Ukraine news +++ More than 90,000 Ukrainian children in German schools +++

sSince the beginning of the Russian war of aggression, more than 90,000 students from Ukraine have been absorbed into German schools. “This is a tremendous achievement for which I am very grateful,” Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark Watzinger (FDP) said of the Rheinische Post. According to the report, the German Teachers’ Association estimates that there are currently as many as 50,000 school-age Ukrainian children in Germany who have not yet attended school.

The Minister of Education said that Ukrainian children and youth need not only security, but also perspective. They received this through rapid integration into kindergarten and school, as well as supplementary offers in their own language. Stark Watzinger emphasized that the goal should be “a good balance between integration into our education system and the preservation of Ukrainian identity”.

The head of the German Teachers’ Union, Heinz-Peter Medinger, also told the newspaper that a certain return movement to western Ukraine and the area around the capital Kyiv is already being observed in schools. For this reason, children are increasingly withdrawn from German lessons. “However, the flow is still greater than the return movement,” he said.

Medinger also spoke in favor of the “Flexible Multi-Track Education Concept”. This should be followed by the option of permanent integration and the approach that refugees want to return after a short time.

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10:10 – Russia: destroyed warehouses with military equipment from the United States and Europe

According to Russia, it destroyed a large warehouse with military equipment from Europe and the United States. The Russian Defense Ministry said the camp was located near the Pohodokhiv train station in the Kharkiv region. During the night, 18 Ukrainian military facilities were bombed, including three ammunition depots in Dachen near the city of Odessa.

9:49 am – Over 90,000 Ukrainian children are in German schools

Since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression, more than 90,000 students from Ukraine have been absorbed into German schools. “This is a tremendous achievement for which I am very grateful,” Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark Watzinger (FDP) said of the Rheinische Post. According to the report, the German Teachers’ Association estimates that there are currently as many as 50,000 school-age Ukrainian children in Germany who have not yet attended school.

The Minister of Education said that Ukrainian children and youth need not only security, but also perspective. They received this through rapid integration into kindergarten and school, as well as supplementary offers in their own language. Stark Watzinger emphasized that the goal should be “a good balance between integration into our education system and the preservation of Ukrainian identity”.

09:16 – City Council: A Russian missile sets fire to the National Museum of Ukraine

Ukrainian sources reported that a Russian missile hit a national museum near the border. The city council said on Facebook that the Museum of Life and Work of the Poet and Philosopher Grigorios Skovoroda in Skovorodinivka in the Kharkiv region has caught fire.

9:12 am – For the first time, the UN Security Council has called for a peaceful solution

The UN Security Council called for the first time for a peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine. All UN member states must resolve their disputes by peaceful means, according to a statement adopted Friday after a two-minute session in New York.

Russia did not veto the statement of the most powerful body in the United Nations. Since the war began on February 24, Russia has blocked all 15-member Security Council resolutions on the war in Ukraine.

08:25 – Great Britain: The war burdens Russian units

According to British Military Intelligence, it is clear that the war in Ukraine affects some of the most modern and competent units of the Russian Armed Forces. In a report on the situation on Twitter, the British Ministry of Defense wrote that at least one Russian T-90M tank, the newest Russian tank, was destroyed during the fighting. The best-equipped Russian units have about 100 T-90Ms in service, including those in Ukraine.

5:14 a.m. – CDU defense expert makes approval of special funds dependent on structural reforms

The deputy chair of the Union Parliamentary Group, Johann Wadfull (CDU), has described structural reforms as a condition for the union’s approval of the planned €100 billion special fund to strengthen the German army. Wadfall told German Editors Network (Saturday/Saturday editions) that the union would only agree to a special fund “if Parliament also undertakes to guarantee the necessary funding for the Bundeswehr on a permanent basis”.

This should happen in the Federal Armed Forces Financing Act, “If You Don’t Want a Constitutional Regulation.” Investments should only be made in the sustainable structures of the Bundeswehr. The German army must “once again become an armed force that can effectively defend Germany and the Allied region”. Therefore, new concepts are urgently needed.

03:25 am Germany helps solve war crimes

Now specialists from the Federal Bureau of Criminal Police (BKA) are assisting in the investigation of suspected war crimes against civilians with knowledge and equipment. According to a preliminary report, the Federal Ministry of the Interior confirmed, at the request of the newspaper “Bild”, that the first forensic materials were on their way to Ukraine. The BKA’s forensic scientists are said to help examine bodies and provide training on the job at crime scenes. For security reasons, this should initially be done “in Germany or in a country neighboring Ukraine”.

02:47 am – Rosatom wants compensation for failed order in Finland

The Russian power plant builder Rosatom is demanding compensation from Finland for the failed order for the Hanekevi 1 nuclear power plant. Rosatom is also ready to build a nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki, about 500 kilometers north of Helsinki. “In the meantime, we have no choice but to defend ourselves and claim compensation for this unlawful termination of contract,” she said in a Friday statement.

Finnish customer Fennovoima justified the cancellation on Monday with increased delays at Hanhikivi 1. Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine increased the project’s risks. Rosatom noted that delays are not uncommon in a large project of this nature. The Finnish side is partly responsible for this. According to Russian information, the construction of the nuclear power plant, which will cost seven billion euros, should begin as planned at the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023.

23:50 – Ukraine is working to find a diplomatic solution for the defenders of Azovstal

According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine is working on a diplomatic solution to rescue defenders who are waiting at the besieged Azovsteel steel plant in the port city of Mariupol. Mediators and influential countries are involved in these efforts, Zelensky says in his nightly video message. He did not give details.

23:41 Biden announces the delivery of more weapons to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden announced the delivery of more weapons to Ukraine. On Friday, Biden said the United States had provided Ukraine with “additional artillery ammunition, radars and other equipment.” A senior US government official estimated the value of this arms package at $150 million.

Biden called on Parliament to quickly approve more arms shipments. “Congress must quickly provide the funds needed to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.” The funds approved so far are “almost exhausted”.

The United States has already pledged more than $3 billion in military aid to Ukraine since the start of Russia’s war of aggression on February 24. Congressional approval is required for additional funds. Basically, there is bipartisan support for it in the US House of Representatives. However, Biden demanded an unprecedented $33 billion.

11:39 p.m. – Zelensky calls on Ukrainians to be careful: ‘This is your life’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, due to fears of air strikes on Russia’s Victory Day, called on his country’s citizens to be especially disciplined. “I ask all our citizens – especially these days – not to ignore the state of air alert,” the head of state said Friday in his evening video address. “Please, this is your life, the life of your children.”

Ukrainians must strictly comply with the orders of the authorities and adhere to the local curfew. Zelensky said that it is forbidden to enter the forests occupied by the Russian army due to the danger of mines.

Next Monday, May 9, Russia celebrates the Soviet Union’s victory over Hitler’s Germany in World War II. In Ukraine, there are fears that Russia may be planning particularly violent attacks on Ukraine on D-Day. A curfew lasting several days is said to be in place in some cities near the front.

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