Ukrainian text: Ukraine expects a sharp drop in the wheat harvest

10:18 a.m.: World Bank – Ukraine’s economic output will almost halve in 2022

According to World Bank estimates, Ukraine’s economic output will almost halve this year due to the war of Russian aggression. According to World Bank forecasts, the gross domestic product (GDP) will fall by around 45% compared to the previous year. However, the organization said “the extent of the economic crisis” would depend on the duration and intensity of the war. In January, before the start of the war at the end of February, the World Bank had forecast economic growth of around 3% for Ukraine.

“Many aspects of Ukraine’s economy are collapsing,” the World Bank said. The impact of war, flight and displacement on poverty in Ukraine is also likely to be “devastating”, he said. Measured against the statistical poverty line of $5.50 a day for countries with comparable incomes, the proportion of Ukraine’s population living in poverty is expected to skyrocket from 1.8% to 19.8%, warned the World Bank.

10:12 am: EU foreign policy representative expects Russian attacks in eastern Ukraine

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell expects massive attacks by Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. Russia is assembling its troops there, Borrell said ahead of the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. He advocates new arms deliveries from EU countries. “Sanctions are still on the table,” he adds. Borrell, who visited the Ukrainian capital last week with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, said the EU had reopened its representation in Kyiv.

9:50 a.m .: The call for a visit by Scholz to kyiv is growing louder

FDP general secretary designate Bijan Djir-Sarai wants Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to come to kyiv. “Personally, I would be delighted if the Chancellor would come to Kyiv,” he told RTL/ntv’s “Frühstart” program today. This could be an important sign of solidarity with the Ukrainian people – “to show: we have not forgotten you, we are with you and we stand by your side”.

Several high-profile European politicians have visited Kyiv in recent days and weeks, including European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer. With this in mind, requests came from the Union that Scholz also undertake such a journey.

9:25 am: Ukraine announces nine evacuation corridors in the East

According to the government, nine evacuation corridors were set up on Monday for the civilian population in besieged towns in eastern Ukraine. From the southern port city of Mariupol, which was particularly hard hit by Russian attacks, a path for private vehicles should lead towards the city of Zaporizhia, as Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk announced on Telegram .

Evacuation routes for passenger cars should also be set up from the city of Berdyansk and two other places in the region. Five corridors led to the city of Bakhmut from the besieged areas of the Luhansk region, Vereshchuk wrote. According to their information, around 2,800 civilians were able to flee the disputed areas on Sunday. Russia and Ukraine repeatedly accuse each other of sabotaging the evacuation of cities.

9:19 am: Polish border guards count 2.66 million Ukrainian refugees

Since the Russian attack on Ukraine, 2.66 million people from the country have sought refuge in Poland. This was announced by the Polish border guard on Twitter on Monday. On Sunday alone, 28,500 refugees arrived, down 2.1% from the previous day. 19,400 people crossed the border into Ukraine on Sunday. According to earlier information from the border guard, the majority of them are Ukrainian citizens. While some men want to fight against Russian troops, women and children are increasingly returning to the areas since reconquered by the Ukrainian army.

There is currently no official information on how many war refugees have remained in Poland and how many have already traveled to other EU countries. Prior to the February 24 Russian invasion, Ukraine had a population of over 44 million. Poland and Ukraine are connected by a long border of more than 500 kilometers.

8:57 am: New Zealand supports Ukraine with cargo plane and other funds

In response to Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, New Zealand is launching indirect support for Kyiv. His country is sending a Hercules C130 transport plane and a support team of 50 people to Europe, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday. In addition, Britain will receive 7.5 million New Zealand dollars (4.7 million euros) to buy weapons and ammunition.

In total, New Zealand will spend an additional NZ$13 million on military aid and human rights support, she said.

