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Airline Industry: Arrival Time For The Nightmare Scenario

Airline operators and manufacturers are taking one on the nose and scrambling to contain the fallout from a crisis that appeared out of the blue.

The industry downturn isn't expected to end anytime soon
The industry downturn isn't expected to end anytime soon
Emmanuel Grasland

CHÂTEAUROUX — Already there are nine of them lined up one after the other on the Châteauroux Airport's Tango 2 taxiway. A 10th — an A380 plane from British Airways — will join the the row of grounded giants at the end of the week. And by the end of May, they'll be joined by yet another.

In total, more than 50 airplanes could soon be sitting idly at this former NATO base in central France, some 250 kilometers south of Paris. Not since the Americans left in 1966 has the airport seen so many planes for storage or maintenance. But in the time of COVID-19, nothing is unimaginable.

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Kharkiv Revisited: Inside Russia's New Assault On The "Hero City" Of Ukraine

The nation's second-largest city, Kharkiv was quiet for weeks after Ukrainian forces took control. But now it is again under attack as Russia pushes to capture the city that's considered the "gateway" to Ukraine. Die Welt reports from the frontline.

Damages due to Russian shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine

Alfred Hackensberger

KHARKIV — "Come, I want to show you something," Denys Vezenych says, opening the door of his dental office.

The 40-year-old begins to tell the story in the waiting room: "It was April 16 when the Russian artillery shell hit. The windowpanes were broken, the walls had holes everywhere and the roof was destroyed. But I renovated everything."

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The repairs cost him several thousand euros. "You have to think positively, because life goes on," he explains with a smile. But this attitude is not so present generally in Saltivka, a neighborhood in northeastern Kharkiv. The dental practice may be like new, but the rest of this area in the northeastern Ukrainian city is completely destroyed.

The Russian army has done a great job in its three-month offensive on Ukraine's second largest metropolis. Countless flats have been burned out, the facades of houses have been shot to pieces, entire shopping centers have been bombed. Debris still lie in the streets everywhere.

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Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

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