The war against Ukraine: this is the situation

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The war against Ukraine: this is the situation

A man removes chairs from a house destroyed by the bombing.

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After a week-long siege of the steelworks of Mariupol, more Ukrainian fighters surrendered. In Germany, Chancellor Schulz promised help in a government statement. Current developments:

Kyiv / Berlin. As the fighting continues in Ukraine and hundreds of soldiers from the steel mills in Mariupol surrender to the Russian attackers, Chancellor Olaf Schultz promised more defensive assistance.

On Thursday night, President Volodymyr Zelensky prepared his countrymen for a war that could last for months. Schulze promised Kyiv more support for this, but at the same time accused him of not putting the sayings into practice.

Hundreds of other Steelworks fighters surrendered

After weeks of siege, more than 770 other Ukrainians were detained at the Azovstal site within 24 hours, Moscow announced Thursday. Since the beginning of the week, 1,730 Ukrainian fighters have surrendered – what happened to them is not so clear as how many people are still hiding in steel mills. Initially, there was no information from the Ukrainian side. Kyiv hopes that Moscow will agree to exchange Ukrainian soldiers for Russian prisoners of war. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has registered several hundred fighters from the factory who are now prisoners of war.

Kremlin spokesman: Ukrainians in the occupied territories must decide

According to the ideas of the Kremlin, the people in the areas occupied by Russian forces in Ukraine should decide their future. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that the will of the people is important, Interfax news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. “Nothing can be done without them deciding for themselves how and with whom they should continue to live.” Peskov commented on Moscow politicians who said about the occupied Kherson lands that Russia came there to stay.

Shultz pledges support to Ukraine and its citizens

Schultz promised to continue support for Ukraine, which was attacked by Russia, as well as the Germans. He defended the arms deliveries in a government statement: “Helping a country that has been brutally attacked to defend itself is not an escalation. It is a contribution to repelling the attack and thus ending the violence as quickly as possible.” Opposition leader Friedrich Merz (CDU) criticized in the Bundestag that despite Scholz’s assurances, “virtually nothing has been delivered”.

NATO chief believes in rapid expansion in the north despite Turkish veto

Despite Turkey’s temporary veto, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was convinced that Sweden and Finland would quickly be accepted into the military alliance. “I am confident that we can come to a quick decision to welcome Finland and Sweden into the NATO family,” he said at a joint press conference with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed his rejection of the northern expansion of the alliance.

G7 ministers agree on alliance for food security

Due to the grain shortage caused by the Ukraine war, the G7 development ministers agreed on an alliance for global food security. This aims to ensure financing and close coordination of food security measures. Russia blocks wheat shipments from Ukraine on which many countries depend, especially in Africa and Asia. “There is a risk of starvation because Putin is using hunger as a weapon,” German Development Minister Svenja Schulz (Social Democratic Party) said.

Director Serebrenkov against boycotting Russian culture

At the Cannes Film Festival, director Kirill Serebnikov spoke out against the boycott of Russian culture. He can understand that people are demanding this in light of the war. “But I don’t accept that,” he said. He described the war as a “complete disaster”. But boycotting Russian culture is not the right way, because it is “in the air” and “in the clouds”, that is, independent of current politics.

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