The Ukraine update on June 17: Russian ship badly damaged – war fantasies against Germany on Russian TV
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- According to Ukraine, a Russian warship was badly damaged.
- War fantasies against Germany are nurtured on Russian state television.
- And: Ukraine recaptured a village in the embattled east.
- What happened today in the Ukraine war.
The June 17 Ukraine update: What happened today
- Ukrainian Navy: Russian ship badly damaged in attack
In the Black Sea, the Ukrainian military said it attacked a Russian tugboat with rockets and severely damaged it. Even the air defense system on board was unable to repel the attack by the Ukrainian naval forces, the Ukrainian Navy announced on social networks on Friday. The ship, which was put into service in 2017, was supposed to bring ammunition, weapons and soldiers to Snake Island, which has been occupied by Russia since the end of February.
The military governor of Odessa, Maxym Marchenko, initially wrote about the use of Western “Harpoon” missiles. He later changed his entry to the Telegram news service. There was initially no confirmation from the Russian fleet.
- Russian TV fantasizes about the war against Germany: “Are direct descendants of Goebbels”
A day before the trip by Olaf Scholz, Emmanuel Macron and Mario Draghi, the Ukraine war was discussed on Russian propaganda television. Moderator Vladimir Solovyov spoke to Alexander Sosnowski – the Kremlin propagandist lives in Germany. He explained that the NATO states were sending their entire military equipment to Ukraine and were now powerless.
Russian TV fantasizes about the war against Germany: “Are direct descendants of Goebbels”
- Ukraine: Army retakes eastern village
According to their military leadership, Ukrainian troops have recaptured a village in the embattled east of the country from Russian troops. On Friday evening, the general staff named the village of Dmytrivka near Izyum in the Kharkiv region. The information was not independently verifiable.
Initially, the advance beyond the city of Izyum led the Russian attackers far behind the Ukrainian defenders of Donbass. However, Western sources such as the US Institute for War Studies (ISW) reported successful Ukrainian counterattacks in the Izyum region on Thursday.
- With one sentence, Putin indicates that Russia is moving away from its war goals
Regarding the war against Ukraine, Putin once again assured, during a speech in St. Petersburg, that Moscow will achieve all its goals. However, the choice of words “military special operation in the Donbass” indicates that the Russian leadership has moved away from at least some of these goals, since the war originally began with an attack on the capital Kyiv itself.
The Ukraine update of June 17: what happens in the night
- Ukrainian troops in the east continue under heavy fire
According to their leadership, the Ukrainian troops in the east of the country are still under heavy Russian fire with artillery and multiple rocket launchers. On Thursday evening, the general staff primarily named the cities of Sievjerodonetsk and Lyssychansk and their surroundings, which have been fought over for days. At two other points on the front, on the other hand, it had been possible to ward off enemy advances.
The information was initially not verifiable. In the Kharkiv region, Russian troops used artillery fire to prevent Ukrainians from advancing closer to the border between the two countries, sources said. Russian relief attacks are being carried out on sections of the front near the city of Donetsk and near Zaporizhia in order to tie down Ukrainian troops.
- “Goal #1“: Ukraine threatens to destroy Crimean bridge
In its defensive struggle against Russia, Ukraine also sees the important Russian bridge to the Crimean peninsula as a military target. In a kind of threatening gesture, the Ukrainian military intelligence service published an alleged official Russian specification for the bridge with details of the construction on Thursday. The authenticity of the almost 300-page document could not be checked immediately.
The day before, Ukrainian General Dmytro Marchenko had said that if Ukraine got the necessary weapons, the destruction of the bridge would be “Objective No. 1”. Finally, the Russian supplies roll over the bridge to Crimea and from there to southern Ukraine. The 18-kilometer bridge across the Kerch Strait, which was built at a cost of billions, has been connecting mainland Russia and the peninsula annexed four years earlier since 2018.
In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Peskov had already emphasized that all precautions had been taken to ensure Crimea’s security. The Kremlin is aware of the new threats from Kyiv against the bridge. There had already been threats from Moscow to bomb the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in the event of an attack on the building.
After the visit of four top European politicians to Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj spoke of a “historic day” for his country. “Ukraine has felt the support of four powerful European states,” the president said in his evening video address on Thursday. Never since its independence has Ukraine come so close to the European Union.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), French President Emmanuel Macron, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romania’s head of state Klaus Iohannis visited Kyiv. They supported Ukraine’s EU membership bid.
