On Thursday night, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi prepared his compatriots for a war that would last for months. Scholz promised Kyiv further support for this, but at the same time was accused of not putting words into action.
Gerhard Schröder loses some privileges as former chancellor because of his relations with Russia – and he is threatened with further trouble from Brussels. The NATO countries are trying to dissuade Turkey from its opposition to the admission of Sweden and Finland into the military alliance.
Hundreds more fighters surrender at the Steelworks
After weeks of siege, more than 770 other Ukrainians were arrested on the Azovstal site within 24 hours, Moscow announced on Thursday. Since the beginning of the week, 1,730 Ukrainian fighters have surrendered – what happened to them is just as unclear as the number of people who are still holed up in the steelworks.
Initially, there was no information from the Ukrainian side. Kyiv hopes that Moscow will agree to an exchange of Ukrainian soldiers for Russian prisoners of war. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had registered several hundred fighters from the plant who are now prisoners of war.
Kremlin spokesman: Ukrainians in occupied territories should decide
According to the Kremlin’s ideas, the people in the areas occupied by Russian troops in Ukraine should determine their own future. The will of the people there is crucial, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, according to the Interfax agency. “Nothing can be done without them deciding how and with whom they should continue to live.” Peskov commented on Moscow politicians who had said about the occupied territory of Kherson that Russia came there to stay.
Scholz pledges support to Ukraine and its own citizens
Scholz promised continued support for Ukraine, which was attacked by Russia, and also for the Germans. He defended the arms deliveries in a government statement: “Helping a country that has been brutally attacked to defend itself is not an escalation. But a contribution to repelling the attack and thus ending the violence as quickly as possible. » Opposition leader Friedrich Merz (CDU) criticized in the Bundestag that despite Scholz’s assurances, “practically nothing” had been delivered.
Schröder loses privileges – EU Parliament wants sanctions
The Budget Committee of the Bundestag decided that Gerhard Schröder would have to relinquish some special rights as former Chancellor. His office will be closed and the staff deployed elsewhere. Schröder, who is considered a confidante of Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin and who recently defended Russia, is allowed to keep his pension and personal protection. The EU Parliament wants to impose sanctions on the 78-year-old, according to a resolution adopted by a large majority. Brussels criticizes Schröder’s ongoing work for Russian state companies.
NATO chief believes in rapid northern expansion despite Turkey’s veto
Despite Turkey’s temporary veto, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was convinced that Sweden and Finland would be quickly admitted to the military alliance. “I am confident that we will come to a quick decision to welcome Finland and Sweden to the NATO family,” he said at a joint press conference with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan underscored his no to the alliance’s northern expansion.
G7 ministers agree on alliance for food security
Because of the grain shortage caused by the Ukraine war, the G7 development ministers agreed on an alliance for global food security. This is intended to ensure financing and close coordination of food security measures. Russia is blocking ship shipments of wheat from Ukraine, on which many countries, especially in Africa and Asia, are dependent. German Development Minister Svenja Schulze said: “There is a risk of famine because Putin is using hunger as a weapon.”
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Director Serebrennikov against boycott of Russian culture
At the Cannes Film Festival, director Kirill Serebrennikov spoke out against a boycott of Russian culture. He can understand that people are demanding this in view of the war. “But I don’t accept that,” he said. He described the war as a “total catastrophe”. But a boycott of Russian culture is not the right way, because it is “in the air” and “in the clouds”, i.e. independent of current politics.