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Ukraine and Russia exchanged prisoners again

2022-11-27T05:44:39.722Z

Ukraine and Russia exchanged prisoners again Created: 2022-11-27 06:36 By: Patrick Mayer, Magdalena Fürthauer, Stephanie Munk, Andreas Schmid, Christoph Gschoßmann While a Russian-Ukrainian prisoner exchange is taking place, Chancellor Olaf Scholz believes that Putin's success in the war is unlikely. News ticker. After Selenskyj's criticism : Kiev's Mayor Vitali Klitschko calls on Ukraine to u



Ukraine and Russia exchanged prisoners again

Created: 2022-11-27 06:36

By: Patrick Mayer, Magdalena Fürthauer, Stephanie Munk, Andreas Schmid, Christoph Gschoßmann

While a Russian-Ukrainian prisoner exchange is taking place, Chancellor Olaf Scholz believes that Putin's success in the war is unlikely.

News ticker.

  • After

    Selenskyj's criticism

    : Kiev's Mayor Vitali

    Klitschko

    calls on Ukraine to

    unite

    .

  • Russia and Ukraine exchange prisoners

    : According to a US think tank, the Kremlin wants to

    curb

    dissatisfaction with the mobilization .

  • Scholz believes that Putin's success in Ukraine is unlikely

    : Russia will

    "not win"

    the war , said the Chancellor.

  • This 

    news ticker on international reactions to the Ukraine war

     is constantly updated.

Update from November 26, 10:45 p.m .:

Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday at the state party conference of the SPD Brandenburg that he was increasingly expecting that Russia would not be able to win in Ukraine.

Scholz considers Putin's success in Ukraine unlikely: "Russia will not win this war"

The numerous support from other nations such as Germany has shown "that Russia not only must not win this war, but will not win it," said Scholz.

The Chancellor renewed his promise to support Ukraine as long as necessary.

"We do that financially, humanitarianly and we all know: also with arms deliveries."

Ukrainian grain deliveries are also receiving more financial support.

French President Macron also decided to do this on Saturday.

Accordingly, France would contribute an additional six million euros for grain from Ukraine to Yemen and Sudan.

Chancellor Scholz wants to continue supporting Ukraine.

© IMAGO/Bernd Elmenthaler

Russia and Ukraine swap prisoners: Will Kremlin curb dissatisfaction over mobilization?

Update from November 26, 5:35 p.m .:

Russia and Ukraine have exchanged prisoners of war for the third time within a week.

"We managed to free twelve of our people," said the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermak, on his Telegram channel on Saturday.

The Ministry of Defense in Moscow has confirmed the exchange of nine soldiers with Russian citizenship.

According to information from Kyiv, the Ukrainians are nine soldiers and three civilians who were previously reported missing.

The "Russians" are said to be residents of the "Donetsk People's Republic" in eastern Ukraine.

Separatists in the region declared independence from Kyiv in 2014, with support from Moscow.

The US think tank

Institute for the Study of the War

explains Moscow's new willingness to exchange with the fact that the Kremlin wants to curb the increasing dissatisfaction of its own population with the mobilization.

Many Russians fear for relatives.

However, the Russian authorities have not issued a specific statement on this.

Prisoner Exchange.jpg © IMAGO/Russian Defense Ministry/ITAR-TASS

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After Selenskyj criticism: Klitschko calls on Ukraine to unite

Update from November 26, 2:55 p.m .:

The Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, called for cohesion within Ukraine on Saturday.

"The key to Ukraine's success after Russia's attack on our country is cohesion, both nationally and internationally," Klitschko told

Bild am Sonntag

.

"We must continue to work together to defend the country and protect the infrastructure."

Klitschko now assured that a solution was being worked on at "record speed".

"The city has water again and 95 percent heating, now we are mainly working on getting the electricity back everywhere." Klitschko has been mayor of the Ukrainian capital since 2014.

Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko has called on his country to unite © YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP

Selenskyj criticized Klitschko on Friday, who went into politics after his success as boxing world champion.

The President complained that the restoration of the power supply, especially in the capital after Russian attacks, was progressing slowly.

Power cuts due to Russian attacks: Finland plans energy aid for Ukraine

Update from November 26, 10:40 a.m.:

Finland could send the first load of energy equipment to Ukraine as early as next week.

This was announced by Finland's Economics Minister Mika Lintila to the Finnish broadcaster Yle.

This is the Finnish government's reaction to the widespread power outages in Ukraine as a result of the massive rocket fire by the Russian army.

Lintila had already announced support for Kyiv on Twitter on Friday afternoon.

“Finnish companies are sending energy equipment aid to Ukraine.

