Fierce fighting in the east, the situation in Donbass “very difficult” – it happened at night

While Ukraine is beginning to think about where to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year, bitter fighting continues, especially in the east of the country.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke of a very difficult situation in the Donbass industrial area there. Regional authorities are expecting new ones attacks by Russian troops in several directions.

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The events at a glance:

  • President of Ukraine Zelenskyy appeared after the victory of the Band Kalush Orchestra decided at the ESC held in Turin to fulfill the obligations as host country despite the current Russian war of aggression. “Next year Ukraine will host the Eurovision!” Zelenskyy wrote on Sunday night in his news channel on the Telegram chat service. Selenskyj also referred to the band’s appeal to the ESC, the port city of Mariupol besieged by Russian troops to rescue. “We are doing everything so that one day Ukrainian Mariupol will welcome participants and guests of Eurovision. A free, peaceful, rebuilt!” he wrote.
  • the Location in the Donbass region Zelenskyy says it remains “very difficult” for Ukraine. Russian troops tried there “at least some victory” to create, said Selenskyj in his daily video speech on Sunday night. That seems “particularly crazy” on the 80th day after the invasion. Russian troops are concentrating their attacks on eastern Ukraine after failing to advance towards Kyiv. Selenskyj was confident: “Step by step we are forcing the occupiers to leave our country.”
  • According to Ukrainian military information, Russian troops are attacking on a broad front in the east of the country. Among other things, at Donetsk the Russian army particularly active, the Ukrainian General Staff wrote on Facebook on Saturday. Russian troops regrouped in the Sieverodonetsk region. The Russian military is trying to encircle Ukrainian units in the Donbass, an adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said on television. In Mariupol will continue the Azovstal Steelworks bombed and shelled, in which the last Ukrainian defenders of the city are trapped.
  • Parties that support the Russian war of aggression should soon be able to be banned in Ukraine. President Zelenskyy signed a law passed in early May, the Ukrainian parliament announced on its website. The law will come into effect one day after its official publication. For example, the ban should parties that justify Russia’s war against Ukraine or deny. As early as March, Ukrainian authorities halted the activities of nearly a dozen parties allegedly linked to Russia. Russian troops invaded Ukraine in February.

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Of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the people of Germany to accept the consequences of the sanctions against Russia. “Sometimes it’s cheaper to help someone else and endure a short period of deprivation than sitting at home, watching TV and doing nothing, just allowing the problem to eventually knock on your own door,” said Kuleba at “Bild television”. Ukraine offers a fair deal: “Give us everything we need and we will contain Russia and defeat it in Ukraine so they never knock on your door.”

In the interview, Kuleba also reiterated that his country is not ready for agreements with Russia on which Ukrainian territory remain in the hands of the attackers. “There is nothing wrong with a ceasefire if it is the first step towards a solution where Ukrainian territory is liberated,” he said. “But we will not accept that there is a partial separation of territory.” The government in Kyiv will “not allow diplomacy to simply prolong our suffering and simply postpone the next phase of the war.”

The Social Democrats in power in Sweden want to make a decision on Sunday about whether their country will have a Application for membership in NATO should ask. The party had previously spoken out against joining the military alliance, but the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine triggered an intensive NATO debate in Sweden – as well as in neighboring Finland. (dpa)

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