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Foreign Minister Baerbock was praising the G20 as an engine for reform in international relations, when suddenly her plane got stuck in Rio de Janeiro. The captain suspects that “the Brazilians are putting obstacles in our way.” This is not the first accident that the green politician has been exposed to.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock once again suffered a delay in one of her trips abroad. The Green politician originally wanted to leave for New York at around 5:30pm (CET) from the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Initially there was a waiting time because the government's Airbus A350-900 still had to be refueled. After completing refueling at approximately 6:30 p.m., the flight commander had to continue to postpone the minister. “Looks like the worm is there today,” the captain said. “We are currently trying to get permission to start the flight to New York. But the Brazilians are putting obstacles in our way today, one way or another.” At the moment, it appears that the departure permit will not be issued for another 30 to 40 minutes at the earliest. „I can't tell you why. In 40 years of flying service, I've never encountered anything like this. I'm sorry.”

At approximately 7 p.m., the plane took off on a nine-hour flight to New York. Baerbock wants to speak there on Friday, among other things, at the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council meetings on the second anniversary of the Russian attack on Ukraine.

Lots of experience dealing with disrupted flights

Only in January did Baerbock, often affected by problems on commercial flights, have to make an unplanned layover on a trip to East Africa. Due to the lack of a flight permit for Eritrea, their plane had to return en route from Berlin to Djibouti in East Africa and land in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Baerbock had previously described the G20 round as a “reform engine” within international institutions such as the United Nations. “If we want to meet the complex challenges of the 21st century, our multilateral institutions must not remain stuck in the last century,” the Green politician said in a discussion among G20 foreign ministers on reforms of international political organizations and the international financial architecture. “I believe that the G20 can and must play a decisive role in this reform process.”

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Russia suffers heavy losses as it advances in Ukraine

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The Russian army is approaching the town of Chasiv Yar, located on the front line in Donbas, in several sectors of the front. Moscow's losses are not only enormous here.

Chasev Yar – What these photos of the Ukrainian war in Russia suggest is pure speculation. Ultimately, the Kremlin regime promotes murder and death as if the population were behind the “special military operation,” as the attack on Moscow’s western neighbor is called, which violates international law.

Ukraine War: Russian soldiers complain of heavy losses

Anton Herashchenko, Advisor to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry and former Deputy Interior Minister of Ukraine (2019 to 2021), shared a video of three Russian soldiers from the front on X (formerly Twitter) which was a blast for the regime of Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin.

In this video, the three men, recognizable by their Moscow Army uniforms, complain vociferously about the heavy losses Russia has suffered against the Ukrainian armed forces and about the allegedly devastating conditions in which they have to fight against the defenders. In the pictures, they appear completely surrendered and terrified.

A Russian soldier complains of heavy Russian losses. The photos appear to have been taken on the Donbass front. © Screenshot X@Gerashchenko_en

Casualties in the Ukraine War: Russian soldiers reported many corpses

“We can't do anything, we're just cannon fodder. We've been bombed with all kinds of weapons,” one Russian soldier says in the video from a makeshift hole that was supposed to serve as a fire shelter. Another soldier talks about potential casualties in her unit: “There were 19 people out today. Zero left. They're all gone.” The other soldier continues, cataloging the nature of the Ukrainian bombing: „Cluster munitions are a nightmare. „It's the second day they've been shooting at us with cluster munitions.” He explains that the Ukrainians, using cluster munitions, prevented them from returning to their company.

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„There's no contact with anyone, we don't have anything. Why were we thrown here?” One soldier explains, and the other replies: “There are bodies everywhere.” They both look very disappointed while the third soldier depicts the sad scenario. They say that when they were „dumped” into the area, their armored personnel carrier was set on fire with all their supplies and equipment. The tank was „shot down immediately.” They have no shovels to dig trenches. “No water, nothing,” one soldier explains. “If we hadn’t been bombed, we could have gone out and filmed how many boys were lying and lying and lying,” says the other. „Here in this forest.” And also: „Everything is covered with corpses.”

If we had not been bombed, we could have gone out and photographed how many men lie and lie in this forest.

Russia's heavy losses: Putin's army nevertheless advances towards Chasev Yar

At the end of April 2024, their report from the front lines is in line with Western observers' assessments of the military situation in the Ukrainian war, as the United States launches $61 billion in new military aid to Kiev. In several parts of the Donbass frontline, Putin's forces are nonetheless approaching the „fortified city of Chasiv Yar” (formerly population 13,000), according to the US news magazine. Newsweek The small town is five kilometers west of Bakhmut.

An indication of the current course of the war: the Ukrainians actually wanted to retake Bakhmut from there, which was evacuated in May 2023, but the Russian army has long since begun to attack here – as in many places. According to the report, the Ukrainian military recently warned that Russia wants to advance from Chasev Yar to Kramatorsk and Slovyansk. The large city of Kramatorsk, with a population of about 150,000, is the Ukrainians' central logistical point for the Donbass front due to its large train station and well-developed rail network to Kharkiv in the northeast of the country.

