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u.n. world conference in berlin, world leaders continue to support ukraine. and you u.k. prime minister rishi sunak begins work, promising to fix the mistake of his predecessor. and adidas cutting ties with rapper kanye west, saying that the wrappers recent anti-semitic contents are hateful, extreme, and dangerous. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff. to our viewers watching in the u.s. and around the world, welcome. we begin the day with the german president visiting ukraine, for the first time since the russian invasion began. he was directly confronted with the reality of life in a war
zone. air raid sirens rang out as he toured an area outside of the, kyiv. he was forced to seek cover inside a bomb shelter for more than one and a half hours, as you can see right there. later, he returned to keep for a meeting with ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy. >> i have spent the whole day seeing the conditions of war through the eyes of ukrainians. i was able to talk to many people, see a great deal and at the end of the day, i can say i am full of sincere admiration for the courage, the tirelessness, the urge for freedom and the bravery of the ukrainians. brent: dw's correspondent is an kyiv for us, and we asked him for his take on his -- the meeting between the two
presidents. >> zelenskyy was much more matter-of-fact. he said what they had talked about, that he was grateful, but less enthusiastic and less solemn than the german president. that's understandable, if you ok at the history of this meeting. steinmeyer wanted to come earlier in this war and then he was not invited. he was already on his way, but told not to come because ukraine was very unhappy with not only what germany was doing, but with steinmeyer himself, one of the architects of german foreign policy. here in ukraine, that was fateful for the country and it took quite some time for the two sides to get together. i have asked steinmeyer about this today. he says it is time to leave it behind.
they have been clear on this, their talks on this, and it is time to look forward and stand firmly at the side of ukraine. brent: what about the timing of what we are seeing right now, -- now? why is the german president visiting ukraine now? >> he was supposed to come last week, after having talks about these irritations. there were quite a few things between germany and ukraine, and the german ambassador, who many found a bit too demanding and not very diplomatic. he has left. there was a story about this trip earlier by steinmeyer, he was supposed to come earlier but for security reasons, this trip was canceled. things should get normal between the two countries on that level,
the level that concerns the person of steinmeyer, it was time for him to come here. germany is one of the most important partners to ukraine in terms of financial aid and also weapons. way behind the u.s. and britain, but among the european countries, one of the more important ones. these difficulties between the two countries, the diplomatic disputes, they were standing in the way, clearly, of the two countries the last few months. both sides have been working to lead them behind. brent: the latest tonight from kyiv. thank you. staying with the war, russia, as you may recall, took control of most of the kherson region , but is now preparing for an assault by advancing ukrainian
forces. the city is being prepared for urban warfare. as ukrainian troops advance, russian installed authorities there have urged civilians to get out. >> after months of occupation, this village and curse -- in kherson is free. this man says he and his family stayed behind, but were treated cruelly. >> it's a long story. we experienced a lot of things. one time, we got a bag over our heads and got taken away and military vehicles to the school. then, they ransacked the house. >> his family slept in a basement for months as fighting intensified. but they stuck it out and were rewarded for their patience. >> we waited a long time for the
ukrainian army. we hugged each other and cried. i never lost hope. >> settlements up and down the front are waking up to find their occupiers gone. analysts say the russians are abandoning their positions to avoid encirclement, as ukraini forces advanced toward the river and this city of kherson. if they do reach it, it is unclear if there will be many civilians left to liberate. russia says it has relocated tens of thousands of people as kyiv's forces draw nearer. a group of residents in crimea say they left behind a dangerous situation. >> i'm from kherson. >> how is it now? >> bad. >> is there shelling? >> yes. >> moscow has also been accused
of forcibly relocating ukrainian citizens to its territory. but no one can promise when they will see their homes again. brent: and delegates from the world's leading economies vowed to fund the massive reconstruction that will be needed in ukraine after the war. the host, german chancellor olaf scholz, says the foundation has now been laid to rebuild the country. >> the war is far from over, but the international community is already preparing the ground for reconstruction. hosting the conference in berlin, chancellor scholz says now is the time to rebuild. >> it's important to create a new marshall plan for the 20th -- 21st century, one that must begin now. the recovery, construction, and modernization of ukraine will indeed be a challenge for
generations, one requiring the combined strength of the entire international community. >> the recent attacks on ukraine have marked a new low in this war. this was southern ukraine on monday. a playground and residential neighborhood reduced to rubble by russian attacks. there has also been heavy damage to the power supply. to buildings and streets in kyiv . and to civilian targets, like this shopping center in zaporizhzhia. president zelenskyy said billions would also be needed to balance the state budget in the coming years. ukraine's prime minister says his country needs between 3 billion euros and 5 billion euros a month just to keep going. he told the conference why international help makes sense. >> we need this money to recover
international infrastructure immediately, to survive the winter, and to save the european continent from the immigration wave, the immigration tsunami. >> the total bill should be 350 billion dollars. the ukrainian government says it could be much more. some worry about a lack of transparency when such amounts are discussed, but the eu commission president urszula or lion is taking 8 -- ursula von der leyen is taking a positive view. >> it's a catalyst for necessary reforms and at the same time, this is certainly true, as a strong motivator to implement these reforms. there is a goal you want to go to, and therefore, you have to stand while you do these reforms. >> the eu will support ukraine for as long as necessary, bond or lion -- von der leyen said.
