Service members of pro-Russian troops ride on top of a combat engineering vehicle during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the city of Lysychansk in the Luhansk Region, Ukraine July 4, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

A good four months after the start of the Russian war of aggression, the number of schoolchildren from Ukraine admitted to Germany is approaching the 150,000 mark. As the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK) announced on Tuesday, 146,321 refugee children and young people were registered at schools in Germany last week, an increase of 2,263 compared to the previous week. So far, most have stayed in Bavaria (26,976), North Rhine-Westphalia, where the summer holidays are already (24,662), and Baden-Württemberg (19,198). The numbers have been rising steadily since the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the end of February. There are a total of around eleven million schoolchildren in Germany. (dpa)

At the end of a two-day reconstruction conference for Ukraine, around 40 states pledged their support to the war-torn country until it fully recovered. The Lugano Declaration they signed was “an important first step on the long road to Ukraine’s recovery,” said host Swiss President Iganzio Cassis on Tuesday. Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) announced that Germany intends to host a reconstruction conference in 2024.

Cassis said that the commitment to long-term support for Ukraine was already being made “in times of war”. “This should give the people of Ukraine hope and the certainty that they are not alone.” (AFP)