Ukraine News +++ Over 90,000 Ukrainian children in German schools +++

SSince the beginning of the Russian war of aggression, more than 90,000 students from Ukraine have been accommodated in German schools. “This is a huge achievement for which I am very grateful,” said Federal Minister for Education Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) of the “Rheinische Post”. According to the report, the German Teachers’ Association estimates that there are currently up to 50,000 Ukrainian school-age children in Germany who are not yet in education.

The Ukrainian children and young people need not only security but also a perspective, said the Minister of Education. They got this through rapid integration in kindergarten and school as well as supplementary offers in their language. The goal must be a “good balance between integration into our education system and the preservation of Ukrainian identity,” Stark-Watzinger stressed.

The chairman of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, also told the newspaper that the schools are already experiencing some return to western Ukraine and the area around the capital Kiev. For this reason, children are increasingly being withdrawn from German education. “Nevertheless, the influx is still greater than the return,” he said.

Meidinger also spoke in favor of a “flexible, multi-track school concept”. This should pursue both the possibility of permanent integration and the approach that refugees want to return to after a short time.

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10:10 – Russia: Warehouses with military equipment from the US and Europe destroyed

According to Russia, it has destroyed a large stockpile of military equipment from Europe and the United States. The camp was located near the Bohodukhiv train station in the Kharkiv region, the Russian Defense Ministry said. 18 Ukrainian military facilities were hit during the night, including three ammunition depots in Datschne near the city of Odessa.

9:49 – More than 90,000 Ukrainian children in German schools

Since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression, more than 90,000 students from Ukraine have been accommodated in German schools. “This is a huge achievement for which I am very grateful,” said Federal Minister for Education Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) of the “Rheinische Post”. According to the report, the German Teachers’ Association estimates that there are currently up to 50,000 Ukrainian school-age children in Germany who are not yet in education.

The Ukrainian children and young people need not only security but also a perspective, said the Minister of Education. They got this through rapid integration in kindergarten and school as well as supplementary offers in their language. The goal must be a “good balance between integration into our education system and the preservation of Ukrainian identity,” Stark-Watzinger stressed.

09:16 – City council: Russian missile sets fire to Ukraine’s National Museum

According to Ukrainian sources, a Russian missile hit a national museum near the border. The museum about the poet and philosopher Gregorius Skovoroda’s life and work in Skovorodynivka in the Kharkiv region went up in flames, the city council informs on Facebook.

9:12 – For the first time, the UN Security Council calls for a peaceful solution

For the first time, the UN Security Council has called for a peaceful solution to the Ukraine war. All UN member states must resolve their disputes by peaceful means, according to a statement adopted Friday after a two-minute session in New York.

Russia did not veto the opinion of the UN’s most powerful body. Since the war began on February 24, Russia had blocked all decisions of the 15-man Great Council on the war in Ukraine.

08:25 – Britain: War burdens Russian units

According to the British military intelligence service, the war in Ukraine clearly affects some of the most modern and effective units of the Russian armed forces. At least one Russian T-90M, the most modern Russian tank, was destroyed in combat, the British Ministry of Defense wrote in a situation report on Twitter. The best-equipped Russian units have about 100 T-90Ms in operation, including those in Ukraine.

05:14 – CDU defense expert makes approval of special funds subject to structural reforms

The Deputy Head of the Union’s Parliamentary Group, Johann Wadephul (CDU), has named structural reforms as a condition of the Union’s approval of the planned € 100 billion special fund to strengthen the Bundeswehr. The Union will only agree to the creation of a special fund “if Parliament also commits itself to securing the necessary funding of the Bundeswehr on a permanent basis,” Wadephul told the German editorial network (RND / Saturday editions).

This should be done in a law on the financing of federal armed forces, “if you do not want a constitutional regulation”. Investment should only take place in sustainable structures in the Bundeswehr. The Bundeswehr must “once again become an armed force that can effectively defend Germany and the alliance area”. Therefore, there is an urgent need for new concepts.

03:25 Germany helps solve war crimes

Specialists from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) are now assisting with the investigation of suspected war crimes against civilians with know-how and equipment. According to a preliminary report, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, at the request of the newspaper “Bild”, confirmed that the first forensic materials were on their way to Ukraine. BKA forensic pathologists are said to help examine corpses and offer training in crime scene work. For security reasons, this should initially take place “in Germany or in a neighboring country to Ukraine”.

02:47 – Rosatom wants compensation for faulty order in Finland

Russian power plant builder Rosatom is demanding compensation from Finland for the failed order for the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant. Rosatom is also ready to build the Pyhäjoki nuclear power plant, about 500 kilometers north of Helsinki. “In the meantime, we have no choice but to defend ourselves and seek compensation for this illegal termination of the contract,” it said in a statement Friday.

Finnish client Fennovoima justified the cancellation on Monday with the increasing delays at Hanhikivi 1. Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has increased the risk of the project. Rosatom pointed out that delays are not uncommon in a large project of this kind. The Finnish side is partly responsible for this. According to Russian information, the construction of the nuclear power plant, which will cost seven billion euros, should start as planned in late 2022 or early 2023.

23:50 – Ukraine works on diplomatic solution for Azovstal defenders

According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine is working on a diplomatic solution to rescue the defenders who endure the besieged Azovsteel steelworks in the port city of Mariupol. Influential brokers and states are involved in the effort, Zelenskyj said in his nightly video message. He did not give details.

23:41 Biden announces further arms deliveries to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has announced further arms shipments to Ukraine. The United States provided Ukraine with “additional artillery ammunition, radars and other equipment,” Biden said Friday. A senior US official stated the value of this weapons package to be $ 150 million.

Biden called on parliament to quickly approve more arms shipments. “Congress must urgently make the necessary resources available to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.” The funds approved so far are “almost exhausted”.

The United States has already pledged more than $ 3 billion in military aid to Ukraine since Russia’s war of aggression began on February 24. Congressional approval is required for additional funds. Basically, there is bipartisan support for it in the U.S. House. Biden, however, had demanded the unprecedented sum of $ 33 billion.

23:39 – Zelenskyy urges Ukrainians to be careful: “This is your life”

Due to fears of airstrikes on Russia’s Victory Day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on his country’s citizens to be particularly disciplined. “I urge all our citizens – and especially these days – not to ignore air alarms,” ​​the head of state said Friday in his evening video speech. “Please, this is your life, your children’s lives.”

Ukrainians should closely follow government orders and comply with local curfews. Zelenskyy said it was forbidden to enter forests occupied by the Russian military because of the danger of mines.

Next Monday, May 9, Russia celebrates the Soviet victory over Hitler’s Germany in World War II. In Ukraine, there are fears that Russia may plan particularly violent attacks on Ukraine on Victory Day. Curfews lasting several days are said to apply in some cities near the front.

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