War in Ukraine: According to Zelenskyy, Russia is wasting billions on lies and propaganda

D.According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Russian leadership has spent tens of billions of dollars on propaganda. “You all know very well what a huge state propaganda system Russia has built,” Zelenskii said in a video message Saturday night. “Probably no one in the world has ever spent so much money on lies.”

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However, Moscow did not take into account that this does not guarantee a result. “Where the road of lies must be paved with money, the result is not guaranteed,” Zelenskii said. “The path of truth is difficult, but the truth is made in his way.”

Russia categorically denied any intention to attack for weeks before the offensive in Ukraine began. In front of its own public, the war is declared only as a “special operation”.

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All developments in the live ticker:

03:09 – Britain imposes more sanctions

The British government has sanctioned another 65 individuals and companies in Russia in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Among them is Russian arms company Kronstadt as a manufacturer of the Orion armed drone and other unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a British Defense Ministry update released Saturday evening.

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These systems were used in the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the statement said, citing intelligence information. As Ukraine’s strong air defenses could have limited manned flights over the front line, Russia was certainly forced to use more unmanned aerial vehicles. This is likely to lead to increased demand for these systems and their wear. Sanctions would harm the Russian defense industry and limit its ability to replace systems.

02:01 – United Kingdom – Food for surrounded Ukrainians

Britain is funding £ 2 million in food for residents of trapped Ukrainian cities. “Local demand in Ukraine is great. Many people are stranded in basements in surrounding areas with no access to food or water, “said Alice Hooper, Humanitarian Aid Consultant with the UK Foreign Office. 25 trucks loaded with dried food, canned food and water need to be transported from warehouses to Poland and Slovakia to the most vulnerable cities in Ukraine.

01:00 – Lemke attacks Söder due to a request for an extension of the operating time of a nuclear power plant

Steffi Lemke (Verdi), Federal Minister for the Environment and Nuclear Safety, harshly criticized Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) for his request to extend the three active German reactors by at least three years.

“We are now experiencing another turning point from a politician who is still slowing down renewables today,” Lemke said in an interview with WELT AM SONNTAG. “Let me remind you that after the Fukushima nuclear accident, Mr. Söder was one of the first to call for the closure of nuclear power plants. Before that, he had ignored the nuclear risk for years.”

Asked why he refuses to run the three reactors longer for at least three months to cover the winter of 2022/23 in the event of a freeze in the Russian gas supply, Lemke said: “I find it very difficult to answer. to this question – under the impression of the Russian bombing of nuclear facilities in Ukraine. There it becomes terribly clear that nuclear power is a high-risk technology, with even external power or overworked work crews becoming a risk, not to mention fires and bombings. We did a sober review without blinders. In any case, I don’t think cutting our security for a small temporal or even quantitative energy gain is a good solution, especially in light of a situation so highly explosive “.

Lemke indirectly criticized other European countries for opening up to nuclear power again. “Each country makes its own decisions on energy production. The new nuclear power plants, which produce electricity only 10-15 years after construction begins, cannot really be a conclusive answer to becoming independent of Russian energy as quickly as possible. With renewable energies there are faster and cheaper alternatives without the problem of nuclear waste. And it’s been a long time since the new nuclear power plants were economically viable anyway “.

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Lemke also wants to promote a “feminist environmental policy” internationally. “It is clear that women are particularly affected by war and crisis situations, including hunger crises or water shortages,” Lemke said in an interview with WELT AM SONNTAG. “It is simply important to take this perspective into account.”

She cited chemicals policy as an example of such environmental policy: “The consequences of improper chemical management and waste management affect women more often than the average. In Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, it is common for women to be in charge of washing containers previously used for pesticide application. They often lack knowledge of their effects on their health ”.

01:16 – US imposes more sanctions on Russia

According to a media report, the US government is preparing sanctions against Russian companies that supply goods and services to Moscow’s secret and military services. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing US officials. Most of these companies, including Serniya Engineering and equipment manufacturer Sertal, had previously been placed on a US list that prohibits the export of sensitive technology to these companies.

US Treasury Department sanctions could be announced next week, the paper said. The Treasury declined to comment.

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Migrants in front of the central reception center for asylum seekers in Eisenhüttenstadt (Brandenburg)

01:05 – Energy industry: Russian hard coal can be replaced in a few months

The German energy industry is optimistic in its search for alternatives to Russian hard coal imports. “A complete conversion of supply chains for the supply of hard coal for power plants in Germany is not easy, but it is possible within the next few months,” said Kerstin Andreae, general director of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW). , the newspapers of the media group Funke (Saturday). Coal-fired power plant operators are in talks with other supplier countries.

Potential suppliers include the United States, Colombia, South Africa, Indonesia, Canada and Australia. But there are differences in quality. Not all hard coal can be burned as efficiently in every boiler.

It is more difficult to replace Russian gas supplies. According to a current BDEW analysis, about 50 percent could be replaced or replaced within about a year, Andreae said. This corresponds to around 20 percent of Germany’s annual gas requirement. Imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) could make a contribution. In the long run, however, there is a need to rely more on renewables and a rapid increase in hydrogen. “We can no longer afford lengthy planning and approval procedures and discussions like distance regulations for wind turbines,” said Andreae.

01:12 – Ukrainian Prime Minister asks for help for today and after

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal has asked all mayors of the world for humanitarian aid for the population of his country. At the same time, on Friday evening, he appealed to all international partners to support the subsequent reconstruction of his he country. “I am addressing (with this request) not only friendly governments, but also the mayors of European cities and other cities around the world,” he said. “Right now Russia is destroying our towns and villages like the Nazis did 80 years ago.”

“We turn to you: renew the tradition of the twin cities,” said Schmyhal. “Support Ukrainian cities with humanitarian aid and reconstruction funds”.

Schmyhal had estimated the damage caused by the war to the Ukrainian economy at almost 515 billion euros in mid-March. According to official Ukrainian calculations, the damage to infrastructure alone amounted to around 108 billion euros. Initially it was not possible to verify the figures independently.

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11:56 PM – Kaspersky is considered a national security threat in the United States

The United States added internet security provider Kaspersky Lab to a list of companies considered a national security threat, the first time a Russian company was added to a list dominated by Chinese telecom companies.

The Federal Communications Commission also added China Telecom and China Mobile to the list. Once a company is listed, federal funds can no longer be used to purchase its equipment or services.

11:30 pm – The first Ukrainian refugees from Moldova arrived in Frankfurt am Main

The first Ukrainian refugees from Moldova were taken to Germany. A plane with 134 refugees landed in Frankfurt am Main in the evening. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has promised the Moldovan government that, as a first step, 2,500 Ukrainian refugees will be taken away from Moldova. The small country bordering Ukraine is particularly affected by the refugee crisis.

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