According to Chancellor Olaf Schultz, Germany could do without Russian oil by the end of the year. One can do without Russian coal until the fall, the politician from the SPD said at the last election event of the SPD in North Rhine-Westphalia in Cologne. Getting out of coal “isn’t that easy, but it will probably work,” Schulz says. When it comes to oil, there are problems for refineries in East Germany associated with Russian oil pipelines. He adds that this is “likely to be done by the end of the year”, in light of the sixth EU sanctions package under discussion.
+++ 04:22 fewer and fewer Ukrainian refugees are arriving in Germany +++
According to Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Visser, the number of Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Germany is slowly declining. “It is still a major humanitarian effort to provide the best possible care to the women, children and elderly people who have fled. But at the moment only about 2,000 refugees from Ukraine arrive in Germany every day. In mid-March, the number was still 15,000 people a day,” it said. In an initial SPD-political report from the Rheinische Post “20,000 refugees now return home every day across the Polish-Ukrainian border. She assumes that the majority of people will return.”
+++ 03:51 Odessa mayor: Mariupol saves all of Ukraine +++
Ukrainian soldiers holed up in the Azovstal steel plant in the port city of Mariupol are the real heroes of the Odessa mayor. “In my opinion, Mariupol saved not only Odessa, but all of Ukraine,” Henady Trukhanov was quoted as saying by Unian. “Because this altruism that our army showed in Mariupol is a true example of heroism.” Although the port city of Odessa continues to come under frequent fire from Russian missiles, residents still feel relatively safe. “Because there (in Mariupol) it is no longer about life, but about death.” After weeks of fighting against the Russian attackers, the last defenders of Mariupol holed up in the Azowstal steel mills. The Russian army rejected Kyiv’s earlier attempts to withdraw freely, perhaps only because of the seriously wounded. Instead, the Russian military leadership demands the surrender of the defenders.
+++ 03:18 Kyiv: the war is now in the “third phase” +++
The Ukrainian leadership sees the beginning of the “third phase” of the Russian war of aggression and a long conflict connected with it. Victor Androsio, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, said on television on Saturday night that the “first stage” was an attempt to invade Ukraine “in a few days”. In the second stage, the Ukrainian troops were surrounded and crushed in several boilers. “And they didn’t do that either.” In the new “third stage” the Russian army prepared to defend the hitherto acquired lands. “It shows they want to fight a long war out of it,” Androsio said. The Russian government clearly believes that by prolonging the war, it can force the West to come to the negotiating table and thus force Ukraine to surrender.
+++ 02:28 Klingbeil: Russia will go back decades +++
The head of the Social Democratic Party, Lars Klingbeil, sees the political end of Kremlin President Vladimir Putin as a result of the Russian war against Ukraine. “I am convinced that this war will also mark the end of Vladimir Putin,” he told RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland, according to the initial report. Asked whether Putin would be ousted in his country, Klingbeil said: “The population will realize that Putin and his elites are responsible for the fact that this inhuman war in Ukraine will also cost their country prosperity, jobs and life prospects.” With this war, Putin isolated Russia. for years. And the country, which ranks eleventh in terms of economy, will suffer decades behind the sanctions.” Skilled workers are leaving the country by the thousands.
+++ 01:45 Zelensky: More pressure is needed on Moscow +++
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calls for more pressure from the international community on Moscow. “With each day of the war, global threats are increasing, there is a new opportunity for Russia to foment instability in other parts of the world, not only here in Europe,” he said in his daily video address. Meanwhile, he said, the men and women of Ukraine “who are doing their best so that everyone can live freely” are dying. Therefore, more pressure is needed on Russia.” However, there are countries where sanctions against Moscow are abolished or assistance to Ukraine is prohibited. No examples are given. It is now known that the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports and the war as a whole have caused a major food crisis “Actually, no one can predict today how long this war will last,” said Zelensky. “But we are doing everything we can to quickly liberate our country. This is our priority – working every day to shorten the war.” To do this, Ukraine needs the help of its partners.
