Ukrainian War in the live ticker: Interest in the Bundeswehr has increased enormously

  • 08:30: ➤ Interest in the Bundeswehr has increased enormously since the war in Ukraine
  • 6:00 am : Campino doubts his own conscientious objection
  • 04:45: Zelenskyy signs law banning pro-Russian parties

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➤ Interest in the Bundeswehr has increased enormously since the war in Ukraine

Since the start of the Ukrainian War, German interest in the Bundeswehr has grown considerably. “At the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the number of investigations increased enormously,” a Defense Ministry spokeswoman told newspapers from the Funke media group. According to this information, around 1.5 million more visitors visited the bundeswehr.de website in March compared to the same month last year. A peak of nearly 4.1 million page views was reached.

Reportedly, there were nearly three million page views in April. The ministry’s website bmvg.de was visited four times more often in February and March than in the same months of the previous year. In April, the number of page views was still twice as high as in April 2021.

According to the report, the ministry has seen a similar development on social media. Since the start of the war, around three million people have been contacted via Facebook, twice as many as in the same period last year. Since the beginning of the war from February 24 to May 1, the number of videos viewed on the YouTube channel has increased to around 25 million (same period in 2021: around 17 million). Video playback time doubled to 1.2 million hours.

The situation in brief:

Since February 24, Russia has been waging a war of air and ground aggression against Ukraine. Shortly before, President Vladimir Putin questioned Ukraine’s right to exist as an independent state and recognized the so-called people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

Since then, the Ukrainian army has been fighting the invaders as best it can. Thousands of dead are reported on both sides, but the exact number of soldiers and civilians has not been independently verified. The fact is that the humanitarian situation in Ukraine is getting worse every day. According to the UN, more than 6 million people have fled Ukraine (as of May 13), mostly women and children, as men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country.

The EU and the United States reacted with sanctions. They also supply arms to Ukraine, and Germany also supports the country with arms deliveries. Ukraine is also to receive Gepard-class tanks from Germany. So far, it has been ruled out that NATO will actively intervene in the war.


The areas of Ukraine occupied by Russian troops with the location of the steel plant in Mariupol. (Warning: This infographic will be updated regularly)

© dpa infographie GmbH

On the first weekend of April, images of the corpses of scores of civilians in the small town of Bucha near kyiv sparked international outrage. Ukraine speaks of serious war crimes and genocide and blames Russian troops for it. Despite numerous indications, Moscow denies having been involved in the civilian deaths. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that negotiations with Russia must continue.

According to a Ukrainian statement, a long-prepared large-scale offensive by Russia in eastern Ukraine began on April 18.

Other news of the day:

Campino doubts his own conscientious objection

6:00 am : In view of the war in Ukraine, the rock singer Campino (59, “Days like these”) currently feels “as if the world is collapsing on us” – and is therefore testing old principles. For example, the question of military service: “I personally refused military service in 1983. I probably wouldn’t do this today, under these circumstances, if I had my project now”, said the leader of the group Die Toten Hosen im Interview by the German Press Agency in Berlin.

“We are just learning in an impressive way why an identity as Europeans is so important and why we have to be a community of values,” said musician with his real name Andreas Frege, a politically leftist and Greens voter. “Unfortunately, it also has something to do with rearmament. We can’t afford to be completely defenseless against despots, like Putin, who is living out old fantasies of power. You can only stop a man like that. ‘he also respects the opposite side.’

At the same time, it is “a dramatic tragedy, because all this money that we will spend on armaments in the future, we could damn well use for our social system, nurseries, schools, public infrastructure and finally and above all the fight against climate change”. The singer admitted to being at a loss because of the global situation, but also pointed out: “We can all afford to be uncertain, even the smartest people can’t give us a recipe on how to proceed right now. .”

His mission as a musician is clear: “Despite the tense social situation, it is important that we humans preserve our sanity and find moments of happiness,” said Campino, whose punk rock band – one of the most performers from Germany – celebrated its 40th anniversary. anniversary from the end of May with a new record and a tour. “And I hope that as a group we can help create such moments with our music.”

Ukraine

The dpa and AP news agencies published photos from inside the Asovstal steelworks in Mariupol. They were picked up by the Azov regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine – according to the agencies on May 10.

Ukraine’s foreign minister expresses skepticism over ceasefire

05:01: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba expressed skepticism about a ceasefire with Russia. “There is nothing wrong with a ceasefire if it is the first step towards a solution where Ukrainian territory is liberated,” Kuleba said in an interview with Bild TV on Saturday evening. “But we will not accept that there is a partial separation of territory.” He stressed, “We are ready for diplomacy, but we will not allow diplomacy to simply prolong our suffering and simply postpone the next phase of the war.”

Zelenskyy signs law banning pro-Russian parties

04:45: Parties that support the war of Russian aggression should soon be able to be banned in Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a law passed in early May, the Ukrainian parliament announced on its website on Saturday. The law will enter into force one day after its official publication.

For example, the ban aims to hit parties that justify or deny Russia’s war against Ukraine. As early as March, the Ukrainian authorities stopped the activities of nearly a dozen parties allegedly linked to Russia. Russian troops invaded Ukraine in February.

Mariupol

The war in Ukraine is now entering its eighth week. Since then, the port city of Mariupol has been besieged by the Russian military – planned evacuation corridors have repeatedly failed. Records from Mariupol show conditions in the hard-fought city.

Selenskyj: ESC will be held in Ukraine

01:59: After Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, President Volodymyr Zelenskyj is overjoyed and 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 the Ukrainian Mariupol welcomes the participants and guests of Eurovision. 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 the battle with the enemy is not far away.” Zelenskyy assumes that Ukraine will win the war against Russia which started 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 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.

You can find the reports on the May 14 war in Ukraine here

With material from dpa, AFP

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