Alice Schwarzer Criticizes Selinsky: “Don’t Stop Provoking”

DrWomen’s rights advocate Alice Schwarzer would like to see more moderate tones from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “I regret that Silinsky does not stop provoking,” she told dpa in Munich on Saturday while presenting the documentary “Alice Schwarzer”.

If Chancellor Olaf Schultz accepted Zelensky’s invitation and traveled to Kyiv on May 9, it would be a “provocation like no other”. On that day, Russia celebrates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Schwarzer has been in the headlines for days because of an open letter to Schulz in which she spoke out against the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine for fear of escalating the war with other intellectuals.

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“I would also like to see more subtle tones from Ukraine,” Schwarzer said, stressing that if you find the president’s official policy “partly questionable,” it doesn’t mean you don’t feel about the country or ignore the victims — “on the contrary.”

With the open letter in Emma magazine, also signed by Martin Walser, Julie Zeh and Gerhard Bolt, controversy erupted about the pros and cons of arms delivery in this country. According to surveys, half of the population of Germany is critical of the delivery of heavy weapons.

“Our open letter has removed the cork from the bottle. As a result, the discussion is really starting now, and that’s fine. Because you have to talk about such vital issues.” About 250,000 people have signed the letter now. “There is little in my life that has been as meaningful as starting this open letter.”

All events in the live broadcast tape

12:31 a.m. – Schulze calls for biofuels from food

In light of the food crisis, Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulz (SPD) is pushing for an end to food use of biofuels. Nobody wants to be responsible for fueling world hunger. “We should stop putting food in the tank – whether it’s wheat, palm oil, rapeseed or corn,” Schultz told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

The situation is “extremely tragic” due to Corona, severe drought and the Ukraine war, and food prices have also risen by a third globally. “We are threatened by the largest famine since World War II and the deaths of millions.” 4.4 percent of the fuel is food and feed. “That should be reduced to zero – not only in Germany, but as internationally as possible.”

12:05 am – Minister of Development: an additional 63 million euros for Ukraine

The Ministry of Development has again halved emergency humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. “It is important to me that Germany not only supports Ukraine militarily, but makes life more bearable for people,” Minister Svenja Schulz told Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “We have now increased the emergency program for Ukraine from 122 million to 185 million euros. This will restore the supply of drinking water and rebuild destroyed apartments, schools and kindergartens.”

She added: “Other departments are offering more and we will do more as well. As the bombs are no longer falling, Germany will contribute billions to the reconstruction. My ministry is already preparing for this.”

00:01 – Zelenskyj: Evil has not been defeated once and for all

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has complained about the destruction of cultural assets in Ukraine by Russian forces. In a video speech Saturday evening in Kyiv, Zelensky said that in the two-and-a-half-month war of aggression, 200 cultural heritage sites were targeted. As an example, the missile hit the Museum of the important Ukrainian poet and philosopher Hryhory Skovoroda (1722-94) in the Kharkiv region the night before.

“Unfortunately, when people ignore the rights of others, disregard the law and destroy culture, evil returns,” Zelensky said. That is why Ukraine defends its people, cities and museums against Russia. On Sunday and Monday, the world commemorates the victory over National Socialism in World War II. But the Russian approach shows that “it is impossible to defeat evil once and for all.”

11:48 pm – Britain has pledged another 1.5 billion euros in military aid to Ukraine

Britain is giving Ukraine 1.3 billion pounds (about 1.5 billion euros) in military aid, according to the government. This nearly doubles the amount promised so far. Britain has so far sent anti-tank missiles, air defense systems and other weapons to Ukraine. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will also meet with representatives of leading defense companies in May to discuss a possible increase in production.

10:59 pm – Moscow: 205,000 Ukrainian children brought to Russia

According to the Russian military, 1.16 million people have been brought to Russia from the disputed areas of Ukraine since the end of February. On Saturday, the Moscow Defense Ministry announced that 205,000 of them were children. Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said that since Friday alone, 18,580 people, including 1,840 children, left Ukraine for Russia.

Russia sees this as saving civilians threatened by fighting in Ukraine and the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Kyiv accuses Moscow of kidnapping people against their will and preventing them from moving to Ukrainian-controlled territory.

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