Sunday, August 7, 2022

Zelensky calls for modern air defense as attacks intensify

  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says his country needs a more modern air defense system.
  • One person was killed and six others injured after Russian attacks on a residential building and a kindergarten complex in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv – the first time it has been targeted since early June.
  • Russia’s defense ministry claims it used high-precision weapons to target Ukrainian military training centers in the Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Lviv regions.
  • The meeting of G7 leaders marks the first day where four countries backed a ban on Russian gold, but it is not clear whether there is a consensus yet.
  • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will participate in a round of talks with the leaders of Sweden and Finland as well as NATO leaders ahead of the summit in Madrid on Tuesday, his spokesman said.
  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he would call for a ceasefire during a peace-building visit to Russia and Ukraine.

Here are the latest updates:

G7 leader mocks Putin riding bare-chested horse

The leaders of the G7 mocked the masculine image of their absentee adversary Vladimir Putin on Sunday.

As friendly leaders sat in the Bavarian Alps for their first meeting of the three-day G7 summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked whether he should take off his jacket – or if he should take off any more.

“We all have to show that we are tougher than Putin,” Johnson said, to the laughter of some of his aides.

“Bare-breasted horseback riding,” shot Canada’s Justin Trudeau back.

“Oh yes,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “Horse riding is the best.”

Erdogan to meet leaders of Sweden, Finland ahead of NATO summit in four-way summit

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will participate in a round of talks with the leaders of Sweden and Finland as well as NATO leaders on Tuesday ahead of the summit in Madrid, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin has said.

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Speaking to broadcaster Haberturk, Kalin said he and Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal will also attend a round of talks with Swedish and Finnish delegations in Brussels on Monday.

“A four-way summit will take place in Madrid at the leader level in Madrid at the request of the NATO Secretary General with the presence of our President,” he said. He also said that Erdogan’s participation in talks with Sweden, Finland and NATO on Tuesday “does not mean that we will take a step back from our position.”

Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But the bids have faced opposition from Turkey, which is angered by its support of Kurdish militants from Helsinki and Stockholm and an arms embargo on Ankara.

Four G7 nations move to ban Russian gold

The Group of Seven wealthy countries moved to tighten sanctions on Moscow by banning Russian gold imports and cutting off its means of financing the invasion of Ukraine.

But it was unclear whether the plan was agreed to by the G7, with European Council President Charles Michel saying the issue would need to be handled carefully and discussed further.

Britain, the United States, Japan and Canada have agreed to a ban on imports of new Russian gold, the British government said on Sunday.

Britain said the ban was aimed at wealthy Russians who are looking to buy safe haven to reduce the financial impact of Western sanctions. Last year, Russian gold exports stood at $15.5 billion.

EU ministers to seek deals on climate laws; Russia’s gas supply cuts loom

Ministers from EU countries will meet this week to try out joint plans to fight climate change. A meeting already scheduled by EU energy ministers will give them a chance to discuss emergency plans to reduce gas demand, which Brussels is expected to prepare in the coming weeks in case of further supply cuts from Russia .

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Energy ministers meeting on Monday, and environment ministers meeting the next day, are expected to agree general positions on proposed laws to meet the 2030 target of cutting net emissions by 55 percent from 1990 levels. Is. The laws would expand renewable energy, reform the EU’s carbon market and ban the sale of new cars that run on fossil fuels from 2035.

Brussels says the energy supply crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this year means the 27 EU countries must move even faster to wean themselves off fossil fuels. But the threat of an economic slowdown from rising energy prices has made some countries more cautious about rapid changes that they fear could lead to more disruption.

Ukraine needs more modern air defense system: Zelensky

Ukraine needs a modern air defense system to intercept Russian missiles, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said, after a weekend when Moscow stepped up attacks in Ukraine.

In his nightly address, Zelensky denounced Sunday’s attack on Kyiv, which killed a 37-year-old man and injured at least six, saying that “the world’s second army triumphantly won a Kindergarten and an apartment building were ‘defeated’.

“The missiles also hit the Mykolaiv region, Chernihiv region, Odessa, Cherkasy. Artillery and mortar shelling in the Kharkiv region, in the Donbass, in the south of our state, in the Sumy region, did not stop,” he said in his nightly address, adding that Russia had fired 62 missiles at Ukraine within 24 hours.

“A part of the missiles were shot down. But only part. We need a powerful air defense – modern, fully effective. Which can ensure complete protection against these missiles … and fast forward to the partners Needs to grow if they are really participants, not observers.

Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, June 26, 2022 .  Firefighters work at the scene of a residential building after the explosions in
Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, June 26, 2022 . Firefighters work at the scene of a residential building after the explosions in [Nariman El-Mofty/AP]

Read all the updates from June 26 here.

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