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We need to greatly increase the price of aggression for the aggressor before winter. The seven packages so far have not been enough to pressure Putin to end the war against Ukraine.

According to Ukraine, it has fended off several Russian attacks in the east and south of the country. For example, Russian advances in the eastern region of Donetsk in the direction of the cities of Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Avdiivka were repulsed, the Ukrainian general staff said on Sunday evening. The information could not be independently verified.

A deputy from the southern Kherson region reported that the Ukrainians succeeded in destroying a Russian ammunition dump in a counter-offensive on Saturday. The Russian side, which occupied parts of Cherson, only said that its own air defense repelled several Ukrainian attacks over the weekend.

From Kyiv, on the other hand, it was said that Russia wanted to block airspace for a few days in parts of the Voronezh and Belgorod regions bordering Ukraine, as well as in some areas of the Lipetsk region a little further inland. There was no confirmation of this from the Russian side. (dpa)

In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the invasion of the Warsaw Pact states into what was then CSSR on August 21, 1968 was remembered on Sunday. With the bloody suppression of the “Prague Spring” democracy movement, hopes for socialism with a human face ended. The topic of freedom is more topical today than it has been for a long time, said Prime Minister Petr Fiala at a commemoration ceremony in front of the radio building in Prague. “The reason is simple: Russian tanks are driving through a foreign country again today, this time Ukraine, trying to shoot down dreams of a better future.”

The liberal-conservative politician accused the Kremlin of still viewing the states of Central and Eastern Europe as its own property. The war in Ukraine means the end of the illusion that Russian imperialism has ended with communism. The country under attack must continue to receive military, humanitarian and diplomatic support.

In the Slovak capital of Bratislava, a demonstration took place through the city center under the motto “In the footsteps of the spilled blood”. According to historians, the invasion of what was then Czechoslovakia resulted in 137 deaths and around 500 injuries nationwide. The last Soviet occupation soldiers did not leave the CSSR until June 1991. Today both the Czech Republic and Slovakia are in NATO. (dpa)

Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke to US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday. They had agreed “that support for Ukraine in defending against Russian aggression would continue in the long term,” said German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit.

With a view to the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which is occupied by Russia, the heads of state and government called for military restraint in its vicinity and a rapid on-site visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency. According to Hebestreit, during their exchange on the international situation, they also discussed the situation in the Middle East, “including the negotiations on the nuclear agreement with Iran and its behavior in the region”. (dpa)

The network operators are currently working on a stress test on behalf of the government, which is also intended to show whether longer nuclear power plant runtimes could help with the energy supply. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) said the test would be completed “by the end of the month, maybe early next month”. Then it will be decided whether the piles should be used beyond the end of the year. (Reuters)

Two Russians and a Ukrainian citizen have been arrested near a military installation in Albania. As the Albanian Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday, one of the men tried to take photos of the Gramsh factory, where disused weapons are being dismantled. Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama said the three men were suspected of espionage.

One of the two Russians, a 24-year-old man, used a tranquilizer spray against two guards to resist an inspection, the ministry said. Two other suspects, a 33-year-old Russian and a 25-year-old Ukrainian citizen, were arrested near the factory. The two Albanian soldiers were taken to a hospital in Tirana with eye injuries. However, according to Defense Minister Niko Peleshi, they should soon be released from the hospital.

The incident must be “dealt with in a broader regional and political context,” said Peleshi. However, he warned against drawing “hasty conclusions”. Military police, secret services and anti-terrorist experts began investigations on site. Albania has been a NATO member since 2009. (AFP)