G7 summit in Elmau ends Moody’s notes Russia’s default At least 20 dead after rocket attack on shopping center The news about Russia’s war in Ukraine in the stern ticker.
Day 124 of the Ukraine war: After the Russian rocket attack on a shopping center in eastern Ukraine, the death toll rises to at least 20. At the end of the G7 summit, the participants emphasized their support for Ukraine and threatened Russia with consequences. Before the start of the NATO summit, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy repeated his call for modern air defense systems. Meanwhile, the rating agency Moody’s has determined that Russia has defaulted due to outstanding debts owed by international investors.
The most important developments in the star ticker.
2:28 p.m .: The pace of NATO negotiations with Turkey has apparently increased
Ahead of a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Finland and Sweden see progress in resolving the NATO dispute with Turkey. The pace of the negotiations has increased significantly, said Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö at a press conference in front of Finnish journalists, according to the STT news agency. Of course, the discussion with Erdogan will start impartially to see “where the shoe really pinches and whether something can be done about it,” he said. He is neither optimistic nor pessimistic at this point.
2:15 p.m.: Kyiv – Ukraine receives more than 40 bodies of fallen soldiers
According to Ukraine, it has again received the bodies of fallen soldiers from its own ranks from Russia. “Ukraine has recovered the bodies of 46 heroic defenders for their dignified burial,” the Ministry of Reintegration in Kyiv said. 21 of the bodies belonged to defenders of the Azovstal steelworks from Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, which had been taken by Russian troops. The handover took place in the southeastern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia. Whether and how many dead were handed over to the Russian side was not reported. A Russian confirmation was initially not available.
1:24 p.m .: Kremlin: Russia would end the offensive immediately if Ukraine surrendered
According to the Kremlin, Russia would end its offensive against Ukraine immediately if Kiev capitulated. “The Ukrainian side can stop everything before the end of today,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists in Moscow. This would require “an order to the nationalist units” and “to the “Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms.” Kyiv must also meet all Russian conditions. “Then it would all be over within a day.”
1:52 p.m .: Scholz does not believe the end of the Ukraine war is in sight
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) currently sees little chance of a diplomatic end to the Ukraine war. “Unfortunately, it can be observed that Russia is continuing the war with unchanged brutality,” said Scholz at the end of the G7 summit in the Bavarian castle of Elmau. “So we’re not in a situation where you can see the end.” It is foreseeable that “at some point” there will be an agreement between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine – “but that is not the case at the moment”.
1:07 p.m .: In response to NATO: Russia wants to strengthen the western external border
In response to NATO’s plans to increase its rapid reaction forces, Russia wants to further strengthen its western border. Against the background of new threats, the Ministry of Defense is developing appropriate plans, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in Moscow, according to the Interfax news agency. He did not give details. “NATO is an aggressive bloc, a bloc created for confrontational purposes.”
1 p.m.: More than half of the rubble in Kremenchuk cleared
After the rocket attack in Kremenchuk in central Ukraine, the clean-up work in the completely destroyed shopping center is ongoing. “More than 60 percent of the rubble has been cleared,” Poltava Oblast Governor Dmytro Lunin wrote on Telegram. According to the latest information from the Ukrainian authorities, the number of fatalities rose again – to more than 20. A three-day mourning was also declared.
12:56 p.m .: Scholz: Will the costs of the Ukraine war increase for Putin
At the end of the G7 summit at the Bavarian castle of Elmau, Chancellor Olaf Scholz underlined the unity of the participants towards Russia. “We agree: President Putin must not win this war,” said the SPD politician in Elmau. “And we will continue to uphold and drive up the economic and political costs for President Putin and his regime. It is important to stand together for this, even over the long haul, which will certainly be a matter here.”
12:47 p.m .: Zelenskyj calls for classification of Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”
After the Russian rocket attack on a shopping center in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk that killed at least 20, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism”. “Only completely insane terrorists who should have no place on earth can launch rockets at civilian objects. Russia must be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Zelenskyy demanded via Telegram.
