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Due to a lack of paper – the start of social assistance for Ukrainian refugees on June 1 is in danger

Frank Stocker

“A wall filled with notices of wanted people from Mariupol”

Thousands of people from the besieged city of Mariupol are still missing. WELT reporter Ibrahim Naber reports from a refugee shelter in Zaporizhia. There the people of Mariupol look for their friends and relatives.

According to the district council, since the authorities lack special paper, they cannot issue the necessary certificates for social assistance to refugees. Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg demands that Turkey be approached. More in the live ticker.

DDistricts see problems in implementing the right to Hartz IV benefits for refugees from Ukraine. The start of social assistance from June 1 could fail due to bureaucracy.

The reason for this is a lack of special paper, explains district council chairman Reinhard Sager to the newspapers of the “Funke Mediengruppe”. “The Federal Printing Office is currently unable to provide sufficient sample tamper-proof documents on which immigration authorities issue their fictitious certificates.”

The certificates serve as proof for an application for a residence permit. “It may seem anachronistic, but it’s happening in 2022.” The Pôle emploi should temporarily be able to recognize other certificates from immigration offices.

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5:20 a.m. – UK fish and chips industry groans under Ukraine crisis

National dish in danger? According to a trade association, British fish and chips are suffering huge difficulties because of the war in Ukraine. As the National Federation of Fish Fryers (NFFF) informed the German Press Agency on Tuesday, many snack bars could soon be on the verge of collapse.

The background is that the availability of the four ingredients of Britain’s national dish suffered from the Russian attack and its aftermath. Until now, fish and chip shops got half of their sunflower oil from Russia or Ukraine. Flour for breading was also largely imported from Ukraine. The prices of both have risen sharply since the start of the war.

2:01 a.m. – Unicef: War in Ukraine exacerbates child malnutrition

According to UNICEF, the war in Ukraine is exacerbating the problem of severe malnutrition among children. “Even before the war in Ukraine, many families struggled to feed their children due to conflict, climate shock and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Catherine Russell, Executive Director of the UNICEF. Now there are additional problems. Ukraine, considered the breadbasket of Europe, can export much less grain because of the war, among other things.

According to Unicef, at least ten million children in the world already do not receive the food supplements they need to survive. The cost of these additional foods will therefore increase by up to 16% over the next six months, as the prices of important ingredients would skyrocket. This could prevent an additional 600,000 children a year from accessing lifesaving treatment.

00:45 am – Humanitarian organizations criticize the European double standard for Ukrainian refugees

The president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Francesco Rocca, accused the Europeans of treating Ukrainian and African refugees unequally. “Yes, there are double standards,” Rocca said at a United Nations press conference in New York on Monday. While millions of people from Ukraine are welcomed with open arms, this does not apply to people from Africa.

“Those fleeing violence and seeking protection should be treated the same,” he said. “Ethnicity and nationality should not be decisive factors in saving lives.”

00:17 am – The United States and Greece praise their partnership in the Ukrainian crisis

US President Joe Biden considers the partnership with Greece more important than ever given the Ukraine crisis. Biden said so on Monday during a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the White House in Washington. Russia’s war in Ukraine is also about the threat to democracy posed by autocrats, he stressed, pointing to democratic values ​​shared by the United States and Greece. Mitsotakis said relations between the two countries were “at an all-time high”. This applies not only to military cooperation, but also to trade and investment.

Greece recently extended a military cooperation agreement with the United States for five years. The United States uses several military bases in Greece, from where the American army can operate both in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, and also bring equipment to the Ukrainian border.

11:44 p.m. – Zoff on NATO expansion north: Stoltenberg calls for Turkey to be approached

In the fight for Turkey’s approval of Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called for Ankara’s demands to be taken seriously. “Turkey is a valuable ally and all security issues must be resolved,” Stoltenberg said Monday evening after talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. “At this historic moment, we must stand together.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Cavusoglu had repeatedly accused Finland and Sweden of supporting the Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK, which Turkey is fighting, and the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria. There are also criticisms that NATO countries have restricted the delivery of armaments to Turkey due to Turkey’s actions against these groups.

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