French journalist killed, Zelensky defied Europeans

► Death of French journalist

Emmanuel Macron confirmed on Monday that a French journalist had died in eastern Ukraine. Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, in his thirties, is a freelance videographer for BFMTV. He was killed during the evacuation of civilians from the region of Severodonetsk and Lyssytchansk, two towns under Russian artillery fire. Paris wanted “A transparent investigation” about the circumstances of his death. The counter-terrorism prosecutor’s office launched a war crimes investigation.

► Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna visited Kiev

Catherine Colonna, the new head of French diplomacy, is making her first visit to Ukraine on Monday (May 30th). “To show the solidarity (…) of France with the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression”said the Quai d’Orsay.

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Catherine Colonna also stated that additional equipment deliveries could be made in Turkey. “next weeks”It is estimated that the total amount of aid paid by France, both military and humanitarian, is two billion dollars.

► Clashes continue in the east

Russian and Ukrainian forces clashed in the heart of Severodonetsk on Monday (May 30), according to the governor of this region of eastern Ukraine.

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In the update released on Sunday night, May 30, and Monday night, the Ukrainian army claims to be advancing in the Kherson region, near the villages of Andriyivka, Lozove and Bilohirka. “Kherson, wait, we’re close!” »The Ukrainian general staff says on its Facebook page.

► Attack in Melitopol controlled by the Russians

A car exploded on Monday morning in Melitopol, which the pro-Russian administration of the city said was occupied by Russian forces in southern Ukraine. Information confirmed by the Russian investigative committee, which accused Kiev of being behind this incident “attack”. The city government reported two injuries. “volunteers bringing humanitarian aid”, 25 and 28 years old.

► Zelensky urges Europeans to stop “fights”

New sanctions against Moscow are on the menu for the new meeting of Twenty-Seven on Monday. Among those proposed by the EU is an embargo on Russian oil. A measure rejected by Hungary, a landlocked country that does not have access to the sea and is dependent on oil transported from Russia via the Druzhba pipeline, which supplies 65% of its consumption.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called a meeting of EU leaders on Monday. “stop their fight”. “Europe must show its strength. Because Russia sees power only as an argument. (…) Now it is time to become a whole, not to be divided”It started with a video message released during the EU’s extraordinary summit dedicated to Ukraine in Brussels.

In addition to the oil embargo, the removal of Russian banks from the Swift international financial system and the expansion of the EU blacklist to sixty people are on the new sanctions menu. The Commission has offered Ukraine assistance of up to nine billion euros in 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a phone call Monday to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that Russia is ready to work with Turkey on the free movement of goods in the Black Sea. “Grain exports from Ukrainian ports”According to the Kremlin statement.

► Biden refuses to send long range weapons

US President Joe Biden on Monday refused to deliver long-range rocket launch systems (MLRS) to Ukraine, despite repeated requests from Kiev for such weapons. “We will not send to Ukraine rocket systems that can reach Russia”Joe Biden said on Monday. This delivery was noted last week, but never confirmed.