Project Office Ukraine and Belarus
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Ukraine: Resisting the temptation of quick solutions
The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine has severely shaken the Ukrainian economy. But the first reaction of the government and the national bank to the war shock was competent: the suspension of import duties as well as the easing of the tax burden strengthened the confidence of the economy and society in the government. After the first steps towards economic liberalisation, however, the government returned to the modus operandi of the pre-war period.
Understanding tools and goals of aggressive Putin’s diplomacy toward Ukraine
In the talks with Ukraine, Russia is trying to impose a vague concept of neutrality as the main demand against Ukraine. On the one hand, Moscow refers to examples familiar to Europeans and speaks of an "Austrian" or "Finnish" model of neutrality, regardless of legal diversities and historical context. On the other hand, the Kremlin does not explain in what way it will respect Ukraine's neutrality.
Gerhart Baum and Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger file criminal charges against Vladimir Putin
The Federal Public Prosecutor in Karlsruhe received the criminal complaint of Gerhart Baum and Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger for war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is directed against Russian President Vladimir Putin, his leadership circle and the Russian soldiers in Ukraine.
What if Russia wins?
If Russia succeeds in achieving its goals by military means, it will mean only one thing: terror and repression against the civilian population on a large scale. This will further exacerbate the migration and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and Europe. Ukraine's military victory will be the factor that will reduce the number of problems caused by Russia.To prevent the worst scenario, Russia must be stopped first and foremost militarily, says Andrii Sukharyna.
Melitopol: the first days of war
An eyewitness, who wishes to remain anonymous, reports on the Russian attack on Melitopol. She describes how people left the city and how the territorial defense groups tried to stop the Russian troops. But after the occupiers entered the city, a humanitarian disaster began: looting occurred, food became scarce, and people were kidnapped. The soldiers forcibly threw people into carts and drove them out of the city. Some of them returned, others to this day have not.
Supplies of Troops and Equipment are Coming via Belarus
The Belarusian ruler Lukashenko made the full brutality of the attack on Ukraine possible in the first place. Around 100 rockets have been fired at Ukraine from Belarusian territory since February 24 and Russian soldiers are being treated in Belarusian hospitals. What role does Belarus play in Russia's war against Ukraine?
The virtual front
There are soldiers in uniform, carrying and using weapons with deadly impact. And there are “information soldiers”, using their sophisticated IT skills to undermine the Russian war effort in Ukraine and strengthen morale among the attacked. Some 300,000 Ukrainians have by now joined their ranks. Together, they form the Information Army of Ukrainian resistance.