War in Ukraine in the live ticker
+++ 01:10 Kubicki defends Scholz from criticism for arms deliveries +++
FDP Vice-President Wolfgang Kubicki defended Chancellor Olaf Scholz from attacks due to his stance on arms deliveries to Ukraine. “I believe that Olaf Scholz’s aggression has now reached an unacceptable level,” said Ludwig Erhard’s top liberal in Gmund am Tegernsee. Germany is currently doing what it can afford. “What we can do is: we can give money. And we can lift all the restrictions we still have on arms deliveries to Ukraine by the defense industry.” The Bundeswehr itself cannot provide “anything more and nothing essential”.
+++ 00:44 Greens ask for clarification because of Schwesig’s “dubious foundation” +++
The leader of the parliamentary group of the Greens Britta Haßelmann asks for clarification on the allegations of alleged influence of the Kremlin on the Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Manuela Schwesig. Ahead of the founding of the controversial climate foundation for the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline, Haßelmann tells the German publishing network (RND): “There is nothing beautiful about this dubious foundation.” The events surrounding this foundation should be clarified. “Everything has to be on the table here, and as quickly as possible. It should be clear to everyone by today at the latest that the decisions on the Nord Stream 2 were wrong in terms of geostrategic and energy policy.”
+++ 00:08 US promises further help to Ukraine +++
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken received Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Washington and assured him of continued US support, the US State Department said. They both talked about further ways to help Ukraine.
+++ 23:33 According to Selenskyj, Ukraine’s partners are handing over the required weapons +++
According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s partners are finally delivering the weapons requested by his country. These would help save the lives of thousands of people, he explains in a video speech.
+++ 22:54 UN reports massive destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure around Kiev +++
After evaluating the satellite images, the United Nations (UN) reports the massive destruction of civilian infrastructure around the Ukrainian capital Kiev. About 77% of the urban area of Horenka, 71% of Irpin and 58% of Hostomel had been damaged or destroyed by the end of March, a spokesperson said. Russian forces had attempted to capture Kiev at the beginning of the invasion. Subsequently, the army regrouped and concentrated in the east and south of the country.
+++ 22:39 Kremlin critic Kara-Mursa remains in custody for alleged fake news +++
Noted Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Mursa was arrested on suspicion of spreading false information about the Russian military. The court ordered the 40-year-old to be detained until June 12. After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the Moscow parliament approved a law providing for up to 15 years in prison for spreading “false news” about the military. Kara-Mursa is already in custody. The former journalist was a confidant of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated near the Kremlin in 2015, and is also close to Russian government critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Kara-Mursa claims to have been twice the victim of poison attacks due to his political commitment to him. The 40-year-old is one of the few leading opposition figures still alive in Russia.
+++ 22:18 Amsterdam Trade Bank is bankrupt due to sanctions +++
In connection with sanctions against Russia, a Dutch court declared Amsterdam Trade Bank (ATB) bankrupt. The Dutch central bank confirmed the decision and stated on its website that the bank’s clients are protected by the Dutch deposit insurance scheme up to a maximum of EUR 100,000. Founded in 1994, ATB, a subsidiary of the Russian Alfa Bank group, has around 23,000 customers in the Netherlands. The bankrupt bank had recently condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, pointing out that its business focused on small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe financed by Dutch and German savers. As a Dutch regulated bank, it acts independently of shareholders and complies with all sanctions against Russia.
+++ 21:50 27 crew members missing from the sunken “Moskva” +++
According to the Russian report, a crew member died when the Russian warship “Moskva” sank. According to the Moscow Defense Ministry, another 27 have disappeared, according to the RIA news agency. 396 crew members were rescued. The flagship of the Russian Black Sea fleet sank last week. Ukraine claims that it previously hit the ship with a missile. Western intelligence services consider this likely.
Read more about it here.
+++ 21:33 The Russian bank renames itself after its founder criticizes Putin +++
After banker Oleg Tinkov’s harsh criticism of the war in Ukraine, his financial institution, Tinkoff Bank, announces its renaming. “The company has been preparing for the move for a long time and recent events make this decision even more urgent,” the bank said. As Russia’s second largest private bank, Tinkoff has long since surpassed its original brand. “To the delight of our 20 million customers, we have decided to leave the Tinkoff brand behind.” The billionaire Tinkov had criticized the war on social networks as “useless”, a “massacre” and a “war of shit” and said that 90 percent of Russians were against it. The rumor caused a sensation and some Russians then closed their bank accounts. Tinkow himself has mostly lived abroad since he fell ill with leukemia a few years ago. At the end of his message, the bank wishes the founder a speedy recovery.
You can read the previous developments here.