Ukrainian War in Live Ticker
+++ 01:31 There would still be civilians in the Azovstal factory in Mariupol +++
Contrary to reports of the complete evacuation of all civilians from the Azovstal plant in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, besieged by Russian troops, around 100 civilians are still believed to be there. In addition, around 100,000 people were still in the badly damaged city, regional administration head Pavlo Kyrylenko said. “It’s hard to say which of them wants to leave the city,” he told Ukrajinska Pravda.
+++ 00:38 Von der Leyen sees ‘progress’ in EU oil embargo dispute +++ during visit to Hungary
In the fight for an EU oil embargo against Russia, Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen reported “progress” in Budapest after a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The conversation was “helpful in clarifying issues related to sanctions and energy security,” von der Leyen wrote on Twitter. “We have made progress, but there is still work to be done.” Hungary is heavily dependent on Russian oil and has so far blocked a decision by EU states on an oil embargo against Russia.
+++ 23:47 Ukraine: Russia uses hypersonic missiles against Odessa +++
According to the Ukrainian military, the Russian Air Force fired several Kinshah-type hypersonic missiles at the port city of Odessa in the evening. Several “tourist objects” were hit and at least five buildings were destroyed, Ukrajinska Pravda reported. A shopping center was also damaged, reports a regional online site. Two people were injured. The search for new victims under the rubble continues.
+++ 23:08 Green Left Hermann against delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine +++
Baden-Württemberg’s Green Transport Minister Winfried Hermann rejects the federal government’s decision to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine. He is of the opinion that “more weapons can lead to more violence and counter-violence”, says Hermann, who belongs to the left wing of the Greens. Hermann admits that this is a “dilemma situation where there is no satisfactory outcome”. But his opinion on this is: “When in doubt, be careful, rather not.” He is certain: “It is not conducive to peace.” Tanks are not “defence vehicles”. Hermann said he was surprised that the political mood had “completely changed” on the issue of arms deliveries in a few weeks.
+++ 22:48 Biden signs new law for faster arms deliveries to Ukraine +++
US President Joe Biden has signed legislation that would allow faster arms deliveries to Ukraine. Biden signed the law into law Monday in the Oval Office of the White House, based on an agenda for fighting Nazi Germany dating back to World War II. The United States would support Ukraine’s fight to “defend their country and their democracy against Putin’s brutal war,” Biden said. The bill passed the US Congress with a large bipartisan majority. The law gives Biden more powers to strike deals with the Ukrainian government to supply US weapons.
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