Ukraine war in live tape
+++ 01:55 Open letter: EKD must freeze relations with the Russian Orthodox Church +++
Theologians and politicians have called for the Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD) to freeze relations with the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church due to its bias in the war of aggression against Ukraine. The open letter conveyed by Welt stated that the hierarchy of the Russian Orthodox Church with its “warlike legitimacy” and rejection of inalienable human rights creates a “spiritual and spiritual foundation for an authoritarian state power with revisionist and dictatorial features”. Since the war of aggression is being waged with their blessing, the Moscow leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church is “an essential part of the Russian war machine”. Early signers include the former chairperson of the Stasi Records Authority, Marian Bertler, former Thuringian Prime Minister Christine Lieberknecht, GDR civil rights activist Markus Mikl, and Petra Bahr, regional bishop of the Evangelical Church of Hanover.
+++ 00:58 “For life in freedom”: Baerbock provides long-term support to Ukraine +++
100 days after the war began, Secretary of State Annalina Berbuk pledged solidarity and more arms deliveries to Ukraine. In a guest article for the newspaper “Bild”, the politician from the Green Party wrote: “We will continue to support Ukraine. Until there are no more pochas. Until things are back to normal again for the people of Ukraine, so what of this is of course? For us: a life in freedom ” . Additional arms deliveries were also part of the support: “Putin is counting on perseverance – and on our exhaustion.” Bucha’s fate threatens every village. “That is why we have to continue to support Ukraine at the moment. Also with weapons, because Putin cannot be stopped with words.”
+++ 00:11 Thank you Selenskyj for the delivery of foreign weapons +++
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanks the United States and other allies for their recent pledges to deliver modern weapons. In his current video address, he mainly mentions HIMARS multiple missile launchers from the USA. “These weapons will really help save the lives of our people and protect our country,” Zelensky said. He also thanked Sweden, which on Thursday promised anti-ship missiles, among other things. The new sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia along with a wide-ranging oil embargo also helps. “The world has finally given up on Russian oil,” says the Ukrainian president. For Ukraine, Friday marks the centenary of the war imposed by Russia.
+++ 23:38 Habeck predicts major differences over the costs of the war +++
Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck expects a big social debate about the costs of war in the fall and winter. “We will see a significant increase in heating costs,” Maybrit Illner says on ZDF. “Whether political measures will then be enough to maintain social peace and a sense that things are fair in this country will be the crucial question in the fall and winter. I’m not entirely sure about that,” explains the question of whether Germany might lose momentum in support of Ukraine and sanctions against Russia. The aggressor. According to Habek, the longer the war lasts, the more usual effects could appear in this country. Other themes, including the German Bundesliga, can quell anger at Russian aggression and atrocities.
+++ 23:06 The Bundestag will vote on the historic rearmament on Friday +++
On Friday, the Bundestag decided to allocate €100 billion to the Bundeswehr Special Fund. This requires amending the Basic Law, which must be approved by a two-thirds majority in Parliament. So the Traffic Lights Coalition is counting on the union votes. Following the Bundestag’s decision, the Bundesrat will also vote on amending the Basic Law on Friday next week. Chancellor Olaf Schultz (Social Democratic Party) announced the special fund at the end of February after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It aims to eliminate the massive shortage of equipment in the German army. Plans include the acquisition of modernized F-35 fighter jets, new cruisers for the Navy, and successors to the Marder Infantry Fighting Vehicle and the Fuchs troop carrier.
+++ 22:33 The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia calls for technological independence for Germany +++
As a result of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Fust (CDU), has called for Germany’s future dependence on authoritarian regimes to be avoided. “For all goods and technologies important to the system,” says West, Germany should become independent after consulting with the prime ministers of the federal states. This applies not only to energy, but also to the health sector. Counsellor Olaf Schultz also participated in the deliberations.
+++ 22:17 The Russian Central Bank warns of high inflation +++
According to the Central Bank of Moscow, the recent slowdown in the rate of inflation in Russia may not be sustainable. According to a report from the Central Bank, inflation could rise again, because opposing one-off effects is less effective. There is more risk of higher inflation.
+++ 21:58 Chad declares a food emergency due to high food prices +++
Chad declared a state of emergency due to the rise in food prices as a result of the Ukraine war. The head of the ruling military council in the African country, Mohamed Idriss Deby Itno, points to the “continuous deterioration in the food and nutritional situation”, and warns of “the growing danger to the population” in the absence of humanitarian aid. As a result of the Russian attack on Ukraine, world grain prices rose sharply. The United Nations warns that 5.5 million people in Chad – more than a third of the population – may need humanitarian assistance this year. The World Food Program estimated in March that 2.1 million people in Chad would be affected by “severe food insecurity” by June.
You can read developments prior to the Ukraine war here.