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German justice is investigating Russian war crimes in Ukraine

Alleged war crimes in Ukraine also employ the German judiciary. “We have successfully tried Syrian war criminals here. We are now following this pattern, “Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) told Phoenix television on Saturday. The Attorney General is currently providing relevant evidence.

“A structural investigation procedure where evidence is obtained and it is also decided who has already started what crimes he has committed,” Buschmann said. Accordingly, testimonies are taken and photos and videos are collected and viewed.

Buschmann asked refugees from Ukraine who were witnesses or the victims themselves to report to the German authorities. “It is important that we obtain as much information as possible as soon as possible, then identify the criminals and, if we detain them, bring them to justice in Germany,” the FDP politician said.

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08:21 – UK: Ukraine reflects numerous Russian attacks

According to British information, Ukrainian forces this week repulsed numerous Russian attacks along the line of contact in the Donbas region in the east of the country. Despite some Russian gains in the territory, Ukrainian resistance is strong on all fronts and has caused significant losses to the Russian armed forces, the British Ministry of Defense said on Twitter from a regular situation report of military intelligence.

“The low morale of Russian troops and the limited time to recover, rearm and reorganize forces after previous offensives are likely to limit Russia’s combat effectiveness,” the status report said.

07:59 – Ukraine: Russian generals are killed in the attack on the command post

The Ukrainian army claims that it destroyed the Russian command post in the city of Kherson. The southern Ukrainian city was captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the war. Ukrainian military intelligence said the command post was hit on Friday, killing two generals and seriously injuring one.

In an online interview, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s aide, Oleksiy Arestovych, said that at the time of the attack, there were 50 top Russian officers in the command center. According to him, her fate is unknown. The Russian military did not comment on Ukrainian data, which could not be independently confirmed.

07:44 – Zelensky: Russia covers the killing of civilians in Mariupol

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenský, new evidence is accumulating about the killing of thousands of civilians in Mariupol by Russian soldiers and subsequent attempts at cover-up. He said Ukraine had intercepted Russian talks about “covering up traces of their crimes.” Stallite images seem to show mass graves being dug in cities west and east of the port city of Mariupol in the Azov Sea.

Zelensky said the Russians had set up “filter camps” near the city for those who wanted to leave Mariupol. The city is largely destroyed. He said those who survived the camps were sent to areas under Russian control or to Russia, often to remote areas such as Siberia or the Russian Far East. Many of those affected are children, he said.

07:36 – Eight dead in Russian attacks in the Luhansk region

According to the authorities, eight people were killed in Russian attacks in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk on Saturday. This was announced on social networks by the regional governor, Serhiy Gaidaj.

06:51 Blinken and Austin’s visit: Selensky expects concrete results

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expects concrete results from a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin in Kiev. He said this at a press conference on Saturday. The Ukrainian side does not expect “just gifts or any cake, we expect certain things and certain weapons,” he explained. The talks are scheduled for (today) Sunday, Zelensky said. The White House declined to comment on Saturday.

This would be the first high-level US visit to Kiev since the Russian invasion on February 24. During his March visit to Poland, Blinken briefly stepped on Ukrainian soil to meet with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytrom Kuleba. Zelenskyj last met with a senior US official on February 19. At that time, he met with Vice President Kamala Harris in Munich.

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03:20 – UN chief Guterres travels to Ankara before visiting Moscow and Kiev

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Ankara on Monday to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Guterre’s deputy spokeswoman, Eri Kaneko, announced this at a press conference on Saturday. UN chief Martin Griffiths said on April 18 that Turkey was a valuable partner in humanitarian talks between Ukraine and Russia. Guterres will go to Moscow for a meeting on Tuesday and to Ukraine on a Thursday.

01:04 – Poland has so far supplied Ukraine with weapons worth 1.5 billion euros

Poland has supplied Ukraine with 1.5 billion euros in arms since the beginning of the Russian attack. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced the amount of seven billion zlotys after Saturday’s meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Denys Schmyhal in Krakow. “This equipment saves Ukrainian, Polish and European sovereignty,” he said.

According to Polish sources, Warsaw sent to Ukraine, among other things, anti-tank missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, mortars, ammunition and drones. According to the Polish media, 40 tanks and about 60 armored personnel carriers were also delivered to the neighboring country. The government has not yet officially confirmed this.

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00:48 – OSCE concerned about staff captured in eastern Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says it is concerned about staff detained in Donbas in eastern Ukraine. The organization in Vienna on Saturday evening announced that Ukrainians in the region are cooperating with international observers from the OSCE.

Deirdre Brown, a British representative to the OSCE, said on Friday that Russian forces had captured OSCE personnel. In addition, OSCE staff in Donbas are threatened by pro-Russian separatists.

“The OSCE is using all available channels to secure the dismissal of its staff,” the organization said. Due to the sensitive situation, the OSCE refused to provide any details about the prisoners.

At the end of February, the OSCE decided to temporarily end its mission in the face of the Russian invasion and evacuate its unarmed international team. The main task of the observers was to monitor the ceasefire line between state troops and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

00:45 – Ukraine talks about forced recruitment in the occupied territories

Ukraine accuses Russian troops of forced conscription in the occupied territories. In addition to young people, doctors in the Kherson, Zaporozhye and Kharkiv regions are particularly affected, Ukrainian military intelligence wrote on Facebook on Saturday. For example, medics from the city of Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region were forced to treat Russian soldiers at the front under threat of execution. The information could not be independently verified.

In the Zaporozhye region, the Russian army and secret service agents were looking for people of military age, and military intelligence continued. They say they should strengthen Russian troops.

In its Saturday update on the situation in Ukraine, the British Ministry of Defense emphasized that any military service of the occupied territories violated the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War.

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00:30 – Poll – Most confirm Scholz’s bad job

The Social Democrats continue to lose favor during the ongoing debate on heavy arms supplies to Ukraine. According to Insa’s opinion trend for “Bild am Sonntag”, according to the SPD’s preliminary report, this week will be the 24th for …