Kretschmer to Bucha: ‘Officials must go to court’
In a conversation with aides to Ukraine, the head of the government of Saxony found clear words about the Bucha massacre. He says how the care of refugees should be improved.
Dresden. According to the Prime Minister of Saxony Michael Kretschmer (CDU), those responsible for the atrocities in the Ukrainian city of Bucha should be tried before a war crimes court. This was stated by the Head of Government during a meeting with representatives of Ukrainian aid on Monday in Dresden. “These atrocities must be resolved,” he added. Examples from war-related trials in Yugoslavia in the 1990s show that such a court is powerful enough to “punish even such atrocities”.
Pictures of dead civilians spread from the city over the weekend. Ukraine blames Russian forces. Moscow denies that such acts did not take place before the soldiers left Bucha.
Regarding those who fled to Saxony, Kretschmer emphasized that he wanted the people to be housed in “real apartments” and not in the primary reception facilities. But this is complicated. Many civil society representatives criticized the “Ukrainian Aid” complex bureaucracy, for example when it comes to work and social affairs. In addition, communication between the federal state and municipalities is often complicated. Kretschmer asserted that the state government formed the Ukraine Committee at the start of the war. This takes care of issues such as insurance, driver’s licenses and childcare for refugees. “We’re dealing with a crisis,” Kretschmer said. It is difficult to achieve the ideal state of help, but it should be given “as far as possible”.
Bewers: The situation in kindergarten is ‘manageable’
Social Affairs Minister Petra Köpping (SPD) has promised a support program for aides. There should be up to 1,500 euros for initiatives and clubs so that rooms can be rented for language lessons, for example. “It would be of great help to the area,” Copping said, referring to rural areas. In addition, they want to open an existing support program for volunteers, so that helpers of Ukraine can also receive support of 40 euros, for example travel expenses.
Andre Jakob, director of the district council, noted that in the 10 regions of Saxony, no refugees were accommodated in gymnasiums. According to many tour participants, in some regions and large cities there is an allowance of five euros per day for individuals hosting Ukrainians.
According to Education Minister Christian Bewartz (CDU), the situation in kindergartens is currently “controllable”. The ministry sent a letter to youth welfare offices, according to criteria that could be relaxed, for example in terms of group size, in order to care for refugee children. To date, 2,200 Ukrainian students have been registered through the online portal of the Ministry of Education of Saxony, and 680 students have already been assigned to a school. Saxony has created 400 temporary positions for teaching by Ukrainian speakers, and 60 positions have been filled so far. The goal is to teach refugees their own language – but also to teach German.
Refugees want to work
The head of the State Directorate, Regina Krauchard, said that in the five weeks after the start of the war, about 7,000 Ukrainians sometimes took refuge in Saxony. But some left for another country after only one day.
A representative of an aid association noted that there were still refugees in Saxony, for example from Afghanistan. They also need more support. Picked up by Kretschmer. He was skeptical of the idea, advocated by some state leaders, that benefits to Ukrainians would be funded in the future through the Federal Social Security Act rather than the Asylum Seeker Benefits Act.
Several assistants requested someone to contact the administration for each district or for each of the three major cities of Saxony. Kretschmer was open about this. Interior Minister Roland Wöller (CDU) indicated that work could also be started with the help of the so-called fictitious testimony. Ukrainian aid representatives emphasized that the refugees wanted to work, but that it took time for the paper to be released. With the certificate, foreigners prove their temporary right of residence.
Meanwhile, the question of whether Ukrainian youth could train in Saxon sports clubs was resolved. Kretschmer said the refugees are insured. He emphasized that all this assistance costs money. “In the end we will be richer in Saxony,” Kretschmer added. Help is helpful. (dpa)