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Ukraine news on Monday: Kiesewetter accused Scholz of "playing for time" when it came to arms deliveries

2022-05-23T05:04:41.038Z

The CDU foreign affairs expert Kiesewetter is outraged by the government's armaments policy. Russians have started demining at the Azov Steelworks. And: Moscow is extending entry bans against the USA and Canada. The overview.



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The CDU foreign politician Roderich Kiesewetter on "Anne Will"

Photo: Wolfgang Borrs / dpa

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Bushman worried about Mariupol prisoners of war

6.08 a.m .:

Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann has expressed concern about the prisoners of war in Mariupol.

"Russia's massive violations of international law are completely unacceptable - but they also fill us with great concern with regard to the population of Ukraine and the soldiers who have now been taken prisoner," said the FDP politician to the "Rheinische Post".

"War is a bloody beast, but not a rule-free state," the minister warned.

Russian soldiers begin clearing mines in Azovstal

5:24 a.m .:

Russian soldiers are searching the premises of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol for mines and booby traps placed by both Ukrainian and Russian troops.

“The task is extremely difficult, the enemy laid their own land mines and we also laid anti-personnel mines to block them.

We still have about two weeks of work ahead of us," says a Russian soldier, who only gives his combat name, 'Babai', as his name.

The mines are blown up in a controlled manner and the streets of the steel mill are cleared of rubble with bulldozers.

“Over 100 explosive devices have been destroyed in the last two days.

The work goes on.” Russia said on Friday that the last Ukrainian fighters from Azovstal had surrendered.

Ukraine has not yet confirmed this development.

Russia extends entry bans against the USA and Canada

5.15 a.m .:

In response to Western sanctions, Russia has extended entry bans against Americans and Canadians.

The Foreign Ministry in Moscow published a list with the names of 963 US citizens who are now banned from entering Russia.

It was previously known that President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, as well as hundreds of members of the US House of Representatives, were affected.

From Canada, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Trudeau, and the husband of Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Graham Bowley, are now also on the so-called stop list.

The move comes in response to Canada -- like the US -- adding two adult daughters of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin to its sanctions list in the wake of Russia's war on Ukraine.

Your assets in Canada will be frozen and you will no longer be able to do business there.

British Foreign Secretary Truss calls for NATO weapons for Moldova

5:00 a.m .:

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has asked NATO to arm Moldova, neighboring Ukraine.

"I would like Moldova to be equipped according to NATO standards," Truss told the Telegraph newspaper.

"It's a debate we're having with our allies." Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to create a Greater Russia, Truss said.

"Just because his attempts to take Kyiv were unsuccessful does not mean that he has abandoned his plans."

Kiesewetter accuses Scholz of "playing for time" when it comes to arms deliveries

4.30 a.m .:

The CDU foreign politician Roderich Kiesewetter has massively denounced the course of the federal government in the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine, which was attacked by Russia.

He accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) of hesitation and playing for time on Sunday evening.

CDU leader Friedrich Merz had previously sharply criticized the government.

Siemtje Möller (SPD), State Secretary in the Defense Ministry, justified the government course.

Kiesewetter said on Sunday evening in the ARD talk show "Anne Will": "German industry made it clear on February 28 that it could very quickly train around 100 Leopards and around 100 Martens." To date, however, there is none Assignment.

When asked why the chancellor didn't do this, Kiesewetter said: "I think he's playing for time."

Judgment expected against Russian soldiers in first war crimes trial in Kyiv

4.14 a.m .:

The verdict in the first trial against a Russian soldier for war crimes is expected in Kiev on Monday.

The 21-year-old Vadim S. faces a life sentence for killing an unarmed civilian.

In court he confessed and asked for forgiveness.

His lawyer asked for an acquittal.

Visas for Russian skilled workers: Federal government accelerates procedures

4:00 a.m.:

Since the start of the Russian attack on Ukraine, hundreds of professionals from Russia have decided to relocate to Germany.

"In April, around 350 work visas were issued to Russian nationals in Moscow," according to the Foreign Office.

In Saint Petersburg, the German consulate general issued 190 work visas in the same period.

According to information from the dpa news agency, the majority of the skilled workers leaving the country had already worked for a German company in Russia.

"In the weeks since the beginning of the war, we have provided support for more than 400 applications for work visas from Russian citizens who want to come to Germany," said Katharina Vorländer, a lawyer at the law firm Fragomen Global LLP in Frankfurt am Main, which specializes in labor migration.

Around 30 percent of these applicants are already in Germany.

Baltic states end electricity imports from Russia

2.27 a.m .:

The Baltic states have stopped importing electricity from Russia because of the Ukraine war.

"This is an important step on our way to energy independence," Lithuanian Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys told the AFP news agency on Sunday.

"By refusing to import Russian energy resources, we are refusing to finance the aggressor," the minister said.

Occupation mayor in Ukraine injured in explosion

1.34 a.m .:

The mayor of the southern Ukrainian city of Enerhodar, who was appointed by Moscow, was wounded in an explosion.

He has confirmation that pro-Russian mayor Andrei Shevchik "and his bodyguards were injured in the explosion," Dmytro Orlov, Ukraine's elected mayor of Enerhodar, told Telegram on Sunday.

They are in the hospital "with injuries of varying severity."

Otherwise no one was injured.

Enerhodar is located near Zaporizhia and is the site of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

Russian troops took control there at the end of February.

Putin meets Lukashenko in Sochi

12:14 a.m .:

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to meet the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko this Monday in Sochi.

It should be about questions of further cooperation, as the Interfax agency announced on Monday night.

The central topic is the integration cooperation between the two countries in a union state.

Industrial cooperation and cooperation in the field of rocket science could also be part of the talks, as well as handling Belarusian goods in Russian ports and building a Belarusian port near St. Petersburg.

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Source: spiegel

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