12:27 pm: Governor: Ukrainian army continues to defend Lysychansk
After the capture of the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievjerodonetsk by Russian troops, the Ukrainian army is continuing to defend the neighboring city of Lysychansk, according to officials. “Lysychansk continues to defend itself,” said regional governor Serhiy Hajday via Telegram. Russian troops continued to try to encircle Lysychansk and take control of the highway between Bakhmut and Lysychansk.
12:02 p.m.: G7 for international conference on Ukraine reconstruction
The seven major Western economies are aiming for an international conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine. The G7 group would support such a conference and a reconstruction program for Ukraine, according to the draft final declaration of the G7 summit seen by AFP. Planning and execution of the program should be the responsibility of Ukraine “in close cooperation with international partners”.
11.43 a.m .: Before the NATO summit: Selenskyj calls for a missile defense system
Shortly before the NATO summit in Spain, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy phoned NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The head of state wrote on Twitter that he had stressed the importance of an effective missile defense system for Ukraine “to prevent Russian terrorist attacks”. In addition, the positions were agreed. For months, Ukraine has been demanding weapons from the West to ward off the Russian war of aggression, which began at the end of February. The NATO summit takes place in Madrid on Wednesday and Thursday. Zelenskyy is expected to participate via video link.
11:36 a.m.: Russia bans Biden’s wife and daughter from entering the country
In response to Western sanctions, Russia has imposed more travel bans on Americans, including US President Joe Biden’s family. His wife Jill and daughter Ashley are no longer allowed to travel to Russia, the Foreign Ministry said in Moscow. The President himself and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken are already on this list, as are hundreds of members of the US House of Representatives.
Accordingly, other members of the US Senate and several professors from universities were newly admitted. You are responsible for a “russophobic course” in the United States, according to the Russian foreign office.
10:51 am: Moscow: Kremenchuk shopping center closed during attack
According to information from Moscow, the Russian rocket attack in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk was aimed at a Ukrainian weapons depot. The shopping center burned out after Monday’s attack was closed at the time of the attack, the Russian army said. The rocket attack was therefore aimed at a nearby weapons and ammunition depot. The shopping center was set on fire by exploding ammunition.
The Ukrainian authorities, on the other hand, stated on Monday that the shopping center was full of people: At the time of the rocket fire, “more than 1,000 people” were in the building, said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. At least 18 people were killed in the Russian attack, according to Ukrainian authorities.
10:09 a.m .: G7 countries want to work on price caps for Russian oil
According to information from the German Press Agency, Germany and the other G7 countries want to examine mechanisms for a price cap for Russian oil. The ministers responsible should be instructed accordingly, several diplomats confirmed shortly before the conclusion of the G7 summit in Elmau, Bavaria.
9:57 a.m .: US government: G7 countries spend billions on food security
According to the US government, the G7 countries will commit to providing up to five billion US dollars for global food security. More than half of the amount will come from the United States, a senior US official said at the G7 summit in Elmau, Bavaria.
The government representative accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of using “food as a weapon of war”. It was estimated that up to 40 million people could be pushed into poverty this year as a result of Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine. This in turn would affect food security around the world.
9:35 a.m.: Governor: 36 still missing after attack on shopping center
After the rocket attack on a shopping center in Ukraine that killed at least 18, the search for other possible victims continues. 36 people were still missing in the morning, as the governor of the Poltava region, Dmytro Lunin, wrote via Telegram. Hundreds of emergency services are on site. Lunin also released images showing heavy metal plates being lifted by a crane.
8 a.m.: The consumer mood of the Germans worsens with rising inflation
The consumer climate in Germany has fallen to a record low due to the consequences of the Ukraine war. The consumer research company GfK determined that the consumer climate in July fell by more than 27 points compared to the previous month. “The ongoing war in Ukraine and disrupted supply chains are causing energy and food prices in particular to explode and making the consumer climate more gloomy than ever,” explained GfK consumer expert Rolf Bürkl.
