9:09 am: President and Prime Minister of Finland for NATO membership
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin have come out in favor of their country joining NATO. In a joint statement, the two endorsed joining the Western military alliance. It is now expected that Finland will decide to apply for membership in the next few days.
09:03: Germany buys less Russian oil – but pays more
In the first month after the start of the war, Germany paid significantly more for imports from Russia. According to the Federal Statistical Office, total imports from Russia increased by 77.7% to 4.4 billion euros in March, despite Western sanctions. The reason for this is the increase in commodity prices. The most important imported goods were crude oil and natural gas, with a value increase of 56.5% to 2.4 billion euros – even though the quantity imported fell by 27.8%.
8:48 am: Bundeswehr transports injured Ukrainians to Germany
According to information from the dpa news agency, the Bundeswehr is on its way to a new evacuation flight to transport war-wounded Ukrainians from Poland to Germany. The Air Force A310 MedEvac special aircraft took off in Cologne in the morning. After picking up the injured in Poland, the craft is expected to land later in Frankfurt am Main. In recent weeks, seriously injured children and adults have repeatedly been flown to Germany for treatment in order to provide them with better medical care. The A310 MedEvac is the Air Force’s flying intensive care unit.
8:42 am: Siemens withdraws from Russia because of the war in Ukraine
The industrial group Siemens terminates its activities in Russia because of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. “We condemn the war in Ukraine and have decided to end our industrial activities in Russia as part of an orderly process,” CEO Roland Busch said. Siemens has already initiated the appropriate procedures to halt industrial operations and all industrial transactions. This means that one of the biggest German companies is ending its activities in Russia.
8:19 a.m .: EU warns of “threatening” cooperation between Moscow and Beijing
At a summit in Japan, EU leaders warned of the negative impact of Russia-China cooperation on the global community. Russia “is today the most direct threat to the world order with its barbaric war against Ukraine and its disturbing pact with China”, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
8:01 a.m .: Ukraine reports upsurge in attacks in the east
According to Ukrainian sources, the Russian armed forces have intensified their attacks in the east of the country and gained ground in some areas of the Donbass region. “The enemy is continuing its offensive efforts in the eastern area of operation with the aim of establishing full control over the Donetsk, Lugansk and Kherson regions and maintaining the land corridor to temporarily occupied Crimea,” the statement said. Ukrainian General Staff in its situation report. Russian attacks in the Donbass target the towns of Sievzherodonetsk, Liman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Kurakhove, as well as the already largely occupied Rubishne.
7:49 am: Secretary of State: No rapid independence from Russian gas
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics, Oliver Krischer, believes that Germany’s independence from Russian gas is unlikely. “We have come a long way with oil and coal, but it will take some time for gas because that is where the dependency is the greatest,” Krischer told Bayerischer Rundfunk. Krischer is not worried about an energy bottleneck in Germany: “We assume that the supply is not in acute danger.
7:30 am: Klitschko fears new attacks on kyiv
Despite the withdrawal of Russian troops from the kyiv region, Mayor Vitali Klitschko fears a new attack on the Ukrainian capital “at any time”. In a conversation with US broadcaster CNN, Klitschko did not even rule out the use of tactical nuclear weapons that night. kyiv remains the main target of the Russian army. “And as long as there is war in Ukraine, you can’t give any guarantees to a Ukrainian,” said the former boxing world champion.