Ukraine war in the live ticker
+++ 00:28 Selenskyj praises western artillery for accuracy +++
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised Western arms deliveries for the Ukrainian army as enormous support in the war against Russia. For example, the artillery that Ukraine received from its partners is very accurate, he says in a video message. The Ukrainian army is destroying depots and other targets that are important for Russian logistics. “And that significantly reduces the offensive potential of the Russian army. The losses of the occupiers will increase every week,” Zelenskyy said.
+++ 23:14 Selenskyj condemns “barbarism”: Pedagogical University destroyed by Russian rocket attack +++
The pedagogical university in the second largest city of Kharkiv was destroyed by a Russian rocket attack, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj said in a video message. “That characterizes the Russian invasion with 100 percent accuracy. If you define what barbarism is, this blow is the most appropriate,” said Zelenskyy. Only an “enemy of civilization and humanity” could fire rockets at a pedagogical university. Zelenskyy assures that no occupier will have peace and quiet. “Every Russian murderer and rapist who has entered our country will be held accountable. And it doesn’t matter how long it takes to complete this task.” Kyiv will restore everything.
+++ 22:32 shoe manufacturer Ecco no longer the Danish purveyor to the court – criticism of Russia business +++
After more than 30 years, the Danish shoe manufacturer Ecco loses its status as purveyor to the Danish royal family. The title of purveyor to the royal court expires on April 16, 2023, “and the royal family has announced that the title will not be extended,” the company said. “Ecco’s management takes note of the royal family’s decision and has nothing to add.” Neither the shoe manufacturer nor the Danish royal family comment on the reasons. Ecco has been publicly criticized in recent months for continuing its business in Russia even after the country invaded Ukraine. The company justified this with the responsibility for its employees. 1,800 people work in the 200 Ecco stores in Russia. Several Danish shoe retailers have stopped working with Ecco in recent months.
+++ 21:42 Ukraine exported more soybeans and sunflower oil to Germany until April – rapeseed exports plummeted +++
Even after the start of the Russian war of aggression at the end of February, the Ukraine continued to export large quantities of non-GMO soybeans and sunflower oil to Germany. In the first four months of the year, Germany received almost 52,000 tons of GMO-free soybeans directly from the Ukraine, almost three times as much as in the same period last year, according to the Union for the Promotion of Protein Plants (Ufop), citing figures from the Federal Statistical Office. Sunflower oil exports increased by 17 percent to around 43,300 tons. The export of rapeseed, on the other hand, collapsed, as the association also reports – the volume fell from January to April by 72 percent compared to the same period last year to around 56,600 tons. However, Ukraine’s import share of German rapeseed processing has been a comparatively low ten percent in recent years, notes Ufop. Deliveries of corn to Germany fell by 46 percent. According to estimates by Ufop, considerable losses are possible in the forthcoming harvest.
+++ 21:06 Scholz warns oil companies about prices +++
Chancellor Olaf Scholz has asked the mineral oil companies to pass on tax relief to customers. It is “depressing” to see that some companies are currently making particularly large profits resulting from the situation, he says in the Bundestag. The companies are all the more obliged to ensure that prices do not shoot through the ceiling, he says, referring to the tank discount.
+++ 20:35 Biden promises help to wife of basketball player imprisoned in Russia +++
US President Joe Biden has promised the wife of basketball player Brittney Griner, who is imprisoned in Moscow, that he will try to get the Olympic champion released soon. In a phone call, he offered Cherelle Griner his support and promised that the US government would do whatever it takes to bring Griner home, the White House said. Biden also read Cherelle Griner a draft letter he will send to Brittney Griner. US Vice President Kamala Harris also took part in the conversation. Most recently, Brittney had Griner sent a letter to Biden and asked him personally for help.
+++ 20:06 authorities in eastern Ukraine advise civilians to flee +++
In the face of Russian attacks, the authorities in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk are urging the civilian population to flee. “Russia has turned the entire Donetsk region into a dangerous hotspot, including for civilians,” Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said in a telegram. “I call on everyone to evacuate! Evacuation saves lives!” The mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk, Vadym Lyakh, announces buses and trains to transport civilians to the west of the country. “Don’t take any risks! Pack up!”, says Ljach. A total of 17 people have been killed and 67 injured since the fighting began in Sloviansk. “Yesterday there were two dead and seven wounded in attacks,” explains Ljach.
Earlier developments of the Ukraine war you can read here.