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“Raise the white flag” – Schulz contradicts Pope's statements about the war in Ukraine

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Pope Francis's statement sparked a lot of criticism. (Alliance photo/DPA/MAXPPP/Riccardo De Luca)

The Pope had, among other things, called on Ukraine to have the “courage to negotiate” and suggested raising the “white flag.” Government spokesman Heibestreit confirmed that Ukraine is defending itself against the aggressor.

Yesterday evening, Foreign Minister Burbock expressed her lack of understanding. The Green politician said on ARD that if there was even a small chance that the Russian regime would show a willingness to talk, „then the whole world would be there and talking.” Unfortunately, we see the opposite every day.

Criticism from the union

Senior politicians from the CDU and CSU used the Presidium meeting in Berlin to make their position clear. Before the start of the meeting, Hesse State Prime Minister Reine said that nothing will be resolved in Ukraine by raising white flags. As a devout Catholic, he finds it difficult to understand the Pope's statements. Dobrindt, leader of the Christian Social Union's regional group, said Francis' comments should be viewed „from a certain perspective.”

Saxony's Prime Minister Kretschmer, also from the Christian Democratic Union, takes a different view. He told the German Liberation Network that he shares the Pope's call for negotiations. The CDU politician stressed that it is clear that Ukraine must be supported and that Russia is the aggressor in this war. „However, we must make greater efforts to end war deaths,” he added.

Stoltenberg warns against Russia's occupation of Ukraine

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg called for further military overthrow of Ukraine. Stoltenberg criticized the Pope's statement on Deutschlandfunk. Surrender does not mean peace for Ukraine, but rather means Russian occupation. The goal of the negotiations must be to reach a solution that preserves Ukraine as an independent, sovereign state.

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Russia believes it is justified

Russia saw the Pope's statements as self-affirming. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zakharova told the Italian news agency Ansa: “As I see it, the Pope is asking the West to put aside its ambitions and admit that it was wrong.”

BSW party leader Wagenknecht called Francis' criticism „disrespectful.” She also called for a ceasefire and peace negotiations “instead of ever-increasing arms deliveries,” which German taxpayers can no longer afford, she told the newspapers of the Funke Media Group.

The German Bishops' Conference described Pope Francis' comments on the war in Ukraine as „regrettable.” Its spokesman told the German news agency that the Pope did not suggest Ukraine's surrender. It was an invitation to negotiations. The spokesman stressed that from the point of view of the German bishops, Ukraine itself must think about the appropriate time for peace negotiations.

The Central Committee of German Catholics called on Francis to appeal to Russia to end the war against the neighboring country.

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NATO says the Russian Kharkiv attack may fail

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Despite heavy losses in the Ukraine war: Russia is sticking to its attack on Kharkiv. But NATO does not believe in the possibility of achieving a breakthrough on the front.

Kharkiv – With tanks, drones and tens of thousands of soldiers: The Russian army has been bombing the Kharkiv region for weeks in its aggressive war on Ukraine. Attackers also specifically exploit some weaknesses in defenses. However, Western military observers do not currently expect Putin’s forces to march through Ukraine’s second-largest city. NATO confirmed this.

Kharkiv offensive in the Ukrainian war: NATO doubts the Russian army’s ability to penetrate it

The Commander-in-Chief of NATO forces in Europe, Christopher Cavoli, said, according to what the news agency reported, “The Russians do not have the military power necessary to achieve a strategic breakthrough.” dpa. Russia with Kharkiv attack He added that they are capable of achieving local successes – and “that is what they did.” But heavy losses were also suffered at the front in the Ukrainian war. But more cannot be expected. Because the Russian army lacks the “skills and ability” to do so, according to the military expert.

The Kharkiv offensive continues in the Ukrainian war. Kyiv defends itself against Russian attacks. But there are always air alarms. (Archive photo) © Kostiantyn Liberov/AP/dpa

Despite losses in the Ukraine war: Russian forces have made some gains in the territories near Kharkiv

In the ongoing aggressive war against Ukraine for more than two years, Russia has recently increasingly targeted the area around the city of Kharkiv. Last March, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces massed more than 30,000 troops in the east of the country and launched an offensive. Several villages were captured and the defenders had to evacuate other communities. Although he suffered Russia is still suffering heavy losses. However, ground gains have increased in recent days as the attackers faced poorly fortified defenses – a circumstance that Putin’s forces appear to have deliberately sought to exploit.

