While Ukraine is reporting more civilian casualties, Russia appears ready to negotiate at the presidential level. Meanwhile, President Zelenskyy wants to work on contacts with neighboring countries. An overview.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has praised the good relations with neighboring Poland and wants to “remove the pressure of the past” from relations with all neighbors “who respect us and are not occupying our state”. In his video message on Monday night, he described relations with Poland as a “historic achievement” without “old conflict legacy”.
On Sunday, Polish President Andrzej Duda became the first foreign head of state to speak in the Ukrainian parliament since the start of the Russian invasion at the end of February and spoke of the intention to conclude a Polish-Ukrainian friendship agreement.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to meet Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko this Monday in Sochi to talk about cooperation between the two countries and a Union state that is currently being built. CDU foreign policy expert Roderich Kiesewetter accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) of playing for time in view of the Ukraine war.
Ukraine reports civilian casualties again
At least eight people were killed by Russian shelling on Sunday, according to Ukrainian sources. At least seven people were killed and eight injured in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. At least one person was killed in a rocket attack on Malyn northwest of Kyiv. During the night there were air raids and attacks in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Avdiivka and other Ukrainian cities and regions.
The Ukrainian military reported eleven repelled attacks by Russian troops in eastern Ukraine on Sunday. More than 200 Russian military vehicles and three planes were destroyed during the week. According to the Interior Ministry, a Russian pontoon bridge over the Siwerskyi Donets river in eastern Ukraine was damaged again.
Putin’s adviser: Russia ready for negotiations
According to a Putin adviser, Russia is ready to resume talks with Kyiv. However, he sees Ukraine under pressure, Vladimir Medinski said on Sunday evening on Belarusian state television.
Medinsky also did not rule out a meeting between Putin and Zelenskyy. But this requires “serious preparation”, such as documents that the presidents can then sign. There was initially no reaction to the statements from the Ukrainian side. Ukraine suspended negotiations to end the war on Tuesday.
UNHCR: More than 100 million people displaced by violence
Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and other deadly conflicts have pushed the number of people displaced by violence worldwide to more than 100 million for the first time on record. This was announced by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Geneva on Monday.
“One hundred million is a blatant number – sobering and alarming at the same time. It is a record that should never have been,” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.
Kiesewetter accuses Scholz of playing for time when it comes to arms deliveries
The CDU politician Kiesewetter has denounced the government course in the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine. He accused Chancellor Scholz of hesitation and a game for time on Sunday evening. CDU leader Friedrich Merz had previously criticized the government. Kiesewetter said on Sunday evening on “Anne Will”: “German industry made it clear on February 28 that they could very quickly train around 100 Leopards and around 100 Martens.”
To date, however, there has been no order. When asked why, Kiesewetter said, “I’m afraid the Chancellor doesn’t want Ukraine to win this war. Wins in the sense that Russian troops are driven out of the country.” Read more here.
Bushman worried about Mariupol prisoners of war
Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann has expressed concern about the prisoners of war in Mariupol. “Russia’s massive violations of international law are completely unacceptable – but they also fill us with great concern with regard to the population of Ukraine and the soldiers who have now been taken prisoner,” said the FDP politician to the “Rheinische Post” (Monday).
Zelenskyj: Joint customs control with Poland
According to Zelenskyy, Ukraine wants to introduce joint customs controls with Poland – this is “the beginning of our integration into the common customs area of the European Union”. In Poland, Ukrainians were given “de facto and de jure the same opportunities” as Polish citizens. Similarly, Selenskyj wants to introduce a law in Ukraine.
Johnson writes to Ukrainian children: A role model for courage and strength
In an open letter, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the courage and strength of Ukrainian children during the war. They should be proud of their country, their parents, families and soldiers, but above all of themselves. “Many of you have seen or experienced things that no child should experience. However, Ukrainian children teach us what it means every day , to be strong and dignified, to keep your head up even in the hardest times,” it said in the letter published on Monday night. You would have millions of friends around the world.
That brings the day
In Ukraine, the verdict is expected in the first war crimes trial against a 21-year-old Russian soldier. He had testified that he had shot dead a civilian in the Sumy region.
The annual conference of the World Economic Forum (WEF) begins in Davos. The opening speech is given by Selenskyj, who is connected digitally. In the morning, Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) will talk about how Germany wants to become less dependent on Russian energy.
The German Farmers’ Association advises on the effects of the war and proposals for security of supply. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin delivers an opening statement at a video link of the international Ukraine contact group.