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Russia wants to move its borders in the Baltic Sea



Russia wants to move its borders in the Baltic Sea

3:41 pm | A Russian drone appears to kill a Ukrainian police officer during an evacuation

According to information received from Kiev, a Ukrainian police officer was killed in a Russian drone attack during an evacuation operation near the front. Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klimenko said on the Telegram application that a police car was hit by a drone as it was heading to evacuate civilians in Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region in the northeast of the country. One of the two police officers in the car was killed and the other was injured.

According to the information, the drone used is an FPV-controlled drone. The abbreviation FPV stands for „First Person View” and describes a variant of the drone in which the missile can be controlled remotely from the pilot’s first-person perspective using camera technology.

The Russian army launched a ground attack on the Kharkiv region on May 10. More recently, according to Moscow, it has advanced further into the besieged city of Vovchansk. Since the beginning of their attack, Russian forces have been able to control several sites in the area on the border with Russia. The Ukrainian authorities evacuated several thousand people from the region.

Updated 12:23 | Russia wants to change the borders of the Baltic Sea

Finnish President Alexander Stubb said that Russia had not contacted Finland about this matter. It was not clear whether there were already discussions with other Baltic Sea neighbours.

Finnish Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen called on Russia to adhere to United Nations conventions and international maritime law. Finland is a member of NATO.

The Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, Michael Biden, previously warned of Russia’s ambitions for power in the Baltic Sea. Vladimir Putin’s goal is to control the Baltic Sea. Biden said he was sure the Kremlin chief was monitoring Gotland. He also warned of a serious disaster caused by old Russian oil tankers in the Baltic Sea: „Russia could cause an environmental disaster on our doorstep and make it look like an accident. The consequences for the environment would be devastating.”

12:18 pm | Poland buys an American air defense radar system

Poland buys an American radar system to monitor its northeastern border. Defense Minister Vladislav Kosiniak-Kamysh said that a similar agreement worth $960 million had been signed. “Poland will be the second country in the world to use this system.” Under the contract, Poland will receive four balloons that will be installed on Poland’s eastern and northeastern borders to support Poland’s air defense and coastal surveillance system.

11:44 am | Sweden offers another $1 billion aid package to Ukraine

Sweden wants to support Ukraine with military aid totaling the equivalent of 6.5 billion euros by 2026. The government in Stockholm has decided on a three-year framework within which this money will be divided equally between 2024 and 2026. The government explained that the aim was to increase Swedish support for Ukraine and improve the long-term perspective. The support provides financial and financial assistance to purchase military equipment.

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05:00 AM | Zelensky: The situation in Donetsk is „very difficult” and Kharkiv is stronger

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the situation on the front in eastern Ukraine in the Donetsk region as very difficult. Zelensky said in his video message, which he distributed on Tuesday evening, that most of the fighting took place in the Kramatorsk, Kurakhov and Pokrovsk directions in the Donetsk region. On the other hand, the Ukrainian armed forces in the Kharkiv region were able to defeat the occupiers. Zelensky said after a meeting with the military leadership that the results are noticeable.

Zelensky also said that during the so-called Ramstein Formula meeting with the United States at its helm, the Western allies were once again briefed on the urgent needs for defense against the Russian invasion. Ukraine needs anti-aircraft defense, tank technology and artillery.

01:40 am | Baerbock supports Pistorius’s call for increased aid to Ukraine

According to a media report, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Green Party) supports Federal Defense Minister Boris Pistorius’ (SPD) call to increase aid to Ukraine by €3.8 billion this year. “I completely agree with the Minister of Defense on this matter, and not only with him, but also with the Minister of Interior,” Birbuk told Bild newspaper and other media in Kiev on Tuesday evening. Burbock traveled to Ukraine for a visit on Tuesday.

Ukraine news on Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Good morning! In our Ukraine News we will continue to keep you informed of the latest developments in the war in Ukraine and all important news will appear here throughout the day.

Reporting on the Russia-Ukraine war is complicated. There are a variety of media representatives on site, including independent journalists from different countries. However, it is important to note that obtaining reliable information is difficult because many available sources can be politically motivated and difficult to verify. However, there are independent experts, organizations and journalists who offer different insights. When evaluating information, different sources and a critical attitude are essential to get the most comprehensive picture possible. The MDR takes all this into account in its reporting on Russia and Ukrainewar.

Sources: including Agence France-Presse, German News Agency, Reuters, MDR

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The AfD wants to prevent expulsion from the Identity Party



The AfD wants to prevent expulsion from the Identity Party


As of: June 24, 2024 at 10:17 AM

Disagreements over Europe’s leading candidate have already cost the AfD his membership in the EU Parliament’s identity faction. Now the Alternative for Germany party wants to separate completely from the European party.

The Federal Executive Council of the AfD unanimously decided this morning that the party’s congress at the end of next week will recommend leaving the European Identity and Democracy party. This I learned ARD Capital Studio From the council departments. The AfD is also said to want to prevent the impending expulsion.

