Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked Germany to continue supplying arms to Kyiv and to tighten up the planned eighth package of EU sanctions against Moscow. "On the subject of defense, I underlined our expectation of a missile defense system from Germany - thank you for your willingness to help with air defense," said Zelenskyj on Wednesday in his daily video address after a phone call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). The EU's new package of sanctions was also discussed during the meeting. "As of today, there is still something to add to the eighth package of sanctions," he demanded.
In addition to the Scholz phone call, during which, according to Selensky, the alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline was discussed, the Ukrainian President reported on other talks - and thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his mediation in the prisoner exchange and military cooperation . He thanked US President Joe Biden for the new military aid of over 1.1 billion dollars.
Despite the sham referendums in the regions occupied by Russia, Ukraine will not accept territorial losses and will reconquer its territory. He once again called on the Russian soldiers in Russian to flee - or to surrender. This is the only way they could save their lives, said the 44-year-old.
The Ukrainian government is pushing for more financial aid from the international community and tightening of sanctions against Russia. "Reconstruction has already started with Ukraine's funds, but our budget under the conditions of war cannot finance all expenses alone, so we urgently need the support of Western partners," Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal told the newspapers of the Funke media group. Just to restore vital infrastructure, $17 billion would be needed this year and next. He also advocates further tightening of sanctions against Russia. "To be honest, it's a disgrace that there are still large corporations in the West operating in the Russian Federation." Frozen Russian assets in Europe, the US, Britain, Canada, Japan and other countries should be confiscated. "These assets should become the basis for the long-term reconstruction of Ukraine, not the money of German and European taxpayers."
According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the gross domestic product (GDP) in Russia fell by 4.1 percent in August compared to the same month last year. According to the authority, economic output fell by 4.3 percent in July. In the first eight months, GDP shrank by 1.5 percent year-on-year, the ministry said.