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Russia warns the West about Lithuania’s blockade of the Russian city of Kaliningrad The United States presents itself before the „NATO allies”.

+++ 12.00 pm: Russia accuses Lithuania in the European Union of imposing a „railroad blockade” of Kaliningrad. Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonetti denies the allegations as lies.

Currently, passengers will be able to move freely through Lithuanian territory to Kaliningrad, head BBC Quoted. Only 1% of Russian freight traffic is affected by the „blockade”. Lithuania banned the transit of steel and metals as part of EU sanctions on Saturday (June 18). then threatened Russia in response. Sanctions were already set in March, but with a three-month transition period.

Lithuania abides by the sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia for its aggression and war against Ukraine.

A senior EU diplomat in Brussels told the BBC:

Siege of Kaliningrad: Lithuania imposes EU sanctions.

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Update from June 23, 2022, 3:50 a.m.: According to the statements of the Russian foreign politician Leonid Slutsky, Russia is considering, among other things, excluding Lithuania from a joint synchronously switched power grid. The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are still linked to Russia and Belarus via the BRELL ring system, dating back to Soviet times. Since they see this as a security risk, they want to integrate into the European network by 2025 anyway, and according to Lithuania earlier.

Siege of Kaliningrad: the Kremlin talks about a „provocation”

+++ 4.15 pm: Russia threatened Lithuania to retaliate over the dispute over access restrictions to Kaliningrad. At a press conference on Wednesday, Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, threatened that the answer „will not be in the diplomatic sphere, but in the practical sphere” if the EU does not lift its restrictions. However, there were no specifics in their statements. A statement was also issued by the Kremlin. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the transit restrictions contradicted the „basic documents” of the partnership between Russia and Lithuania. Peskov referred to the 1994 agreement. A Kremlin spokesman said that a response to the provocation was being prepared.

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+++ 3 pm: The federal government has warned Russia of an escalation in Lithuania. „We therefore clearly reject the countermeasures announced by Russia,” government spokesman Stephen Hebestreet said on Wednesday in Berlin. „We call on Russia not to take any measures that violate international law.” The government spokesperson emphasized that the transit of some sanctioned goods through Lithuania to Kaliningrad is prohibited, but that non-sanctioned persons and goods are not affected by the ban.

+++ 11.30 am: The stronghold of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea is part of Russia, but it has been between Poland and Lithuania since the collapse of the Soviet Union – two countries belonging to the European Union and NATO who are among the most important backers of the government in Kyiv in the Ukraine war. Lithuania has now banned shipments of coal, minerals, building materials, and high technology from Russia to Kaliningrad. According to the RIA Novosti news agency, Russia has now responded to the blockade. Russia considers this action „hostile” and is therefore not ready for talks. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed that the situation required a „comprehensive analysis”. Then „retaliations” are taken.

Update from Wednesday, June 22, 11:00 AM: In the dispute over restrictions on the movement of freight to the Russian region of Kaliningrad, the United States took a preemptive stance against Lithuania. After Moscow threatened that Russia would „respond to such hostilities,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday that Washington stands by its „NATO allies,” including Lithuania.

Price explicitly referred to Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, according to which an attack on an allied country is an attack on all. He stressed that the commitment of the United States to this article is „inevitable.”

+++ 4.30 pm: According to General Ingo Gerhardz of the German Air Force, NATO must take threats from Russia seriously. One must be prepared for the nuclear threat and be able to deter Moscow if necessary. “For a credible deterrent, we need the means and political will,” Gerhardtz said at the Kiel International Offshore Energy Symposium (KISS). The German Air Force inspector explicitly included nuclear weapons among the means.

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+++ 12.45 pm: Russia announced retaliatory measures against Lithuania that „will have a serious negative impact on the Lithuanian people.” Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that Moscow will soon respond to Lithuania’s obstruction of the supply of coal, minerals, building materials and high technology from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad.

Patrushev was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that appropriate measures are being drawn up in an „interdepartmental form and will be taken in the near future.” His warning came as retired Russian general Evgeny Buzhinsky was urging Putin to send nuclear weapons to Kaliningrad.

Siege of Kaliningrad: Moscow threatens EU member Lithuania

First report from Tuesday, June 21: MOSCOW – The Kremlin has sparked outrage over Lithuania’s restrictions on rail transport between the two countries Russia Belong to the Baltic Sea backwater of Kaliningrad and the heart. The Russian Foreign Ministry accused Lithuania of imposing „expressly hostile” restrictions on the movement of rail freight, while retaining „the right to take measures to protect its national interests.” Meanwhile, Brussels has stressed that the measures are in line with EU sanctions, but that sanctions guidelines will be examined.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Lithuanian charge d’affaires was summoned to Moscow to protest against the „provocative” measures. From the Russian point of view, the restrictions on the delivery of goods violate an agreement between Russia and the European Union since 2002. However, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrilius Landsbergis and EU foreign policy coordinator Josep Borrell said these measures are in line with the EU’s decision. The response to Russia’s aggressive war against the European Union imposed sanctions on Ukraine.

