War against Ukraine: ++ Kremlin: everything is going “strictly according to plan” ++

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Status: 23/03/2022 05:34

According to Kremlin spokesman Peskov, the Russian military operation in Ukraine is proceeding “strictly according to plan”. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy calls negotiations with Russia “very difficult”. The developments in the live blog.


Strack-Zimmermann defends Minister Lambrecht

Defense commission chairwoman Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann defended Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) from criticism. “The Russian military is killing across Ukraine and committing incredible human rights crimes. We are facing unprecedented challenges,” said the FDP politician. “At this historically difficult stage, it is simply indecent to conduct low-level campaigns against individual members of the government.” Mistakes have been made and criticisms have been taken for granted. “But please technically well founded.”

Lambrecht has repeatedly been accused of a slow pace in the supply of arms and military supplies to Ukraine after the launch of 5,000 helmets sparked public ridicule.


Schulze asks for more funds due to the war in Ukraine

In view of the war in Ukraine, Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze is asking for more funds for his department in the planned supplementary budget. “If you consider the consequences of this terrible war, you can’t stay with the current development budget,” the SPD politician told the Augsburger Allgemeine. Schulze criticized the fact that, according to previous plans, the department would have to settle for 12.6% less than last year.


Greenpeace calls for a ban on Russian energy imports

The environmental organization Greenpeace calls for a ban on imports of gas, oil and coal from Russia. “The EU summit on Thursday urgently needs to take decisions on a quick energy embargo against Russia,” said Martin Kaiser, German CEO of Greenpeace at the dpa news agency. “We expect the federal government and Chancellor Olaf Scholz personally to no longer oppose such a move.”


Heavy fighting near Kharkiv

There was apparently heavy fighting between Russian and Ukrainian troops in eastern Ukraine. Heavy bombs are said to have fallen in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol during an evacuation operation.


Report: USA preparing new sanctions

According to a media report, the United States is preparing new sanctions against more than 300 members of the Russian parliament. The Wall Street Journal reports, citing government officials and internal documents. The US government initially declined to comment.


Climate Commissioner: War can accelerate the energy transition

According to Jennifer Morgan, the new German climate commissioner, the war in Ukraine could “accelerate the global energy transition”. It is now clear to everyone where Germany gets its oil and gas from, Morgan told the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “We have to understand climate policy as geopolitics”. Morgan, until recently the head of the environmental organization Greenpeace International, was appointed Secretary of State at the Federal Foreign Office just last week. He now he represents Germany as a “special representative” in international climate policy.


Zelenskii invites Pope Francis to Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has invited Pope Francis to visit Ukraine. Zelenskii reported this in a night video speech during a phone call with the pontiff. “I spoke to the Pope about the search for peace in Ukraine, the atrocities of the occupiers and the humanitarian corridors for the besieged cities,” Zelenskyy said. On this occasion he invited the Pope to visit Ukraine. “I believe we can organize this important visit that would support each of us equally.”


Melnyk criticizes Berlin for lack of arms deliveries

Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andrji Melnyk, criticized the federal government’s failure to respond to Ukraine’s recent requests for arms deliveries so far. “It is very frustrating that the federal government has not provided an answer to our list of defensive weapons that we urgently need for three weeks,” Melnyk told the Bild newspaper. “Because every day counts to save the lives of civilians hit by Russian rockets in Ukraine”. On March 3, the Ukrainian government sent a note verbale to the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Foreign Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Defense, requesting numerous weapons.


The president of Diakonie calls for the refugee summit in the Chancellery

Diakonie president Ulrich Lilie called for a refugee summit in the Federal Chancellery due to the war in Ukraine. “We have to develop a common view of the situation there to reach the best possible agreements on sensible distribution and financing,” Lilie told the newspaper “Die Welt”. He said that better state planning for the reception of Ukrainian refugees requires a basic strategy from the federal government, federal states, municipal umbrella organizations and large social organizations such as Diakonie and Caritas.


Russian missile attacks on military installations in Rivne

The Russian military has fired rockets at unspecified military installations around the city of Rivne in northwestern Ukraine. Three rockets fell on Tuesday, Ukrainian regional military chief Vitali Kowalj of the UNIAN agency said. “During an evening alarm, the enemy fired three times at a military infrastructure object,” he reads. “A commission is in place, the losses are determined.” Kowalj did not provide details.

parties to the conflict as a source

Information on the progress of the war, bombings and casualties provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be directly checked by an independent body in the current situation.


Minister of Food Özdemir: Please don’t be a hamster

Federal Minister of Food, Cem Özdemir, has appealed to citizens not to panic over the war in Ukraine and rising prices when shopping and, if possible, to stock up unnecessarily. “Please don’t buy hamsters, there is no reason for that. We have secured the supply,” the Green politician said in the evening on the “RTL Direkt” program. He just spoke to industry representatives. “And they also said very clearly, we have the situation under control, the supply is guaranteed.”


Spiegel: More protection for refugee women and children

Federal Family Minister Anne Spiegel wants to increase protection for women and children who have fled Ukraine. It is unbearable that they risk becoming victims of human trafficking, especially for the purpose of sexual exploitation, said the Green politician. “We must do our best to ensure their safety,” Spiegel told media group Funke newspapers. “Security zones in train stations can be an important tool.” Discussions are already underway with the Federal Ministry of the Interior.


Heavy fighting near Kharkiv – Difficult situation in Izyum

According to their own report, Ukrainian units have repelled an attack by Russian troops in new fighting for Kharkiv in the east of the country. In the evening, Ka-52 attack helicopters were also deployed on the Russian side, said regional commander Oleg Sinegubow from Ukrajinska Pravda. “Our troops are holding their positions.”

The situation in besieged Izjum, some 100 kilometers away, is difficult. There is no longer any connection with the city. All efforts to create a humanitarian corridor have so far been rejected by the Russian side.

parties to the conflict as a source

Information on the progress of the war, bombings and casualties provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be directly checked by an independent body in the current situation.


Kremlin spokesman: Everything is proceeding “strictly according to plan”

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the Russian military operation in Ukraine is proceeding “strictly according to plan”. The course of the mission corresponds to the objectives set, Peskow said in English in an interview with the television channel CNN. “It’s a meaningful mission with meaningful goals,” he said. The Moscow government describes the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, which has been going on for nearly a month, as a “special military operation”, not a war.

Asked what President Vladimir Putin has achieved so far in Ukraine, Peskov said the goals “had not yet” been achieved. Among the goals he cited were the decimation of the Ukrainian army and Kiev’s understanding that the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014, is now an “immovable part of Russia”. Furthermore, Ukraine must recognize that the breakaway regions of the east are now “independent states”.


Selenskyj calls the negotiations “very difficult”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the negotiations with Russia as “very difficult”. “They are very difficult, sometimes scandalous, but we are moving forward step by step,” Zelenskyy said in a video speech. Representatives of Ukraine are involved in the negotiations every day. “We will work, we will fight as much as possible. Until the end. Courageous and open”. The negotiators are working tirelessly. “We can rest when we win.”

At the same time, Zelenskyy thanked all the international forces that supported his country. He especially he thanked the intermediaries “who bring a real picture to Moscow”.

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The first American clinic accepts Ukrainian patients

Four Ukrainian children with cancer and their families arrived at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. It is the first hospital in the United States to accept patients from Ukraine, officials said. Patients are aged between nine months and nine years.


The live blog to read

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy will virtually attend NATO’s summit this week. Pro-Russian separatists reportedly arrested an aid convoy not far from the besieged city of Mariupol. Tuesday’s developments to read.

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