Yesterday I asked the companies for equipment donations and today the companies responded very positively to the request,” the minister wrote.

The Ukrainian capital of Kyiv is largely in darkness after a power outage following a Russian missile attack on November 23.

© Sergei Chuzavkov/imago-images

Selenskyj openly criticizes Klitschko — reconstruction is taking too long

Update from November 26, 7:25 a.m .:

After the massive power outages in Ukraine, President Selenskyj criticized the capital Kiev and its mayor Vitali Klitschko.

There are not enough warming rooms for the three million inhabitants of the capital.

Klitschko had reported in the morning that 400 of these contact points had been set up.

"There are many complaints, especially in Kyiv," Zelenskyy said.

"Many Kiev citizens were without electricity for more than 20 or even 30 hours." He expects quality work from the mayor's office, he said in a rarely open criticism of Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

Selenskyj and Klitschko put their political competition on hold during the war.

But it continues, as the President's statements show.

Update from November 25, 9 p.m.:

Russia attacked Ukraine in 2022.

According to a secret service whistleblower, there were also concrete considerations to start a war with Japan.

Russia condemns EU assessment as "terrorist sponsoring state"

Update from November 25, 7:25 p.m .:

Moscow has condemned a decision by the European Parliament in which Russia is classified as a “state that encourages terrorism” because of its military actions in Ukraine.

This has "nothing to do with the actual situation in the fight against international terrorism," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The "unfriendly action" is "part of a political information campaign by the West against our country".

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday for a text that classifies "Russia as a state that encourages terrorism and as a state that uses terrorist tools" because of the conflict in Ukraine. 

Bloody hammer as a "gift" from Wagner boss Prigozhin to the EU

Update from November 25, 6:35 p.m.:

A bloody hammer as a “gift” from “Putin’s cook” for the EU Parliament: Yevgeny Prigozhin’s private army shocked with a video.

Poland's President: Decision on Patriot stationing is up to Germany

Update from November 25, 4:07 p.m .:

According to Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, Germany should decide whether the Patriot anti-aircraft systems will be installed on Polish territory or in Ukraine.

"From a military point of view, it would also be best for the protection of Polish territory if these missiles were located at a certain distance from the Polish border on the territory of Ukraine," Duda said in Vilnius on Friday.

Then the anti-aircraft defense could protect both countries most effectively.

"But the decision on stationing lies with the country that has this system, i.e. with the German side," Duda continued.

Kremlin accuses Ukraine President Zelenskyy of not wanting a peaceful settlement of the conflict

Update from November 25, 12:39 p.m

.: The Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, plays an important role in the Ukraine war.

Also in possible - currently unforeseeable - negotiations?

The Kremlin is now accusing Ukraine's President Zelensky of not wanting a peaceful settlement to the conflict.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Selensky would only want to use military force to bring Crimea back to Ukraine.

But that would be tantamount to an "expropriation of Russian territory," he said, according to the Russian news agency TASS, referring to the territory annexed by Moscow in violation of international law.

"It is out of the question."

In an interview with the British newspaper "Financial Times", Selenskyj had previously stated that the military liberation of Crimea was his goal.

"If someone shows us a way to end the occupation of Crimea by non-military means, then I will be very much in favor of it," Zelenskyi told the newspaper.

But if a proposal meant that Crimea would remain occupied by Russia, then "no one should waste their time on that."

During negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv in the spring, at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there was talk of postponing the Crimea question for a few years.

Strengthened by their military successes, the Kiev leadership is now pursuing the goal of recapturing all Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine.

Crimea has a particularly high strategic and symbolic importance for Moscow.

NATO supplies Ukraine with anti-drone jammers

Update from November 25, 12:15 p.m

.: NATO supplies Ukraine with jammers for drone defense.

The so-called jammers are part of a comprehensive support package, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Brussels on Friday.

It also included fuel, medical supplies, and winter gear.

In particular, the jammers are intended to help Ukraine fend off attacks with kamikaze drones.

The devices are usually electromagnetic transmitters that interfere with the drones' navigation or communication systems.

According to information from Kyiv, the Russian army has been increasingly attacking with kamikaze drones since October.

Update from November 25, 10:14 a.m

.: Russian President Vladimir Putin is amused by a fake Scholz speech.

The state news agency Ria published a short video on Thursday showing the head of the Kremlin watching an alleged appearance by the SPD politician in Moscow.

In reality, it was artificial intelligence.

In this so-called deepfake, the Russian programmers first put words critical of America from the popular Russian action film "Bruder 2" into Scholz's mouth.

Then they have him say: “We wanted to give up Russian gas.

But to put it in the words of a Russian classic: We wanted the best, but it turned out as always.” This dictum comes from the former Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin (1938-2010).

