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Russia-Ukraine Conflict: "Tank Battles" In Streets Of Mariupol

Russia had announced a ceasefire in the port city. But apparently this is not being followed. USA warn of global hunger crisis...

Governor reports ongoing fighting and tank battles in Mariupol

Street fighting in Mariupol continues, according to Ukrainian authorities. "There is fighting in Mariupol," Donetsk region governor Pavlo Kyrylenko told US broadcaster CNN. Neighborhoods where there are many Ukrainian fighters are under "heavy fire, but the defense is holding up," Kyrylenko said.

Street fights take place, and not only with small arms, but there are also tank battles on city streets.

Street fighting continues in some parts of the city." One could "not say" that these were controlled by the Russian army. "The Ukrainian flag flies over the city," said the politician. The information could not be independently verified.

Russia announces ceasefire in Mariupol The Russian armed forces have announced a unilateral ceasefire

In the besieged Ukrainian port city. For the last remaining Ukrainian fighters in the city, they also opened a "humanitarian corridor," the Defense Ministry in Moscow said. Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev appealed to the soldiers to voluntarily go into Russian captivity. Around 2,500 soldiers and up to 1,000 civilians who have sought shelter in the basement of the factory are said to be still in the Azov-Stahl metal works.

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The Ukrainian commander recently asserted that they would continue to fight to defend the city. The soldiers let ultimatums from the Russian military for surrender pass. In this case, Russia had threatened to "annihilate" all the fighters.

The Czech Republic investigates war crimes in Ukraine

The Czech Republic also wants to help investigate possible war crimes in Ukraine. This was announced by the Czech public prosecutor's office. According to initial information from Ukraine, there are "signs of war crimes". The investigations primarily revolved around collecting evidence from witnesses and victims who had fled to the Czech Republic because of the war in Ukraine.

USA warn of dramatic consequences of rising food prices

The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine is having an increasing impact on the global food supply. The government in Moscow is responsible for this, said US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. According to initial estimates, rising food prices could plunge at least 20 million people into poverty. 

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That's why the US, together with its partners and allies, is trying to mitigate the consequences of "Russia's ruthless war," Yellen said. Before the war began, Ukraine was one of the world's largest suppliers of grain. According to Yellen, more than 800 million people were affected by unsafe food supplies before the war began. That corresponds to ten percent of the world's population.

Joe Biden consults with allies

US President Joe Biden met again digitally with international allies to discuss how to proceed in the war in Ukraine. According to the White House, the other G7 countries were involved in the video switch. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) took part for Germany. Also present were EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (CDU), EU Council President Charles Michel and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, as well as the Presidents of Poland and Romania, Andrzej Duda and Klaus Iohannis. The meeting discussed continued support for Ukraine and efforts to hold Russia accountable for its actions.

Netherlands to supply armored vehicles to Ukraine

The Netherlands has announced that it will now also supply Ukraine with heavy military equipment, such as armored vehicles. This was announced by Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Twitter after a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. "Together with the allies, we are working to deliver more heavy equipment," Rutte wrote. He justified the step with the start of the Russian offensive in the Donbass.

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SAP wants to withdraw from Russia

The software group SAP has announced that it will withdraw from the Russian market because of the war in Ukraine. In a statement today, two further steps are mentioned "for an orderly exit from our business in Russia".

Accordingly, the contracts of Russian companies that deliver data abroad should not be renewed after the subscription period has expired. In addition, support and maintenance for products installed on local servers in Russia should be discontinued. According to the company, various options are currently being examined. However, the legal obligations towards customers who are not sanctioned are to be met.

Previously, SAP had already discontinued its new and cloud business in the country. The group had offered companies not affected by the sanctions to transfer the data to a data center outside of Russia.

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