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Macron doesn’t rule out sending Western troops to Ukraine – POLITICO

Macron doesn’t rule out sending Western troops to Ukraine – POLITICO

“It is a recognition of the challenge Ukraine faces, and that there is a bit more give, it’s a credit to the French. They’ve had a longstanding concern [about purchases from non-EU countries], and it’s a sign that they are willing to be pragmatic,” said Mujtaba Rahman, Europe head of the Eurasia Group. Ahead of the summit, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy offered a sharp reminder that the EU had massively undershot promises on ammunition deliveries. Speaking in Kyiv, Zelenskyy underlined the EU’s failure to deliver 1 million shells by March. “Of the million shells promised to us by the European Union, not 50 percent arrived, but 30 percent. Unfortunately,” said Zelenskyy, alongside Bulgarian Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov at a press conference. Macron also announced that leaders agreed to set up a ninth capability coalition on deep strikes that will focus on medium- and long-range missiles. Other coalitions include artillery, air defense and de-mining.  While France and the U.K. have already sent cruise missiles to Ukraine, respectively SCALPs and Storm Shadows, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday reiterated that his …

Less talk, more shells. Ukraine tells EU leaders to get serious about ammo. – POLITICO

Less talk, more shells. Ukraine tells EU leaders to get serious about ammo. – POLITICO

In addition, half of the West’s commitments on military gear don’t arrive in time, Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov complained this weekend.  In Paris, the leaders were expected to discuss ways to better coordinate their support and “counter the impression that things are falling apart,” according to an aide to the French president. Despite the rising stakes and the sense the West is choking, no new announcement of weapons deliveries are expected, the aide added. Macron’s international leaders’ conference may backfire, said Mujtaba Rahman, managing director for Europe for Eurasia Group.  “If there is no concrete outcome, rather than demonstrate western resolve, [the conference] will show how fragile their unity really is and that the EU doesn’t really have a plan on how to support Ukraine,” he said.   There will be disappointment, said Rahman, if there is no help on the battlefield, no answer to ammunition gap and no resolution to the “quasi-academic” debate over arms purchases, with France insisting on buying European, to boost the continent’s defense industries.  The Czech Republic has identified 800,000 …

Russian Vadim Krasikov, jailed in Germany, linked to Navalny swap

Russian Vadim Krasikov, jailed in Germany, linked to Navalny swap

Vadim Krasikov’s name has come up several times concerning prisoner exchanges between Russia and Western countries in recent weeks. Associates of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday (Feb 26) that talks were underway shortly before his death to exchange him for a Russian imprisoned in Germany. That Russian prisoner was Krasikov. According to Maria Pevchikh, one of Navalny’s closest associates, he and two US citizens held in Russia were to be swapped for Krasikov. Her claims could not be independently confirmed and she did not offer any evidence to back them up. Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, implied that Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, detained in Russia on espionage charges, could be swapped for Krasikov. Although Putin did not identify him by name, it is widely understood that the Russian “patriot” he said was serving a life sentence for “liquidating a bandit” in “one of the European capitals” was Krasikov. KRASIKOV SERVING LIFE SENTENCE IN GERMANY He was serving a life sentence …

Germany probes Berlin film festival in anti-Semitism row

Germany probes Berlin film festival in anti-Semitism row

German officials will investigate how Berlin film festival winners made “one-sided” comments condemning Israel’s war in Gaza at the awards gala, a government spokesperson said on Monday, February 26. At Saturday’s ceremony, several winners were accused of making anti-Semitic remarks on stage in relation to Israel’s military assault, which began after an attack by the Palestinian militant group Hamas. US filmmaker Ben Russell, wearing a Palestinian scarf, accused Israel of committing “genocide” with its bombardment of the densely populated Gaza Strip. Palestinian filmmaker Basel Adra said the Palestinian population was being “massacred” by Israel, to applause from the audience. Read more Subscribers only At the Berlinale, politics take center stage at the opening ceremony “It is unacceptable that… the terrorist attack by Hamas on 7 October was not mentioned,” government spokeswoman Christiane Hoffmann told reporters in Berlin on Monday. Chancellor Olaf Scholz “agrees that such a one-sided stance cannot be allowed to stand,” Hoffmann said. “In any debate on this topic, it is of course important to keep in mind the event that triggered this …

Navalny was to be swapped for Russian prisoner in Germany, associate says

Navalny was to be swapped for Russian prisoner in Germany, associate says

A flower and a picture are left as a tribute to Russian politician Alexei Navalny, near the Russian Embassy in London, Feb. 18. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP hide caption toggle caption Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP A flower and a picture are left as a tribute to Russian politician Alexei Navalny, near the Russian Embassy in London, Feb. 18. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Associates of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday that talks were underway shortly before his death to exchange him for a Russian imprisoned in Germany. “Alexei Navalny could have been sitting here now, today. It’s not a figure of speech,” Maria Pevchikh, who lives outside Russia, said in a video statement. She said she received confirmation the talks were in the “final stages” on Feb. 15, the day before Navalny was reported dead. Her claims could not be independently confirmed and she did not offer any evidence to back them up. According to Pevchikh, Navalny and two U.S. citizens held in Russia were supposed to be swapped for Vadim Krasikov. He was serving a life sentence in Germany …