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Ukraine War: Map showing the current front line

In fact, the Ukrainian defense lines on this part of the front against a possible Kharkiv attack were rather weak. This was brought by the British guardian. The newspaper quoted Ukrainian commander Denis Yaroslavsky as saying that in Vovchansk, less than 65 kilometers northwest of Kharkiv, “there was simply no first line of defense and no mines.” In addition, the Ukrainian units in this area were not combat ready.

Air alert in Kharkiv: Zelensky describes the situation on the front as “difficult”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky admitted after a meeting of the War Cabinet that the situation in the Kharkiv region is “very difficult.” He had previously traveled near the New Front on Thursday (16 May) and consulted with his military officers there. Shortly after that, the weather alert for the eastern regions of Ukraine began. The Russian army bombed the city of Kharkiv with drones for more than 16 hours. This was one of the longest air raid warnings since the beginning of Russia’s war of aggression. However, the situation is “under control,” Zelensky promised.

The defenders now hope to obtain supplies of weapons. After more than two years of fighting, ammunition supplies have been exhausted in recent months. But the US Congress recently approved the delivery of new arms shipments to Ukraine. Large quantities of ammunition, short-range air defense systems and new armored vehicles are now scheduled to be brought to the front. (jkf)

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Netanyahu must present a plan, otherwise Minister Gantz will threaten to withdraw from the government

Massive protests against Netanyahu in Israel again

Massive demonstrations took place again against Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel. The demonstrators accuse the government of abandoning Hamas hostages. Meanwhile, Benny Gantz, a minister in the Israeli war cabinet, threatened to resign from the government.

Benny Gantz called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to present a plan for the post-war order in the Gaza Strip by June 8. If Gantz carries out his threat, it could have far-reaching consequences for the Israeli government.

BEni Gantz, a minister in the Israeli war cabinet, threatened to resign from the government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The politician said Saturday evening in Tel Aviv that if the prime minister does not present a plan for the post-war regime in the Gaza Strip by June 8, he and other members of the National Union Party will leave the government.

Among other things, Gantz called for the establishment of an alternative American-European-Arab-Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip, which under no circumstances could be Hamas or Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In addition, hostages from Gaza must be returned and relations with Saudi Arabia must be normalized. Gantz also called for adopting the concept of military service for all Israelis. “Prime Minister Netanyahu, I look you in the eye this evening and say – the choice is in your hands.”

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The 64-year-old politician joined Netanyahu’s government as a minister without portfolio and a member of the war cabinet after the unprecedented attack by Hamas and other terrorist groups on October 7. In doing so, the participants wanted to send a signal of unity. The centrist party, the National Union, led by Gantz, stands in opposition. Opinion polls indicate that she is currently ahead by a large margin over the Likud Party led by Netanyahu.

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Netanyahu’s office said that Gantz’s demands would mean a defeat for Israel, the handover of the majority of hostages, Hamas remaining in power, and the establishment of a Palestinian state, according to media reports. Netanyahu believes that forming an emergency government is important to achieve all the goals of the war, including the return of all hostages.

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Israel is under international criticism due to the large number of civilian casualties and the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. Many in the country complain that the war has not achieved a decisive victory, even after more than seven months. The fact that more than 100 hostages are still in the hands of Hamas also raises criticism of the government.

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Netanyahu has been in power since the end of 2022 alongside the far-right and extremist religious parties. He has so far refused to present a plan for the management and reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after the end of the war so as not to offend his partners in the far-right coalition.

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They are pursuing unrealistic goals such as building Jewish settlements in Gaza, but Netanyahu’s political survival depends on them. If Gantz carries out his threat and leaves the government, this could spark a government crisis.

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The two alleged contenders for the position of US President agreed on a date for a television debate. Now Trump is making a new request.

Former US President Donald Trump called on current President Joe Biden to submit to a drug test before their duel on Monday in a television debate for the first time during the election campaign at the end of June. „I don’t want him to get there like he did in the State of the Union address,” Trump said during a Republican Party event in St. Paul, Minnesota. „He was as high as a kite.”

Trump has previously indicated several times in interviews that the US President was under the influence of substances on various occasions. He previously made similar accusations against his rival, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 election campaign. Trump has not yet provided any evidence for his allegations. Biden has not yet commented on Trump’s allegations.

Ahead of the US presidential election in November, President Joe Biden and his rival Donald Trump want to compete against each other in two televised debates. Biden challenged Trump to two televised duels on Wednesday, and he immediately accepted the challenge. The American CNN network said that the first debate will take place on June 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. The two competitors also agreed on a second date on September 10.

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