Kremlin’s tactical manual”, said Michael Carpenter, American ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). But the United States and its allies would not recognize such moves, he said.
US and others have information that Moscow is planning “fake referendums” in the so-called people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, with which the territories would be annexed to Russia. It also looks like Russia will hold an independence vote in Kherson. With such referendums, the Kremlin may be trying to give its actions a democratic touchsaid Charpentier.
Update, 7:45 a.m. – Ambassador of Ukraine Melnyk: Scholz plays “offended liver sausage”
Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk criticized Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s preliminary refusal to travel to kyiv. “Playing an offended liver sausage does not look like a statesman”, said Melnyk of the German Press Agency. “It is the most brutal war of annihilation since the Nazi attack on Ukraine, this is no kindergarten.Scholz and his cabinet are meeting this Tuesday for a two-day retreat to discuss the war in Ukraine and its aftermath.
The SPD Chancellor told ZDF on Monday evening that Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s uninviting passage through Ukraine would hamper his trip. Steinmeier actually wanted to travel to kyiv with the heads of state of Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania in mid-April, but was pushed back at short notice. Scholz said on ZDF: “It cannot work that a country that provides so much military aid, so much financial aid that is needed in terms of the security guarantees that Ukraine needs in the future be important, what you say next, the president can’t come.
CDU leader Friedrich Merz and foreign left-wing politician Gregor Gysi recently announced trips to Ukraine. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) was the first member of the government to announce plans for a trip to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv – but without a specific date.
Melnyk said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy would always be happy to receive Scholz in Kyiv. But he added: “What Ukraine would expect much more than symbolic visits is that the traffic light government will accept the proposal of the Bundestag on the delivery of heavy weapons will be implemented quickly and the commitments made to date will be keptHe criticized the fact that no ammunition had yet been found for the promised Gepard anti-aircraft tanks.
How’s Putin’s health? – Cancer surgery after “Victory Day”
According to a report by the British Daily Mail Russian leader Vladimir Putin is due to undergo cancer surgery soon. the New York Postas good as Sun similar report. The British newspaper refers to an insider in Kremlin circles. After “Victory Day” on May 9, when Russia celebrates victory over the Nazis, should put putin under the knife. Originally, Russia’s plan was to announce victory over Ukraine on the same day. However, the Russians may not have taken into account the enormous resilience of the neighboring state, so this project seems very unrealistic.
It also indicates that the operation was already planned for April, but was later postponed to May. Putin has already found an interim president, continues the Daily Mail. Kremlin hardliner Nikolai Patrushew (70), almost the same age. He is considered a long-time confidant and worked with Putin in the KGB before eventually becoming head of the Russian internal secret service FSB and secretary of the Security Council.
The Bild newspaper has officially confirmed that Patrushev should represent Putin in such a case. Incidentally, it is also called Score an admission that Russia is at war, because it is only in a state of war that a soldier can take over. In a normal case, the prime minister would take over from Mishustin. The Russians still speak only of a special military operation.
However, it is unclear how Putin is doing. Several videos have recently surfaced showing him very unsteady on his feet. Foreign Minister Lavrov was asked about Putin’s health on Italian television, However, he was remarkably quiet and did not deny that Putin was not in better health.
Putin hails Russia’s “liberation” of Mariupol after its forces were completely destroyed in a two-month siege.
He asked Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to block the Azovstal metallurgical plant, where the last Ukrainian troops are entrenched, “so that a fly cannot enter”. pic.twitter.com/g2lNd44qXF
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It happened overnight:
- Civilian casualties in Ukraine after rocket attacks
- 20 civilians evacuated from steelworks
- Weapons for more than 190 million euros in Ukraine
- Russia – Nearly 1.3 million Ukrainians evacuated
- Habeck “definitely” assumes there will be an oil embargo
- Selenskyj outraged by Lavrov’s anti-Semitic statements
The Monday (May 2) ticker to read.