German state leader ‘not wanted’ in Ukraine after war remarks
04 September 2022 | 4:02 pm
The state premier of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, drew the ire of Ukraine's ambassador in Germany over a suggestion that the Russian war be "frozen" to give diplomacy a chance.
Six months after Russia invaded the country, the Ukrainian men's football Premier League resumed. For safety reasons, the games will take place without spectators.
Speaking at the Crimea Platform conference, Ukraine's president has said Kyiv will use any means it deems fit to recapture the peninsula. He also pledged a strong response to any Russian attacks on Independence Day.
Ukrainians are marking 31 years since they broke free from the Russia-dominated Soviet Union, exactly six months after Moscow's started a war to subdue the country once again.
The war in Ukraine has been raging for six months. It has also changed Germany, shattering certainties forcing politicians to impose new measures and to announce a turning point.
Germany's federal government has agreed on a package of new measures, most of which will be up to the discretion of individual states, to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the cooler winter months.
With the war in Ukraine now in its seventh month, the international community remains highly concerned about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine. An uptick in fighting in recent weeks near the Russian-occupied facility, Europe's largest, has led to fears of a nuclear accident. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) wants to send a mission to inspect the plant, but has yet to gain access to it. In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Rafael Mariano Grossi, the director general of the IAEA, expressed hope that the visit would take place within "days".
The death toll has risen after an Independence Day attack on a train station in east Ukraine. Elsewhere, $1 billion of goods are still being shipped from Russia to the US each month despite sanctions.
Meanwhile, officials in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, have banned public celebrations commemorating independence from Soviet rule, citing a raised threat of Russian attack in the war. Follow DW for more.
Winter is coming and Germany is bracing for cold months with less Russian energy to heat homes and keep industry bustling. The center-left government coalition has unveiled a new plan to deal with potential shortages.
The Latvian pop star who left Russian fans behind to stand with Ukraine. Latvian singer Intars Busulis had millions of fans in Russia and a successful concert career. But he has given all that up now. He is writing pro-peace songs and using social media to try to show Russians what is happening in Ukraine.
Ukraine war: Evidence shows widespread use of cluster munitions in Kharkiv. Russia has killed hundreds of civilians in the north-eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv using indiscriminate shelling and widely-banned cluster munitions, according to new research by Amnesty International.
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said a team of experts led by him is "now on its way" to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, Russia is preparing for a large-scale military exercise.
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