Germany plans gas levy on consumers as Russia turns down supply
31 July 2022 | 12:35 pm
A new levy on gas consumers in Germany could cost households up to €1,000 a year. Germany's Economy Minister Robert Habeck said the move was not good, but was "necessary."
Analysts say Russia may be seeking to take over Ukraine's second largest city, Kharkiv. Meanwhile, Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskyy fired his head of state security and his prosecutor general. Follow DW for more.
The German Foreign Minister has called climate change the "greatest security challenge of all time" and stressed that is acts as a catalyst for other crises.
The US Department of Defense believes Russia is installing proxy officials in order to seize Ukrainian land. A bridge in the Russian-controlled Kherson region was reportedly damaged by shelling. DW rounds up the latest.
There are fears in Germany that Russia could try to destabilize Europe by not restarting gas supplies after Nord Stream's temporary halt. How is Germany preparing? How are households coping with this energy crisis? DW’s Thomas Sparrow has the details.
Germany's foreign minister told DW that Moscow's justification for focusing on territory beyond the Donbas does not stack up. She also said Berlin must not leave itself open to blackmail from other states.
US intelligence services have said Russia's military has lost 15,000 troops so far in its war on Ukraine. Meanwhile, the mayor of Ukraine's Kharkiv reported Russian shelling in the city. Follow DW for more.
Japan's Defense Ministry has said Russia's invasion of Ukraine could encourage China to act against Taiwan. Meanwhile, South Korea will ramp up military drills with the US.
The plan, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, allows Ukrainian ports to restart grain exports. A monthslong Russian blockade has pushed prices higher and threatened global food shortages.
Many were hoping the nation-wide rail pass would be extended in the face of rising energy costs. According to a recent poll, most Germans said they supported lower rail prices, subsidized by the government.
Ukraine and Russia have signed "mirror" deals which will allow Kyiv to resume exports of grain through the Black Sea. The agreement will allow millions of tonnes of grain, currently trapped in Ukraine by the war, to be exported.
Germany hosts more than 900,000 Ukrainian refugees, most of them women and children. While many want to return home, others say they plan on staying. DW spoke with two families in Cologne.
As the war enters its sixth month, the Ukrainian president vows his forces will "inflict the highest possible damage on the enemy." Russia said the Odesa strikes hit military installations. DW rounds up the latest.
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