Ukraine bar: Mariupol steel plant under heavy fire

10.03 am: Poll: mainly Ukrainian students in regular classes

According to a survey, schoolchildren who fled Ukraine in Germany mainly learn with schoolchildren from Germany and not in separate classes. In a representative survey of teachers at the Robert Bosch Foundation, 78 percent of those whose schools had already taken Ukrainian children or youth said they were studying wholly or partly in regular classes. Only 18 percent of those surveyed took lessons in so-called separate welcome classes.

9:44 a.m.: 44 bodies allegedly found after an attack in March

The bodies of 44 civilians were found under the rubble of a building destroyed by Russia in March in the city of Izyum, according to Ukrainian sources. Oleh Sinihopov, governor of the Kharkiv region, where the city is located, announced the figure on Tuesday. He said the five-story building collapsed while civilians were inside. “This is yet another horrific war crime committed by the Russian occupiers against the civilian population,” he said.

09:32: Several attacks in Luhansk region

According to Governor Serhiy Gaidai, there were 22 attacks in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours until Tuesday morning. The Russian armed forces bombed the area intensively on Monday. Sirens of air strikes were heard in several Ukrainian regions on Tuesday morning, including in Lukansk, Kharkiv and Dnipro.

09:11: Mariupol – At least 100 civilians in steel plants

According to the city administration, at least a hundred civilians and soldiers are waiting at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. But this does not mitigate the attacks of the Russian occupying forces on steel plants, the mayor’s employee, Petro Andryushchenko, wrote on Telegram.

08:52: Fighters want to continue defending Azovstal Steelworks

A Ukrainian gunman at the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol said the city would continue to defend it against a Russian attack. Valery Paditl, head of the border guards of the Donetsk region, said that the militants are doing everything possible to make the city’s defenders proud of the future. In his video address, which was published by the National Border Guard Service, he said that the militants included border guards, soldiers, members of the National Police and members of the National Guard.

8:42 am: Sweden – NATO membership will strengthen the defense of the Nordic countries

According to Swedish Defense Minister Peter Holtqvist, NATO membership in Sweden and Finland will enable joint defense planning within the alliance. If both countries join NATO, they can take advantage of each other’s strengths and advantages, fully complement each other and plan deployments. “If that’s the case, we’ll be stronger together,” he says on public radio. Sweden already has defense agreements with its neighbors to the north. On May 15, the ruling Social Democratic Party will decide whether to drop its opposition to NATO membership. Finland is also considering joining NATO. Denmark, Norway and Iceland are already in a military alliance.

8:14 am: Fighting intensifies in eastern and southern Ukraine

Fighting intensified in eastern and southern Ukraine on Tuesday, according to Ukrainian sources. The Ukrainian General Staff said that Russian forces in Donbass continue to prepare for advances in the Lyman and Severodonetsk regions. The Azov steelworks in the southern Ukrainian port of Mariupol will continue to attack with artillery and air. AFP journalists saw several trucks loaded with soldiers and heavy equipment leaving the city of Severodonetsk, one of the last strongholds of eastern Ukraine. This may indicate the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from parts of the front line.

7.47 am: Munich Re gains more despite Ukraine war burden

Reinsurance company Munich Re started the year with a little more profit despite the heavy burden of the Ukraine war. In the first quarter, shareholders generated a surplus of 607 million euros, up about 2 percent from a year earlier, the DAX Group announced on Tuesday. The company benefited from lower major claims, such as those from natural disasters. However, there were charges from the reductions on Russian and Ukrainian bonds: the net figure here was a minus of 370 million euros. In addition, Munich Re booked insurance losses of just over 100 million euros as a result of the Ukraine war.

06:18: The US Department of Defense confirms the deportation of Ukrainians

According to the US Department of Defense, it has indications that Russian forces are forcibly bringing Ukrainians into Russia. “I can’t say how many camps there are or what they look like,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday. “But we have evidence that Ukrainians are being brought to Russia against their will,” Kirby said. According to the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada, Lyudmila Denisova, “more than 1.19 million citizens, including more than 200,000 children, have been deported to the Russian Federation” since the beginning of the war. The information cannot be independently verified.

05:49: RIA – Russian embassies in Europe remain open

Russian embassies in Europe will not be closed, according to a report by the Russian news agency (RIA). “This is not in keeping with our traditions,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told the RIA news agency. “We believe that the work of diplomatic missions is important,” he added. Protesters flooded the Russian ambassador to Poland in red on Monday as he was about to lay flowers at a Soviet cemetery marking the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.

5 am: Selinsky hopes to join the European Union soon

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is hoping his country will be granted EU candidate status as early as June. He said this Monday evening in his daily video address. Hours earlier, about 1,000 pages of documents had been delivered to Brussels in response to the famous survey on EU membership. It usually takes months, but we got it done in a matter of weeks.

Zelensky said he spoke to both EU Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen about Ukraine’s European integration. Both were impressed by the quick response to the questionnaire. “I am pleased to hear from her (von der Leyen) that our speed will motivate the EU Commission to act with the same speed.” Positive response and candidate status for Ukraine is expected in June.

4.30 am: The head of the Bundestag calls for more speed when Ukraine joins the EU

Returning from Ukraine, Barbel Bass, President of the Bundestag, invited the country attacked by Russia to join the European Union soon. The Social Democratic politician said Monday night, on ZDF channel, that unlike French President Emmanuel Macron, she hopes “it won’t take decades”. Of course, other countries were also waiting for membership in the European Union. However, procedures and schedules must be accelerated in such a way as to result in a “real perspective”. Bass visited Ukraine at the weekend.

3:28 a.m.: Rheinmetall trainer: First Mardier tanks ready in three weeks

The Rheinmetall Armament Group wants to be able to deliver the first overhauled Marder armored personnel carriers within three weeks. Süddeutsche Zeitung CEO Armin Baberger said on Tuesday. “We are waiting for the government’s final decision. But there are currently enough countries that want these vehicles, not just Ukraine.”

The Bundestag had agreed to deliver heavy weapons to Ukraine at the end of April. However, the federal government maintains that information on individual weapon types such as Leopard main battle tanks or Mardier BMPs are not visible. “We started four weeks ago, although nothing concrete yet. So we’re doing it at our own risk,” said Baberger.

03:17: Japan announces more sanctions against Russia

Japan announced another round of sanctions against Russia. The government in Tokyo announced that the new measures envisaged freezing the assets of other people, as well as banning the export of Japanese high-tech products to Russian companies and scientific research institutions.

2:49 am: More attacks on Odessa

The Ukrainian city of Odessa continues to be the target of increased Russian attacks. According to Ukrainian information, hypersonic missiles landed there in the evening. At least one person was killed and five others were injured. This was reported by Unian, citing the local military command.

The city was shaken in the evening hours by several explosions caused by the fall of rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft defenses. According to media reports, a mall and warehouse were hit, among other things.

1:27 am: Wirtschaftsweiser warns of Russian gas cut off

Economist Achim Troger fears an economic slowdown if Russian President Vladimir Putin turns off the gas tap in Germany. “According to most calculations, ending gas supplies from Russia will lead to a deep recession. Half a million jobs may be lost,” says the Rheinische Post economist. German industry could “severe long-term damage”.

01:02: They are allegedly still civilians at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol

Contrary to reports of the complete evacuation of all civilians from the Azovstal plant in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, which was besieged by Russian forces, about 100 civilians are said to be still there. In addition, about 100,000 people remain in the hard-hit city, regional administration head Pavlo Kirilenko said Monday evening. “It is difficult to determine which of them wants to leave the city,” he was quoted by “Okrajinska Pravda” as saying.

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