The Ukrainian President is conferring with the G7 heads of state and government. It’s also about more weapons from the West. According to the media report, the USA want to deliver. The developments at a glance.
Before his video link at the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj once again called for faster arms deliveries to his country.
“We need powerful air defense – modern, fully effective,” he said in his daily video speech at night. On Saturday alone, 62 Russian rockets hit his country. Meanwhile, the city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine remains fiercely contested.
Any delay in arms deliveries to Ukraine is an invitation to Russia to strike further, Zelensky said. The G7 countries, which include Germany, the US, Canada, the UK, France, Italy and Japan, together had so much potential “to stop Russian aggression against Ukraine and Europe,” Zelensky said. «There are already some agreements. The partners have to move faster.”
Defense Minister calls for missile defense systems
The Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov specifically demanded modern long-range missile defense systems from the West. These would have to be stationed quickly in order to ensure security for European cities, he wrote on Facebook. He called rocket attacks on “peaceful Ukrainian cities” insidious because they were launched either from Russian territory, or from Belarus, or from the Caspian and Black Seas. Reznikov also proposed demilitarization of parts of Russia as a condition for resuming relations between Moscow and the West.
There was another heavy rocket attack on Monday night. Six people were injured in the Odessa region in southern Ukraine. The missile was fired by a Russian Tu-22 strategic bomber, the Ukrainian Defense Command South said on Monday.
CNN: US wants to deliver Namans missile defense system to Ukraine
According to a media report, the US government wants to provide Ukraine with a modern surface-to-air missile defense system. The broadcaster CNN reported on Monday that the USA wanted to announce later this week that it had bought the system called Namans from the arms companies Kongsberg (Norway) and Raytheon (USA) for Ukraine. Ukrainian officials asked for the weapon because it could hit targets more than 100 miles (about 160 kilometers) away. The US would likely announce additional military support this week, including additional artillery ammunition and radar equipment.
Ukrainian military prevent encirclement around Lysychansk
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military said it repulsed Russian attacks west of Lyssychansk and thus prevented the strategically important city in eastern Ukraine from being surrounded. “Near Verkhnyokamyanka, the defense forces inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy and forced them to withdraw,” the Ukrainian General Staff said in its situation report on Monday. Verkhnyokamyanka is only a few kilometers west of Lysychansk on the last important supply road for the city.
Lysychansk itself was again the target of heavy air and artillery attacks, according to Ukrainian sources. Russian units are already on the outskirts of the city in the south. Several suburbs have also come under fire. Several thousand Ukrainian soldiers are said to be stationed in the city.
Another oil rig attacked in the Black Sea
Another gas production platform in the Black Sea has been attacked. This was announced by representatives of the Crimean peninsula, which was incorporated by Russia, on Sunday evening, as reported by the Russian state agency TASS. They blamed Ukraine for the attack. That couldn’t be checked. There were no injuries, it said. It was unclear whether a fire broke out. Three oil rigs in the Black Sea were attacked with rockets on Monday. The originally Ukrainian facilities were occupied in March 2014 as part of the annexation of Crimea.
Moscow once again sets a condition for negotiations with Kyiv
Russia has again tied negotiations with Ukraine to the condition that Kyiv accepts Moscow’s demands. This was said by the head of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, as reported by the state agency TASS. Moscow’s publicly expressed demands at the beginning of the war included recognizing the eastern Ukrainian separatist areas of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states and the annexed Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in 2014 as Russian state territory.
Zelenskyy to Belarus: Don’t get drawn into the war
Zelenskyy called on the people of neighboring Belarus not to get drawn into the Russian war of aggression. “The Kremlin has already decided everything for you,” he said on Sunday with a view of Moscow. ‘But you are not slaves and cannon fodder. You must not die.” Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian President Vladimir Putin again on Saturday. The Kremlin chief announced the delivery of Iskander-M missile systems to Belarus, which can also be equipped with nuclear warheads.
Von der Leyen: Don’t let Putin destroy the G20
On the fringes of the G7 summit, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke out against a boycott of the G20 summit in the fall – even if Putin were to attend the next meeting. “We have to think very carefully about whether we paralyze the entire G20, so I’m not advocating it,” said von der Leyen from Bavaria to the ZDF “heute journal”. “In my opinion, the G20 is too important, also for the developing countries, the emerging countries, for us to let this body be destroyed again by Putin.”