6.32 a.m .: Attack on shopping center: The number of dead rises to 18
At least 18 people have died following a rocket attack on a shopping mall in eastern Ukraine. This was written by the governor of the Poltava region, Dmytro Lunin, via Telegram in the morning. The rescue and clean-up work in the city of Kremenchuk continued during the night. Around 60 people were injured in the attack on Monday. The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office also reported on Monday more than 40 missing persons reports.
6.21 a.m .: Russian civil rights activists: opposition politician Yashin arrested
The prominent liberal politician Ilya Yashin has been arrested in the Russian capital Moscow, according to civil rights activists. He was taken to a police station, said the civil rights portal Owd-Info at night. His lawyer initially had no access to the opposition politician. The 38-year-old is said not to have complied with requests from a police officer, as Owd-Info quoted journalist Irina Babloyan, who was walking with Yashin before the arrest. According to media reports, he was investigated in spring for allegedly disparaging the Russian army during Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
5:55 a.m.: Explosions in Mykolaiv
Explosions were reported early in the morning in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, Mayor Olexander Senkevich wrote via Telegram. Nothing is known about damage and casualties. He called on residents to go to safe places.
5.30 a.m .: G7 summit in Elmau ends – Chancellor Scholz takes stock
After more than half a dozen working sessions and numerous bilateral talks, the G7 heads of state and government will conclude their deliberations at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria on Tuesday. The central themes on the third day of the summit are again likely to be the Ukraine war with the hunger crisis promoted by Russia’s aggression. This threatens above all in East Africa. Concrete financial commitments are expected from the G7 countries. Afterwards, some of the summit participants travel on to Madrid for the NATO summit.
4.45 a.m .: G7 countries want to stick to climate goals despite the energy crisis
The group of leading democratic economic powers (G7) wants to stick to the current climate protection goals despite the energy crisis triggered by the Ukraine war. According to information from the German Press Agency, the members will make it clear in the final declaration of the G7 summit meeting in Elmau, Bavaria, that they continue to see the so-called Paris Agreement as a guideline for their actions. In December 2015, the countries of the world agreed to make efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees if possible.
3.08 a.m .: Putin is visiting Tajikistan on his first trip abroad since February
Russian President Vladimir Putin travels to Tajikistan in Central Asia. It is his first trip abroad since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine at the end of February. From Tajikistan, Putin travels to Turkmenistan, where he will take part in a summit meeting of the Caspian Sea countries on Wednesday.
2.36 a.m .: Moody’s notes Russia’s default
The rating agency Moody’s has determined that Russia has defaulted on payments due to international investors not paying their debts on time. Specifically, it is about interest payments on two government bonds that have not reached creditors after a default period of 30 days, the US company announced on Monday in New York.
1:48 a.m .: Death toll after rocket attack on shopping center in Ukraine rises to 16
After the Russian rocket attack on a shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, the death toll has risen to at least 16, according to rescue workers. 59 other people were injured, said the head of the Ukrainian emergency services, Serhiy Kruk, via Telegram at night. 25 of them were taken to the hospital. The emergency services would continue to carry out rescue work, “remove debris and extinguish fires,” Kruk explained. “The work will continue around the clock”.
The participants of the G7 summit condemned the Russian attack as a war crime and threatened Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin with consequences.
1.37 a.m .: Selenskyj reiterates the demand for air defense technology
After the rocket attack on a shopping center in eastern Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the West to provide modern air defense systems. Ukraine asked for this before the war and immediately after the Russian invasion, Zelenskyj emphasized in his daily video address at night. “People in the Kremenchuk mall deserve the same security as people in any mall in the world, whether it’s somewhere in Philadelphia or Tel Aviv, or in a shopping arcade in Dresden.”
12:50 a.m.: Investigators: More than 40 missing after attack on shopping center
After the rocket attack on a shopping center in Ukraine, the authorities received more than 40 missing person reports. This was announced by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office during the night. Meanwhile, the number of people killed rose from 13 to 15, according to the governor of the Poltava region, Dmytro Lunin. According to the prosecutor, 59 people received medical treatment, around half of them are in a serious condition. Ukraine blamed Russia for the attack. The attack was harshly condemned internationally.