War in Ukraine: Nacy Faeser demands better protection for people politically persecuted by Russia

BInterior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) wants to do more for the politically persecuted in Russia. “We want to do everything possible to ensure that these people, who reject Putin’s criminal war, are safe in Germany,” the minister told the Funke media group on Thursday. At the same time, she noted that the number of asylum seekers fleeing Russia to protect themselves from repression had not increased significantly since the start of the war.

“It worries us,” Faeser said. The difficult growing number of asylum seekers by Russian citizens could also mean that “people who have to flee Putin’s policies may not arrive in Germany,” the minister said. “Therefore, it is also a matter of finding ways for people from Russia who are particularly threatened to be able to apply for asylum in the EU and work here as well,” he said.

Asked what the “quick defense” might look like for politically persecuted Russians and whether special admission programs for Russian citizens were also planned, a Federal Ministry of Interior spokeswoman said: “The responsible ministries are currently working intensively on these issues. “.

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Furthermore, the ministry announced that the federal government “had taken various measures to expedite visa procedures for those workers and qualified specialists who are employed in Russia by a German or internationally active company and who will continue to be employed by the the same company or group of companies in Germany ”.

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08:05 – MB: Russian troops advance on Donbas

According to British information, the Russian armed forces are advancing from their deployment zones in the eastern region of Ukraine Donbass towards Kramatorsk. The city is still under rocket fire, the British Ministry of Defense said, citing a military intelligence report. The Russian military is trying to destroy Ukraine’s air defense capabilities in the east of the country.

But there is probably a certain amount of time pressure with the Russian offensive. Russia is likely to make significant gains ahead of the annual May 9 Victory Day celebrations over Nazi Germany. “It could affect how quickly and forcefully they try to carry out operations leading up to that date,” it was said on Twitter.

08:02 – Eastern Ukraine: All supply stores in the city of Sievarodonetsk destroyed

According to the regional administration, the Russian overnight attacks caused heavy damage in several cities in the eastern region of Ukraine, Luhansk. “Not a single warehouse is left intact in Sieverodonetsk,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Hadjday told the regional administration Facebook channel. Residents could only be supplied with humanitarian aid.

In addition, several houses in the towns of Rubishne and Novodrushesk were destroyed, Hajdaj said. Both cities are considered highly contested. Pro-Russian separatists recently reported taking Rubishne. Ukrainian authorities confirm at least a partial occupation of the city by Russian units. Reports could not be verified independently.

06:30 – War crimes investigations begin in Berlin

In the future, refugees from Ukraine will be able to testify about war crimes in Berlin. The Pilecki Institute documentation center – a research facility funded by the Polish Ministry of Culture – will start on Friday, according to spokesman Patryk Szostak. “Every witness to the crimes in Ukraine – theft, murder, deportation, abduction, bombing of civilians, destruction of culture – is invited to testify,” the statement said.

The aim is to gather as many details as possible about the war crimes in Ukraine and the criminals with the collected reports. “Every crime and every soldier who committed it must be punished,” the institute said. The documents must have probative value in court.

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06:13 – More US military assistance to Ukraine is expected

US President Joe Biden will announce plans for additional military assistance to Ukraine, according to a government official. The administration official, who wished to remain anonymous, said Biden would deliver a speech at the White House in the morning (local time) in which he would outline plans to raise about $ 2.6 billion in military aid, which the government has already approved it. 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.

05:15 – Experts: Russian cyber bodies could drop 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 by manipulating the financial market, said Sandro Gaycken, founder of the Institute of Digital Society at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin of the German Press Agency. “It is also conceivable that they are working with ransomware criminal gangs to extort rewards from companies attacked in the West.”

4:40 – President of the KMC: Ukrainian online lessons only as an addition

Ukrainian children and young people in German schools should be integrated as soon as possible. This was confirmed by the President of the Conference of Ministers of Education, Karin Prien. “There is a consensus among the countries that German language learning and integration into the German school system have priority and that the Ukrainian side’s online lessons, ie according to Ukrainian specifications, should only be considered as a complementary measure,” said Schleswig-Holstein, Minister of Education. CDU) of the German Press Agency. The same goes for lessons in the mother tongue, insofar as the offer can be offered locally.

According to current figures from the CMC, almost 61,000 students from Ukraine have been admitted to schools in Germany. With more than 12,000 students admitted, Bavaria is in the lead.

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12:37 – Le Pen opposes ban on imports of Russian gas

The right-wing candidate for president of France, Marine Le Pen, has spoken out against the ban on gas imports from Russia. Because it would hurt the French, she does not support such a sanction, Le Pen said in the only televised debate with her opponent Emmanuel Macron before the run-off election for the presidency on Sunday. Le Pen also said Macron’s efforts should be held differently. This included humanitarian and financial assistance to Ukraine, as well as defense support.

Liberal Macron, on the other hand, called for independence from Russian oil and gas. He wants to increase France’s current assistance to Ukraine. Starting with the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, Macron jumped into the debate over Le Pen’s proximity to Russia. Among other things, he accused him of having recognized the annexation of the Crimean island in the Black Sea by Russia in 2014.

23:58 – US and partners warn of Russian cyber attacks against Ukrainian supporters

The Five Eyes intelligence alliance has warned of possible Russian cyber attacks against states that support Ukraine. Evidence was growing that the Russian government was exploring “opportunities for cyber attacks,” according to an official warning issued by the intelligence coalition, which includes the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Several cybercriminal groups recently “declared their support for the Russian government.”

23:24 – US imposes sanctions on Russian trans-capital bank

The US has imposed sanctions on Russian private bank Transkapitalbank and a network led by oligarch Konstantin Malofeev over the war in Ukraine. The US Treasury Department said the trans-capital bank tried to circumvent existing US sanctions. The private bank offered transactions to its customers through its internet-based banking system in order to bypass the global Swift payment system for dollar payments.

Sanctions were also imposed on about 40 individuals and companies linked to oligarch Malofeyev, who are also said to have helped circumvent the sanctions, the US Treasury Department said. Punitive measures were also imposed on Russian companies that mine cryptocurrencies.

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