"He says the right things," Putin commented on the fake Scholz video.

The speech was rich in content and profound.

Update from November 25, 6.25 a.m .:

In view of the cold and darkness in Ukrainian cities as a result of the massive blackouts, President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has summoned his people's spirit of resistance against the Russian invasion.

“We endured a full-scale war for nine months, and Russia didn't find a way to break us.

And it won't find anyone," said Zelenskyy in his evening video address on Thursday.

"We must carry on as we are right now, in unity and mutual aid." Russia invaded the neighboring country on February 24.

The restoration of the power and water supply after Wednesday's heavy rocket attack lasted throughout Thursday and into Friday night.

"Russia not only wants the Ukrainians to be without electricity and heat," Zelenskyy said in Kyiv.

"The terrorists want to isolate us from each other and make sure we don't feel each other."

The attacks on civilian targets are "the revenge of those who lost," he said.

"They don't know how to fight.

The only thing they can do is terrorize.

Whether energy terrorism, artillery terrorism or rocket terrorism – Russia has come down to that under its current leadership.” Only the liberation of the entire country and security guarantees could permanently protect the Ukrainians from Russia.

Ukraine-News: Zelenskyy holds on to the end of Russia's occupation of Crimea

Update from November 24, 8:40 p.m

.: Despite Western skepticism, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj is sticking to the liberation of the Crimean Peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, as a war goal.

He told the British newspaper

Financial Times

.

"I can understand that everyone is confused about this situation and what will become of Crimea," he was quoted as saying.

"If someone shows us a way to end the occupation of Crimea by non-military means, then I will be very much in favor of it," Zelenskyi told the newspaper.

But if a proposal meant that Crimea would be occupied and remain part of Russia, "no one should waste their time on that.

That's a waste of time."

Western supporters of Ukraine assume that Ukraine will eventually be able to recapture the areas occupied by Russia since February 24 and the Donbass.

But they are more cautious about Crimea: The peninsula is strategically and symbolically so important for Moscow that there is a risk of an escalation of the war.

During negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv in the spring, at the beginning of the war, there was talk of postponing the question of Crimea's membership for a few years.

Strengthened by their military successes, however, the Kiev leadership is now pursuing the goal of recapturing all detached areas of Ukraine.

In the past few months, skepticism has repeatedly been heard from NATO and Western countries as to whether a reconquest of Crimea is really a possibility.

President of Ukraine: Volodymyr Zelenskyj (centre), here after the liberation of Cherson.

© IMAGO/Ukraine Presidency

Patriot air defense system for Ukraine?

Lambrecht wants to talk to NATO after Poland's proposal

Update from November 24, 6:10 p.m

.: According to Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD), the proposal by the Polish Defense Minister to prefer to deliver the Patriot air defense system offered to his country by Germany to Ukraine “must be discussed with NATO”.

"It was important to us as a NATO partner due to Poland's exposed position (...) to offer Poland support in this special situation - with air policing, but also with patriots," said Lambrecht this Thursday in Berlin with a view to the Rocket impact in the Polish border area with Ukraine in mid-November.

These are Patriot systems that are planned into NATO's integrated air defense system, which is why it was possible to make this proposal to Poland, Lambrecht said.

"Proposals that deviate from this must now be discussed with NATO, with our allies," added the minister.

After the rocket hit, the German government offered to support NATO partner Poland with the Patriot missile defense system earlier this week.

According to NATO and Poland, the impact was probably caused by a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile.

A combat-ready "Patriot" type anti-aircraft missile system of the Bundeswehr's 1st anti-aircraft missile squadron.

(symbol photo) © Axel Heimken/dpa

In an initial reaction, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak was pleased with the offer and suggested stationing the defense system on the border with Ukraine.

On Wednesday evening, he tweeted that he had "asked the German side to transfer the Patriot battery offered to Poland to Ukraine and deploy it on the western border."

The Patriot system is used to defend against aircraft, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

It is based on the interaction of several radar devices that pass on information about approaching missiles to guided missiles;

these should then destroy the projectile in the air.

The feeling was very clear: 'In terms of power politics you're through.'

Only power counts for Putin.

Ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU)

Merkel defends Russia policy: Ex-Chancellor speaks of Putin's last effort

Update from November 24, 3:25 p.m

.: Ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has defended her policy towards Russia and Ukraine.

The Russian attack did not come as a surprise, Merkel told

Der Spiegel:

"The Minsk agreement was undermined."

In the summer of 2021, together with French President Emmanuel Macron, she wanted to create “an independent European discussion format” with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.

"But I no longer had the strength to assert myself because everyone knew: It will be gone in the fall."

Merkel officially left office in December 2021.

