The most important things for you this Wednesday:

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1. Baerbock makes a promise in Bucha

2. Eight million displaced people in Ukraine

3. Highest level of anti-Semitic crimes

4. The end of negative interest rates

5. Queen's Speech without Queen

6. Are child protection and data protection compatible

7. Champions League reform in a weaker form shape

1. Baerbock makes a promise in Butscha

Foreign Minister Baerbock is the first member of the government to travel to Ukraine.

During her visit to Bucha and Irpin she is shocked.

In Kyiv she announces the reopening of the German embassy.


Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) was the first member of the federal government to visit Ukraine on Tuesday.

In the Kiev suburbs of Irpin and Bucha, where Russian troops committed serious war crimes, she expressed her shock.

Baerbock assured that Germany would support the investigation of crimes against humanity and collect evidence together with the international community.

“That is the promise that we can and must give here in Bucha.”


In the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Baerbock announced the reopening of the German embassy.

On February 25, one day after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the last German diplomats left Ukraine.

In addition to her Ukrainian colleague Dmytro Kuleba, Baerbock also met President Volodymyr Zelenskyj, who said it was an "open, friendly conversation".

EU membership?

In the debate about Ukraine's EU membership, Baerbock was confident, but warned against false promises.

There can be “no shortcut” on the way there.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) insists that negotiations with the six Western Balkan countries have priority.

Scholz welcomed the trips by Baerbock and Bundestag President Bärbel Bas (SPD), who visited Ukraine on Sunday.

When asked whether he himself would be traveling to Kyiv in the near future, he did not answer.

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2. Eight million displaced people in Ukraine

The UN publishes figures on refugees as a result of the war.

The Czech Republic replaces Russia on the Human Rights Council.


More than eight million people have now been displaced within Ukraine as a result of the Russian war of aggression.

This was reported by the UN Organization for Migration on Tuesday in Geneva.

In addition, a good 5.9 million people have crossed national borders to flee abroad, according to statistics from the UN refugee agency.

Before the Russian invasion on February 24, Ukraine had a population of about 44 million.


According to the UN Human Rights Commissioner in Ukraine, thousands of civilians have died in Mariupol.

Matilda Bogner, head of the commission that has been investigating the human rights situation in Ukraine since 2014, said the security situation has so far not allowed the cases to be documented individually.

But we are working on that.

"Mariupol is the big black hole," said Bogner.

"We assume that there were thousands of dead civilians who died because of the fighting." According to the government in Kyiv, there are still more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers, hundreds of them, in the Azov steelworks in Mariupol, which was besieged by Russian troops them wounded.