Ukraine war in the live ticker
+++ 04:17 Juncker does not see Ukraine joining the EU quickly +++
Former EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warns against raising unrealistic expectations of Ukraine’s speedy accession to the European Union. “I think Ukraine needs the prospect of accession for the given reasons, but I’m very upset about the imprudence of many politicians, also acting in the West, who are promising Ukraine a quick accession, I don’t see that,” says Juncker in the podcast “Worth Exchange ” of the newspaper “Luxemburger Wort”. It is not a “practicable way” to accept a country that is in a state of war and therefore “cannot fully develop its will to reform” simply like that and for overriding political reasons.
+++ 21:58 Kiev imposes further sanctions against Russia and allies +++
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced new sanctions against Russia and its allies Iran and Syria. A total of 400 people and companies are affected, including those responsible for the deliveries of the Iranian Shahed drones used by the Russian military against Ukraine. The sanctions probably have a symbolic meaning above all, since most of those affected do not do business with Kiev.
+++ 21:57 Danger of sexual exploitation: searches for Ukrainian women increase a hundredfold after the start of the war +++
With the start of the war more than a year ago, the risk of becoming victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation has increased for refugees from Ukraine. Valiant Richey, the special representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for combating human trafficking, reports on this in the “Spiegel”. Online searches such as “Ukrainian escorts” or “Ukrainian refugee porn” increased a hundredfold after the start of the war. Tens of thousands of people would have searched for such terms. “There are a lot of men whose first reaction to the war was how to approach these women sexually,” says Richey. The increased demand could quickly lead to real exploitation as human traffickers and sex website operators try to make money from it. Six months after the war began, a Dutch company that analyzes European sex websites found that there are now ten times more Ukrainian women offering sexual services than before – even if not all of them are actually Ukrainian. There has also been a sharp increase in suspicious offers on Telegram and Viber, where Ukrainian women have been looking for housing or work, says the OSCE Special Representative.
You can read earlier developments in the Ukraine war here.