Ukraine war in the live ticker: Selenskyj wants to celebrate another “Victory Day” with a big parade
Kyiv – The fighting in different parts of the Ukraine continue on day 75 of the invasion.
In the south, the Ukrainian military said it killed 51 Russian soldiers on Sunday and destroyed two rocket launchers and a helicopter.
According to the Ukrainian air defense system, five unmanned aerial vehicles and three Russian cruise missiles were shot down.
However, the information could not be independently verified.
11.45 a.m .: Göring-Eckhardt wants more weapons for Ukraine
Bundestag Vice-President Katrin Göring-Eckardt (56, Greens) considers the previous arms deliveries to Ukraine to be insufficient.
“I think that’s not enough for Ukraine at the moment and we have to do everything we can to deliver everything that we can somehow deliver together with our European partners,” said Göring-Eckardt on Monday in the “Frühstart” program. by RTL/ntv. It must be ensured that Ukraine is prepared “in this fight against Putin”. “Either directly or by ring exchange, whatever.”
“Heavy weapons must be delivered, I think that’s very important,” said the Green politician. Since “new battalions have to be set up” in Ukraine, more protective equipment is also needed. “That means that, judging by my conversations, something like helmets and protective vests will be needed again, which can be delivered very quickly.”
10.35 a.m .: Selenskyj promises a parade after the victory over Russia
Despite the ongoing Russian war of aggression, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (44) has commemorated the 77th anniversary of the anti-Hitler coalition’s victory in World War II.
“Our enemy dreamed that we would not celebrate May 9 and the victory over National Socialism,” said Zelenskyy in a video message on Monday. Kyiv will not allow the victory to be claimed by anyone. “Millions of Ukrainians fought against National Socialism and walked a long and difficult path,” emphasized the 44-year-old. More than eight million Ukrainians perished in World War II.
Just as the Red Army liberated Donetsk, Luhansk, Mariupol, Kherson, Melitopol, Berdyansk and the entire Crimean peninsula from the Nazis, the current occupiers would also be expelled, Zelensky said. “On the day of victory over National Socialism, we fight for a new victory,” he emphasized. Ukrainians would not fight for either “Dad Tsar” or “the Führer”. “We always fight for ourselves. For our freedom. For our independence,” said the head of state.
Moscow will end up just like the Hitler regime, which the Kremlin is copying. “And soon we will have two ‘Victory Days’ in Ukraine,” he said. The Victory Parade will take place on the main street of Kiev, Khreshchatyk.
10.25 a.m .: British minister compares attack on Ukraine with Nazi atrocities
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace (51) compared Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine to Nazi atrocities on Russia’s “Victory Day” over fascism.
In a speech on Monday, Wallace wanted to demand that Putin and his generals be tried before an international war crimes tribunal like the Nazi leadership was after World War II. The British media reported on Monday, citing excerpts from the speech manuscript.
“With their invasion of Ukraine, Putin, his inner circle and his generals are now reflecting the fascism and tyranny of 70 years ago and repeating the mistakes of the totalitarian regimes of the last century,” Wallace said in the speech. “Their destiny must be the same as well.” Russia’s victims of the past should not be forgotten, “but neither should the lessons of what lies ahead for the perpetrators of such unprovoked brutality,” he stressed.
9.25 a.m .: Russia cancels air show at military parade.
The Russian leadership has canceled the air show at the Moscow military parade.
“The aerial part will not take place because of the weather,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the state news agency TASS on Monday.
Originally, 77 planes and helicopters were supposed to take part in the military parade. According to media reports, the plan was for the fighter jets to form a “Z” in the sky.
8 a.m.: Russia’s space chief threatens Musk over satellite network for Ukraine
The head of the Russian space agency, Dmitry Rogozin (58), has a tech billionaire Elon Musk (50) threatened the consequences for Ukraine’s supply of satellite Internet.
Musk’s space company SpaceX provided the country under Russian attack with facilities to use its Starlink satellite network. This gives you fast internet from space. This was helpful for Ukrainian authorities and troops when mobile communications and local Internet access failed.