it says while the human -- they say while the financial cost is large, the human cost is also huge. brent: nina, it is good to see you in the studio for a change. what was the main take away from today's conference? >> this was not a donors conference. there was a lot of technical talk. olaf scholz, in his position as the head of the g7, the most industrialized democracies around the world, they brought together experts from those institutions and did get into detail, so there was not pledging of more money, etc. we wanted to find out, how can we organize ourselves and use existing structures so we can cordon eight the efforts that are required to help ukraine now, next year -- can coordinate
the efforts that are required to help ukraine now, next year, and the year after that. although they will need money now, it should take years. that was the key take away. brent: was there anything said today that you weren't expecting? >> what i thought was interesting was how many people actually stressed the fact that ukraine was working remarkably well as a country. they have a functioning government. the government could pay all the social services. nurses get paid, etc. bridges are being rebuilt once they get destroyed, so that is not something you can take for granted in other countries, wherein the international communities get together and pledge money to help. they say, we need to focus more on this and identify the projects where things are working so we can identify opportunities, investment opportunities. there are regions in that
country that are working and fairly safe. brent: a marshall plan was mentioned today. do we know what that is supposed to look like? >> it is really big words. olaf scholz, the german chancellor, is usually not one for big words. usually, he is very reluctant and will only present big things once he has thought them through and knows he can deliver on his promises 100%. the martial plan, we all have our own idea what that was. the big reconstruction effort of europe after world war ii. this is a different scenario. the war is still going on, unlike after the second world war, and you have the international organizations. the big issue, can they really fill this with life? brent: it's like putting the cart before the horse, because the war is still going on. you mentioned the g7 group -- what about the european union? i saw a ursula von der leyen --
saw that urszula von der leyen was in the audience. do we have unity there? >> do we have unity between the eu and the americans, the eu and the rest of the world? there was a feeling that we need the whole world, and not just government, but the private sector to make it back into the ukrainian area if we want to survive. others say we need to send a stronger signal to russia, so we need to use russian frozen assets to reimburse ukraine. that's one of the ideas that will have to be discusse brent: the latest on the conference today here in berlin. as always, thank you. let's take a look at some of the other stories making headlines around the world. italy's far right leader georgia maloney has reaffirmed her support for the eu, for ukraine
and her first speech as prime minister. she also laid out her governments policy plan before parliament's lower chambers of deputies ahead of a confidence vote. she says that her priority will be helping businesses and households cope with rising inflation. a fire at aoarding school for blind children in ugandhas killed 11 students. six others are in critical condition. the blaze broke out past midnight at the school, which is in a rural community outside of the capital, compile a. --kumpala. formal peace talks to end ethiopia's conflict have begun. negotiators arrived in south africa's capital this week. the talks are the most significant effort yet to end to the two year war that has killed
tens of thousands of people. at least 22 people are dead after a cyclone slammed into bangladesh. about one million people were forced to evacuate as the monster storm hit. 10 million people along the coast tonight are without power. >> this house in southern bangladesh has been badly affected by the flood. the water has still not completely receded. she tries to protect what has been left undamaged. >> we somehow managed to save our furniture from the water by creating a dam, but some $200 worth of fish from our pond floated away. we are happy that no trees fell on the house. >> this tropical storm has left large swaths of afterworld role -- agricultural land under water. thousands of homes have been
damaged, fisheries washed away. millions are without power. and many are still waiting for help. the capital is also flooded. drivers have to push their vehicles through the water. >> due to the storms and the rain, we are struggling. all of the streets are inundated, so it is difficult to drive our rickshaws. >> the country is prone to natural disasters. climate change is making storms more frequent and destructive, but people have been facing the devastation alone. brent: rishi sunak has been appointed britain's third prime minister in two months.
