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    War against Ukraine: This is the situation


    To defend the border region of Kharkiv, Ukraine is allowed to fire German weapons at Russian targets. Chancellor Scholz defends this decision. The news at a glance:

    Chancellor Olaf Scholz sees no danger in his recent change of course in Ukraine policy. “We are certain that it will not contribute to an escalation because – as the American president has also described – it is only a matter of being able to defend a large city like Kharkiv, for example,” said the SPD politician in an interview with Antenne Bayern. “And I think it is clear to everyone that this must be possible.” Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck, on the other hand, regretted that Scholz did not change course sooner. At the same time, however, he defended the decision.

    Government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit had informed about the Chancellor's decision that Ukraine, which has been attacked by Russia, is now allowed to fire weapons supplied by Germany against military targets in Russia. The US government had previously given Ukraine permission to use American weapons on a limited scale against targets on Russian territory.

    The opposition is nevertheless demanding a statement from the Chancellor on this change in Ukraine policy. This is one of the reasons why Scholz (SPD) wants to make a government statement on the current security situation in the Bundestag this Thursday.

    Habeck told the “Augsburger Allgemeine” that Ukraine must be allowed to prevent attacks from Russia in order to better protect the lives of children, women and men. To prohibit them from doing so would mean the death of more people. “The regulation now affects a precisely defined local region around Kharkiv. For self-defense, for protection. But it is also true that everything we decided could have been decided more quickly.”

    At the same time, the Green politician defended Scholz against the accusation of hesitation. “Hesitation is the wrong word. Extremely difficult decisions have to be made and that is why it is good to weigh things up carefully,” said Habeck. “In this case, the right decision was made.”

    Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) and Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) signaled some time ago that they were open to lifting restrictions. The SPD, as the largest coalition partner in the traffic light coalition, warns against a direct confrontation with Russia if the Kremlin views military aid as an aggressive act.

    US Vice President Kamala Harris will attend the Ukraine Peace Summit, which is scheduled to take place in Switzerland on June 15 and 16. Harris will underscore the US government's commitment to “supporting Ukraine in its efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace,” the White House said. US President Joe Biden's security adviser Jake Sullivan will accompany Harris on the trip.

    According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 100 states and organizations have confirmed their participation in the summit. The meeting in Bürgenstock near Lucerne, to which Russia is not invited, is intended to mobilize more international support for the attacked Ukraine. Zelensky had previously made an emotional appeal for Biden's personal participation in the summit. US media, however, had already reported at the end of May that Biden would be attending a campaign event in Los Angeles, California, at the time of the summit.

    Wives and mothers of Russian soldiers demonstrated in Moscow for the return of the men from the war zone in Ukraine. Photos and videos were published on social networks showing almost two dozen women, some with small children, on the sidewalk in front of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    Several demonstrators had brought signs with them with slogans such as “It's time for the mobilized to return home” and “Please bring daddy home!” Public anti-war actions are very rare in Russia in the face of massive state repression.

    At least seven people were injured in a Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, which has a population of one million. “A boy aged one month is in a satisfactory condition and is being treated as an outpatient,” wrote the military governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Serhiy Lysak, on his Telegram channel on Tuesday. The 17-year-old had to be taken to hospital. Several houses and cars were damaged by the explosion and a subsequent fire.

    According to British estimates, Russia is attacking in eastern Ukraine primarily in the area of ​​the cities of Avdiivka and Pokrovsk. “Russian forces have made minor gains in the northern section of this front towards the villages of Sokil and Yevhenivka,” the British Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday with regard to the fighting.

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