Rogozin now wrote to the chat service Telegram on Sunday that Musk was “participated in supplying fascist forces in Ukraine with means of military communication”. He will have to answer for this “like an adult”. Musk responded on Monday night on Twitter with a joke: “If I should die under mysterious circumstances – it was good to have known you.” Musk is also the boss of the electric car manufacturer Tesla and is currently trying to buy Twitter.
6 a.m.: Ukraine war and inflation change shopping behavior
The Ukraine war and the high inflation rates are causing significant changes in the shopping behavior of people in Germany.
According to the latest figures from the market research company GfK, discounters are again gaining market share at the expense of supermarkets and specialist shops. The retail chains’ own brands are also enjoying growing popularity again.
“Households react very quickly when the general conditions change significantly,” said retail expert Robert Kecskes from the market research company GfK of the German Press Agency.
“That was the case with the pandemic, and it’s the same now with the Ukraine war and the high inflation rate.” People are unsettled, many feel that their freely disposable income is shrinking and that is having a clear impact on their shopping behavior.
2.15 a.m .: NATO chief Stoltenberg calls on Putin to end the war
On the “Day of Victory” over Hitler’s Germany, NATO called on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to stop hostilities in Ukraine immediately.
“I am calling on President Putin once again on May 9 to end the war immediately, to withdraw his troops from Ukraine and to start peace negotiations,” Jens Stoltenberg (63) told the daily newspaper “Welt”.
“We stand firmly by Ukraine’s side and will continue to help the country assert its right to self-defense.”
Stoltenberg expects “that on May 9 of this year, Putin will again spread lies about NATO and the West as a whole.” During a military parade in Moscow, Putin also wants to address his compatriots with a speech.
The NATO Secretary General rejected accusations from Moscow that the western defense alliance was behaving aggressively. “For more than seven decades we have been able to prevent war for our allies. NATO is a defensive alliance and the current crisis shows that it is vital for Europe and North America to stand together in NATO to secure peace and to preserve the values of freedom and democracy,” said Stoltenberg.
1.45 a.m .: Selenskyj considers Russia isolated
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj (44) sees great symbolic power in the trips of international celebrities to his country on the anniversary of the end of the World War in Europe.
“Today in Ukraine has shown that we are already a full part of the free world and a united Europe,” Zelenskyy said in his daily video address on Sunday evening.
“This is an apparent contrast to Moscow’s loneliness in evil and hatred, which everyone will see tomorrow,” he said, referring to the “Victory Day” celebrations over Hitler’s Germany in the Russian capital on Monday.
0.30 a.m .: Putin does not give sovereignty over May 8th
SPD leader Lars Klingbeil (44) has warned against giving Russian President Vladimir Putin (69) the authority to interpret May 8th.
“We must not allow Russia to falsify history. And we must not allow Putin to try to interpret May 8, but also the war,” he said, referring to the Russian attack on Ukraine .
It was therefore right that Chancellor Olaf Scholz (63, SPD) made it clear in his television speech “why we are standing by the courageous Ukrainians these days, these weeks and why we are helping them”.
0.05 a.m .: Melnyk “would have liked a lot more concrete things”
The Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk (46) said he was disappointed with Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s televised speech on the anniversary of the end of the World War in Europe.
In the speech, one would have wished for “much more concrete information” about how the Bundestag decision on the delivery of heavy weapons should be implemented, said Melnyk on Sunday on the ARD program “Anne Will”. “Unfortunately, we haven’t heard much that’s new.”
Melnyk called the German government’s commitment to deliver seven self-propelled howitzers – modern artillery systems – to Ukraine a “good decision”.
Ukraine war, day 74: Selenskyj currently does not believe there is a chance of Mariupol being liberated
At the same time, he made it clear that he expected much more. “When we hear the Chancellor saying that Russia must not win, that means that everything, absolutely everything should be done (…) to help us in this difficult situation, in this war, the worst war since Second World War,” demanded the diplomat.
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