DrUkraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky alludes to the sunken Russian warship Moskva in a video address early this morning and praises all those “who showed that Russian ships … can reach the bottom.”
According to Ukraine, the Russian missile cruiser was hit by two Ukrainian Neptune missiles. The Russian Defense Ministry had confirmed the sinking of a ship belonging to the Black Sea Fleet this evening. It sank in a storm while towing to port.
The sinking of Moskva is one of the largest material losses for the Russian army since the start of the military operation against Ukraine on February 24.
In addition, Zelensky thanked his compatriots for 50 days of resistance against Russia. “Thank God, the armed forces of Ukraine and our people – we have defended most of our country,” Zelensky said in a video message posted on Telegram Thursday evening to mark the 50th day since the start of the Russian war of aggression. in Ukraine. “50 days of our defense is an achievement. An achievement for millions of Ukrainians.”
Zelensky said he remembered the first day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “To put it mildly, no one was convinced that we would survive.” Many had advised him to leave the country. “They advised that we surrender de facto to tyranny.” But they did not know the Ukrainians, they did not know how brave they were and how much they valued the freedom to “live the way we want”.
Zelensky also thanked all Ukraine supporters. In the 50 days many political leaders saw differently. He saw “great generosity” in those who were not rich or bent over those who were not taken seriously by others. But he also saw politicians behaving as if they had no power.
Ukraine News – all the events in the live broadcast tape:
06:20 – Dobrendt calls for more military aid to Ukraine
The CSU of the Bundestag is demanding quick decisions by the federal government on the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine. “The time for long traffic lights is over,” Alexander Dobrendt, the regional group leader for the Christian Christian Union, told dpa in Berlin. “Germany can and should provide significantly more military support.”
“We need to further strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities, including heavy weapons, protected vehicles and drone reconnaissance technology,” said Dobrendt, a politician at CSU.
5:52 a.m. – Left-wing politicians accuse the Greens and the Freedom and Justice Party of “excessive arms demands.”
In the debate on arms deliveries to Ukraine, the first parliamentary secretary of the left-wing parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Jan Kurti, accused the FDP and the Green Party of war rhetoric and “demands for excessive arms”. “The path of increased military intervention, promoted in particular by the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party,” Kurti told dpa, is taking on increasingly threatening proportions. “It’s time to end this dangerous game of fire.”
Chancellor Olaf Schultz (SPD) called for an end to “the Greens and the FDP’s demands for excessive weapons.” “Anyone who wants to deliver more and more heavy weapons to Ukraine with the rhetoric of war that is becoming more and more screaming every day must answer precisely what is involved, to what extent and purpose is being pursued. And he must answer how far he must go. The whole thing.”
02:39 am – Violent explosions in many parts of Ukraine
Air raid sirens have been sounding in Luhansk and Zaporizhia in eastern Ukraine since midnight. Previously, huge eruptions were reported from Kyiv, southern Kherson and Kharkiv to the east and Ivano-Frankivsk to the west. Ukrainian media are talking about power outages in parts of the capital, Kyiv.
1:00 a.m. – HABC: “More guns should come”
Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck is campaigning for increased arms shipments to Ukraine. “More weapons have to come,” the green politician told Funk Media Group newspapers (Friday). We cannot leave Ukraine alone in the war. She fights for us too. Ukraine must not lose, and Putin must not win.”
When asked if Germany supplies it with heavy weapons, the vice chancellor said: “The people of Ukraine are resisting with courage and a willingness to make sacrifices. We have an obligation to support them with arms. At the same time, we have a responsibility not to become the target of attacks ourselves. This is the framework within which we present Everything is possible.” Habek added that this framework “so far does not include large tanks or combat aircraft.”
Of course, the brutalization of war also means an increase in the quantity and quality of arms shipments. But we are discussing that with our European partners and our NATO partners.”
Politicians from the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party in particular are pressing for more help for Kiev in the traffic light alliance, including in the form of heavy weapons. “Now we have to finally start supplying Ukraine with what it needs, and these are also heavy weapons,” green politician Anton Hofferter said on RTL. Chancellor Olaf Schultz (Social Democratic Party) has so far been reluctant to hand over heavy weapons voiced by Kyiv.
00:05 – Ukrainian students: Education unions demand concrete plan
Education unions called on politicians to present a concrete plan for the integration of refugee children from Ukraine. The background is that the chair of the Conference of Ministers of Education, Karen Brin, expects that about 400,000 students from Ukraine will be taught. “As the functional and spatial situation in schools is constantly getting worse, I expect the Education Ministers Conference to not only calculate the needs, but also define precisely what they will do,” said the Education and Training Association president. (VBE), Udo Beckmann, German Liberation Network (RND/Friday). “Politicians should not hope that schools and day care centers will somehow solve the problem.”
The President of the Education and Science Consortium, Mike Fenern, also demanded: “Schools now need additional financial and human resources as quickly as possible in order to master the challenge of integrating hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugee schoolchildren in the future.” “Federal, state and local governments.” are required.
Brin said hundreds of thousands of refugee children from Ukraine would have to be educated in Germany in the future. According to the CDU politician, this will require about 24,000 teachers.
10:35 p.m. Moscow: The missile cruiser Moskva sank
The cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which was damaged in the Ukraine war, was sunk. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense in Moscow on Thursday evening. During the towing, the ship lost its “stability” in rough seas and sank.