| 15 April 2024, Monday |

Germany to cooperate closely with US on aid

On Thursday, Ukrainian authorities confirmed an increase in the death toll from a missile attack in the eastern city of Kramatorsk to 12.
Emergency services said three children were among the dead, and at least 60 people were injured.

Kramatorsk came under Russian attack on Tuesday, with a missile hitting a restaurant in a busy street.
The United Kingdom will on Thursday introduce a law banning lawyers from representing Russian businesses.

“The UK legal system underpins many international contracts and businesses and we will no longer allow Russia to benefit from our knowledge and expertise,” Britain’s Justice Minister Alex Chalk said in a statement.

The new law won’t prevent British lawyers from representing Russian nationals, but it could bar them from advising Russian companies on global trade deals, or from advising overseas financial institutions on lending to Russian businesses.
Germany and the United States will continue to closely coordinate their efforts to support Ukraine’s army, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said on Wednesday.

The minister made his first official visit to Washington on Wednesday to meet with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and President Joe Biden’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan.

“We agree on all key issues,” Pistorius told reporters after the meeting.

“Both of them have more than clearly underlined and repeatedly emphasized how much they appreciate the German commitment,” Pistorius said.

“They know very well the scale we are on and that we are now the second-largest supporter of Ukraine. There was not a hint of criticism.”
Meanwhile, the US praised Germany’s contributions to the war effort, which includes a €2.7 billion ($2.95 billion) package that was announced in May.

“As Russia continues to direct this war of choice, I appreciate everything that Germany has done to strengthen Ukraine’s capability,” Austin said.

“Your security assistance and training contributions for Ukraine’s defenders have been invaluable, and we must keep pushing hard to help Ukraine succeed.”

  • DW