Day 517: Ukraine announces progress in Bakhmut. In Russia, the minimum age for conscription into the army is being raised. All information in the news blog.
The most important things at a glance
German ambassador: “I wouldn’t have dreamed of it”
9:09 PM: At the end of his time in Moscow German Ambassador Geza Andreas von Geer lamented the breakdown in Russian-German relations. “Russia wants to isolate itself from us, that is, from the West,” von Geer said at a farewell party in Moscow on Tuesday night. “I could not have dreamed of all this when I came in 2019,” he added in his address to diplomats, business representatives and journalists. Also in attendance were representatives of Russian civil society, including the co-founder of the human rights organization Memorial, Svetlana Gannushkina.
At the same time, diplomacy in the times of the Russian war against Ukraine Specifically important. “It is important that we diplomats are here, that we listen and try to understand, that we explain our point of view,” said von Geer, who will be succeeded by Free Democratic Party politician Alexander Graf Lambsdorf as Germany’s new ambassador to Moscow this summer.
stressed the diplomat who will participate in Brussels The position of Permanent Representative of Germany in NATO You must take over. It is also important to give Russian society more space for dialogue.
Putin is planning a trip to China
7:17 PM: President of Russia Vladimir Putin According to the Kremlin, he wants to follow him in October China Travel. “It is known that we have received an invitation and that we are planning to go to China when the Silk Road summit takes place in October,” Interfax news agency quoted Putin’s foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov as saying on Tuesday. On the other hand, Ushakov left open whether the Kremlin chief would personally attend the G20 summit in September. India We will attend.
Moscow announces progress in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine
5:17 PM: The Russian military says it has made progress on the front in eastern Ukraine region Made Donetsk. The Ministry of Defense in Moscow announced, on Tuesday, that during the past 24 hours, Russian soldiers had advanced up to two kilometers in the direction of Liman at a width of up to four kilometers. In the course of these “successful counterattacks” the Russian army captured the village of Serhivka.
Why a nuclear accident could threaten Zaporizhia
5:09 PM: Mines have been found at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant site in southern Ukraine. However, the biggest danger looms for another reason. Read the background here.
video | IAEA experts discover mines at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power PlantSource: Reuters
European Union: Grain exports are almost entirely possible even without a deal
4:59 PM: the European Union It can, according to its own data, take out almost all agricultural products from Ukraine, which can no longer be exported through its Black Sea ports due to Russia’s withdrawal from the grain agreement. This can be done via rail and road links through EU member states at the border with Ukraine, says EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski. He describes the roads as “solidarity roads”.
“We are ready to export almost anything. That is about four million tons of oilseeds and grains per month.” This amount was taken out of Ukraine in November 2022.