ARD Talk: "Maischberger": Zelenskyj adviser believes in "counteroffensive"

At “Maischberger” politicians from Ukraine and Russia discuss how the EU accession candidacy is affecting the war.

Before the EU summit, the heads of government are in agreement: Ukraine should officially become a candidate for accession. Olaf Scholz, French President Macron and Italy’s Prime Minister Draghi announced their support for the membership application in Kyiv last week. At the end of the week, the formal voting will take place European Council on.

While the EU is building bridges for Ukraine to the west, the Ukrainian army in the east is getting more and more into trouble. Concentrated in the Donbass Russia is currently attacking and is constantly gaining ground. With the newly arrived German tank howitzers, Ukrainian President Zelenskyj hopes to be able to better defend the attacked areas. His adviser Rodnyansky was already speculating about the “fall of the regime” at “Maischberger”.

“Maischberger” – These were the guests:

  • Karl Lauterbach (SPD)Federal Minister of Health
  • Alexander RodnyanskyUkrainian Presidential Advisor
  • Mikhail Kasyanovformer Russian Prime Minister
  • Jurgen Beckercabaret artist
  • Helen BubrowskiFAZ journalist
  • Stephan StuchlikARD capital correspondent

Selenskyj adviser: Russia is blackmailing the world with famine

With arms deliveries, sanctions and “maximum support from the West,” Rodnyansky said, “we hope to be able to begin the counteroffensive in August.” The presidential adviser praised the recently delivered self-propelled howitzers, which can destroy targets 40 kilometers away. In contrast to the aid provided by the USA, however, he restricted: “Germany is not delivering that much by a long way. We can also see that things are going bumpy.” He insisted on more sanctions, such as a total gas embargo. How effective the sanctions are can be seen from the fact that “Russia is trying to blackmail the world with a famine.”

Mikhail Kasyanov, once Putin’s Prime Ministerdescribed the sanctions as an “important means” that will help establish “Ukrainian superiority in Donbass” by the end of the year.

war fatigue watch Rodnyansky more in the West than in Ukraine. “You shouldn’t be as afraid of a Ukrainian victory as you are of a Russian defeat.” The Ukrainian people want to fight until territorial integrity is secured and the enemy is driven out. “You can’t make a lasting peace with this regime anyway.” Putin’s former prime minister agreed. “Give up territories? I don’t understand this discussion,” Kasyanov said. “An aggressor must be punished.” That is the lesson from the Minsk Agreement, which sealed the ceasefire after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. “Putin perceived the sanctions back then as a mosquito bite.”

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Ukraine war: negotiations or guerrilla warfare?

ARD correspondent Stephan Stuchlik feared a conflict between the allies in the fall. If Russia occupies Donbass in the fall, I will the West push for negotiations. “But the Ukrainians will want to keep fighting.” In the Ukrainian media, he sees signs “of a guerrilla war.” Rodnyansky stressed that as long as prisoners of war were “abducted, murdered, raped” by Russia, the Ukrainian people would not be willing to negotiate either.

In order to be able to impose sanctions effectively, the belt must also be tightened in this country, FAZ editor Helene Bubrowski made it clear. “Solidarity doesn’t start where it doesn’t cost anything, but where it hurts.” Bubrowski designated the forthcoming EU candidacy as an “empty promise” and “nice symbol, but Ukrainians don’t think in terms of ten to 20 years, but one to two weeks.” Stuchlik saw the new status as a “huge gift”. “Even if it’s far away, that’s what the Ukrainians were hoping for.”

How the throttled Russian gas supplies could be compensated was also an issue. Stuchlik branded extended nuclear power plant runtimes as “suspicious” because the nuclear industry imagine huge amounts of compensation. Cabaret artist Jürgen Becker described Germany as a “junkie on the needle” and now coal is temporarily “the methadone program if we expand renewables in time”. In view of the “gas guzzlers” in industry, Bubrowski found that merely imposing an electricity-saving bid on the population would not help.

Corona: The obligation to wear a mask causes a dispute in the coalition

While the energy supply is a headache for the government, according to Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD), there is more clarity in the fight against the pandemic. In the fall, he announced a corona strategy with seven cornerstones “We need a more comprehensive concept”, including one vaccination campaign as well as “daily updated” data transmission from September.

The point of contention between the SPD and the Greens on the one hand and the FDP on the other is the obligation to wear a mask. The FDP still insists on the publication of one committee paper, which, according to Sandra Maischberger, rumored to have declared most of the Basic Law restrictions, including 2G and 3G, superfluous. Although he respects the coalition partner’s concerns, Lauterbach called the commission’s results “a steep admission”.

Lauterbach announces corona strategy: vaccination centers like professional fire brigade

“We will present a law in the next few days or weeks,” promised Lauterbach. In addition to a mask requirement, vaccination centers are provided for, which are always ready “like the professional fire brigade”. In addition, the test strategy should be fine-tuned. With the “quality controls, there are still reserves,” says Lauterbach. A new scheme for test funding could prove to be an obstacle. The draft budget stipulates that the federal government will only bear half of the costs.

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