AUkraine was also hit by massive Russian airstrikes on New Year’s Eve, according to officials there. Hence the firing in several parts of the country on Saturday. At least one person was reportedly killed and more than a dozen injured.
Ukrainian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Valery Salushny said hours before the start of the year, Russian forces fired 20 rockets into Ukraine. Ukrainian Air Defense Forces managed to intercept and destroy twelve of them. Six Russian missiles were intercepted over the capital Kiev alone.
An elderly man was killed in the attacks in Kiev, according to Mayor Vitaly Klitschko. Seven more people were wounded in two blasts in the Solomianskyj district, Klitschko said on the Telegram online service. One of the injured is in a “very serious” condition.
In total, Kyiv was rocked by at least ten explosions, according to AFP news agency correspondents. Officials earlier raised the wind alert and asked people to stay in safe places.
According to officials, several other areas were also hit. Attacks were reported from Mykolayiv region in the south and Khmelnytskyi region in the west.
According to Governor Vitaly Kim, at least two people were injured in the Mykolayiv region, one of them seriously. In Khmelnytskyi region, Governor Serhiy Gamalij called on people to stay in shelters because of the New Year’s Eve attacks.
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14:20 – Ukraine frees 82 prisoners
According to Russia, Ukraine has released 82 captured Russian soldiers. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
12:40pm – Warning of airstrikes across Ukraine
An airstrike alert has been sounded across the whole of Ukraine. Local authorities are warning of Russian missile attacks and urging citizens to seek shelter.
11:50 am – London: Russia is likely to use the start of the year for a missile strike
According to estimates by British military experts, Russian missile attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure may intensify as early as this year. This emerged from the Ministry of Defense’s daily intelligence update on the war in Ukraine on Saturday in London. According to this, till now the footings are being conducted at an interval of seven to ten days. “Russia will certainly continue this method to defeat Ukraine’s air defenses,” the statement said. But there is a “real possibility” that Russia will strike again in the coming days to “break the morale of the Ukrainian people in the New Year period”.
10:00 am – Bass calls for more relief for low-income families
Bundestag President Bärbel Bas (SPD) has called for more support for low-income people as a result of high energy prices caused by the war in Ukraine. The Duisburg resident told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (Saturday) that energy will be too expensive for now. “So I see a need for additional support for very low-income families coming into the country.”
He appealed to the central government to target and adequately focus aid on the people who really need it when additional relief packages come. With earlier reliefs and energy price brakes, the government has so far been able to remove the biggest uncertainty from the people, the Bundestag president said. “The warm autumn that many people have been surrounded by has not happened. This is an important achievement,” he said.
9:20 am – “Regime change” in Moscow should be a German and EU goal, demands Eastern Europe expert Meister
According to Eastern Europe expert Stefan Meister, Germany should strive for political change in Russia. “Deep regime change in Moscow should be the goal of German and European foreign and security policy,” said a political scientist at the Association for German Foreign Relations. “Spiegel”. He accused the central government of not yet having a long-term strategy for dealing with Russia.
“What should the toolbox look like and which funds should flow in which areas? “I hear very little from the Foreign Office and especially from the President’s House,” Meister continued. There is no coherent strategy for the entire post-Soviet space.
After the attack on Ukraine, President Olaf Scholes (SPD) broke the long-term trend, but a “systematic system of irresponsibility” has taken its place, the political scientist criticized. Scholz “hidden behind institutions like the EU and NATO”. Germany is in danger of reverting to old behavior.
Meister sees the German civil service as responsible for this, as it shows “great persistence”. In all ministries, there are “numerous officials and employees who support good relations with Russia.”
9:00 am – Käßmann: Intensifying ties with Russia
Protestant theologian Margot Käßmann has called for “massive peace efforts” by 2023 in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The total destruction that Putin is waging in Ukraine must stop, the former head of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) in Düsseldorf told the “Reinisch Post” (Saturday). She is convinced that a call to more arms will not bring a solution. There is no strategy behind it, because it is not clear where it should lead.
On the other hand, the theologian said, there should be active cooperation with Russian civil society. Hanover’s former bishop says he opposes the city’s scientific and cultural partnership with Russia now ending. “We don’t need to cut ties with Russia, we need to intensify them to encourage the Russian people to oppose the war in Ukraine.”
6:00 a.m. – 200,000 Ukrainian students – teachers “on range”
High school representatives are requesting additional support because of the large number of Ukrainian students admitted. Arnd Niedermüller, head of the Federal Directors’ Conference for High Schools, told the German press that resources must be made available as quickly as possible. “We cannot wait a year and a half for new student numbers to appear in the statistics, and more teachers can be hired.” German head Susanne Lin-Klitzing said the teachers approached their tasks with full commitment and within limits. Linguistics Association representing high school teachers.
The two associations jointly surveyed the school administrations of more than 350 high schools in eight federal states. The survey makes it clear that many schools are struggling with scarce resources in this situation.
In fact, half of the respondents who took Ukrainian students said that additional staff were hired to teach. But not so with the other half. In almost one in five schools with Ukrainian students (19 percent), part-time teachers have increased their hours. Retired teachers returned for support in almost eight percent of these schools. However, overall, a clear majority (68 per cent in the country, 63 per cent in the city) is of the opinion that they cannot currently recruit enough staff for the tasks.
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