‘Not our fight’: Why the Middle East doesn’t fully support Ukraine
26 April 2022 | 10:33 am
Middle Eastern countries are still on the fence when it comes to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Their citizens are pointing out the West's double standards around conflict and refugees. Should Europe be worried?
Ukrainian farmers have become something of folk heroes after numerous videos emerged of them using their tractors to tow away Russian tanks and other military equipment, following Ukrainian forces' battlefield victories. But in reality, the war has plunged Ukrainian agriculture into a crisis with global implications, given the country's importance to global supplies of grain and sunflower oil.
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen continue to meet with voters, just over 10 days before they go head to head in the French presidential run-off. Also, Ukraine says it has detained one of Putin's closest allies, a Ukrainian oligarch and opposition politician. Meanwhile, Kyiv refuses to meet Germany's president over his past sympathies for Russia. Finally, we tell you what a coastal grandma is and why TikTokers are crazy about this summer trend!
Various media in the UK and Belarus have used an image dating from 2013 to illustrate what is supposed to be a Russian mobile crematorium in Ukraine. The fake image lent credibility to official Ukrainian claims that Moscow was using such vehicles in a bid to hide the extent of massacres in the country. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
Slovakian Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad says Russian President Vladimir Putin is "equal" to Adolf Hitler. Ukraine has classified Russia as a terrorist state and a "neo-Nazi totalitarian regime." DW has the latest.
Photographer Alexander Glyadyelov has covered conflicts all over the world. But now the battlefield is his own country, Ukraine, and the frontline his home city of Kyiv. The award-winning photographer speaks to us from the Ukrainian capital about documenting the consequences of the Russian invasion, including harrowing scenes involving civilian casualties. We also take a look at an exhibition at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre of Paris, which is showcasing the work of photographers on the ground, whether it's the view from their makeshift bomb shelters or the scenes of destruction in towns across the country.
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged France and President Emmanuel Macron to call atrocities committed by Russian forces in Ukraine a "genocide”. Macron earlier this week refused to use the term, a decision that Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky called "painful".
The World Bank has estimated Ukraine's economic output will almost halve this year, slumping 45% as a result of the war with Russia. DW discussed that with Dmytro Los, chairman of Ukraine Business & Trade Association.
Middle Eastern countries are boosting their food independence to counter the coming wheat shortfall. But despite some encouraging initiatives, existing challenges make food sovereignty almost impossible — for now.
Pope Francis has criticized the war in Ukraine as a "cruel and senseless" conflict. In his Easter "Urbi et Orbi" address he also called for reconciliation among Israelis and Palestinians, and in other conflict zones.
Seven people were killed and eight wounded in a missile strike on the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Monday morning, regional governor Maksym Kozystkiy said.
Over 140 incidents of alleged endorsement of Russia's invasion of Ukraine are being investigated by German police. Many involve the use of the "Z" symbol.
The negative economic effects from Russia's invasion of Ukraine will significantly hurt global growth, the IMF has said. Increasing food and fuel prices have raised the prospect of unrest in poorer countries.
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