Kaliningrad: 40 to 50 percent of Russian imports are affected by the blockade

Kaliningrad is located on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Poland and has no direct land connection with Russia. The port city is home to Russia’s Baltic Fleet, and Russia says it has deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles there.

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Landsbergis said on the sidelines of EU foreign ministers’ consultations in Luxembourg that the transport restrictions will affect steel products and other iron ore goods. As explained by the governor of Kaliningrad, Anton Alikhanov, 40 to 50 percent of imports could be affected by the embargo – as well as minerals, coal, building materials and technological goods.

Ukraine war: strained relations between Russia and Lithuania

The Kremlin spoke of an „unprecedented” decision by Lithuania that violated all principles. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed the seriousness of the situation, which is now being examined with the aim of „reactions”. He did not specify the nature of these countermeasures.

Relations between Russia and Lithuania as well as the other Baltic states Latvia and Estonia are already very tense due to the Ukraine war. The Baltic states fear that they will become the next target of Russian military aggression like the countries of the European Union and NATO belongs to.

Regarding shipping restrictions, Landsbergis said: „It’s not Lithuania that is doing anything – it’s the European sanctions that came into effect on June 17.” The restrictions „in consultation with the European Commission and in accordance with European Commission directives” have been implemented.

Ukraine shows solidarity with Lithuania

For his part, EU foreign policy chief Borrell stressed that it is not a question of the „blockade” of Kaliningrad, but just a ban on the transport of certain types of goods. „Land transit between Russia has not been stopped or prohibited,” he said at a press conference in Luxembourg. Borrell promised, however, that the EU would review guidelines on sanctions again.

The Ukraine, which is currently suffering from Russian attacks mainly from the Black Sea, at the same time confirmed its solidarity with Lithuania. „Russia has no right to threaten Lithuania,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter. „We welcome Lithuania’s principled position and firmly support our Lithuanian friends.” (ktho / marv with dpa / AFP)

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Open the tap and fill it with whatever you want – this is no longer possible in Verona and Pisa. Cities in northern Italy, popular with tourists, are rationing drinking water due to the ongoing drought.

Due to the weather conditions and their consequences for the water supply, Verona’s mayor has signed a decree „limiting the consumption of drinking water for private purposes,” the website of the city of 250,000 people said on Saturday.

Therefore, it is prohibited until August 31 to use drinking water to irrigate gardens and sports facilities, wash cars and fill swimming pools. Failure to comply with the ban may result in a fine of up to 500 euros.

Mayor Michel Conte also signed a similar order in Pisa: from July 11, drinking water may only be used at home in the Tuscany city popular with tourists.

Half a dozen districts have already asked the government in Rome to declare a state of emergency to allow for more aid and civil defense operations. Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that appropriate steps may follow on Monday.

Like other European countries, Italy has experienced an unusual heat wave in recent weeks, while at the same time there has been no rain. The agriculturally important Po Valley in northern Italy is experiencing its worst drought in 70 years. According to the country’s largest farmers’ association, Coldiretti, drought threatens more than 30 percent of the country’s agricultural production and half of the livestock in the Po Valley. Parma pork is mainly produced there.

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The Russian Air Force bombed a small town in the Odessa region. The Ukrainian army reoccupied Snake Island: the situation in the news ticker.

This newsfeed is over: All current developments regarding the Ukraine war can be found in the following tape.

+++ 1.30 pm: Klaus Kleiber, a former ZDF mediator and US reporter, commented on the possible further course of the Ukraine war. In Maybrit Illner, Kleber went on what US intelligence recently confirmed: Putin’s goal remains the occupation of all of Ukraine. Kleber named Moldova and Georgia as possible next targets. According to Kleiber, the Baltic states are the „Achilles heel of NATO”. On the other hand, an attack on Poland is not a possible scenario.

+++ 12.45 pm: Michael Podoljak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, described the Russian missile attacks on apartment complexes as „bloody terrorist tactics.” He was referring to the night bombing of a small town in the Odessa region, which killed at least 19 people. Dozens were injured. Attacks are not about errors, but calculations. Contrary to Podoljak’s assessment, a Ukrainian brigadier general assumes that The obsolete Soviet missiles are the cause of civilian casualties.

+++ 12.00 pm: It appears that Russian forces have captured the Lysychansk oil refinery. This was reported by the Russian news agency RIA, on Friday afternoon, citing the Kremlin Ministry of Defense. The information cannot be independently verified.

