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  • Ukrainian conflict*: Greenpeace expects significantly higher German payments for Russian energy.
  • Russia accuses Germany, as well as the United States Biological weapons labs operate in Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian aid and oil embargo against Russia: Hofreiter puts the pressure on again.
  • This News ticker on Germany’s reactions to the Ukrainian conflict is continuously updated.

Update from April 18, 5:15 p.m.: According to calculations by the environmental organization Greenpeace, German payments for energy supplies to Russia threaten to increase significantly this year. As the South German newspaper reported with reference to the Greenpeace study, the total for oil and gas could climb to nearly 32 billion euros. The previous year, the cost of energy imports from Russia was around 20 billion euros.

The newspaper did not provide further details about the study, such as the reasons for the sharp increase, in its Monday notice. In general, world market prices for crude oil and natural gas have risen sharply in recent weeks against the backdrop of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and a generally tense market situation. This is especially true for the price of natural gas.

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) takes part in the cabinet meeting in the chancellery (file photo). © John Macdougall/dpa

Thousands demonstrate against war and armaments during Easter marches

Update from April 18, 3:38 p.m.: On Easter Monday, the Bonn Peace Cooperatives Network gave a positive review of this year’s Easter marches. The number of participants increased “moderately” compared to previous years. Actions for peace and disarmament took place in more than 120 cities at Easter. The central demands of the Easter marches were a ceasefire and an end to the war against Ukraine.

“The war in Ukraine has pushed many people into the streets at Easter who do not want to follow the news faintly, but want to actively fight against the war, for diplomatic solutions and against rearmament,” a doorman said. -word of the network.

The conclusion of the traditional Easter marches of the peace movement takes place on Easter Monday. It’s another big day of action for the peace movement. The approximately 30 cities in which campaigns take place on Easter Monday include Frankfurt am Main, Büchel, Nuremberg, Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven. The Rhine-Ruhr Easter March will end on Easter Monday in Dortmund.

More and more investigations because of the Z symbol in Germany

Update April 18, 11:54 a.m.: In Germany, the symbol Z, which signifies support for the Russian war in Ukraine, is increasingly being investigated. According to a survey conducted by the editorial network Germany (RND/Montag) with several state authorities, more than 140 investigations into support for the Russian aggression war have been opened since February 24. In the majority of cases, this is the use of the symbol Z. Since these procedures are not separately recorded in all federal states, the actual number is likely to be much higher.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, a white Z has often been seen on Russian tanks and uniforms. It means “za pobedu” (“For victory”). It is also displayed outside of the Warzone on buildings, cars, and clothing, as well as on social media. Several federal states have announced criminal consequences if the symbol should also be displayed in Germany.

Hofreiter insists on delivering heavy weapons to Ukraine

The outgoing parliamentary group leader of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Anton Hofreiter, takes part in the meeting of his party's parliamentary group in the Bundestag.  (Archive)
The outgoing parliamentary group leader of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Anton Hofreiter, takes part in the meeting of his party’s parliamentary group in the Bundestag. (Archive) © Kay Nietfeld/dpa

Update April 18, 11:49 a.m.: Greens politician Anton Hofreiter insists on the delivery of heavy weapons even after the promise of new financial military aid to Ukraine. “The increase in military aid is good and right,” he told the “Rheinische Post” (Tuesday edition). “But this cannot replace the rapid delivery of heavy weapons.”

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) announced on Friday evening that the so-called training aid – an initiative to strengthen the security of foreign partners – would be increased to two billion euros in the federal budget. “The funds will greatly benefit Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter. Hofreiter warned in the “Rheinische Post” that it was crucial that the funds were “disbursed very quickly”.

At the same time, the chairman of the Bundestag’s Europe committee called for “even tougher sanctions” against Russia. What is needed is “an energy embargo in particular and an oil embargo as the next step,” Hofreiter said. “Oil is where Putin makes the most money for his war and that can be implemented quickly.”

Ukrainian ambassador denies Sigmar Gabriel’s allegations

Update April 18, 11:26 a.m.: Former Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel accuses Ukraine of “false and perverse” allegations and defends German foreign policy. Ambassador Andriy Melnyk quickly counterattacked.

More than 1,100 German doctors have registered for the mission in Ukraine

Update April 18, 6:36 a.m.: According to the German Medical Association, more than 1,100 German doctors have applied to work in Ukraine or neighboring countries. “This figure shows how much solidarity there is between the medical profession and the Ukrainian people. After all, a mission there can be life-threatening,” said Dr Klaus Reinhardt Editorial Network Germany (Monday). The doctors had signed up via an online portal in response to a corresponding appeal from the German Medical Association to help treat the sick and injured of the war.

According to Reinhardt, the German Medical Association is in discussions with the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Health and the embassies of Ukraine and neighboring countries on how the doctors could be deployed. “As soon as the government signals a need for international humanitarian missions, we can find enough doctors,” Reinhardt said.

German bioweapons labs in Ukraine? Russia with strong allegations

First report of April 17: Moscow/Berlin – Russia accuses Germany* of operating biological weapons labs in Ukraine with the United States. Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, told Russia’s state broadcaster Russia Today on Saturday: “According to confirmed information, the German side in the field of biosecurity has closely coordinated its work with its American allies. , which have a network of at least 30 biological laboratories.

According to this information, the United States operates at least 30 biolaboratories in Ukraine. Germany would also work with the United States on biological weapons in these laboratories. These claims have been made by Russia before, but have not been so openly shared by government officials. A week ago, a Russian website reported that 30 laboratories suspected of developing biological weapons had been discovered in Ukraine.

US Secretary of State speaks about supporting medical facilities

These allegations received additional attention when US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said the next day that there were biological research labs in Ukraine that were supported by the United States, among others. The speech came not from weapons labs, but from medical facilities. Yet the rumor of bioweapons labs quickly spread on social media.

Germany has also previously been accused of collaborating in the development of biological weapons in Ukraine: the Russian Defense Ministry has accused the German Friedrich Loeffler Institute of researching biological weapons in Ukraine. According to the institute, he is conducting research in Ukraine, but this is not military, but medical collaboration. The institute studies 140 different parasites in Kharkiv, research director Thomas Mettenleiter told Deutschlandfunk.

Russian Allegations: Experts Fear Tactics of Using Their Own Biological Weapons

Russia has been spreading fake news related to the war in Ukraine for months. Zakharova, in particular, officially released a large number of unverified reports. Experts fear that the Kremlin is talking about alleged bioweapons labs in Ukraine in order to cover up and/or justify its own bioweapons attack in the future. According to the UN, biological weapons belong to the group of weapons of mass destruction. Their use can, for example, spread diseases or poisons. (at) *Merkur.de is an offer of IPPEN.MEDIA

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