9:37 am: Macron plans to visit Scholz
Re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will travel to Germany next Monday to meet Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The Elysée announced that defense and energy issues were on the agenda for discussions with the Chancellor.
09:29: Apparently dead and injured in the Donbass region
After the massive bombardment of several Ukrainian towns in Donbass, the local authorities report numerous civilian deaths and injuries. After a rocket hit Kramatorsk, 25 people were injured, nine houses, the school and objects of civilian infrastructure were damaged, said the head of the military administration of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, on his Telegram channel. According to Kyrylenko, Chasiv Yar, Mariinka and Avdiivka were also shot at. At least one person died in Chasiv Yar.
9:07 am: Ukraine reports new Russian attacks on Azov steel plant
According to the Ukrainian army, Russian troops again tried to storm the Azovstal steelworks in the port city of Mariupol. “With the support of the Air Force, the enemy renewed its attack with the aim of taking control of the plant site,” the Ukrainian General Staff said in its situation report.
8:58 am: Report: the President of the Lower Bundestag plans a trip to kyiv
According to a report from “The Pioneer” portal, Bundestag Chairman Bärbel Bas (SPD) is planning a visit to Ukraine this weekend. Bas may meet Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk in Kyiv on May 8, the portal reported, citing information from Ukrainian parliamentary circles. According to protocol, the President of the Bundestag is Germany’s second highest representative after Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
8:42 a.m .: SPD and CDU politicians believe Ukraine victory is possible
The politicians of the SPD and the CDU consider that a military victory of Ukraine against Russia is possible. “It’s not about Ukraine not losing, it can even win this war,” said Michael Roth (SPD), chairman of the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee, on ZDF. Russia’s brutal attacks are an “act of desperation”. CDU defense expert Roderich Kiesewetter makes a similar statement. Ukraine must not lose the war. If all goes well, she might even win this war, he says on Deutschlandfunk.
8:23 a.m .: Unexpected sharp drop in orders in German industry
In the first month after the outbreak of war in Ukraine, German industry suffered an unexpectedly sharp drop in orders. According to the Federal Statistical Office, companies received 4.7% fewer orders in March compared to the previous month. This is the biggest drop since October 2021. Experts polled by Reuters news agency had only expected a drop of 1.1%.
07:58: Ukraine reports the death of five civilians in Lugansk
According to the governor, five civilians have been killed by Russian fire in the past 24 hours in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk. The shelling focused on four towns, Serhiy Gaidai said.
7:53 am: According to the UN, more than 300 people have been rescued in Mariupol and other cities
According to the UN, more than 300 civilians have been brought to safety from Mariupol, which is besieged by Russia, and four other towns in the region. The people were taken to Ukrainian-held Zaporizhia, said Osnat Lubrani, the UN emergency relief coordinator for Ukraine. It was the second successful evacuation operation.
7:14 am: Welthungerhilfe calls for peace initiatives
In view of the growing number of hungry people due to supply bottlenecks caused by the war in Ukraine, Welthungerhilfe called for international peace efforts. African countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya in particular, but also Yemen and Pakistan are seriously threatened by grain shortages, said Welthungerhilfe general secretary Mathias Rogge. Conflict is the main driver of malnutrition, which is why the UN Security Council and the G7 countries must launch new peace initiatives.
6:57 am: SPD politician Dieren criticizes military armament
SPD member in the Bundestag Jan Dieren criticizes the military build-up in Germany and other countries. The task of the Social Democratic Party is to contribute to the peace order and reduce military violence, he told the epd news agency. “However, many parts of the world are being modernized and I fear that these weapons will then also be used.” This dynamic must be stopped, the sooner the better.
6:14 a.m .: According to Zelenskyy, evacuations in Mariupol are long
According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine is ready to secure a ceasefire in Mariupol. A longer ceasefire is needed to evacuate people. “It will take time to free people from cellars and underground bunkers.” Heavy equipment cannot be used to clear debris. Everything must be done by hand. The Russian military previously promised humanitarian corridors from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol from Thursday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CEST).
03:20: US intelligence apparently supports Ukraine in attacks on Russian generals
According to a newspaper report, the United States supported Ukraine in targeted attacks against Russian generals with intelligence findings. The Washington government has provided details of expected troop movements as well as the location and details of Russia’s mobile military command posts, writes The New York Times. Ukraine combined this information with its own to launch attacks that killed around 12 Russian officers, according to the newspaper.
2:43 a.m .: Ukraine considers relaxed ban on leaving the country for men
The ban on the departure of men of military age from Ukraine could be relaxed according to the considerations of the leaders of kyiv. “It is currently under discussion that certain categories of men should be allowed to go abroad, at least for a short period,” presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said. Among others, he named scientists or business people. However, the necessary change in the law will take time. This is a difficult moral, organizational and legal question in times of war.
01:37: The federal government wants to deliver self-propelled howitzers to Kyiv by the end of June
The federal government plans to deliver seven self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. According to information from government circles, the howitzers are currently being repaired and should be intact by the end of June, reports “Bild”. In the meantime, the ring exchange with Slovenia has been delayed. The Slovenians were supposed to deliver T-72 main battle tanks to kyiv in exchange for German Marder armored personnel carriers and Fuchs armored personnel carriers. But the Slovenian government apparently insists on delivering more modern tanks.
1:30 am: More than 600,000 Ukrainian refugees in Germany
According to a recent assessment by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf), more than 600,000 people have fled from Ukraine to Germany since the start of the war. From the end of February to the end of April, 610,103 people from Ukraine have been registered so far, reports the Funke media group based on Bamf statistics. Thus, approximately 69% are girls and women and 31% boys and men.
01:11: Official visit to the Kremlin in Mariupol
Deputy head of the Russian presidential office Sergey Kiriyenko visited the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, which was almost completely conquered. This was reported by the head of the separatist republic of Donetsk, Denis Puschilin, on Telegram. Former Russian Prime Minister Kiriyenko organizes Russian domestic politics in the Kremlin for President Vladimir Putin. According to the information, he visited the steel plant in Ilich and the port of Mariupol. In the other Azovstal steelworks, the Ukrainian defenders are still resisting the Russian attacks.
01:11 am: Sweden: the United States ensures its protection during the process of joining NATO
According to government information, Sweden has received certain security guarantees from the United States in the event of the process of joining NATO. “They would mean that Russia may be aware of any type of negative activity against Sweden that they have threatened to do, the United States would not let that happen … without a reaction,” the secretary of state said. Ann Linde. “However, there are no concrete security guarantees, you can only get them as a full member of NATO.”