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The town of Chasiv Yar is on the front line in Ukraine: Russia suffers heavy losses in Donbass

However, Chasev Yar is “strongly defended” and located on a hill, the British Ministry of Defense explained in an assessment of the situation on Sunday (April 22): “Russian ground forces are making slow progress in the area.” Institute for the Study of War (ISW) However, he wrote in an analysis that the invasion of Chasiv Yar “would enable Russia to penetrate the belt of operationally important fortified cities in Ukraine.”

Chasiv Yar and Kramatorsk are of great military importance not only to the Ukrainian army in the east of the country, but also to the neighboring city of Kostyantinivka, which once had a population of 70,000. high Newsweek Kostiantynivka is the „backbone of Ukrainian defence” in the Donetsk region. The city is located approximately six kilometers southwest of the besieged district of Chasiv Yar. It remains to be seen how the expected deliveries of several US 155-meter artillery shells will affect the front line in this Ukrainian region. (evening)

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Great Britain: Sunak wants to deport people „without conditions or reservations.”

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Great Britain: Sunak wants to deport people „without conditions or reservations.”

As of: April 22, 2024 at 2:29 p.m

Despite the temporary injunction, Supreme Court decision and harsh criticism: British Prime Minister Sunak wants to adhere to the controversial deportation agreement with Rwanda in all circumstances.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wants to ignore orders from the European Court of Human Rights regarding his asylum deal with Rwanda. This was stated by the conservative politician at a press conference in London shortly before the start of new discussions in Parliament on his deportation law. Sunak said that he does not believe that his country is contravening international law.

The asylum agreement with Rwanda stipulates that migrants who have arrived illegally should not be given the opportunity to apply for asylum in Great Britain. Instead, regardless of their origin, they should be brought to Rwanda and apply for asylum there. There are no plans to return to Great Britain. The British House of Commons approved the law in mid-January.

The first plane is scheduled to take off within twelve weeks

According to the government, the regulation aims to prevent people from making dangerous journeys across the English Channel in small boats. “Once the law is passed, we will begin the process of deporting those scheduled on the first flight,” Sunak said. The first plane is expected to take off within ten to twelve weeks.

The government had previously announced the first departure for the spring semester. Sunak said commercial charter flights had been booked for deportations. In addition, hundreds of clerks and judges were selected to handle potential lawsuits.

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They met until the law was passed

The only flight that was supposed to take off to Rwanda was stopped at the last minute in June 2022 by an injunction from the European Court of Human Rights. A year later, Great Britain's highest court declared the asylum agreement illegal.

The deportation law now aims to overturn this ruling. The draft law is currently pending between the House of Representatives and the Senate, as most of them have reservations about it. However, Sunak instructed his party's MPs in both houses to sit on Monday for it to be passed. He ruled out making any concessions. “There is no answer or question, these flights will take off to Rwanda,” the Prime Minister said.

Criticism from almost all sides

The opposition, as well as human rights activists, strongly criticize the project. But the deal is also controversial among Sunak's Conservatives. Hardliners within the Prime Minister's Conservative Party say the government's bill does not go far enough – and the Conservative Liberals, in turn, fear that Great Britain will violate international law.

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According to Russia, the United States faces humiliation in Ukraine

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The United States decided to provide billions more in aid to Ukraine. Russia warns of an exhausting war, such as what happened in Vietnam or Afghanistan.

Moscow – The US House of Representatives approved on Sunday a billion-dollar aid package for Ukraine after months of deadlock in the House of Representatives: Washington is investing an additional $60.84 billion against Vladimir Putin. Moscow's leadership responded to the decision with a warning.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said loudly that Washington would start a hybrid war against Moscow that would end in humiliation similar to the conflict in Vietnam or Afghanistan. Reuters. Above all, Washington's money would keep the United States embroiled in an exhausting, protracted conflict with losses for both sides.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Sakharova with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. © Imago/Russian Foreign Ministry

The United States does not want to send armed forces, but Russia warns against escalation

Zakharova also said that Russia would provide an “unconditional and decisive response” if the United States becomes more involved in the Ukraine war than before. Even if the United States once again rules out sending its or NATO forces to Ukraine. The United States clearly wanted to fight Ukraine “to the last Ukrainian” – including launching attacks on Russian territory and civilians.

CIA Director William Burns warned last week that Ukraine may lose on the battlefield without more American military support, but with this support, Ukrainian forces can survive this year.

Relations between the United States and Russia are worse than they have been since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962

According to Russian and American diplomats Reuters A large-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 sparked the worst conflict in relations between Russia and the West since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

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In any case, the United States wants to prevent scenarios like those that occurred in the Vietnam War between 1955 and 1975. They lost more than 58 thousand soldiers and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. The exhausting war ended with the victory of communist North Vietnam and the capture of the South. (M)

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