Ukraine war in live ticker
+++ 04:59 No more gas flowing through Nord Stream 1 – as announced +++
As reported, gas deliveries via the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1 were halted early on Wednesday. According to Nord Stream AG’s website, nothing significant came between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. The amount was reduced an hour ago. State company Gazprom has announced that supplies through the last major route for Russian gas to Germany will be temporarily suspended due to maintenance work. Accordingly, delivery should start from Saturday morning.
+++ 04:11 CDU MPs to buy new fuel rods and special levy for energy companies +++
Several CDU members of the Bundestag have called for the purchase of new fuel rods and a special tax on energy companies. As the “Rheinische Post” reports, this emerges from the position paper of the NRW state committee, which the newspaper has made available. The three nuclear power plants, Brokdorf, Grohnde and Gundremmingen C, which were decommissioned at the end of 2021, must be checked to see if they can be restarted for an interim period. “The necessary fuel rods are available on the world market, but must now be ordered very quickly,” the paper says. In addition, MEPs consider a special tax on the energy sector necessary. At the same time, many large energy companies would have made huge additional profits due to the sharp rise in energy prices. The regional committee said the special tax would therefore be more effective through gas surcharge than “the state government passing on the costs to private and medium-sized end-consumers”.
+++ 03:17 Union wants energy flat rate of 1000 euros per child +++
Union faction leaders in the Bundestag are calling for an annual energy allowance for families of 1,000 euros per child. Citing a statement from the executive committee of the CDU and CSU, the energy lump sum will be paid this year and next, according to Bayern media group newspapers. The document says: “We want to introduce a surcharge of 1,000 euros for each child in the years 2022 and 2023 per family for income of 30,000/60,000 euros (single/married).” According to the union, the child surcharge should be lump sum in the form of a one-time payment and not tax-deductible.
+++ 02:14 Unibur offers more state aid to Habek +++
Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck wants a quick decision on expanding state aid for UNIPER. “The federal government will examine the facts and decide on the application at short notice,” said “Rheinisch Post” spokeswoman Habekin. “We confirm that Uniper SE has applied to KfW to expand the existing EUR 9 billion credit facility to an additional EUR 4 billion. In the company’s opinion, this expansion is necessary to provide additional collateral in natural gas and electricity trading and to take into account further increases in natural gas procurement costs.”
+++ 01:41 Ambassadors prepare possible Zelenskyj trip to UN General Assembly +++
Diplomats are preparing for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to attend a public debate at the UN General Assembly in New York in mid-September – his first known trip abroad since the start of the war. “We are ready for the visit of any representative, including the president,” said Anatoly Slenko, a spokesman for the Embassy of Ukraine to the United Nations. Zelenskyj was listed as a speaker on the previous list of the biggest UN event in mid-September – but Slenko insisted this could change. It is “still unclear” whether the trip will actually happen.
+++ 01:15 “Sheer existential dread”: Calls for energy price caps for small firms are getting louder +++
Bremen’s Prime Minister Andreas Bovenschulte has called for a cap on energy prices for small and medium-sized companies. “Many small companies, such as bakeries, don’t know how to continue because of high energy prices,” said the SPD politician from the Funke media group. “These companies have a sheer existential fear.” So far, only large companies have been the focus of assistance, but not small and medium enterprises.
+++ 00:05 Selenskyj: “Don’t be close to Russian positions” +++
Ukrainian President Zelensky has urged Crimeans to stay away from Russian military bases. “Don’t be near Russian bases and airfields,” he says in his nightly video message. However, he asks that all possible information about the occupation forces be provided to the Ukrainian secret service. “In this way, the liberation of Crimea can proceed quickly,” Zelenskyj said. In recent weeks, explosions have rocked a military airfield and other Russian facilities in Crimea. Ukraine uses drones to test Russian air defenses on peninsula However, no further incidents were reported in the last few nights.
+++ 23:34 Russian airlines allowed to use closed airspace again +++
Russian airlines are allowed to use limited airspace in southern Russia, which has been closed since the start of the war. The state airline said flights to Sochi, which is on the Black Sea like Turkey, will be 20 to 30 minutes shorter. When Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, it closed much of its airspace to the neighboring country to civilian flights. Ten airports in the region, such as Rostov-on-Don on the annexed Crimean peninsula or Krasnodar and Simferopol, were closed. Only the Sochi hub was open, and flights had to fly a long detour. A ten-kilometer-wide corridor will be created for cross-border flights through the otherwise closed airspace, TASS agency reported. In each direction, up to 15 civilian flights per hour are allowed.
+++ 10:29 pm Bussy riot activists briefly arrested in Bern +++
Three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were briefly arrested in Switzerland for spray-painting a message against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They were called to the village of Wabern, near the Swiss capital, just before midnight the previous day, according to Bern police. “We arrested three women on the spot who had the spray cans.” All three women are said to be released that night. Whether a formal investigation is initiated against them depends on whether the owner of the sprayed wall files a lawsuit.
+++ 22:17 Pope defends himself: reports about war are not political news +++
Pope Francis defends himself against criticism that his statements on the Ukraine war are political news. At the same time, the Vatican for the first time directly named Russia as the initiator of the war, which has been going on for more than six months now, according to a statement from the Holy See. “Regarding the large-scale war in Ukraine launched by the Russian Federation, the statements of the Holy Father Francis are clear and unambiguous,” the statement said. The war “must be condemned as morally unjust, unacceptable, barbaric, senseless, hateful and scandalous”. The head of the Catholic Church wanted to promote peace with his views. “The Holy Father’s words on this dramatic issue should be understood as a voice raised in defense of human life and the values associated with it, not as a political statement.”
+++ 10:03 pm Despite the risk: Zelenskiy plans a trip to the UN General Assembly in New York +++
Diplomats are preparing for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to attend a public debate at the UN General Assembly in New York in mid-September – his first known trip abroad since the start of the war. “We are ready for the visit of any representative, including the president,” said Anatoly Slenko, Ukraine’s spokesman for the United Nations. Zelenskyj was listed as a speaker on the previous list of the biggest UN event in mid-September – but Slenko insists this could change. It is “still unclear” whether the trip will actually happen. Security Council sources confirm that the Ukrainians plan to visit Zelenskyy at an annual gathering of dozens of heads of state and government. However, diplomats have also made it clear that any trip by the president could pose a grave risk to his life.
+++ 21:49 According to Russia, nuclear experts should stay in Zaporizhia for only one day +++
According to the Russian team, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to the Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia should last only one day. Experts “need to see how the plant operates in a day,” says Yevgeny Polisky, head of the Russian administration of the power plant town of Enerhodar. “The items you name become visible as you progress.” According to the agency Interfax, Polisky criticized the declared intention of 14 experts to look into the work of the nuclear power plant. The team, led by IAEA Director Rafael Croci, is set to begin its trip to southern Ukraine on Wednesday.
+++ 21:33 Gas saved by one of the five – BDI boss not winning, but a problem +++
PTI President Siegfried Rasswarm cautions against seeing the drop in gas consumption as a good sign. “In July, the industry’s gas consumption was 21 percent lower than the consumption in the same month last year, but beware of false conclusions,” he says. “This is often due not to efficiency gains, but to a dramatic drop in productivity. That’s not a victory, but the manifestation of a massive problem.”
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