The previous August, she had traveled to Moscow for a farewell visit to see Putin.

"The feeling was very clear: 'In terms of power politics, you're through.'" Merkel told

Der Spiegel

.

"Only power counts for Putin."

Ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel (archive image) © Markus Schreiber/AFP

Russia distributes passports in Ukraine - more than 80 thousand

Update from November 24, 2:24 p.m

.: According to its own statements, Russia has issued more than 80,000 Russian passports to residents of the Ukrainian regions that have been declared annexed.

"Since the four regions of the Russian Federation were added, and in accordance with the law, more than 80,000 people have received passports as citizens of the Russian Federation," Russian news agencies quoted an Interior Ministry official as saying.

The UN in September condemned the "attempted illegal annexation" of Ukrainian land and called on the international community "not to recognize any border changes announced by Russia".

Even before its war of aggression, Moscow had distributed hundreds of thousands of Russian passports in the separatist areas of eastern Ukraine.

Update from November 24, 12:42 p.m .:

Homosexuals and transgender people have been oppressed in Russia for years.

Now the Russian lower house has spoken out in favor of tightening the law against "LGBTQ propaganda".

"Any promotion of non-traditional sexual relations will have consequences," Vyacheslav Volodin, the leader of the Lower House, told Telegram.

The English abbreviation LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

The legislation "will protect our children and the future of this country from the darkness being spread by the US and European states."

Anyone who violates the law should have to pay a fine of up to ten million rubles (about 160,000 euros).

It still has to be approved by the House of Lords and Putin, but this is considered a formality.

The law will apply to the media, literature, cinema and advertising.

According to the Duma, websites with prohibited information will be blocked.

Against the background of the Ukraine war, it is also presented as a means of defending Russian values ​​against Western countries.

Meanwhile, LGBTQ activists have called on Russia not to pass the law, which bans any public mention of sexual minorities.

Russian film production companies and book publishers have also expressed concern about the law.

They say it could lead to the banning of Russian classics such as Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita.

Ukraine-News: Putin veils his intentions in Ukraine

Moscow - Russia no longer wants the violent elimination of the Ukrainian government in Ukraine - this was stated by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday, November 23, claiming that he had "talked about it" with Putin.

Shortly before that, the deputy spokesman of the Council of the Russian Federation, Konstantin Kosachev, claimed the exact opposite: he demanded the complete capitulation of the Zelenskyi government.

The US think tank "Institute for the Study of War" believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin is driving this confusion in the Ukraine war out of calculation - he deliberately wants to leave the world in the dark.

This should unsettle the West in its support for Ukraine.

"The Kremlin wants to induce Western countries to put pressure on Ukraine to enter into peace negotiations," according to an analysis by the institute on Wednesday (November 23).

What is Putin planning?

The Kremlin has made different statements about the Ukraine war.

© Imago/Russian Foreign Ministry

Pro-war community reacts with uncertainty - "War without a clear goal"

According to the experts, the fact that Putin is currently not speaking plain language is creating great uncertainty in Russia.

"The contradicting statements confused the pro-war community." Example: After Peskov's statement that they no longer want regime change, a well-known Russian military blogger sarcastically remarked "that Russia is waging a war aimlessly without a clear goal."

Putin's propaganda staff on Russian state television is also said to be unsettled by the Kremlin's ambiguous statements.

Recently there was a remarkable incident in a Russian political talk show: moderator and hardliner Vladimir Solovyov called for the use of nuclear weapons in Cherson in the show, but several invited experts vehemently contradicted him.

The political and military experts emphasized that using nuclear weapons to defend areas that are not fully occupied is irrational - and even argued that NATO poses no threat to Russia.

"Such a rejection of common Kremlin points in such a forum is unprecedented," write the ISW analysts.

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Ukraine-News: Putin is probably still planning the collapse of the system in Ukraine

Putin wolle mit seinem Katz-und-Maus-Spiel mehrere Gruppen bei der Stange halten: Die extremen Kriegsbefürworter, die gemäßigteren Kräfte, und auch sein Volk. Diesem werde durch den Ukraine-Krieg immer mehr abverlangt - ob es der Verlust von Männern, Söhnen und Brüdern an der Front ist, oder der drohende wirtschaftliche Kollaps des Landes durch westliche Sanktionen.

The experts believe that in reality Putin has not backed down from his original intentions of completely subjugating Ukraine: this was shown by a speech to Russian academics at the end of October, in which the Russian President continued to deny Ukraine any sovereignty and demanded full " denazification” of the country.

"Putin's demands amount to a regime change in Kyiv, even if he does not expressly call for this in his most recent statements," the ISW experts conclude.

(smu)

Source: merkur

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