DUkrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the German people to accept the consequences of the sanctions against Russia. “Sometimes it’s better to help someone else and endure a short period of deprivation than to sit at home watching TV and doing nothing, just letting the problem knock on your door,” Kuleba told “Bild TV” on Saturday evening.
He stressed that Ukraine had offered a fair deal: “Give us everything we need and we will contain Russia and defeat it in Ukraine so that it never knocks on your door.”
Kuleba reiterated that his country is not ready for agreements with Russia that would leave Ukrainian territory in the hands of the attackers. “There is nothing wrong with a ceasefire if it was the first step towards a solution where Ukrainian territory would be liberated,” he said.
“But we will not accept that there is a partial separation of the territory.” The government in kyiv “will not allow diplomacy to simply prolong our suffering and simply postpone the next phase of the war”.
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02.05 – the convoy from Mariupol arrived in Zaporizhia
A large convoy of cars and vans arrived safely in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhia with refugees from Mariupol. The refugees first had to leave Mariupol on their own and make their own way to Berdyansk, about 80 kilometers further west. From there they were taken to safety in rescue vehicles 200 kilometers from Zaporizhia. An aide to the mayor of Mariupol previously said the convoy included between 500 and 1,000 cars, making it the biggest evacuation operation of the city since the Russian invasion on February 24.
1h58 – President Selenskyj: CES 2023 will be held in Ukraine
Following Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that he wants to hold the contest in his country next year. “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe! Next year, Ukraine will host Eurovision! For the third time in our history,” Zelenskyy told the Telegram news channel on Sunday morning. He believes that this will not be the last victory.
Zelenskyj also spoke about the call of the Kalush Orchestra group to the ESC to save the port city of Mariupol, besieged by Russian troops. “We are doing everything so that one day Ukrainian Mariupol will welcome Eurovision participants and guests. A free, peaceful, rebuilt!” Zelenskyy wrote.
“I thank the Kalush Orchestra for the victory and all those who voted for it! I am convinced that our victorious agreement in battle with the enemy is not far off. Zelenskyy assumes that Ukraine will win the war against Russia which began on February 24. “Glory to Ukraine!” said Zelensky. Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said he was already thinking about the venue in Ukraine.
It is uncertain whether Ukraine can really host CES next year. Currently, Ukraine cannot host such a competition due to martial law in the country. This means that no major events are allowed; and night curfews apply. Ukraine is the victim of a war of aggression by Russia, which is excluded from the CES due to the invasion, which violates international law. The end of the war is not in sight.
01:28 – Ukrainian television: Common victory for the country at war
In Ukraine, the victory of the group Kalusha Orchestra at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin was greeted with euphoria. “This is our common victory for our Ukraine. This is a victory in memory of all those who perished,” state television host Timur Miroshnychenko said on Sunday evening, referring to Russia’s war of aggression against the country. “We are winning on the musical plan and…” said the presenter, then his voice broke and he cried.
It is uncertain whether Ukraine can really host CES next year. No ESC can currently take place in Ukraine due to martial law in the country. This means that no major events are allowed; and night curfews apply. Ukraine is under attack by a war of aggression from Russia, which is excluded from the CES due to the invasion, which violates international law. The end of the war is not in sight.
00:17 – Zelenskyy: The situation in the Donbass is very difficult
According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the situation in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass remains “very difficult” for Ukraine. Russian troops tried to show “at least some victory there,” Zelenskyj said in his daily video address on Sunday evening. It looks “particularly crazy” on the 80th day after the invasion. Russian troops focus their attacks on eastern Ukraine after failing to advance towards kyiv. Selenskyj was confident: “Step by step, we are forcing the occupiers out of our country.”
Zelenskyy linked support for Ukraine to the global food supply. Ukraine is one of the main suppliers of wheat. Zelenskyy said that more and more countries understand that by blockading Ukrainian ports and continuing the war for dozens of countries, Russia could trigger a food market crisis or even a famine.
During a conversation with US senators around Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday in Kyiv, he called for Russia to be classified as a terrorist state, Zelensky said.
10:00 p.m. – Award-winning film about the war in eastern Ukraine
A film about the war in eastern Ukraine has won first prize at the famous Doc.fest in Munich. For the documentary “Trenches”, French director Loup Bureau accompanied Ukrainian soldiers in the Donbass region in the fight against Russian-backed separatists, the film festival announced on Saturday. It shows how they tried to lead a reasonably normal daily life between explosions and enemy attacks.
According to the justification of the jury, only the commitment of Loup Bureau was worthy of a prize. But “Trenches” is also a magnificent film that documents daily life in the trenches with great respect and without artifice. According to the organizers, the first prize of the festival is endowed with 10,000 euros.
From May 4 (to May 15) in Munich cinemas, Dok.fest presented 124 films from 55 countries, including Germany, Spain, South Africa, Poland, Scandinavia, Canada and United States. It opened with the documentary film “Navalny”, which deals with the poisoning of Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny and its aftermath. Four films from Ukraine could also be seen.