Poland wants to exhibit destroyed Russian tanks from the Ukraine war. The exhibition, called “The Invincible Army,” is scheduled to open on Palace Square at the end of the month, Prime Minister’s Chancellery chief Michal Dworczyk said on Monday. Destroyed and burned out Russian tanks and other military vehicles would be shown. The aim is to show the heroic defense of the Ukrainian army and the result of the bitter fighting. (dpa)

The Berlin City Mission is urgently looking for volunteers for the welcome tent for refugees from Ukraine at the main train station in the German capital. The city mission in Berlin announced on Monday that between 2,000 and 3,000 refugees were passing through the 600 square meter arrival tent each day.

“While all shifts were quickly filled in the beginning, we are now urgently lacking volunteers,” said the manager of the welcome tent, Jens-Martin Krieg. More and more shifts are understaffed, even at night. The arrival tent could not be operated without volunteers, it said. 40 employees of the Berlin City Mission coordinate this operation.

“We need 100 people a day so that everything is well staffed,” said the spokeswoman for the city mission, Barbara Breuer. At the moment there are sometimes no volunteers working on individual shifts in addition to the 40 full-time helpers. According to the information provided, the Berlin Senate commissioned the Berlin City Mission to continue operating the arrival tent until August 31. (epd)

The foundations for the reconstruction of Ukraine are to be laid in Switzerland at the beginning of July. The Swiss government is inviting people to the Ukraine reconstruction conference in Lugano in the canton of Ticino on July 4th and 5th. Representatives from 40 countries as well as from 20 UN and other organizations and from civil society and the private sector are expected. The conference is a Swiss contribution to the stability of Europe and the world, said President Ignazio Cassis on Monday.

According to the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has agreed to take part. However, it is possible that he will switch on via zoom.

The two-day conference aims to define priorities, methods and principles for reconstruction. In any case, the European Union is participating, the OECD and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Several heads of government and foreign ministers had also agreed, it said. The conference is to end with a “Lugano Declaration”. The Swiss government emphasized that it was not about monetary donations, it was not about a donor conference. (dpa)

The oral hearing in the SPD proceedings on a possible party expulsion of former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has to be postponed again. The chairman of the arbitration commission fell ill with Corona, which is why the appointment on Wednesday this week in Hanover was canceled, the SPD Hanover announced on Monday. A new appointment can take place “at the earliest from the middle of the 27th calendar week” (July 4th to 10th). The arbitration committee will decide on this in the afternoon.

Schröder has been criticized for months for continuing to work for Russian energy companies despite the war in Ukraine. There are more than a dozen motions from the SPD to expel the former chancellor from the party. However, the hurdles for this are very high. A first hearing date was originally planned for June 15, but this also could not take place due to illness. (AFP)

Journalist Anhelina Karjakina from Ukraine’s public service broadcaster highlighted the professionalism of her country’s journalists, despite the circumstances of the war. Being part of what’s happening doesn’t make you any less professional, said the head of news on Monday at the international media congress DW Global Media Forum in Bonn. The most important thing in the current situation is to tell the truth. Karjakina described the tense situation in the country: Ukrainian journalists are faced with the question of how to do the job and survive at the same time. (dpa)

Poland has opened five additional truck clearance points at a border crossing with Ukraine to facilitate the export of grain from the neighboring country. This is a doubling of the previous check-in points, said the head of the Polish Prime Minister’s office, Michal Dworczyk, on Monday. The additional clearance points would help reduce congestion and waiting times for freight traffic on both sides of the border. Ukraine’s infrastructure minister Olexandr Kubrakov said this also serves global food security. (dpa)

Ukraine has officially confirmed the ban already imposed by decree on the pro-Russian party opposition Platform – For Life. The judiciary has banned the party’s activities for “violating Ukraine’s sovereignty,” Justice Minister Denys Maljuska said on Monday. Accordingly, the entire party assets should be confiscated. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj had already banned the party by decree in mid-March because of the Russian attack.

Businessman Viktor Medvedchuk, who is considered a close confidant of Russia’s head of state Vladimir Putin, founded the opposition platform – For Life in 2018. The party was openly supported by Russia. In 2019, she entered parliament as the second strongest force behind Zelenskyj’s ruling party. Medvedchuk was arrested in April when he was about to leave the country, according to the Ukrainian secret service. (AFP)

In the fight against disinformation campaigns, the federal government wants to support independent media reporting on the war in Ukraine. “Russia is waging this war not only with brutal military force, but also with disinformation,” Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) told Deutsche Welle in Bonn on Monday. Independent journalists are being threatened both in Russia and in other countries. The Federal Foreign Office will therefore launch a new funding program for persecuted journalists.

The Minister of State for Culture and Media, Claudia Roth (Greens), announced at the Global Media Forum that an infrastructure would be set up for journalists in exile who report from Germany. This is already happening through the support of organizations such as Reporters Without Borders or “Journalists in Exile”. Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian journalists in Germany should have the opportunity to work together from Germany. Roth also announced that he would support the initiative of a “Democracy Newsroom” by the news agencies from the G7 partner countries.

Help for the independent media working inside Ukraine is also crucial, Roth said. It is necessary to support Ukraine not only by supplying military weapons. “An important weapon is also independent journalism.” At the summit meeting of heads of state and government at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria next weekend, aid for the partly destroyed media infrastructure in Ukraine should therefore also be an issue, Roth demanded.

According to the Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU leader Markus Söder, the process of Ukraine’s possible accession to the European Union will drag on. “It will be a long process,” said Söder on Monday after a meeting of the party executive in Munich. “We want to have everything in view.”

All the conditions would have to be met for such an accession to be possible. A holistic approach is necessary. “Holistic means whether the European Union would be able to take such a picture at all at the moment – ​​we are largely skeptical, including Manfred Weber, whether this can succeed now,” said Söder. The CSU European politician Manfred Weber is head of the European People’s Party (EPP). “Therefore: Don’t rush things, but approach the whole thing in a real political way,” recommended Söder. (dpa)

The task now is not to proceed according to a formula, but to seize this historic moment and make it clear to Ukraine, with a view to its prospects, that you belong in the middle of the European Union.

We need weapons to prove that the West is determined to help us actually win – rather than just not letting us lose.