NATO chief calls for end to war – Scholz sees Ukraine as part of ‘European family’

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Of: Daniel Dilman


After more than two months of war in Ukraine, peace seems far away – diplomatic efforts continue.

  • diplomatic efforts: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, meets again with the G7 countries.
  • Stoltenberg calls on Putin to start negotiations: The head of NATO launches an appeal to the Russian president.
  • Xi Jinping appeals to Scholz “unpredictable situation” with Russia to prevent.
  • 75 Day War: The Ukrainian conflict continues unabated.
  • Support for Kyiv: You can read all developments of diplomatic efforts in the war against Ukraine and aid to Ukraine in our ticker.

+++ 7:56 p.m.: In the European management of the war in Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron want to put more emphasis on Franco-German cooperation. In these times, Franco-German friendship is more important than ever as a driving force, Scholz stressed during Macron’s first visit to Berlin. But overall, Russia’s “appalling war of aggression” continues to bind EU states together.

After the meeting with Macron, Scholz described Ukraine as part of the “European family” and discussed the candidacies Ukraine submitted to the EU after the war began. According to Scholz, blockages must also be overcome in the accession process of the Western Balkan states.

Re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron during his inaugural visit to Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin. © Kay Nietfeld/dpa

At a Europe Day ceremony on Monday morning at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Macron had warned hours before meeting Scholz that Russia would be humiliated in possible peace talks. “We must work for peace,” Macron stressed, and demanded that the goal be “never to give in to the temptation of humiliation or revenge.” Europe must do everything “so that Ukraine is preserved and that Russia does not seize it,” Macron said.

Diplomacy in the time of the Ukrainian war: China interferes in surprising ways

+++ 1:45 p.m.: The end of the war in Ukraine is currently not in sight. Meanwhile, efforts to find a solution continue. In a videoconference with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Chinese President Xi Jinping has now urged to prevent the conflict in Ukraine from deepening and spreading. Every effort must be made to ensure the war does not become “an incalculable situation”, Xi was quoted as saying by Chinese state media. According to the Federal Press Office, Scholz and Xi also discussed the impact of Russia’s attack on Ukraine on global food supply and energy security.

Putin and Jiping
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jiping in 2013. Russia and China are considered economic allies. © Anatoly Maltsev/dpa

Ukrainian war: Stoltenberg calls on Putin to start negotiations

+++ 9:30 a.m.: On “Victory Day” over Hitler’s Germany, NATO called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to immediately end hostilities in Ukraine. “I again call on President Putin on May 9 to immediately end the war, withdraw his troops from Ukraine and start peace negotiations,” Stoltenberg told the daily Welt. “We stand firmly with Ukraine and will continue to help the country assert its right to self-defense.” He expects “that on May 9 of this year, Putin will again spread lies about NATO and the West as a whole,” Stoltenberg said. During the military parade in Moscow on May 9, Putin also addressed his compatriots with a speech.

+++ Update for Monday, May 9, 7:30 a.m.: Shortly before celebrations marking the end of World War II in Moscow, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin of forgetting history. “Russia has forgotten everything that was important to the victors of World War II,” he said in a video message on Sunday evening. Decades after World War II, “evil is back, in a different uniform, but with the same goal”.

On May 9, Russia celebrates the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany. On Saturday, the army in Moscow held the dress rehearsal for the 77th anniversary military parade. Thousands of soldiers will march through Red Square on Monday accompanied by an air show, followed by tanks, armored vehicles and rocket launchers.

War in Ukraine: “Bloody new edition of Nazism” – Zelenskyj warns the West

+++ 10:30 a.m.: In a moving video address from the heavily damaged Kyiv suburb of Borodyanka, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky drew parallels between the German invasion of World War II and the current Russian invasion. “In Ukraine they staged a bloody revival of Nazism,” Zelensky said of Russia’s attack on Ukraine in a black-and-white video in front of the rubble of a residential building. “A fanatical imitation of the regime, its ideas, actions, words and symbols. A wacky, faithfully detailed take on his bestialities and alibis that are meant to give this villain sacred purpose.