he takes over from liz truss, whose economic plans unsettled financial markets and sparked economic chaos, forcing her to resign. sunak today pledged he would fix her mistakes. >> leaving downing street for the last time, after just 49 days in office, liz truss has some advice for her successor. >> from my time as prime minister, i am more convinced than ever that we need to be bold and confront the challenges that we face. >> for rishi sunak, those challenges include assuring financial markets spooked by truss' bold plans for unfounded tax cuts. but he -- but there was one final responsibility -- head to buckingham palace to hand her resignation to king charles iii.
minutes later, it was sunak's turn, the first prime minister of color, and the first to be richer than the royal appointing him. >> i will place economic stability and confidence at the heart of this government's agenda. this will mean difficult decisions to come. >> after entering downing street as prime minister for the first time, those difficult decisions are set to begin straightaway. first up, forming a new cabinet and finally closing the door on weeks of chaos. brent: adidas says it is ending its partnership with rapper
kanye west over his anti-semitic remarks. the german sportswear giant calling tweets by the rapper, who now refers to himself as ye unacceptable, hateful and dangerous. adidas says it will stop production of its line of yeezy products, designed in collaboration with west. at least six brands have distanced themselves because of the rapper's controversial remarks. let's crossover to our entertainment journalist, in washington, d.c.. it's good to have you with us. give us some background on this cooperation. what meaning did kanye west have for the adidas brand and adidas for kanye west? >> for adidas, it's arguably the most important partnership that has made the
company $2 billion a year. there is no other partnership that compares. for kanye, it has made him a billionaire. he is no longer a billionaire according to forbes, but as of march of last year, he was worth 6.6 billion dollars, largely because of the success of yeezy. he is now only worth 400 million, which is worth more than i have ever had, but yes. brent: there have been strong reactions here in germany. the chairman of the central council of jews in germany says it would have been unbearable if the german company had continued its cooperation with someone accused of anti-semitism. what has the reaction bn in the united states? >> it's beenust as negative. s lawyer, camille vasquez, whose claim to fame was working with johnny depp -- she ended
her working relationship with them. his agency has cut ties with kanye. the completed documentary, set for release in the next year, has been shelved because of this, and vogue magazine and its editor-in-chief, anna wintour, have announced they will no longer work with kanye. so it's an overwhelmingly negative response. in los angeles, a group of neo-nazis went to the highway in los angeles to say kanye was right. while the reaction has been overwhelmingly negative, unfortunately there are people who see this as an opportunity to spread hate. brent: and kanye west, or ye, as he calls himself today, has made anti-semitic comments in social media for weeks now. where would you say his career is headed? >> unfornately, he has made this hatepeech part of his brand. there is also a lot of
anti-black comments. nine years ago, he wore a jacket with confederate flag stitching, so this is n nnd now part of his brand. i think you will be banished to the fringes of hollywood. he will always have a following, but it will be a cult following and he will continue to be a useful idiot for right-wing outlets. brent: are journalists joining us from washington, d.c.. we appreciate your reporting. thank you. jailed u.s. basketball star brittney griner has lost her appeal against her nine year prison sentence in russia. greiner was arrested at a moscow airport for being in possession of vaped cartridges, which contained cannabis oil. all that happened back in february. that substance is banned in russia. >> brittney griner appeared via video link from her prison cell. her appeal out of hope than any
real expectation of success. addressing what she called her honest mistake, she asked the court for leniency. >> iave beehere almost eight months and people with more severe crimes have gotten less then what i was given. i did not intend to do this, but i understand the charges brought against me, and i just hope that is taken into account a well, that i did plead guilty. >> greiner's mistake was being caught with cannabis oil and her baggage at a moscow airport in february. in august, she was sentenced to nine years in jail for drug smuggling and possession. the backdrop to this, of course, is russia's war in ukraine. greiner is one of the world's best basketball players, a
two-time olympic champion. her supporters consider her upon in russia's political game. the u.s. reiterated its call for her immediate release. >> nothing in the previous sentence or the result of today's appeal changes the fact that the united states government considers ms. greiner to be wrongfully detained. >> this could be the best hope of freedom. this arms dealer has been moved as part of a attentional prisoner swap. russia is apparently willing to negotiate as the court process continues. greiner was led away by a prison guard. she will now be transferred to one of russia's notoriously harsh penal colonies to serve the rest of her sentence. brent: sky gazers have gathered behind -- across the world to
watch a partial solar eclipse. people in arak, syria, and the united arab emirates have already witnessed the eclipse. a partial solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. the three remaining not perfectly aligned, as you see right there. amateur astronomers have been told to wear protective glasses to avoid damaging their eyes. remember, never look at the clips with the naked eye. -- at under -- at an eclipse with the naked eye. today, german president steinmeyer was confronted with the realities of life in a ukrainian war zone. don't forget, you can always get dw news on the go, download our
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