The European Parliament’s Identity-linked faction had already broken away from the AfD delegation weeks ago. The reason for this was the inane statements made by the AfD candidate for the European elections, Maximilian Krah, about the National Socialist SS.

no rapprochement After the European elections

The AfD joined the Identity Party only a year ago. It was seen as “a suitable platform to strengthen communication with the AfD’s European sister parties,” according to the party’s board of directors’ decision today. The goal now is to move independently and shape the course in Europe in order to advance our own interests. “This requires partners who respect and share our interests.”

In the days following the election, the AfD had vainly hoped for a rapprochement with the ID faction in the European Parliament, thus excluding Krahe from its EU delegation. But the right-wing camp rejected the Alternative for Germany party’s appeal.

Since then, there has been significant dissatisfaction within the party that these former European partners were allowed to interfere too much in internal affairs. In Brussels, the AfD is currently trying to form a new faction with other right-wing parties.

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Many potential new partners

Last week, the news portal Euractiv reported that members of such a group could come primarily from signatories of the so-called Sophia Declaration. Bulgaria’s Vazrajdhani party initiated this manifesto in April 2024 to demand, among other things, peace negotiations on Russia’s war against Ukraine and an end to the EU’s alleged „rampant bureaucracy.”

Hence, potential new AfD partners include: Se Acabó La Fiesta (SALF, “The Party is Over”) from Spain, SOS Romania, Slovakia’s Hnutie Republika (Republican Movement), NIKH from Greece, and Mi Hazank Mozgalom (Our Homeland). From Hungary. and the Polish Konfederacja or its more extreme sister, the Ruch Narodowy. According to Spiegel, the new faction can be called the “Sovereigns.”

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Hajj: More than 1,300 killed due to the heat in Mecca



Hajj: More than 1,300 killed due to the heat in Mecca

More than 1,300 pilgrims died due to extreme heat while performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year. This was announced by Saudi Health Minister Fahd bin Abdul Rahman Al-Jaladzil on state television. Temperatures in
Makkah It reached 49 degrees Celsius.

More than four-fifths of those killed were pilgrims without official permission, and therefore had no hotel rooms available to protect themselves from heat To protect. It is said that more than 660 of the dead came from Egypt.

Many of the infected Egyptians were initially treated at the medical center in the Al-Muaisem district in Mecca. An Egyptian diplomat confirmed the number of dead and said that most of them were present Saudi Arabia He was buried.

Investigations against tour operators

According to the Egyptian government, many of them have done so Tour guides Allowing pilgrims to travel to Saudi Arabia without a permit illegally. Employees of 16 tourism companies are being investigated. The Saudi authorities expelled tens of thousands of pilgrims without a permit. But many, especially Egyptians, are still able to access the holy sites in and around Mecca. Some of them were entirely on foot.

According to a previous count by the Associated Press news agency, among the dead were 165 pilgrims from Indonesia, 98 from India, and dozens more from Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Malaysia. Two pilgrims from the United States are also said to have died.

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Crimea: Three people on the beach appear to have been killed by debris



Crimea: Three people on the beach appear to have been killed by debris
outside Crimea

Three people on the beach were apparently killed by the wreckage

Russian terrorism with guided bombs – “a tremendous destructive force”

According to Ukrainian President Zelensky, Russia has attacked Ukraine with more than 2,400 guided bombs in recent weeks. Russia correspondent Christoph Wanner says they are converted aerial bombs.

Three people were killed and at least 124 others injured in a Ukrainian ATACMS missile attack on Crimea. The victims are said to have died due to debris falling on the beach. There are said to be 27 children among the wounded.

IOfficial information reported that at least three people, including two children, were killed in a missile attack on the coastal city of Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia. They are said to have been killed by falling debris when Ukrainian missiles were intercepted over the city of Sevastopol in Crimea, said the city’s Moscow-appointed governor, Mikhail Razvochayev.

On Sunday, the Russian Ministry of Health announced that the number of infected people had risen to 124, according to the Interfax news agency. Russian child rights representative Maria Loa-Belova wrote on the Telegram application: “According to preliminary information, there are 27 children among the injured, 5 of whom are in critical condition – doctors are fighting for their lives.”

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According to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, Ukraine launched five ATACMS missiles. Four of them were intercepted. He added, „Another missile deviated from its course as a result of air defense operations and exploded over the city area.”

Many of the victims were said to be sunbathing on a beach in the city of Ushkuyivka in northern Sevastopol when the missile debris fell. There are also photos of a burned private house in the area. Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvoschayev wrote that all medical facilities had been mobilized to care for the wounded.

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The Russian Investigative Committee opened criminal proceedings on charges of terrorism after the missile fell. Forensic investigators were on the scene, authorities said.

Sevastopol is the main port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Belbek Military Airport is also located in the city area. Russia uses both the fleet and the airport extensively in its war against Ukraine. Therefore, Ukraine regularly attacks both objects.

Meanwhile, one person was killed and ten others were injured, according to the governor of the region of the same name, in Russian attacks on the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine. There have been attacks on civilian infrastructure, Ole Sinehubo wrote on the short messaging service Telegram. It appears that slide bombs were used. Among the victims were teenagers.

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