Russian drone drives German foreign minister out of Ukraine waterworks visit – POLITICO

Russian drone drives German foreign minister out of Ukraine waterworks visit – POLITICO

BERLIN — Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock had to flee from Mykolayiv in the south of Ukraine on Sunday because a Russian reconnaissance drone was hovering nearby. Baerbock’s visit to a waterworks facility in the south of the country not far from the Black Sea was part of a mission to coincide with the two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. However, after a Russian drone was spotted flying nearby, her team was told to return to the convoy and leave the scene, according to German public broadcaster ZDF. Source link

Germany, the preferred refuge for Ukrainian exiles

Germany, the preferred refuge for Ukrainian exiles

Four years ago, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Iryna Kravchenko, an executive in a major Kyiv bank, was talking about vacations with a colleague. He advised her to go to Berlin. “It’s a great city, I’m sure you’d like it,” he told her. “I don’t fancy it at all. When we can travel again, I’ll go to the sea and the sun, but certainly not to Germany,” she had replied. But her colleague was right. Today, Kravchenko loves Berlin so much that she can hardly imagine living anywhere else. Yet she arrived in the worst possible circumstances. It was March 8, 2022. 12 days earlier, Russian troops had invaded Ukraine and, like tens of thousands of Kyiv residents, Kravchenko left in a hurry, her only concern being to protect her three sons and their little dog from the bombardments. After a stopover in a village in the west of the country, they crossed into Poland and made their way to Warsaw. There, an acquaintance offered to put them up, but for no more than four days. …

Polish Farmers Block Key Road Into Germany 

Polish Farmers Block Key Road Into Germany 

Warsaw, Poland —  Polish farmers on Sunday blocked a major highway into Germany in the latest such protest against EU regulations and taxes. Farmers across Europe have been protesting for weeks over what they say are excessively restrictive environmental rules, competition from cheap imports from outside the European Union and low incomes. On Sunday, farmers from Poland blocked the A2 motorway near Slubice, in the east on the border with Germany. “The blockade began at 1:00 pm (1200 GMT). Both sides of the A2 motorway have been stopped,” Ewa Murmylo, a spokeswoman for local police, told AFP. Initially the farmers had been planning a 25-day blockade but reduced it following talks with local representatives, businesses and transporters. They have decided “to unblock the road probably tomorrow,” Monday, said Dariusz Wrobel, one of the Polish farmer organizers. “This will depend on things that we can’t predict,” he told AFP. “We need to start taking ourselves seriously”. On Monday, EU agriculture ministers are due to meet in Brussels. They are to discuss new European Commission proposals aiming …

Mati Diop’s documentary ‘Dahomey’ on looted African art wins top prize at Berlin film festival

Mati Diop’s documentary ‘Dahomey’ on looted African art wins top prize at Berlin film festival

“Dahomey”, a documentary by Franco-Senegalese director Mati Diop probing the thorny issues surrounding Europe’s return of looted antiquities to Africa, won the Berlin film festival’s top prize Saturday. Issued on: 25/02/2024 – 11:05 3 min Kenyan-Mexican Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, the first black jury president at the 74th annual event, announced the seven-member panel’s choice among 20 contenders for the Golden Bear award at a gala ceremony. Diop said the prize “not only honours me but the entire visible and invisible community that the film represents. “To rebuild we must first restitute, and what does restitution mean? To restitute is to do justice,” she added. South Korean arthouse favourite Hong Sang-soo captured the runner-up Grand Jury Prize for “A Traveller’s Needs”, his third collaboration with French screen legend Isabelle Huppert. Hong, a frequent guest at the 11-day festival, thanked the jury, joking “I don’t know what you saw in this film”. French auteur Bruno Dumont accepted the third-place Jury Prize for “The Empire”, an intergalactic battle of good and evil set in a French fishing …

Germany had 90 minutes to prepare for a beach ball-sized meteorite impact

Germany had 90 minutes to prepare for a beach ball-sized meteorite impact

Earth is being pummeled by meteorites daily, but most of its residents aren’t even aware. According to NASA’s planetary defense system Scout, nearly 50 tons of meteoritic matter hit the planet daily. Most small pieces are never found, but occasionally a celestial fireball pushes through the atmosphere and lands on the ground. And on January 21 outside of Berlin, Germany, that’s just what happened. A meteorite on a wayward journey from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter shattered into dozens of pieces—and meteor hunters from around the world mobilized to begin their search. In San Francisco, meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens watched data from Scout as well as the European Space Agency’s Meerkat asteroid guard system, which were tracking the meteorite from Asteroid 2024 Bx1. Jenniskens and colleagues—both professionals and hobbyists—furiously worked to predict where the object would land. Teaming up with Lutz Hecht at the Museum für Naturkunde, he boarded his first of two red eye flights. “I spent my nine hour layover in Newark fruitfully calculating where I expected the meteorites to have fallen,” he says. Once in Germany, they went directly to …