Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna visited Ukraine

07:40 : French Foreign Minister leaves for Ukraine this Monday

Catherine Colonna, France’s new Foreign Minister, leaves for Ukraine on Monday. He goes to Boutcha and Kiev, where he will be greeted by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

In a press release from Quai d’Orsay, the Minister will also meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, “to discuss the blocking of exports of grains and oilseeds from Ukraine in particular, which increases the risk of food insecurity.”

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07:00: Ukraine says it has regained ground near Kherson

Ukraine claims to gain territory in the Kherson region, which has been in Russian hands since the beginning of the occupation.

“Kherson, wait, we’re close!” “The Ukrainian general staff says on its Facebook page.

In its Sunday-to-Monday overnight update, the Ukrainian army claims to be advancing in the Kherson region, near the villages of Andriyivka, Lozove and Bilohirka.

If Kherson falls into the hands of Kiev again, this would be a powerful symbolic advance, since this area has been completely conquered by the Russian army since the offensive.

06:20: Volodymyr Zelensky against the Europeans this Monday

President Volodymyr Zelensky will address via videoconference from Kiev this Monday to European leaders who are meeting in Brussels for an extraordinary summit dedicated to his country. On the menu of this meeting of the Twenty-Seven are new sanctions against Moscow. President Zelensky’s speech came the day after his high-profile visit to Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, in the northeastern part of the country, on Sunday. An unprecedented release since the Russian invasion at the end of February.

05:48: EU considers a solution to unblock new sanctions against Russia

Representatives of Twenty-Seven have been working on a solution since Sunday to unblock the 6th EU sanctions package against Russia, whose flagship measure is an oil embargo until the end of the year. These new sanctions are thwarted by Hungary, a landlocked, no-sea country that depends on oil sent from Russia by the Druzhba pipeline, which supplies 65% of its consumption.

The solution studied in Brussels would consist of keeping Druzhba out of the oil embargo in order to limit sanctions only to oil supplies by boat. Two-thirds of the oil that Russia supplies to the EU is transported by tankers and a third by the Druzhba pipeline.

Another option being considered would be to delay the adoption of the entire sanctions package until a solution to Hungary’s oil supply is found.

05:46: Russian forces approach the strategic town of Soledar

In southwestern Donbass, Russian forces are approaching the town of Soledar, a few kilometers from Bakhmut.

But “the capture of Soledar and then of Siversk from Ozerne in the north would have been enough to cut off all communication between Severodonetsk and Lyssytchansk. Nine Ukrainian brigades and regiments, or about 1/6 of the Ukrainian ground operating force, would be trapped in this way, says historian Michel Goya.

What to remember from Sunday

• Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced at TF1 that his country wanted “the demilitarization of Ukraine” and stated that the weapons found on the territory of Ukraine “are a threat to the Russian Federation”. He also criticized France for its “active role in Ukraine”.
• The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Russian army destroyed “an important arsenal of the Ukrainian armed forces with long-range high-precision missiles” in the Dnipropetrovsk region (southeast).
• Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the Kharkov region for the first time since the Russian occupation in the east of the country on Sunday, announcing that he dismissed the city’s security chief.
• According to the New York Times, Russia focused its attacks on the Luhansk region and the city of Severodonestk, while Ukraine launched a counterattack in the southern city of Kherson.
• According to the Ukrainian General Staff, 30,150 Russian soldiers have died since the start of the conflict.
• The Russian Ministry of Defense confirms for its part that Russia killed 300 Ukrainian soldiers in the last 24 hours.

05:45: Hello everyone, welcome to this live broadcast where we will follow the situation around the conflict in Ukraine on the 96th day of the Russian occupation.