A former Russian prime minister warns of devastating consequences for peace in Europe should Ukraine fall. News ticker on diplomacy in the Ukraine war.
- Ukraine war: Kyiv must not lose, so the Russian ex-prime minister Kasyanov.
- Effect of EU sanctions: Newspaper from Spain has big doubts.
- Recapturing Crimea? Zelenskyy promises: “Ukrainian flag will wave again”
- This News ticker on the negotiations in the Ukraine war and on war diplomacy is continuously updated.
Update from June 13, 10:43 p.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has promised his compatriots a reconquest of the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia. “The Ukrainian flag will again fly over Yalta and Sudak, over Jankoy and Yevpatoria,” said Zelenskyy in his evening video message in Kyiv on Monday. “Of course we will also liberate our Crimea.”
Russia militarily occupied the Black Sea peninsula in 2014 when Ukraine was weakened after a change of power and was unable to resist. Then an internationally unrecognized referendum was held and Crimea was annexed to Russia. Zelensky has always advocated a return to the peninsula, but has seldom stated it so emphatically as a war goal.
Ukraine-News: Poland’s President Morawiecki: 40 million Poles ‘ready to defend their homeland’
Update from June 13, 5:53 p.m.: According to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s citizens are ready to put up broad resistance in the event of a Russian attack. “Should Russia ever think about attacking Poland, Russia, the Kremlin needs to know that there are 40 million Poles in Poland who are ready to take up arms to defend their homeland,” Morawiecki said on Tuesday Monday at the inauguration of a sports shooting range in Myszkow, Silesia. Since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, there has been a sharp increase in the demand for shooting training in Poland.
Morawiecki emphasized that the Ukraine war made everyone aware that freedom cannot be taken for granted. Poland, too, had been “under Russia’s boot” for several centuries. “We don’t want to go back to this lack of freedom. We reject their colonialism and imperialism.” Poland will therefore also enlarge its army and equip it with new weapon systems. According to the GUS Central Statistics Office, Poland currently has a population of just over 38 million. In Germany alone, however, there were almost 871,000 people with Polish citizenship in 2021.
Former Russian Prime Minister: Ukraine must not lose
Update from June 13, 10:16 am: The West should not make any concessions to Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin, because: “If Ukraine falls, the Baltic states will be next”. This is how today’s exile opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov sees it in a video interview with the AFP news agency.
The Russian used to be prime minister under Putin. Kasyanov emphasized that he “categorically” rejects French President Emmanuel Macron’s assessment that Putin should not be “humiliated”. He is also extremely critical of calls on Ukraine to cede areas to Russia in favor of a peace agreement with Moscow.
It can also be assumed that Putin will be replaced in the foreseeable future by a “quasi-successor” controlled by the secret services, said Kasyanov. However, he is certain “that Russia will return to the path of building a democratic state” – even if this is “difficult, especially after this criminal war”.
Putin has built a system based on fear and impunity over the past 20 years. Essentially, Russia today is “a KGB system based on complete lawlessness.” It is clear that in the ranks of those responsible in Russia “no one expects punishment”.
Ex-Putin minister: “Ukraine war could last up to two years”
He expects the Ukraine war to last up to two years, said Kasyanov, who heads the Russian opposition party Parnas and was considered a close ally of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered in Moscow in 2015.
Kasyanov, now 64, was Prime Minister under Putin from 2000 to 2004. After his release, he switched to the opposition and became one of the most prominent critics of the Kremlin. Kasyanov says he went into exile in Europe in response to the attack on Ukraine. For security reasons, he does not want to reveal exactly where he lives.
Ukraine-News: Von der Leyen promises Kyiv support for EU membership application
Update from June 12, 9:30 p.m.: EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has promised Ukraine support for its EU membership application. Brussels will send a clear signal by the end of next week on whether Ukraine should be granted candidate status, she said during a visit to Kyiv over the weekend. Meanwhile, the Russian army attacked a target in western Ukraine, which was otherwise less affected by the fighting. Fierce fighting continued in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass.
Ukraine News: “Russia’s Trojan Horses in Europe”? Report sees deep rift in EU
First report from June 12th: Madrid/Kyiv – How are the western governments behaving in the Ukraine war, such as the Spanish one? Noisy El País it wants to deliver “Leopard” main battle tanks to Kyiv (modern devices made in Germany, which would require approval from the traffic light coalition under Chancellor Olaf Scholz).
Because that’s how the colleagues from the Spanish team are now diagnosing it La Vanguardia: The EU sanctions packages against Vladimir Putin have achieved little so far. “Russian aggression has shown Europe its limitations and contradictions. The EU has already imposed six sets of sanctions against Russia, but so far they do not appear to effectively weaken Russia,” the newspaper said in a comment.
Commentary on Ukraine-Russia talks: “Negotiations with Putin have become impossible”
“Right from the start, the Union reacted hard, energetically and unusually quickly to the intolerable Russian aggression. But it was clear that the 27 disagreed on how to respond to Russian expansionism,” the opinion piece continued.
“The most warlike are the countries of the East, which feel Russia breathing down their necks. Any negotiation with Putin has become impossible for them. Exceptions are Hungary and Bulgaria, Russia’s Trojan horses in Europe. France and Germany, on the other hand, want to keep channels of talks open with Putin,” believes La Vanguaradia.
“The EU is torn between two goals: to show that it is doing everything it can to help Ukraine and condemn Russian aggression, while maintaining its unity. The cracks, however, endanger unity and make it clear how realpolitik is imposed on each state according to its relations with and dependencies on Russia,” according to the analysis.
Diplomacy in the Ukraine war: Moscow wants to say goodbye to the human rights court
Meanwhile, Russia’s parliament this month decided that the country would withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and stop implementing ECtHR judgments handed down after March 15. The ECtHR is the legal arm of the Council of Europe, from which Russia was expelled for invading Ukraine.
The Council of Europe exclusion is likely to have far-reaching consequences. Almost a quarter of the roughly 70,000 cases pending at the ECtHR were brought by Russians. Activists warn of a possible intensification of crackdowns on Russian civil society and a possible reintroduction of the death penalty. (AFP/dpa/frs)
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