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Ukraine-News: ++ SPD politicians irritated by statements about Buch ++

Former mayor of Düsseldorf Thomas Geisel (SPD) criticized the blog over the war in Ukraine over the weekend.

Geisel wrote about war crimes in the Ukrainian city of Bucha near Kiev: “According to Ukrainian information, 410 civilians fell victim to the atrocities in Buča. Of course, every civilian victim of war is a tragedy and there are too many of them. But does Ukrainian genocidal rhetoric ultimately not war on the war crimes of Srebrenica, My Lai and Babiyaru (Babyn Yar), to name just a few, and perhaps also the night bombing in Dresden, which allegedly killed 30,000 people?

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A blog post entitled “Enough, Mr. Melnyk”, which was published a few days ago, provoked criticism over the weekend – after Ukrainian Ambassador Andrij Melnyk, among others, responded on Twitter.

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CDU politician Ruprecht Polenz has previously tweeted: “First Schröder, then Schwesig, now Geisel. I would consider it impossible for the leading SPD politician, as the former mayor of Düsseldorf, to comment in this way on the Russian offensive war against Ukraine.

Geisel was mayor of Düsseldorf from 2014 to 2020. In 2020, CDU politician Stephan Keller was elected mayor.

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17:22 – London calls for more support from Ukraine and Germany

According to the British government, Germany and France could do more to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian forces. “It would be good to see more of France and also of Germany,” Oliver Dowden, minister without portfolio and leader of the Conservative Party, told Sky News on Sunday.

Given the intensification of Russia’s offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine, the West must further increase pressure on Moscow. “The West needs to react again, and we intend to,” Dowden said. “We all want it, but it would be good to see more of France and also of Germany.”

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16:26 – Ukraine – Even today there is no escape corridor from Mariupol

According to the Ukrainian government, the establishment of an escape corridor from Mariupol has failed. Another attempt should be made on Monday, said Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to work on Mariupol’s escape corridors and ceasefire during his visit to Moscow next week.

16:17 – Zelensky consults with Erdogan on the evacuation from Mariupol

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has discussed efforts to evacuate civilians from Mariupol with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After Sunday’s phone call on Twitter, Zelensky wrote that he emphasized the importance of saving the people of the southern Ukrainian port city immediately.

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This also applies to the Azosvstal steelworks, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol. Zelensky also pointed out that the phone call came from Erdogan before he was to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

15:39 – Column in Lahr against discrimination of Germans from Russia

A pro-Russian convoy of cars with about 100 vehicles drove through Lahrem, home to thousands of late resettlers from the former Soviet Union. A police spokesman said about 100 people gathered at the train station in the town in the district of Ortenau on Sunday. According to the organizer, the protest was directed against “discrimination against Germans from Russia, for peace, against war.”

The meeting took place calmly, said a police spokesman. “However, we had to remove two or three Soviet flags.” It was forbidden to show or wear certain symbols and badges, such as the image of the letter “Z”, which means the Russian war against Ukraine.

14:56 – Lindner – The Federal Security Council has not met to exchange rings

According to the Federal Minister of Finance and FDP chief Christian Lindner, the Federal Security Council has not yet approved the plan to exchange Soviet tanks for delivery to Ukraine. “The Federal Security Council has not yet met on these issues,” the minister said in an interview with ARD on Sunday. “I’m in favor of exchanging the rings as soon as possible.”

According to information from government circles, the federal government has agreed on a ring exchange, in which Slovenia will hand over some of its T-72 tanks to Ukraine and gain German support in their exchange.

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14:13 – Russian ambassador to the United States complains about obstruction of work

Russia’s ambassador to Washington is complaining that he is blocking his job. According to the RIA news agency, Ambassador Anatoly Antonov says that the embassy is blocked by American government agencies. Bank of America has closed accounts at consulates in Houston and New York. In response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the United States and other countries have imposed far-reaching economic sanctions on Russia.

14:07 – Erdogan – Turkey can support negotiations

Turkey offers any support for negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised this in a telephone call to his Ukrainian colleague Volodymyr Zelensky, the presidential office in Ankara said. Erdogan also said the evacuation of the wounded and civilians from Mariupol must be ensured.

13:49 – Russian army – explosives factory destroyed

The Russian military said it had attacked a Ukrainian explosives factory, several artillery depots and hundreds of other targets in Ukraine. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Konashenkov said on Sunday that the Russian military had used precision-controlled missiles to destroy a factory near Pavlohrad in the Dnieper region, which produced gunpowder and explosives.

Konashenko said Russian forces had also destroyed several artillery depots in the Kharkiv region. He added that Russian artillery hit 423 Ukrainian targets overnight, including fortified positions and troop concentrations. Russian fighter jets destroyed 26 Ukrainian military targets.

13:25 – News – Italy is considering further military aid to Ukraine

According to media reports, Italy is examining the possibility of supplying Ukraine with additional weapons. Rome is considering another package of military aid that could be completed in the coming days, several Italian newspapers said unanimously in their Sunday editions. When asked, the government did not want to comment on the news, pointing out that Italy had already provided military assistance. However, the list of what was delivered is secret.

Informed by Corriere della Sera …