World: almost 25,000 Ukraine refugees - Criticism of the state government

Risks, mined waters slow rush to extract grains from Ukraine

  Risks, mined waters slow rush to extract grains from Ukraine Shipping companies are not rushing to export millions of tons of trapped grain out of Ukraine, despite a breakthrough deal to provide safe corridors through the Black Sea. That is because the waters are mined, ship owners are still assessing the risks and many still have questions over how the deal will unfold. The complexities of the agreement have set off a slow, cautious start, but it's only good for 120 days — and the clock began ticking last week.The goal over the next four months is to get some 20 million tons of grain out of three Ukrainian sea ports blocked since the Feb. 24 invasion.

Thuringia continues to take up war refugees from Ukraine despite the existing accommodation problems in four independent cities and five circles. Within the past week there were more than 500, some of which were housed in prepared, previously vacant apartments, but also in gyms, as a spokesman for the state administration office said in Weimar on Thursday. So far, the Free State has given almost 25,000 refugees from Ukraine.

Geflüchtete aus der Ukraine werden nach ihrer Ankunft mit einem Flugzeug aus Chisinau/Moldau im Flughafen Erfurt-Weimar betreut. © Michael Reichel/dpa/Archive picture Refugees from Ukraine will be looked after by an airplane from Chisinau/Moldau in Erfurt-Weimar Airport after their arrival.

The Migration Committee of the Landtag came together on Thursday due to the living space problems at the request of the CDU parliamentary group. However, according to MPs from the left and the CDU, there were no decisions. The disagreements between the government coalition and opposition continue.

Risks, mined waters slow rush to extract grains from Ukraine

  Risks, mined waters slow rush to extract grains from Ukraine Shipping companies are not rushing to export millions of tons of trapped grain out of Ukraine, despite a breakthrough deal to provide safe corridors through the Black Sea. That is because explosive mines are drifting in the waters, ship owners are assessing the risks and many still have questions over how the deal will unfold. The complexities of the agreement have set off a slow, cautious start, but it's only good for 120 days — and the clock began ticking last week.The goal over the next four months is to get some 20 million tons of grain out of three Ukrainian sea ports blocked since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion.

The CDU's migration policy spokesman, Stefan Schard, did not rule out an application for his parliamentary group for a special meeting of the state parliament. "If the Ramelow government does not finally move, a specialplenum is not excluded," he said.


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Criticism also came from the district administrator of the ILM district, Petra Enders (independent). «The country must finally fulfill its responsibility and organize the accommodation of the refugees in its own properties. The possibilities are there, »she said. Empty buildings that the country had inherited from people who have no findable relatives could also be used. Enders: "It is a certificate of poverty that the state government does not make its own properties such as Eisenberg or Hermsdorf, which were used to accommodate refugees in 2015."

Ukraine’s southern counteroffensive ‘gathering momentum,’ leaving some Russian troops ‘highly vulnerable,’ says UK intel

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Schard spoke of a disappointing special meeting. In his view, the financing of the accommodation costs is still unclear. The local politician of the left, Sascha Bilay, on the other hand, referred to the promise of the red-red-green government of Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow to check a down payment to the municipalities. However, it also shows that the savings decision enforced by the CDU to make flexible regulations difficult.

The state government had asked the federal government to make more money available at the end of July in order to be able to prepare vacant apartments for accommodation. In addition, she wants to check whether the country can grant a down payment of 2500 euros per person to the circles and independent cities for the inclusion and accommodation of war refugees - almost as a advance payment for future payments.

UN demands end to military activity at Ukraine nuke plant .
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. nuclear chief warned Thursday that “very alarming” military activity at Europe’s largest nuclear plant in southeastern Ukraine could lead to dangerous consequences for the region and called for an end to attacks at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia facility. Rafael Grossi urged Russia and Ukraine, who blame each other for the attacks at the plant, to immediately allow nuclear experts to assess damage and evaluate safety and security at the sprawling nuclear complex where the situation “has been deteriorating very rapidly.

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