DrWomen’s rights advocate Alice Schwarzer would like to see more moderate tones from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “I regret that Silinsky does not stop provoking,” she told dpa in Munich on Saturday while presenting the documentary “Alice Schwarzer”.
If Chancellor Olaf Schultz accepted Zelensky’s invitation and traveled to Kyiv on May 9, it would be a “provocation like no other”. On that day, Russia celebrates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
Schwarzer has been in the headlines for days because of an open letter to Schulz in which she spoke out against the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine for fear of escalating the war with other intellectuals.
“I would also like to see more subtle tones from Ukraine,” Schwarzer said, stressing that if you find the president’s official policy “partly questionable,” it doesn’t mean you don’t feel about the country or ignore the victims — “on the contrary.”
With the open letter in the magazine “Emma”, also signed by Martin Walser, Julie Zeh and Gerhard Bolt, the debate over the pros and cons of arms delivery in Germany flared up. According to surveys, half of the population of Germany is critical of the delivery of heavy weapons.
“Our open letter removed the cork from the bottle. As a result, the discussion is really starting now, and that’s fine. Because you have to talk about such vital issues.” “There is little in my life that has been as meaningful as starting this open letter.”
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05:07 – Minister: Ukrainian pilots are learning to fly western planes
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov wants Ukrainian Air Force pilots to be trained on Western combat aircraft soon. This is already being negotiated, Resnikov said, according to information broadcast by Ukrainian television on Sunday. It’s time for the Ukrainians to master the American A-10 Thunderbolt ground attack aircraft, for example. As other types, it was called the American F-15 and F-16 combat aircraft, as well as the Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen.
As Reznikov said, Ukrainian soldiers are already being trained by Britain in anti-aircraft weapons and artillery systems. He cited the Starstreak anti-aircraft missile as an example.
4:00 am Gezi flight to Ukraine in exchange for German arms shipments
At the end of a multi-day trip to Ukraine, left-wing foreign politician Gregor Gyzy spoke up against German arms shipments to the country attacked by Russia. “We killed 27 million people in World War II in the Soviet Union, most of them Russians,” Gezi told the German news agency DPA. “Ukrainians killed in second place, followed by people of other nationalities.” Germany must not arm one former Soviet republic against another. The 74-year-old said, of course, that Ukraine had the right to defend itself and import weapons.
It is not important for Germany to decide how to end the war, Gezi said. If the Ukrainian government wants to compromise with the Kremlin, the federal government cannot prevent it. I can only hope that Russia and Ukraine will agree to a ceasefire as soon as possible.”
At the same time, Gezi criticized the Kremlin in clear terms: “I’m done with the Putin regime,” but also stressed that there will be Russia after the current President Vladimir Putin. So it is wrong to burn all the bridges.
12:31 a.m. – Schulze calls for biofuels from food
In light of the food crisis, Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulz (SPD) is pushing for an end to food use of biofuels. Nobody wants to be responsible for fueling world hunger. “We should stop putting food in the tank – whether it’s wheat, palm oil, rapeseed or corn,” Schultz told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
The situation is “extremely tragic” due to Corona, severe drought and the Ukraine war, and food prices have also risen by a third globally. “We are threatened by the largest famine since World War II and the deaths of millions.” 4.4 percent of the fuel is food and feed. “This should be reduced to zero – not only in Germany, but as internationally as possible.”
12:05 am – Minister of Development: an additional 63 million euros for Ukraine
The Ministry of Development has again halved emergency humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. “It is important to me that Germany not only supports Ukraine militarily, but makes life more bearable for people,” Minister Svenja Schulz told Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “We have now increased the emergency program for Ukraine from 122 million to 185 million euros. This will restore the supply of drinking water and rebuild destroyed apartments, schools and kindergartens.”
She added: “Other departments are offering more and we will do more as well. As the bombs are no longer falling, Germany will contribute billions to the reconstruction. My ministry is already preparing for this.”
00:01 – Zelenskyj: Evil has not been defeated once and for all
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has complained about the destruction of cultural assets in Ukraine by Russian forces. In a video speech Saturday evening in Kyiv, Zelensky said that in the two-and-a-half-month war of aggression, 200 cultural heritage sites were targeted. As an example, the missile hit the Museum of the important Ukrainian poet and philosopher Hryhory Skovoroda (1722-94) in the Kharkiv region the night before.
“Unfortunately, when people disregard the rights of others, disregard the law and destroy culture, evil returns,” Zelensky said. That is why Ukraine defends its people, cities and museums against Russia. On Sunday and Monday, the world commemorates the victory over National Socialism in World War II. But the Russian approach shows that “it is impossible to defeat evil once and for all.”
11:48 pm – Britain has pledged another 1.5 billion euros in military aid to Ukraine
Britain is giving Ukraine 1.3 billion pounds (about 1.5 billion euros) in military aid, according to the government. This nearly doubles the amount promised so far. Britain has so far sent anti-tank missiles, air defense systems and other weapons to Ukraine. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will also meet with representatives of leading defense companies in May to discuss a possible increase in production.
10:59 pm – Moscow: 205,000 Ukrainian children brought to Russia
According to the Russian military, 1.16 million people have been brought to Russia from the disputed areas of Ukraine since the end of February. On Saturday, the Moscow Defense Ministry announced that 205,000 of them were children. Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said that since Friday alone, 18,580 people, including 1,840 children, have left Ukraine for Russia.
Russia sees this as saving civilians threatened by fighting in Ukraine and the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Kyiv accuses Moscow of kidnapping people against their will and preventing them from moving to Ukrainian-controlled territory.