He accused Russian leaders of removing “never” from the anti-war slogan “never again” during his February 24 bombing and replacing it with the slogan “we can repeat that”. Since the start of the invasion, the Russians have repeated many Nazi atrocities, albeit under different slogans, he said. On the occasion of the commemoration of the end of World War II, Zelensky recalled the contribution of the Ukrainian people to the victory of the anti-Hitler coalition.

Diplomacy in the Ukrainian war: the President of the Lower Bundestag arrived in kyiv

+++ 09:10: Bundestag President Bärbel Bas arrived in kyiv on Sunday, where she intends to take part in the commemoration of the end of the Second World War in Europe 77 years ago. The SPD politician is the second highest representative of the Federal Republic after the Federal President and thus the most important German politician to visit Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression. It follows an invitation from the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk.

Scholz and Zelenskyj discuss the war in Ukraine with the G7

Update for Sunday, May 8, 7 a.m.: Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) will hold a video conference on Sunday (5 p.m.) with the other G7 heads of state and government. It deals with current issues and in particular the war in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj will also be there and will report on the situation in his country.

This is the third exchange of heads of state and government from the seven major industrialized countries since Germany took over the G7 presidency earlier this year.

Ukrainian war: will Olaf Scholz go to kyiv on Monday? Zelenskyj warns the West

+++ 1 p.m.: President Volodymyr Zelensyi invited Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Kyiv on May 9. Scholz could take a “very strong political step” and come to the Ukrainian capital on May 9, the president said at an event organized by London think tank Chatham House. In response to the invitation, a spokesperson for the Federal Government referred to the Chancellor’s appointments which were already known. This includes the inaugural visit of French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday May 9. “The day before, the Federal Chancellor, his G7 colleagues and the Ukrainian President will discuss the situation in Ukraine in a video link on the occasion of the historic anniversary of the end of the world war,” the spokesperson said. .

For weeks there has been a disagreement between kyiv and Berlin because a visit by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was not wanted. Scholz had previously described unloading as an obstacle to his own journey. On Thursday (May 5), Steinmeier and Selenskyj cleared up the irritation in a phone call. Scholz then announced that Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock would visit Kyiv.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy fleece jacket fetches $110,000 at auction

+++ 9:50 a.m.: A fundraising gala for Ukraine was held in London. Prime Minister Boris Johnson also took part in the “Brave Ukraine” campaign. At the gala, a fleece jacket belonging to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy went for $110,000. In his speech, Johnson called Zelensky “one of the most incredible leaders of modern times.”

Volodymyr Zelensky sets conditions for peace talks with Russia

First report of Saturday May 7: kyiv – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has again spoken out on possible peace talks with Russia in the war in Ukraine. If those were to resume, Russian President Vladimir Putin would first have to fulfill a number of conditions, Zelensky said.

According to Zelenskyy, Russian troops should withdraw completely to the positions they occupied more than two months ago before the start of hostilities in the Ukrainian war. This is the “minimum”, stressed Zelenskyj. According to the American news portal Newsweek, the Ukrainian president said on Friday that the country was not ready to cede territory to Russia. Ukraine has a “bright future” ahead of it, and the “atrocities committed by Russian troops” won’t change that.

Negotiations in the Ukrainian war: Selenskyj does not want to become president of the “mini-Ukraine”.

Volodymyr Zelensky did not want to give up hope for a quick peace with Russia or at least a temporary ceasefire. For this, however, the “border integrity” of Ukraine must be restored. Ceding regions to Russia, for example in the hard-fought east of the country, is not an option. “I was elected by the Ukrainian people as the president of Ukraine, not as the president of a mini-Ukraine or something like that,” Zelenskyy said.

But the Ukrainian president also stressed that the recently closed diplomatic channels between Russia and Ukraine must be reopened. But even for that, the “security of the situation before February 23” must be restored. On February 24, Russian troops invade Ukraine. It is also important that Russia no longer obstructs the evacuation of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

Zelenskyy warns western Russia: ‘They will come for you’

For the West, consisting mainly of the EU and the US, Volodymyr Zelenskyj had a clear warning ready: “If Ukraine falls, God forbid, then it will fall. [die russischen Truppen] also come to you. Maybe in a few years or a generation. But they will come looking for you.” (dil)

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