Ukraine on Monday accused Russia of further accelerating its deadly bombardment in the east, which its troops fiercely resisted, hitting oil rigs annexed in 2014 in the Black Sea south of Crimea, according to Moscow.
Dmitry Muratov, the Russian editor of the independent research newspaper Novaya Gazeta, sold his Nobel Peace Prize medal Monday in New York for $103.5 million to benefit Unicef’s program of Ukrainian children displaced by the war. “People need to understand that a conflict is going on and we need to help the people who suffer the most,” he said.
In eastern Ukraine, many cities are preparing for the advance of Russian troops. “The front has approached 15-20 kilometers in recent weeks,” the mayor of Sloviansk in the Donetsk province told AFP, adding that he hopes “the new weapons our army needs will arrive soon.” . According to the news of AFP journalists at the scene, the sounds of artillery from afar could already be heard in the village square. “So far everything is fine here, but it’s very difficult psychologically when you see what’s happening in other cities on TV,” added 48-year-old Svitlana, a butcher at a market in another city, Kramatorsk. Fight as Moscow’s troops advance from the north.
The Ukrainian presidency said on Monday that Russian shelling has increased in the Kharkov (northeast) region, the country’s second city that has resisted pressure from Russian forces since the start of the offensive on February 24. The Presidency added that in the Donetsk region (east), the intensity of shelling “increased along the entire front line” and reported one dead and seven injured, including a child.
“The Russians control most of the residential areas” in Severodonetsk, but according to local government head Oleksandr Striouk, “more than a third of the city is controlled by our armed forces”. Clashes are raging around this key pile to control the entire Donbass, an industrial basin in eastern Ukraine that has been partially controlled since 2014 by pro-Russian separatists backed by Moscow.
The regional governor, Serguii Gaïdaï, confirmed by the Kremlin the day before that the village of Metolkine, on the southeastern outskirts of Severodonetsk, had fallen. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday in the Kremlin’s first comment about the two Americans captured in Ukraine while fighting with Kiev’s armed forces, that the two should be “held accountable for their crimes”, without providing details of those crimes.
The Russians accused the Ukrainians of hitting three drilling rigs at the oil and gas complex off the coast of Crimea on Monday morning, leaving three injured and seven missing, according to the governor established by Moscow after the annexation of the peninsula in 2014. , Sergei Aksionov. . According to him, 94 people were evacuated. The Ukrainian army has already struck several times, cruise missiles fired from the coast, Russian ships in the Black Sea, especially the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the cruiser Moskva (Moscow) sank in mid-April.
But Russia is in control of this region of the Black Sea, and its blockade has the effect of blocking the export by cargo ships of millions of tons of grain, of which Ukraine is one of the main producers in the world. According to Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for Russian diplomacy, Moscow argued on Monday that the rise in grain prices was “the fault of Western regimes, who acted as provocateurs and subversives”.
In his videoconference speech to African Union (AU) members, the President of Ukraine regretted that “Africa is the hostage of those who started the war” and stated that “negotiation difficulties” continue to remove obstacles to Ukrainian ports. no progress so far.
The European Union, in the voice of its head of diplomacy, accused Moscow of committing a “true war crime” by blocking these exports. “Twenty million tons of wheat are blocked in Ukraine. This leads to famine and even famine. This is a deliberate attempt to use food as a weapon of war,” said Josep Borrell.
leaving the “Russian world”
European Council President Charles Michel said on Monday that 27 EU countries will this week discuss the possibility of granting Ukraine and Moldova candidate status for entry into the Union. This proposal, in line with the recommendations of the European Commission, will be voiced at the European leaders’ summit to be held in Brussels on Thursday and Friday and will have to take this decision unanimously.
Ukraine’s parliament, the Rada, on Monday ratified the Istanbul Convention, the first international agreement that sets legally binding standards against gender-based violence. -president, Oleksandr Kornienko. “President Volodymyr Zelensky and all the lawmakers who voted for approval have cut another thread that connects Ukraine + to the Russian world +,” said Serguiï Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN.
Further north, Lithuania, a former Soviet republic member of the EU and NATO with troops there, has restricted Russian freight transport to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Tensions escalated sharply after the Russian Foreign Ministry said the transit “unless fully restored, Russia reserves the right to act in defense of its national interests”.
Josep Borrell said that Lithuania has imposed European sanctions on the transit of certain types of exports between Russia and Kaliningrad, but has not imposed any blockade on the Russian enclave. Moscow did not specify the nature of the threat, but Kaliningrad, the former Prussian city of Königsberg, which has become a Russian enclave in the EU, is a strategic bridgehead for Moscow, which has deployed Iskander ballistic missiles capable of carrying out nuclear strikes in the West. Europe and its military fleet anchored there.
Ukraine on Monday accused Russia of further accelerating its deadly bombardment in the east, which its troops fiercely resisted, hitting oil rigs annexed in 2014 off Crimea (south) in the Black Sea, according to Moscow.
Dmitry Muratov, the Russian editor of the independent research newspaper Novaya Gazeta,…