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Soldier of the Russian army. © Alexey Maishev / Imago Images

+++ 11.00 am: A new mass grave has apparently been discovered in the coastal city of Mariupol. News Portal Reports back Quoting Petro Andryoshenko, adviser to the mayor. There are more than 100 bodies in the tomb. This cannot be verified independently.

+++ 10.30 am: According to the news portal report back It is reported that the death toll from Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi rose to 19. The statement cannot be independently verified.

+++ 10.10 am: According to the Ukrainian army, the death toll from the Russian missile attacks on Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi in the Odessa region has risen to at least 18. This was announced by the military governor of the Odessa region, Maxim Marchenko, on Telegram. Reportedly, at least 39 people were injured. The information cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine war: Apparently the 57th Russian colonel was killed

+++ 09.45 AM: The Russian army suffered great losses. The status report of the Ukrainian General Staff states that 35,750 soldiers have been killed since the invasion began at the end of February. There are also losses at the management level. report from independent According to it, the 57th colonel was said to have been killed. This is apparently Pavel Kislyakov. The 40-year-old was buried in Moscow on Thursday (June 30), according to the report. Kislyakov was the commander of the Russian paratroopers.

+++ 09.00 am: The British Ministry of Defense, citing intelligence, reported that Russian forces had captured the city of Previlia in the north of the Luhansk region. It is a small city with a population of only 7600. From a strategic perspective, the domestic oil refinery is more important. According to estimates from Great Britain, there is currently heavy fighting around the site. Prywillya is located near the city of Lysychansk, which, according to the regional military administration, is threatened by Russian encirclement. The city has been under siege for days, it was said several times. The information provided by the UK Ministry of Defense cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine war: At least 17 dead in Russian missile strikes

+++ 8.30 am: At least 17 people were killed in rocket attacks on the city of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Odessa region. A spokesman for the Odessa Regional Military Administration, Serhiy Prachuk, said on Telegram that three shells landed on a residential property. Among other things, an entertainment center was targeted. The situation on the ground is chaotic and the information cannot be independently verified. a videowhich from the news portal back Shows the extent of the damage. The residential area is like a field of rubble.

+++ 7.30 am: At least 14 people were killed in a Russian missile attack on an apartment building in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian sources. Ukraine’s emergency services reported 14 dead and 30 wounded on Friday. Among the wounded were three children. Rescue work will continue, but it will be complicated by a fire. A spokesman for the Odessa Regional Administration, Serhiy Prachuk, said earlier that the missile hit a nine-storey apartment building in the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi district, about 80 kilometers south of the coastal city of Odessa. The missile was launched from an aircraft flying over the Black Sea. According to Ukrainian sources, the apartment building was partially destroyed in the attack. Rescue workers initially reported six dead and seven wounded. The death toll later rose to 10 and then 14.

First report on Friday, July 1 at 6:30 a.m.: Kyiv – The situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains extremely dangerous. As Russia displays its military supremacy in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv At least celebrate the restoration of Snake Island in the Black Sea.

The Ukrainian head of state stressed that the withdrawal of Russian forces would allow Ukraine to be in a better situation Volodymyr Zelensky. „Snake Island is a strategic point, and this changes the situation in the Black Sea dramatically,” he said in his daily video address on Friday evening (July 1).

Ukraine news: Snake Island retake – Russian army is currently restricted

Even if this does not guarantee security, the freedom of action of the Russian army is significantly restricted. According to the Ukrainian military, Snake Island allows control of parts of the Ukrainian coast and shipping lanes.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities reported a missile attack on the coastal city of Odessa. As a result, at least ten people were killed. Serhiy Prachuk, head of the local military administration, said the missile hit a nine-storey apartment building. Kyiv believes the missile was launched from a Russian military aircraft over the Black Sea.

Ukraine war: Lysychansk threatened with encirclement

Fighting also continues in eastern Ukraine. In Lysychansk in the Luhansk region, defenders say they are threatened with encirclement. The General Staff said that the refinery, which is located seven kilometers west of the city, erupted into a fight. Russian troops were advancing on the city from the south, and fighting was also continuing on the city’s western and southern borders. The refinery has already been portrayed as completely occupied in the Russian media. The former city of Lysichansk is the last largest city in Luhansk not yet under Russian control.

In neighboring Donetsk, on the other hand, Russian advances near Sloviansk and Bakhmut were repulsed, the General Staff said. Along the front line, Ukrainian positions were constantly bombarded with artillery and aerial bombardment, she said. “The superiority of the occupiers in terms of firepower is very noticeable,” Zelensky said about the situation in the East. Russia depends on its reserves for this. (Cas/dpa)

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