Ukrainian war in live ticker
+++ 04:02 The Ministry confirmed the death of a US citizen in Ukraine +++
According to the US State Department, a US citizen has died in Ukraine. A 52-year-old man from New York was killed in the fighting on May 15, according to an obituary published earlier this month in The Recorder. A State Department spokesman confirmed the death and said US citizens should not travel to Ukraine because of the war. Volunteers from the United States and other countries have volunteered to fight alongside Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
+++ 03:04 For $ 103.5 million: Russian journalist bids Nobel Prize medal +++
Russian journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov has auctioned his $ 103.5 million (€ 98.4 million) Nobel Medal. Proceeds from the auction in New York will go to the children of refugees from Ukraine. The presentation of the medal was secured by telephone by an anonymous applicant. According to the Heritage Auctions auction house, the proceeds of the auction will go to the UNICEF children’s fund for Ukrainian refugee children. Muratov is the editor-in-chief of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. She had to stop appearing at the end of March after she was repeatedly warned by the authorities about her coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
+++ 02:24 Zelenskyj: Ukraine is already part of the European Value Area +++
Shortly before the decision on the status of an EU candidate country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated that he believed that Ukraine already belonged to Europe. The country invaded by Russia proves every day that it is already part of a single European area of values, says Zelensky in his night video speech. Russia is very nervous about Ukraine’s aspirations to join the EU. The only way to deal with shelling and “brutal” attacks in eastern and southern Ukraine is on the battlefield, Zelensky said.
+++ 01:38 Aiwanger calls for a gas emergency level +++
Bavarian Economy and Energy Minister Hubert Aiwanger calls on the federal government to declare the final stage of the escalation of the gas emergency plan. “The principle of hope is no longer enough, we now need an emergency level of energy security law,” says the Free Voter politician, according to a statement from the Bavarian Ministry of Economy. “It would give the federal government significantly more opportunities to intervene politically in a supply crisis.” The gas emergency plan, which has three phases, envisages a possible cessation of Russian gas supplies. The first, the early warning level, has already been announced by the federal government. In the last, emergency stage, the state would have to intervene. Then it would be possible to shut down industrial customers. Private households, on the other hand, are protected.
+++ 01:05 More than 200,000 refugees in Germany are looking for work +++
Of the approximately 800,000 Ukrainians who fled to Germany before the war, more than 200,000 have so far registered with employment offices. The editorial network informed Germany about this at the request of the Federal Labor Office (BA). According to that, Bavaria has the most registrations with a good 42,000 refugees. This was followed by North Rhine-Westphalia (32,000) and Baden-Württemberg (27,000). In Berlin, almost 13,000 Ukrainians registered with the employment office to find work. The data include all persons aged 15 and over.
+++ 00:17 Ukraine reports more dead and injured in the east of the country +++
In the east, Ukraine mourns more civilian deaths. Three people were killed in the Donetsk region during the Russian shelling, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said in the Telegram, and two others were injured. The shelling of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov also continues. Three people were killed and two others injured on Monday, Governor Oleh Synyehubov wrote on the Telegram. According to local governor Dmytr Schywyzky, one civilian was killed and another wounded in the Sumy area. It is also said that there were several injuries in the Odessa after the rocket attacks.
+++ 23:28 Russian Crimean authorities: Three wounded after attack on oil rigs +++
According to Russian authorities, three people were injured in attacks by Ukrainian forces on three oil rigs off the coast of the Crimean peninsula. Seven are still missing, explains Moscow Governor Sergei Aksyonov in the Telegram online service. He had previously reported the number of injured at five on Russian television. According to Aksyonov, a total of 94 people were evacuated from the platforms. The search for the missing will continue.
+++ 22:39 Tens of thousands of Georgians demonstrate for early EU membership +++
Tens of thousands of people are demonstrating in the Georgian capital Tbilisi for the country’s early membership. Approximately 60,000 assembly participants wave EU flags on the “March for Europe”. Last Friday, the European Commission recommended granting EU candidate country status to Ukraine and neighboring Moldova. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen only recommended Georgia a “European perspective”. The initiators of the demonstration in Tbilisi were leading democratic groups. However, they are supported by all opposition parties in demonstrating “the Georgian people’s commitment to their European choice and their Western values.”
+++ 22:10 Several countries enforce the EU’s seventh sanctions package against Russia +++
Several EU countries are calling for further sanctions against Russia and Belarus and for the Union to commit to greater military assistance to Ukraine. Diplomats on the sidelines of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg said that Nordic and Eastern European countries in particular were urging the EU commission to start work on a seventh package of sanctions. Approximately one third of the 27 Member States shared this view. Germany and others, on the other hand, believe that existing sanctions should initially be fully implemented and existing loopholes should be closed.
+++ 21:40 Stoltenberg is convinced of Turkey’s position on NATO membership +++
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the consultations between Turkey, Sweden and Finland at the Alliance’s headquarters “constructive”. Stoltenberg explained that negotiations on the planned accession of both Scandinavian countries to NATO will continue. NATO member Turkey has “legitimate security concerns about terrorism to which we must respond”. He is looking forward to “finding a solution as soon as possible”.
+++ 21:05 Melnyk: “Ukrainians feel very good in Germany” +++
At a solidarity concert for his country in Berlin, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk emphasized that his compatriots felt that they were in good hands in Germany. “Ukrainians are feeling very well in Germany,” ntv.de reporter Philipp Sandmann was quoted as saying via Twitter politician, who also provoked criticism about conflicting statements about a week ago. Before the concert began, Melnyk shared the pictures and called for participation in the concert and support for his country in terms of its prospects in the EU.
+++ 20:50 Munz: The Kaliningrad dispute “is a highly explosive moment” +++
Russia claims that the Lithuanian ban on the transit of certain goods to Kaliningrad is illegal. The dispute over the Russian enclave is highly explosive, according to ntv Moscow correspondent Rainer Munz.
+++ 20:16 Russia does not want to apply the Geneva Conventions to captured American fighters +++
According to a media report, the Russian government has accused two US citizens captured in Ukraine of illegal activity. Both men are mercenaries and must take responsibility for their crimes, the RIA news agency quoted government spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. The Geneva Conventions do not apply to them.
+++ 19:43 EU wants to review sanctions guidelines after Russian criticism +++
Following Russia’s criticism of restrictions on rail transit between the Baltic Sea Exclave Kaliningrad, which belongs to Russia, and the Russian heart, the EU has pledged to revise its sanctions guidelines. As a precaution, the legal aspects of the guidelines on restrictions on imports and exports of certain products will be re-examined, EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. The Kremlin has previously criticized Lithuania’s restrictions on rail transit between Kaliningrad and the Russian heart as “illegal.”
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