This week three Ukrainian foreign affairs’ representatives were able to form a one-time agenda of the European whether media or think-tank: while the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba participated in the Monday Talk of the Brussels based Vocal Europe, Ambassador of Ukraine to Italy Yevhen Perelygin wrote an exclusive article on the issue of the occupation of Crimea by Russia for a not a mainstream but certainly specialized media Diplomatic Journal, the President of Ukraine published his article in the Spanish El Pais “Ukraine takes steps to avoid bankruptcy” with the subtitle put by the EL Pais “The country’s president calls for international solidarity”. The French news blog Agoravox picked the article by the President to state: “Zelensky begs West for help to avoid the bankruptcy of Ukraine”. The author criticizes post-Maidan Ukraine. But Agoravox itself is a propagandist source that amplifies a pro-Russian source Donbas Insider. Another example of Agoravox article like this is “Zelensky lost the right to speak about the territorial integrity of Ukraine” after the President signed the new “Land Law”.
„For the first time in two years, the foreign ministers of Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and France are talking together again about Europe’s last war“ reads the article of the German Stern “Maas is pushing for a new ceasefire in the Ukraine conflict”. “For this ceasefire, both Ukraine and Russia are equally responsible”, said German foreign minister Heiko Maas in the video-conference.
While Russia is waging an illegal invasion into Ukraine, Amazon is profiting from the symbols of that conflict, such as the banners that represent Russian proxy forces
Belgian, Dutch and German media platforms wrote about Bellingcat’s finding: the Russian General Andrey Burlaka was involved in shooting down of the MH17 on the territory of Ukraine. It shows that “Russian domestic intelligence steered the military operations in Donbas and the senior leadership of the FSB itself was involved.”
Amazon’s ambivalence is helping support for Russian forces and their proxies in Ukraine by Euronews states that we unwittingly support the war between Russia and Ukraine every time we buy products from Amazon. “While Russia is waging an illegal invasion into Ukraine, Amazon is profiting from the symbols of that conflict, such as the banners that represent Russian proxy forces”– the article reads.
Ukraine: a TV series, a lifesaver for distressed teens in the French La Croix tells the story about the series “Early swallows”, devoted to the problems of adolescence. Watched by more than 3 million Ukrainians, the series launched in November tackles subjects such as school and family violence but also homosexuality and the problem of suicide, themes which are largely taboo in this former Soviet republic. “One of the poorest countries in Europe, Ukraine, whose social services suffer from a chronic lack of funding, nonetheless adopted in 2018 a law against harassment at school, which resulted in some 200 convictions”, – reads the story.
Thirty to forty French couples, who have had recourse to a surrogate mother in Ukraine, cannot go to this country to attend the birth of their children
La Croix also shared a story on how the lockdown made GPA babies in Ukraine deprived of their status. Since March 17 and the decision of the European Union, borders have closed around the world. Among the unexpected consequences, thirty to forty French couples, who have had recourse to a surrogate mother in Ukraine, cannot go to this country to attend the birth of their children. These children remain without identity and nationality. In order for them to gain a civil status, parents must be physically present before the competent authorities. These babies are not at all in the same situation as children adopted internationally, for example. The latter is still, pandemic or not, child protection in their country of origin. They are accommodated in orphanages where the adoption project is being worked on. They have a status, an identity, rights until the arrival of their adoptive parents. With surrogacy, it’s very different. It is a simple private law contract between adults: the intended parents and the surrogate mother. But neither she nor the agency that mediates has responsibility for the child.
And the last but not least, Wolfgang Benz of German Sueddeutsche in his article When the children weren’t allowed to cry promoted a book by Boris Zabarko, Margret Müller and Werner Müller who have collected numerous shocking reports from survivors of the Nazi war of extermination from Ukraine. Margret and Werner Müller are jointly responsible as editors for the almost 200 reports in the German edition. They have been traveling with the Maximilian-Kolbe plant in Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine since 1994 in order to secure memories of survivors from ghettos and concentration camps in personal contact.