8:43 a.m.: Bundeswehr launches evacuation flight for injured Ukrainians

The Bundeswehr launched a special plane to transport Ukrainians injured during the war to Germany. The Airbus A310 MedEvac took off from Cologne-Wahn in the morning for Rzeszow in southeastern Poland to bring children and adults to Germany for treatment. The plane is the Air Force’s flying intensive care unit. The wounded are treated further up in the air by medical personnel. This is the first such flight since the start of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. In the past, however, wounded Ukrainian soldiers had already been brought to Germany. The city of Rzeszow is about 90 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

8:37 a.m .: President of the expellees – Little enthusiasm for the war among the Germans in Russia

The late federal government resettlement commissioner and president of the Association of Expellees, Bernd Fabritius, sees no greater support for war-glorifying and pro-Kremlin protests among Germans in Russia. “The vast majority of Russian-Germans reject this inhuman war – which they call a fratricidal war,” Fabritius told the “Welt” daily.

07:45: Britain warns against use of phosphorus munitions in Mariupol

According to the Ministry of Defense in London, the British military intelligence service warns that Russia could also use phosphorus munitions in its attacks on the port of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine. The possibility of this has increased, since Russia has already used such ammunition in the Donetsk region. Meanwhile, shelling in Donetsk and the neighboring Luhansk region continued. Ukrainian troops repelled several attacks, destroying Russian tanks, vehicles and artillery equipment.

7:03 am: Minister estimates damage in Ukraine at $1 trillion

According to government estimates, Ukraine suffered up to a trillion dollars in damage from the invasion of Russian troops. Deputy Economy Minister Olexander Griban said on Sunday during a government meeting, according to the Unian agency. The losses are simply “colossal”, the list is not yet complete. “It’s billions of dollars in damage, potentially up to $1 trillion,” Griban said, without specifying his numbers.

The sum comes from damage to infrastructure, health care and education. “And then there are other levels of losses – state, municipal and private,” Griban continued. “We have a lot of work to do to rebuild.” The Ukrainian government only provided the first funds on Sunday for urgent clean-up and repair work in areas liberated from Russian occupation. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal appealed to kyiv for a sum of one billion hryvnia (31.2 million euros) for urgent repairs.

5:25 am: Selenskyj warns of a major Russian offensive

Ukrainian authorities have stepped up their warnings of a major Russian offensive in the east of the country. “Russian troops will carry out even greater operations in the east of our state,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday evening. “The battle for Donbass will last for several days, and during these days our cities could be completely destroyed,” Ukrainian governor of Luhansk region Serhiy Gaiday said on Facebook.

“We are preparing for their actions. We will respond to them,” Gajdaj said, referring to expected attacks as Ukrainian forces dug new trenches along the front line towards pro-Russian separatist areas and blocked roads with mines and anti-tank obstacles. Many remaining residents of eastern Ukraine are afraid to head west after the attack on Kramatorsk Gajdaj train station, according to reports.

5:01 am: Former UN prosecutor Del Ponte seeks arrest warrant for Putin

Former UN chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte has reiterated her call for an international arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin can only be brought before the International Criminal Court when he is no longer in office, but justice is patient, the lawyer from the Swiss town of Ascona said. “There is no statute of limitations for these crimes. And Putin will not remain president forever,” she said. Del Ponte served as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

03:07: Chechen boss Kadyrov threatens further attacks

Ramzan Kadyrov, a close ally of Putin and leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, has threatened further attacks on Ukrainian cities. “There will be an offensive (…) not only on Mariupol, but also on other places, towns and villages,” Kadyrov said in a video posted on his Telegram channel. First Luhansk and Donetsk will be “completely liberated”, then kyiv and all other cities will be taken.

2:39 a.m .: Olaf Scholz is on the phone with Volodymyr Selenskyj

In his evening video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed what he described as a “more favorable” change in Germany’s attitude towards Kyiv. “I am happy to see that Germany’s position has recently changed in favor of Ukraine. And I think that is quite logical, because the majority of Germans support this policy. I am grateful to them. ” Selenskyj had telephoned Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday. Zelenskyi said they discussed how to bring war criminals to justice, strengthen sanctions against Russia and get Russia to seek peace. It is now important that everything that has been agreed is implemented.

1:55 am: Times report: Finland and Sweden want to join NATO this summer

Finland and Sweden are set to join NATO this summer. This is reported by the British newspaper “The Times”. As a result, US officials told the newspaper that NATO membership of the two Nordic countries was “a topic of conversation and the subject of several sessions” during talks between NATO foreign ministers last week. last. Sweden and Finland also participated. Russia made a “huge strategic mistake” by invading Ukraine.

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