Ukraine war on live ticker
+++ 05:02 Zelenskyj: Russia wants bogus independence referendum on occupied territories +++
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of seeking to hold a bogus independence referendum in the Kherson and Zaporizhia areas south of Moscow. Therefore, he calls on residents of the occupied territories not to provide any personal data, such as the passport numbers that the Russian Armed Forces ask for. “It’s not just about conducting a census,” he warns in his evening video speech. “This is not about sending you any kind of humanitarian aid. When the order to conduct this joke comes from Moscow, it is really about a fraud called the referendum in your country,” said the Ukrainian president.
+++ 04:18 Mariupol Meyer: Public lives are in Putin’s hands +++
According to Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko, the Russian president is in the hands of the 100,000 civilians trapped in the port city: “It is still important to understand that the lives of the people there are in the hands of one person. Protests continue, with President Volodymyr Zhelensky saying in a video message that the city will continue to oppose Russia, “no matter what residents say about them.”
+++ 03:11 Federal Government announces 37 million for reconstruction in Ukraine +++
The central government wants to provide about 37 million euros for the reconstruction of Ukraine. According to “Augsburger Allgemeine” 22.5 million euros will go to the construction of the power grid, which was largely destroyed by the Russian attacks, and another 12.4 million euros to build apartments for internally displaced persons. So two million euros has been set aside for medical equipment. “My ministry has reallocated funds for this through an emergency plan,” said Svenja Schulz, the newspaper’s Central Development Minister.
+++ 02:28 Ukraine: Russian troops occupy 42 positions in Donetsk +++
Russian troops have occupied 42 cities in the eastern Donetsk region within 24 hours, according to the Ukrainian presidential office. In total, Russian units currently control more than 3,500 locations across Ukraine, according to the union agency. There are combat operations in 11,550 locations across the country. On Thursday, the Ukrainian side claimed that 80 percent of Donetsk’s neighboring region of Luhansk was bordered by Russia and was now under Russian control.
+++ 01:45 Hofreiter fears the war will last months +++
Anton Hofreiter, chairman of the European Commission, fears that war with Russia could escalate beyond Ukraine. “Because of Putin’s criminal war, we must be prepared for the fact that Russia’s war of aggression will continue for months,” Funky, a Green politician, told the Press Council. “By delaying the energy embargo and supplying the necessary weapons, this war could drag on for a long time and Putin risks attacking other countries.” Hofreiter again urges the immediate supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine. “The problem is that Putin’s offensive in eastern Ukraine has already begun. New weapons from the West must be delivered as soon as possible because large chunks of existing Soviet and old Russian goods have already been shot down.”
+++ 01:23 UNHCR: Ukraine war worsens refugee situation worldwide +++
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been monitoring the situation of refugees around the world since the war in Ukraine. “The conflict has exacerbated the situation of about 84 million displaced people on earth, after food became already scarce and significantly more expensive worldwide,” said Roland Bank, UNHCR office manager in Germany. Funky Media Group. Millions of people would have lost their livelihoods due to epidemics and economic crises. Now food prices have risen everywhere, sometimes drastically.
+++ 00:58 Russia is not ready for a ceasefire on Orthodox Easter days +++
Russia has rejected plans for a ceasefire during the Orthodox Easter holiday. This was stated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zhelensky in his nightly video message. “But we still have hope. Hope for peace, hope that life will triumph over death,” Zelenskyj said. On Tuesday, the UN. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Major Archbishop Sviadoslav Shevzuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church called for a ceasefire over the coming Easter weekend, and Pope Francis joined in the appeal. Orthodox Christians are the largest religious group in Ukraine.
+++ 00:06 Green demand from Scholes about arms distribution +++
Sarah Nanny, spokeswoman for the Greens’ security policy in Puntestock, is calling on President Olaf Scholes to position himself more clearly on the issue of arms exports to Ukraine. “We need clarity from the Chancellor on what the priorities are and how decisions are made,” Nanny told the German editorial. It should be clear whether we offer everything or have restrictions. “It builds a lot of confidence.” According to Nanny’s account, the Greens will also agree to provide tanks from Germany. “We must be willing to export anything we use to protect ourselves.”
+++ 22:54 Ukraine war blocks IMF report +++
The International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s six-month ministerial meeting did not make a joint statement for the first time. “Russia’s war on Ukraine has failed to reach a consensus,” said Nadia Calvino, Spain’s finance minister and chair of the IMF’s steering committee. But he has the “majority” support of 189 members. Finance ministers and central bankers have called for an end to the war in Ukraine and expressed concern about the global economic impact. The war against Moscow and numerous sanctions jeopardize the economic recovery from the corona epidemic. Russia’s invasion of neighboring countries has skyrocketed food and energy prices around the world and has already triggered rising inflation. As a result, the IMF significantly lowered its growth forecast for the world economy.
+++ 22:33 International defense ministers want to discuss war in the Rhineland-Palatinate +++
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is scheduled to meet with colleagues from several countries next week on the war in Ukraine at the U.S. Ramstein Air Force Base in the Rhineland-Palatinate. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the meeting would take place next Tuesday. NATO countries are not the only ones invited, he said. One objective of the meeting is the lasting security and sovereignty of Ukraine. It should be about Ukraine’s security needs beyond the current war.
+++ 22:17 US: Mariupol not captured by Russia +++
The United States has said Ukrainian forces continue to control parts of the besieged southern city of Mariupol. U.S. State Department spokesman Nate Price says the “media show” hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his defense minister may be another case of Russian misinformation. Earlier, in a televised meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Putin congratulated the Russian military on the “successful end of the war to liberate Mariupol”.
+++ 21:58 Selenskyj estimates hundreds of billions of dollars in damage +++
According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyj, Ukraine needs about 6.5 billion euros a month to make up for its economic losses as a result of the war of Russian occupation. In addition, Zelenskyj told the World Bank’s International Donor Conference in Washington that “Ukraine will then need hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild everything.” Russian forces have destroyed infrastructure, schools, universities, hospitals and countless homes and apartments in Ukraine. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that Ukraine will initially need $ 5 billion each over the next two to three months to guarantee the operations of the government and key government agencies.
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