+++ 00:58 Selenskyj adviser: “Russia has already failed in two villages” +++According to an advisor to the Ukrainian President Oleksiy Aristovich, the Russian military and economy are on shaky ground. According to Yunyan, Aristovich said that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s image of the “second largest indomitable army in the world” turned out to be really “fake”. The reality of the past few weeks showed a real picture of the combat capability of the Russian army: “It threatened to dismantle NATO, but actually failed in two villages in the Sumy region (in northeastern Ukraine).” An adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has also predicted what he believes is an imminent collapse of the Russian economy in the summer — by July or August at the latest in the event of a potential mobilization. He wondered if the Russian economy would be able to withstand this pressure. “There can be no sound economy in a country where everything is rotten,” Aristovich said.
+++ 00:20 Ukrainian military intelligence predicts victory by the end of the year +++
The head of Ukraine’s Military Intelligence, Kirillo Budanov, expects hostilities to continue for months. At the same time, in an interview with Sky News, he is sure that there will be a “turning point in the second half of August” and that the war will be over by the end of the year. Ukraine would then have regained all the lands, including Donbass and Crimea. According to him, nothing has changed in Russian tactics. Moscow continues to suffer heavy losses. “We know everything about our enemy,” he said. “We know their plans, mostly when they are laid out.” The strength of the Russian army is a legend. It is a “crowd of armed people”.
+++ 23:47 Ukraine explores agricultural shipping with the Baltic states +++
According to the Minister of Agriculture, Mykola Solsky, Ukraine is exploring the possibility of shipping agricultural exports through the Baltic states in talks with it. There are a few large ports there that are completely untapped because there are no transit cargoes from Russia and Belarus, Solsky said after a meeting with G7 agriculture ministers in Stuttgart. According to him, Latvia and Lithuania would be happy to cooperate with Ukraine. But there is a big problem, how should the goods get there.
+++ 23:15 Barbock defends Scholz’s phone call +++
According to Foreign Minister Annalina Barbock, the German government is trying in various ways to support Ukraine and end the war. “We are trying through all channels not only to help the Ukrainians to defend themselves, but also to increase pressure on the Russian president as much as possible so that this brutal bombing stops and the Russian forces withdraw,” she said on public radio. . In addition to humanitarian aid and military support, diplomacy will continue to be used. In order for the Ukrainian people to live in peace, freedom and security, the first thing to do is to silence the guns. “It is true and important that the chancellor made it clear once again to the Russian president today that this bombing of innocent people must stop immediately.”
+++ 22:23 The Klitschko brothers travel to the World Economic Forum +++
The war in Ukraine will be one of the dominant topics at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, has confirmed his presence in the Swiss Alpine town, according to the World Economic Forum. President Volodymyr Zelensky will join the conference virtually and deliver the opening address on May 23. Deputy Prime Minister Mishaglo Fedorov, five members of parliament, and Vladimir Klitschko, brother of the Kyiv mayor and head of the Klitschko Foundation, are expected to attend. “The world is going through a historic turning point, and this requires us to urgently and rapidly address the current geoeconomic and geopolitical challenges,” the World Economic Forum said.
+++ 22:06 He insulted Habek as a “warmaker” when he appeared +++
Economy Minister Robert Habeck has warned critics of Ukraine’s military support not to distort the reality of Russia’s aggressive war. “Anyone who denigrates those who help Ukraine as warmongers stands on the side of the killers,” the Cologne Green Party politician said at the conclusion of the Greens’ election campaign two days before the North Rhine-Westphalian state elections. “I have great respect for unconditional moral pacifism,” said Habek. But he came to a different conclusion. If you don’t help people who are fighting for their lives, who suffer rape and displacement, “at least you’re guilty, maybe he’s more guilty.” Demonstrators boycotted the whistles and trumpets of Habik’s speech. Among other things, they are called “warmakers”.
+++ 21:48 The negotiations on the liberation of fighters in Azovstal are difficult +++
According to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk, negotiations with Russia on the liberation of Ukrainian soldiers at the besieged Azovstal steel plants in the port city of Mariupol have proven very difficult. Vereshchuk does not give any details. “The outcome may not please everyone, but our job is to evacuate our soldiers. All of them. Alive,” she wrote in an online post.
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