- Traffic light politicians praise “historic” Scholz trip to Ukraine – Union is disappointed
Representatives of the traffic light parties rated Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s (SPD) trip to Ukraine positively. “It was a historic visit,” said the vice-chairman of the FDP parliamentary group, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, the editorial network Germany (RND, Friday editions). “There is now no longer any doubt as to whose side Germany and Europe are on. The statements on candidate status, reconstruction and security guarantees after the end of hostilities were not to be expected with such clarity.”
SPD leader Lars Klingbeil was also satisfied with the Chancellor’s trip. In a historic phase of upheaval, everything must be done to strengthen Europe geopolitically, Klingbeil told RND. “That requires leadership. Olaf Scholz demonstrated this leadership together with the heads of government of France and Italy in Kyiv.”
The Union faction, on the other hand, reacted disappointed. The CDU foreign politician Roderich Kiesewetter criticized that Scholz had remained vague on the subject of arms deliveries. Scholz only represented what had already been promised anyway, Kiesewetter told the dpa. Kiesewetter would also have liked clearer words from Scholz on the question of Ukraine’s candidate status for the EU. “In conclusion, if Scholz had traveled alone, the messages would have been very thin,” said Kieswetter.
- Melynk: Scholz must convince EU partners of Kiev’s candidate status
The Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, expects Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to persuade the EU for candidate status for the country. Ukraine hopes that the chancellor will ensure that the necessary unanimity is reached at the EU summit, Melnyk said on Thursday evening on the ZDF program “Maybrit Illner”. “We’re not over the mountain yet,” added the diplomat.
- Klitschko happy with signal for Ukraine’s EU accession candidacy – more weapons demands
Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko has praised the pledges made by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron to support Ukraine’s EU candidate status. “This is very, very good news,” Klitschko told dpa. At the same time he demanded further arms deliveries. “We need more.” Ukraine is not only defending its country, said Klitschko. “We defend you”. No one knows how far Russia will go.
- Putin accuses the West of “years of mistakes” at the economic forum in Petersburg
Despite unprecedented Western sanctions against Russia, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin sees the resource superpower on the road to success. The 1920s were to be a time of “consolidation of economic sovereignty for Russia,” Putin wrote in a welcoming address to participants at the 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. This Friday, the Russian President wants to explain there how things should continue in view of the sanctions that the West has imposed because of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.
“The anniversary meeting is taking place at a difficult time for the world community,” said Putin. The West sees the 69-year-old responsible for numerous crises and the high prices for energy and food. The Kremlin chief rejected this: “Years of mistakes by Western countries in economic policy and the unlawful sanctions have led to a wave of global inflation, the destruction of usual supply and production chains and a sharp increase in poverty and a food deficit.”
- Alleged third US fighter missing – USA warn Russia to treat foreign prisoners of war humanely
The US has called on Russia to treat foreign fighters in the Ukrainian army who are in the hands of the Russian army as prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions. Prisoners of war must receive “the treatment and protection befitting their status, including humane treatment and guarantees of a fair trial,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday. According to Price, a third US citizen is missing in Ukraine.
According to reports, two US citizens who had traveled to Ukraine as volunteer fighters were taken prisoner by the Russians last week. According to their families and members of Congress, former US soldiers Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh were last involved in combat north of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Price said Thursday there were reports that a third US citizen was missing in Ukraine.
- In Russian-occupied territories: foreigners sentenced to death for mercenary activities
Two Britons and a Moroccan who had joined Ukrainian militants were recently sentenced to death in a pro-Russian separatist-controlled region of eastern Ukraine on charges of mercenary activity. All three denied having fought as mercenaries. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued an urgent decision on the Russian government on Thursday to prevent the execution of Moroccan Brahim Saadoun in the so-called People’s Republic of Donetsk.
That’s going to be important today
- EU Commission publishes statement on Ukraine’s accession candidacy
The EU Commission plans to make a recommendation on Ukraine’s candidate status on Friday. In Brussels, a conditional candidate status is expected. Next week, the 27 EU heads of state and government in Brussels will deal with Ukraine’s application for membership.
- International Economic Forum in Moscow: Putin will use the stage
The International Economic Forum is being held in St. Petersburg, to which far fewer foreign guests have come this year because of the war. Nevertheless, Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to use this stage and explain how he intends to further develop the resource superpower despite the sanctions.
Also read: The Ukraine update on June 16 – Scholz’ last-minute trip to Kyiv, mockery from Moscow, two US fighters missing
Journalist draws bitter conclusion: “Russia won this war”
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