After more than two months of war in Ukraine, peace seems elusive. Selinsky discusses Ukraine’s war with the Group of Seven.
- diplomatic efforts: Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, meets again with the G7 countries.
- 74 days war: The conflict in Ukraine continues unabated.
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+++ 10.30 am: In a touching video address from the hard-hit Kyiv suburb of Borodinka, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky drew parallels between the German invasion of World War II and the current Russian invasion. “In Ukraine, they staged a bloody re-Nazi,” Zelensky said of the Russian attack on Ukraine in a black and white video in front of the wreckage of an apartment building. A fanatical imitation of the regime’s ideas, actions, words and symbols. A comical and honestly detailed exposition of his bestial acts and excuses that are supposed to give this villain a sacred purpose.”
He accused the Russian leadership of removing “never” from the anti-war slogan “never again” with its February 24 attack and replacing it with the slogan “we can do it again”. Since the invasion began, he said, the Russians have repeated many Nazi atrocities, albeit under different slogans. Commemorating the end of World War II, Zelensky recalled the contribution of the Ukrainian people to the victory of the anti-Hitler coalition.
Diplomacy in the Ukraine War: Bundestag President Bass arrives in Kyiv
+++ 09.10 am: Bundestag President Purple Bass arrived in Kyiv on Sunday, where she plans to participate in the commemoration of the end of World War II in Europe 77 years ago. The politician of the Social Democratic Party is the second highest representative of the Federal Republic after the Federal President, and therefore the most important German politician to visit Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian War of Aggression. It comes after an invitation from the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stevanchuk.
Scholz and Zelenskyj discuss Ukraine’s war with the G7
Update from Sunday, May 8, 7 a.m.: Chancellor Olaf Schultz (Social Democratic Party) will hold a video conference (5 pm) on Sunday with the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven. It deals with current issues and in particular with the war in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will also participate and report on the situation in his country.
This is the third exchange of heads of state and government of the seven leading industrialized countries since Germany assumed the presidency of the Group of Seven at the beginning of the year.
Ukraine war: Will Olaf Schulz travel to Kyiv on Monday? Zelensky warns the West
+++ 1 pm: president Volodymyr Zelenci invited Chancellor Olaf Schultz to Kyiv on May 9. At an event hosted by London think tank Chatham House, the president said Schultz could take a “very strong political step” and come to the Ukrainian capital on May 9. In response to the call, a Federal Government spokesperson referred to the Chancellor’s appointments that were already known. This includes the inaugural visit of French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday 9 May. “The day before, the Federal Chancellor, his colleagues in the G7 and the President of Ukraine will discuss the situation in Ukraine via a video link on the occasion of the historic anniversary of the end of the world war,” the spokesman said.
For weeks there was a quarrel between Kyiv and Berlin because the visit of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was not desired. Schulz previously described the discharge as an obstacle to his journey. On Thursday (May 5), Steinmeier and Selinsky removed the anger in a phone call. Then Shultz announced that Secretary of State Annallina Barbuk would travel to Kyiv.
Volodymyr Zelensky’s fleece jacket sells for $110,000 at auction
+++ 9.50 am: A fundraising event to support Ukraine was held in London. Prime Minister Boris Johnson also participated in the “Courage Ukraine” campaign. During the ceremony, a woolen jacket belonging to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sold for 110 thousand dollars. In his speech, Johnson described Zelensky as “one of the most wonderful leaders of the modern age”.
Volodymyr Zelensky sets conditions for peace talks with Russia
First report on Saturday 7 May: Kyiv – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke again about possible peace negotiations with Russia in the Ukraine war. If these operations resume, Zelensky said, Russian President Vladimir Putin will first have to meet a number of conditions.
According to Zelensky, before the start of hostilities in the Ukraine war, Russian forces will have to completely withdraw to the positions they occupied more than two months ago. This is the “minimum”, Zelensky stressed. According to the US news portal Newsweek, the Ukrainian president said on Friday that his country is not ready to cede its territory to Russia. Ukraine has a “bright future” ahead of it, and the “atrocities committed by Russian forces” will not change that.
Negotiations in the Ukraine war: Selinsky does not want to become president of a “mini-Ukraine”.
Volodymyr Zelensky did not want to give up hope for an early peace with Russia, or at least a temporary ceasefire. For this purpose, the “integrity of the borders” of Ukraine must be restored. Abandoning regions, for example in the east of the country where the fighting has suffered so hard, is not an option for Russia. “I was elected by the Ukrainian people as the president of Ukraine, not as the president of a mini-Ukraine or anything like that,” Zelensky said.
But the Ukrainian president also stressed the need to reopen recently closed diplomatic channels between Russia and Ukraine. But even for this, the “security of the situation before February 23” must be restored. On February 24, Russian forces invaded Ukraine. It is also important that Russia no longer impedes the evacuation of the Azovstal steel plants in Mariupol.
Zelensky warns western Russia: ‘They will come and arrest you’
For the West, consisting mainly of the European Union and the USA, Volodymyr Zelensky had a clear warning ready: “If Ukraine falls, God forbid, it will [die russischen Truppen] come to you too. Maybe in a few years or a generation. But they will come and take you.”