War against Ukraine: ++ Evacuation from Mariupol fails again ++

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Status: 21.04.2022 06:20 paradite

According to Ukraine, an evacuation from the besieged port city of Mariupol has failed again. Ukraine’s Security Council warns that major Russian offensive has not yet begun. All developments in the live blog.

06:19 paradite

More US military assistance to Ukraine is expected

US President Joe Biden will announce plans for additional military assistance to Ukraine today, according to a government official. The administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Biden would deliver a speech at the White House outlining plans to build more than $ 2.6 billion in military aid that the government has already approved for Ukraine.

The new package was expected to be of a size similar to the $ 800 million aid package Biden announced last week. This includes heavy artillery and ammunition for Ukrainian forces in the escalating battle for Donbass in eastern Ukraine.

5:58 p.m.

Historian: There is no alternative to Ukraine’s self-defense

Russia expert in Bremen Susanne Schattenberg considers calls for a peaceful end to the war in Ukraine as world-wide. “If the Ukrainian people do not want to go down, they must defend themselves militarily with all their might,” said the director of the Eastern European Research Center at the University of Bremen. Schattenberg described the objection that arms shipments unnecessarily prolonged the bloodshed as naive and cynical. Surrender is not an option for Ukraine, because Russia wants the country destroyed.

“Capitulation would mean the downfall of the Ukrainian state, but also of its nation with its language and culture,” the historian warned. “Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it very clear that he considers everything Ukrainian to be a variant of Russian.” In addition, people in a Russian-occupied Ukraine should not be expected to be able to live in peace. Russia has already installed a terrorist regime in the so-called People’s Republic of eastern Ukraine, under which people are arbitrarily arrested, tortured and killed. “Nothing, including international law, can prevent Putin from doing the same throughout Ukraine.”

5:42 p.m.

The federal agency plots radioactivity around Chernobyl

For the first time in more than 30 years, experts from Germany and Ukraine have designed radioactivity in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl reactor ruins. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) in Salzgitter published the first results on two general maps – shortly before the 36th anniversary of the reactor disaster on April 26, 1986. Experts from the Federal Office and the State Agency for Administration of the Exclusion Zone of Ukraine had radiation for maps measured by the damaged Soviet nuclear power plant last September.

Updated data confirmed previous findings from the years following the accident. Radioactive substances from the reactor spread mainly to the north and west. People who were permanently out of the exclusion zone in the countries with the highest values ​​would have reached a radiation dose of 20,000 microsieverts after about eight days – the highest dose that people in Germany are allowed to take in a year if exposed. to radioactive radiation at work are exposed.

During the occupation of Ukraine, the exclusion zone around Chernobyl fell under Russian control. At the end of March, Russian units withdrew and gave control to Ukrainian personnel. Reports soon followed that Russian soldiers might have received radiation damage in the area.

5:33 p.m.

Experts: Cyber ​​troops could overturn sanctions

According to security experts, hackers working on behalf of Russia could at least partially overturn the economic sanctions imposed for the attack on Ukraine. For example, Russian cyber bodies are able to raise money through financial market manipulation, said Sandro Gaycken, founder of the Digital Society Institute at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin. “It is also conceivable that they are working with ransomware criminal gangs to extort rewards from companies attacked in the West.”

Some US experts had previously warned that the Kremlin would respond to sanctions with targeted cyber attacks. US President Joe Biden then called on companies and organizations to immediately increase cyber defense. Russia will take subversive measures to get new money, Gaycken said. “They are able to manipulate the stock market. You can criminally influence bets on falling stock prices.” Criminal activities are also possible in mergers and acquisitions of companies.

5:12 p.m.

Russian leader: Mariupol before the final fall

According to the leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, the Azovstal steel plant in the controversial Ukrainian port of Mariupol will fall into the hands of Russian units by noon today. Kadyrov further said that the Ukrainian fighters who remained in the steel plant still have the opportunity to surrender in the morning. If they do, he is confident that the Russian leadership will make the “right decision”.

4:38 p.m.

More phone calls for seniors

Photographs from Ukraine evoke anxiety and old memories among elderly Germans: the number of phone calls to Silbernetz seniors increased during the war. At Christmas there were still about 150 a day, so there are now 200, as initiator Elke Schilling told the German Press Agency. The Berlin-based nationwide anti-loneliness anti-aging phone senses the mood among the elderly: According to Schilling, they are concerned not only about the war but also about the rising costs. But something helps against generally bad humor: when the weather is nice, the number of phone calls decreases.

2:37 p.m.

Zelenskyj: Partners now better understand the need for weapons

After days of urgent prayers for more and heavy weapons, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sees more understanding between Ukraine’s partner countries. He can say with “cautious optimism” that Kiev’s partners “have become more aware of our needs,” Zelensky said in his video message every evening. They now understand what weapons Ukraine needs and that they need not in a few weeks, but now – as Russia seeks to increase its attacks.

The government and authorities are doing everything they can at all times and through official and unofficial channels to ensure arms supplies to the military, Zelenskyy said. The situation in the east and south of the country remains “as tense as possible.”

1:29 p.m.

Governor: 80 percent of Luhansk under Russian control

According to Ukrainian information, about eight weeks after the start of the war of Russian aggression, most of the Luhansk region is under Russian control. After the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the small town of Krimenna, Russian units now control 80 percent of the Luhansk region, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Hajdaj told the Telegram in the evening.

The cities of Rubishne and Popasna in Luhansk are now “partially” under Russian control. There has been intense fighting over this for weeks. The shelling has been added here as well, Hajdaj continues. When the war broke out on February 24, the separatists of Luhansk’s self-proclaimed “People’s Republic” controlled about 30 percent of the region.

the parties to the conflict as a source

In the current situation, information on the course of the war, the bombings and the casualties provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be directly controlled by an independent body.

1:09 p.m.

Ukraine: The big offensive has not started yet

According to the Secretary of the Security Council of Ukraine, Russia’s major offensive in Ukraine has not yet begun. The attacks began along the entire front line in the Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv regions on Tuesday morning, Oleksiy Danilov said in a radio interview, the Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrajinska Pravda reported in the evening. However, these are likely to be just “test attacks”.

When the so-called big offensive starts is only a matter of time, Danilov said. Moscow may still build new resources and reserves en masse over the next two to four weeks. Danilov also warned against the idea that the battles for the Donbass would be the last and decisive battle in the war. “I would not be very optimistic, there may be many different things ahead of us.”

1:09 p.m.

Baerbock’s visit to the Baltic states

Foreign Minister Baerbock is traveling to the Baltic states for three days. On the first day of her trip, she acknowledges the mistakes of the German past and promises more support to stop the Russian war in Ukraine.

1:09 p.m.

Ukraine: Planned evacuation from Mariupol fails again

According to Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk, a planned evacuation of civilians from the southern Ukrainian port of Mariupol has failed again. The reason is Russia’s unwillingness to adhere to a ceasefire. “Due to the negligence” of the Russian army, it was also not possible for those who wanted to evacuate in time to an area where Ukrainian buses were waiting for them. In the end, the escape corridor “did not work as planned.” Vereshchuk added that efforts to rescue civilians from Mariupol would resume on Thursday. According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyj, about 120,000 people are staying in the besieged city.

1:09 p.m.

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