10:42: More than 20,000 Ukrainian refugees in German schools
Vocational schools and colleges in Germany have now accepted more than 20,000 students from Ukraine. This was the result of an initial question from the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK) in the federal states. As of March 25 – a month after the Russian attack on Ukraine began – there were exactly 20,205 children and young people. However, the actual number is likely to be significantly higher, as there is still no data from the more populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Hamburg.
10:41: Johnson is considering supplying “more lethal weapons” to Ukraine
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be considering providing “more lethal weapons” to Ukraine. At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the prime minister allegedly discussed such deliveries and warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin could become “unpredictable and vengeful,” the Times reported Wednesday, citing unnamed insider sources. “The Ukrainian military not only retains control of the major cities, but is even forcing the Russians to withdraw. This means our support must change,” a British cabinet source said. According to the report, Johnson supports the United States by providing Ukraine with more advanced anti-ship missiles and air defense systems.
09:51: Russian long-range attacks in the Donetsk region
According to the governor, there are long-range attacks in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. Almost all cities along the demarcation line are under fire, Pavlo Kyrylenko told Ukrainian television. The situation could worsen as Russian troops focus on attacks in the region. The demarcation line separates the areas under Ukrainian control from the territory held by pro-Russian separatists.
9:44 am: Around 283,000 Ukrainian refugees in Germany have been counted
The number of war refugees from Ukraine who arrived in Germany continued to grow slightly. The Federal Interior Ministry reported 283,365 identified war refugees on Wednesday, about 5,000 more than the day before. At times, the federal police numbered up to 10,000 people a day. It is also currently carrying out an increase in checks on trains, but the actual number of those who fled to Germany is likely higher because there are no regular checks at the German-Polish border and people with Ukrainian passports can initially move freely in the EU for 90 days. They don’t have to register until they apply for state benefits.
9:35 am: Poland has nearly 2.37 million refugees
Nearly 2.37 million people have fled safely to Poland from the Russian attack on Ukraine. This was announced Wednesday by the Polish border guard on the short message service Twitter. There were around 22,400 people on Tuesday alone.
9:22 am: Industrial plants hit by Russian bombing
According to the governor, three industrial plants in the Khmelnitsky region were hit by Russian bombing. Serhii Hamalii does not reveal exactly which ones. Fires were discovered. It will be checked if there have been any casualties.
9:11 am: Chernihiv region still under fire despite the announcement of the withdrawal
The Chernihiv region is still under fire from Russian troops, according to its governor, despite Russia’s announcement that it will curtail military activities there. “Do we believe the announcement? Of course not,” writes Wiatscheslav Tschau on Telegram’s messaging service. “The enemy shows the ‘reduced activity’ in the Chernihiv region with air strikes on Nizhyn and overnight on the (city of) Chernihiv.” Infrastructure was damaged by the bombing, such as libraries and shopping malls in the cities of Chernihiv and Nizhyn, the regional governor said in a video message.
08:58: Lavrov: Russia and China want to speak with one voice
According to the Moscow Foreign Ministry, Russia and China want to intensify their cooperation. The Interfax news agency reports that this has been agreed by the foreign ministers of both countries in view of the “difficult international conditions”. The agency, citing the Russian Foreign Ministry, also reports that this concerns coordination in foreign policy and the intention to speak with one voice in global affairs. Foreign ministers of both countries, Wang Yi and Sergey Lavrov, are giving advice on the matter in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui.
8:51 am: Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman calls for further arms deliveries to Ukraine
The chairman of the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee, Michael Roth (SPD), called for arms deliveries to Kiev to continue despite the announced reduction of Russian troops in northern Ukraine. “It’s not the words that matter, just the actions,” Roth tweeted Wednesday. The fact that Moscow “finally seems ready for serious negotiations” is due to Western sanctions and “above all to the defensive strength of Ukraine”. That is why NATO and the EU should provide Ukraine with “additional defense weapons”.
08:43 British Ministry: Russian units suffer heavy casualties
According to the British Defense Ministry, the change in Russian strategy in Ukraine points to problems for the military. The declared focus on breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine is likely a tacit admission that Russia is struggling to support progress on two fronts, the ministry said Wednesday. Russian units suffered heavy casualties and were forced to return to Belarus and Russia to regroup, the defense ministry said in a daily statement. This puts further pressure on the already strained logistics of Russian troops and highlights the difficulties Russia is facing in reorganizing its units in Ukraine. However, the ministry did not expect the situation for people in cities hit by Russian bombing to ease.
