The essentials in brief:
- G7 justice ministers discuss war crimes
- Cherson under constant fire
- NATO foreign ministers want to get more help on the way
- Ukraine warns of emergency situation in prisons
- US announce missile sale to Finland
At a meeting in Berlin, the justice ministers of the G7 countries are dealing with investigations into war crimes committed in Ukraine. The aim is to bring war criminals to justice, said Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) before the talks. Germany is chairing the group of seven leading industrialized countries (G7) this year. Buschmann has also invited a delegation from Ukraine. The government in Kyiv advocates a special tribunal to prosecute Russian crimes in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Justice Minister Denys Malyuska told Funke media group newspapers that Russia must pay the Ukrainian people for the damage it caused in this war. A loss of 150 billion dollars is assumed, “which does not include the economic damage and does not include the costs for the injured and war victims and their families,” said Maljuska.
Cherson under constant fire
Russia has shelled the southern Kherson region 258 times in the past week, according to Ukrainian sources. 30 settlements were attacked, explained President Volodymyr Zelenskyj in his evening video address. He said Russian forces also damaged a pumping station that supplies water to the city of Mykolaiv, northwest of Kherson.
Selenskyj accused Russia of destructiveness and affirmed that Kyiv would hold Russia internationally responsible for the war of aggression and the resulting consequences. Ukraine will do everything to restore every object, every house, every business destroyed by the occupiers, he added.
NATO discusses further aid to Ukraine
In the Romanian capital Bucharest, the foreign ministers of the 30 NATO countries are discussing further support options for Ukraine. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expects commitments from the member countries for things like warm clothing, medicines and drone jamming systems.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (left) and Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on their way to the press conference
Before the start of the two-day meeting in Bucharest, Stoltenberg told reporters that Russian forces are expected to continue attacking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. President Vladimir Putin is trying to use winter as a weapon against Ukraine.
On the fringes of the NATO conference, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) will chair a meeting of the seven major industrialized countries (G7) with up to 20 partner countries. The focus is on rebuilding the Ukrainian power grid.
Soon emergency situation in Ukrainian prisons?
In view of the massive power outages caused by Russian rocket attacks on power plants and lines, the Ukrainian Minister of Justice Denys Maljuska warns of an emergency situation in Ukrainian prisons. A stress test showed that security and supply in the prisons could be maintained for a week at most without electricity, he told the newspapers of the Funke media group. “After a week, supplies, heating and security are at serious risk because the prison also needs electricity for surveillance cameras and other security equipment.”
US wants to sell missiles to Finland
The US Department of Defense has announced plans to sell missiles worth $323 million (around €319 million) to NATO candidate Finland. The deal will improve Finland’s “air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities and have a positive impact on US relations with countries in the Nordic region,” the Pentagon said in Washington. The US Congress still has to approve it.
The arms sale announcement comes more than nine months after Russia invaded Ukraine. The Russian war of aggression had prompted both Finland and Sweden to break with their decades-long tradition of military neutrality and apply for NATO membership.
se/fw (rtr, afp, dpa, ap)
This article will be continuously updated on the day of its publication. Reports from the combat zones cannot be independently verified.