Banksy sprayed graffiti in destroyed cities in Ukraine. Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy does not believe that Ukraine is responsible for the rocket hit in Poland. Biden contradicts this statement. All current voices and developments on the Ukraine war can be found in the ticker.
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6:21 p.m .: Street artist Banksy has published a video on his Instagram channel showing several of his works in Ukraine. This makes it clear that the artist is also behind a motif that was posted on his channel on Friday: a girl who appears to be doing a handstand on rubble.
In the video, Banksy now shows other motifs that he applied to war-torn cities. Among other things, there is an elderly woman who looks at her destroyed apartment with a gas mask. The video was clicked thousands of times within a short period of time.
6:16 p.m .: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has made an exchange of all prisoners of war with Russia a condition for the restart of an important chemical pipeline. At an economic forum on Thursday, he commented on the future of the ammonia pipeline from Togliatti on the Volga in Russia to Odessa in the Ukraine. The line, which is more than 2,400 kilometers long, has been idle since the start of the war on February 24.
“We don’t want to trade with Russia, help them – they are our enemy,” Zelenskyy said after media reports in Kyiv. “We could only come to an agreement if they first exchange all our prisoners for all their prisoners.”
Both sides have exchanged prisoners several times in the Russian war of aggression that has been going on for almost nine months. It is the only publicly known, functioning thread of communication between Kyiv and Moscow. Ukraine is trying hard to get its soldiers home from Russian captivity.
Ammonia is mainly used to make fertilizer. Russia has so far exported the chemical through the pipeline to Odessa. The ammonia was processed there and partly exported.
11.16 a.m .: After the rocket hit the Polish border area with Ukraine, Warsaw has indicated its willingness to grant Ukrainian specialists access to the investigation site. A team of Polish and American investigators is currently working there, President Andrzej Duda’s foreign policy advisor, Jakub Kumoch, told TVN24 on Thursday. “If both sides agree – and as far as I know, there are no objections from the American side – this access can be granted soon.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj had previously called for experts from his country to be involved.
“No one is accusing Ukraine of knowingly bombing Polish territory,” Kumoch said. There are many indications that one of the anti-aircraft missiles launched to launch a Russian missile missed its target and subsequently the self-destruct mechanism failed. This then led to an accident.
When asked what evidence Poland had, Kumoch said it was the missile’s debris and the depth of the funnel it caused on impact. “The experts calculate the direction from which the rocket came, even the amount of fuel consumed, and therefore the area from which it could have been launched. This is a purely technical statement,” said the presidential adviser.
09:11: The agreement on the safe export of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea has been extended by 120 days. The United Nations announced this on Thursday.
10:25 p.m .: The highest-ranking US general, Mark Milley, does not believe that the Ukrainians will soon win on the battlefield. Despite the setbacks, Russia still has significant combat power in Ukraine, he said at the Pentagon’s press briefing on Wednesday. “The probability of a Ukrainian military victory – defined as the Russians being kicked out of all of Ukraine, including the Crimea they claim – is not very high militarily.” But there is the possibility of a political victory. Russia is “on its back at the moment”.
9:29 p.m .: US Chief of Staff Mark Milley tried in vain to contact his Russian counterpart Valeri Gerasimov after the rocket hit Poland. All efforts by his staff to reach the chief of staff have been unsuccessful, Milley said in Washington on Wednesday. However, Milley emphasized that he was able to speak to the Ukrainian army chief Valery Saluschnyj and other European generals several times.
7:29 p.m .: The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has doubted that the rocket impact on Polish territory should have been a Ukrainian projectile. “Can you get facts or any evidence from the partners?” the 44-year-old asked journalists in a televised interview on Wednesday. The head of state called for the use of a joint commission of inquiry and access to the existing data. Western countries are currently assuming that a missile from the Ukrainian air defense system was behind the explosion.
“I think it was a Russian missile – according to the trust I have in the military reports,” Zelenskyy said. According to the Ukrainian data, one of the 25 Russian missile strikes in western Ukraine coincided with the impact in Poland. He also asked, “Can a crater 20 meters in diameter and five meters deep have been caused by debris or not?”
If, despite his doubts, it turns out that a Ukrainian missile was responsible for the death of two Poles, Zelenskyy offered an apology.
7:21 p.m .: The head of the US foreign intelligence service CIA, William Burns, was in Kyiv during the recent Russian rocket attacks on Ukraine. There he met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Washington Post newspaper reported on Wednesday. Burns was inside the US embassy during Tuesday’s rocket fire and was not injured.
Zelenskyi later confirmed Burns’ visit to Kyiv. “Yesterday he was in the bomb shelter and then we sat together and talked,” said the 44-year-old in a television interview with journalists.
There should be no connection between Burns’ stay in the Ukrainian capital and the Russian attacks.
6.30 p.m .: Ex-boxing world champion Wladimir Klitschko sees the war after the Russian withdrawal from Cherson in a “final phase”. In an interview with “RTL/n-tv” he said: “We know we are in a final phase of the breakthrough at the end of the war. The end of the war is already on the horizon.”
Nevertheless, the brother of Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko cannot and does not want to rule out a further escalation. “You have to take everything into account. You saw that yesterday. Exactly 24 hours ago there was a continuous air alert and over a hundred shells and rockets landed all over Ukraine, including here in the city of Kyiv. We already know how far Russia can go – there are no borders and there are many lies.”
4:55 p.m .: According to the Deputy Chief of the Ukrainian Military Intelligence Service, Wadym Skibitsky, Russia is under increasing pressure in the war against Ukraine. “I think Russia is slowly reaching its military limits,” he said in an interview with t-online. “At least when it comes to the production of new weapon systems, Russian industry is severely restricted.”
This is also due to the punitive measures taken by the West, Skibitsky continued: “It is the success of the international sanctions that has slowed down Russian military production enormously.” The longer the measures last, the more difficult it becomes for the Russian Federation to find spare parts and new weapons to manufacture.
Looking towards Moscow, Skibitsky believes that a change of regime is possible in the near future. “In Russia, people are starting to understand what’s going on,” he said. “A fall of the Putin regime is suddenly conceivable.”
The goal must now be that Russia no longer possesses any nuclear weapons, he demanded. “The only solution is to denuclearize the Putin regime to remove its ability to blackmail the world with nuclear weapons,” Skibitsky said.
3:25 p.m .: Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made fun of the deadly rocket hit in Poland. Ukraine had always wanted to join NATO, but now it has entered by force – with an S-300, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s spokeswoman picked up a joke on her Telegram channel on Wednesday that had previously been circulating on social media. She then asked Poland for an apology.
“The President of Poland called the crash of the rocket an ‘accident’.” Before that, however, Polish politicians had spread “hysteria”, allowed themselves to be carried away with “Russophobic outbursts” and summoned the Russian ambassador around midnight. Warsaw should apologize for this, Zakharova wrote.
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