8:40 am: today three escape corridors in Ukraine
Today it is said that there are three escape corridors in Ukraine. The Deputy Prime Minister of the country Iryna Vereshchuk says so. In total, Ukraine asked Russia for 97 of these corridors to the most affected cities.
8:37 am: Germany prepares for a possible shutdown of gas supply from Russia
Against the backdrop of the Russian war against Ukraine, the German government is preparing for a significant deterioration in gas supplies. Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Verdi) therefore asked today about the early warning level of the gas emergency plan. This is for precautionary purposes. However, security of supply is guaranteed. According to the contingency plan, there are three levels of crisis. In the event of an emergency, domestic customers would be particularly protected. “There are currently no bottlenecks in the offer,” explained Habeck. “However, we need to step up the precautionary measures to be prepared in the event of an escalation by Russia.”
07:22: British: Russian units are regrouping
According to British military intelligence, Russia will respond to the loss of soil in Ukraine with heavy artillery and rockets. Russian units that suffered heavy losses returned to Belarus and Russia to be reorganized and equipped, the defense ministry said. “This increases the pressure on Russia’s already troubled logistics and shows the difficulties Russia is facing in reorganizing its units in the combat zones in Ukraine.”
06:58: Heavy bombing of Lysychansk
The governor of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine reported heavy artillery bombardments against residential areas in the village of Lysychansk in the morning. “Some skyscrapers have been damaged,” writes Serhij Gaidai on Telegram. We’re confirming the information on the victims. “Many buildings have collapsed. Rescuers are trying to save those who are still alive.”
6:20 am: Selenskyj speaks via video switch in front of the Parliament in Australia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address the Australian MPs tomorrow. Zelenskii will speak via video link Thursday evening, according to parliamentary documents on Wednesday. Australia shipped defense equipment and humanitarian supplies to Ukraine and banned the export of alumina and aluminum ores, including bauxite, to Russia. Sanctions have also been imposed on businessmen close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the banking sector, among others.
4:13: Economic methods significantly reduce growth forecasts
According to a report, the German Council of Economic Experts revised its economic forecasts significantly downwards due to the war in Ukraine. In their current forecast, the so-called economic experts assume a growth of the German gross domestic product of only 1.8 percent in 2022, reports “Handelsblatt”. In their latest economic forecast for November, economists still speculated 4.6% growth.
4:12 am: Lavrov for talks in China
According to the Interfax agency, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in China for four-party talks on Afghanistan. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, Lavrov has rarely left his country. It is said that in the city of Tunxi high-ranking diplomatic meetings from the United States, China and Pakistan. According to the US State Department, China’s special envoy to Afghanistan Yue Xiaoyong may also have invited representatives of the Taliban, who took power in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of Western troops last August.
3:36: Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN: Russia will be demilitarized
According to the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations, Sergiy Kyslyzja, Russia is losing its armed forces due to the war in Ukraine. Since its invasion began, Russia has lost more than 17,000 soldiers, more than 1,700 armored vehicles and nearly 600 tanks, Kyzlytsia told the UN Security Council. Russia also lost 300 artillery systems, 127 aircraft and 129 helicopters, nearly 100 rocket launch systems, 54 air defense systems and seven ships. For the Russian government, the losses are “an unprecedented blow,” Kyslytsia said.
03.20: West: Russia increases the risk of famine
The West has heavily criticized Russia for the impact of its war of aggression in Ukraine on global food security. Russian President “Vladimir Putin started this war. He caused this global food crisis,” US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told the UN Security Council. The French ambassador to the United Nations, Nicolas de Riviere, said that Putin’s war “has increased the risk of famine”. His Russian colleague Wassili Nebensia sees the reasons as “uncontrolled hysteria over the sanctions imposed on Moscow by the West”.
2:14: Ukrainian general staff does not expect a Russian withdrawal
Ukrainian military officials do not believe in a Russian withdrawal from the Kiev-Chernihiv area. “There are signs that Russian troops are reorganizing to focus their efforts on eastern Ukraine,” the Ukrainian general staff said Tuesday evening. “At the same time, the so-called ‘troop withdrawal’ is most likely a rotation of individual units and serves to mislead the Ukrainian military leadership.”
Russia had previously announced that it would significantly restrict its military operations near the Ukrainian capital and Chernihiv. In negotiations with Russia, the Ukrainian delegation in Istanbul provided a framework for an agreement in which Ukraine would declare itself neutral. Negotiations are expected to continue today.