Status: 27.09.2023, 16:15 p.m.
A destroyed tank can be seen through the window of a vehicle on the front line near Klishchiivka near Bakhmut. © Alex Babenko/AP/dpa
Russia insinuates that Ukraine received help from Western intelligence services in the high-profile strike on its naval headquarters in Crimea. The news at a glance.
Moscow/Kiev - Russia has accused the United States and Great Britain of involvement in the attack on the headquarters of its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea. Kyiv, meanwhile, reported the return of Wagner fighters in operations in Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine.
In Germany, a possible trial for an alleged Russian war crime in Ukraine is being examined. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius assured Germany's NATO allies in the Baltic States of reliability in deterring Russia. Former Ukrainian boxing world champion Wladimir Klitschko currently sees no chance of negotiating peace with Russia.
Moscow: Western intelligence services behind attack on Crimea
The missile attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol on September 22 was undoubtedly carried out with the help of American and British intelligence, said a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow. Western reconnaissance data, satellites of NATO countries and spy planes were used for this purpose.
"The obvious goal of such terrorist acts is to divert attention from the failed attempts of the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and to frighten people, to stir up panic in our society," the spokeswoman continued.
Crimea was annexed by Russia in 2014 in violation of international law. In the course of its counteroffensive, which has been going on for months, Ukraine has emphasized that it also wants to liberate the peninsula from Russian occupation.
In the attack with drones and cruise missiles, Kiev had severely damaged the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol and killed a total of 34 officers, according to its own statements. Kiev did not provide any evidence of this. Russia, which has been waging a war of aggression against Ukraine for more than 19 months, spoke only of a missing person after the attack.
Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland examines possible war crimes
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland is investigating a possible Russian war crime in the Kyiv suburb of Hostomel. As a spokeswoman in Karlsruhe confirmed, the authority initiated a first personal investigation in mid-July. It is about the accusation that civilians - including a person with German citizenship - were shot at and injured by Russian forces in the Ukrainian town. "In this respect, there is an initial suspicion of committing war crimes."
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For clarification, they are in close contact with the Ukrainian law enforcement authorities. Further details and when the incident took place in Hostomel were not disclosed. Previously, Legal Tribune Online had reported on it, citing the "FAZ".
Kiev reports return of Wagner fighters to eastern Ukraine
Three months after the Wagner uprising and just over a month after the death of their former boss Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian mercenaries are back in action in Ukraine, according to Kiev. These are Wagner men who had previously been stationed on the territory of Belarus, said the spokesman for Army Group East of the Ukrainian military, Ilya Yevlasch, on Wednesday in Kiev.
While some of the mercenaries have gone to Africa, others have signed new contracts with Russia's Ministry of Defense and are again taking part in combat operations. Earlier, the media reported that Wagner fighters were again involved in battles for Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine.
The Wagner private army has been considered leaderless since the crash of a plane with founder Prigozhin and commanders in August. The group had long fought alongside regular Russian units in Moscow's war of aggression against Ukraine. After the withdrawal of his troops from Ukraine, Prigozhin rehearsed an uprising against the Russian military leadership, which failed. Parts of Wagner's army then moved to Belarus.
However, the men who have now returned to the battlefield in Ukraine do not pose a major threat, according to Kiev.
Wladimir Klitschko: No chance for peace talks with Russia
Former Ukrainian boxing world champion Wladimir Klitschko currently sees no chance of negotiating peace with Russia. "Negotiations with whom, with Russia, with Putin, Lavrov, with whom?" the 47-year-old answered a question on Tuesday in Markus Lanz's ZDF program.
The brother of Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko added: "These are liars who have lied to the world for decades with their propaganda." Klitschko went on to ask what to negotiate with liars and himself replied: "That we cover up, forget: rape, killing, torture, destroyed life." When you enter into negotiations, you do not do so from a position of weakness.
Pistorius in the Baltics: Germany takes on a leading role
Defence Minister Pistorius has assured NATO allies in the Baltic States of Germany's military reliability in deterring Russia. "Germany is assuming responsibility. And Germany is taking on a leading role," the SPD politician said at a security conference in the Estonian capital Tallinn.
He reaffirmed plans for the stationing of a Bundeswehr brigade in Lithuania. Plans - the details are to be worked out by the end of the year - provide for 4000,<> men and women of the Bundeswehr to be permanently stationed in the country, including families or children. "We will station German soldiers in Lithuania as soon as the necessary infrastructure is in place." dpa