War between Ukraine and Russiacase
On the 73rd day of war in Ukraine, the Russian offensive continues, including, according to Kyiv, in Mariupol where around fifty civilians were however able to be evacuated. The United States announced a new military aid of 150 million dollars.
– The Russian offensive knows no truce, including, according to Kyiv, in Mariupol where about fifty civilians were however able to be evacuated.
– The United States announced Friday a new military aid of 150 million dollars. At the same time, they warned that the funds allocated for weapons for kyiv are now “virtually exhausted”.
– The leaders of the great powers of the G7 will hold a virtual meeting on Sunday devoted to the war in Ukraine in which Volodymyr Zelensky will also participate, announces a spokeswoman for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
For the Council of Europe, human rights violations in Ukraine are “dizzying”. The commissioner for human rights of the institution, Dunja Mijatovic, denounced on Saturday the abuses committed by the Russian army in Ukraine, at the end of a four-day visit to kyiv and its region. “The extent and gravity of the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that have taken place as a result of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine are dizzying,” moved Ms. Mijatovic in a press release. “The names of Boutcha, Borodianka, Irpin or Andriivka have come to symbolize the horrible acts that have been committed here, continued the commissioner whose visit had not been announced for security reasons. Unfortunately, their inhabitants are not alone in their suffering. There are many more people across Ukraine who have suffered untold atrocities. Each of them deserves justice and must not be forgotten.”
New explosions in Transdniestria. Authorities in the pro-Russian separatist region of Transdniestria, in Moldova, announced on Saturday that four explosions took place on Friday evening near a former airfield in a village bordering Ukraine, without causing any casualties. The self-proclaimed “Republic” of Transdniestria seceded from Moldova in 1992, after a short war against Chisinau. Since then, around 1,500 Russian soldiers have been stationed there. In recent weeks, fears that the conflict in Ukraine could spill over into Transdniestria have grown after a Russian general claimed that the Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine was aimed at establishing a corridor to that region. Several incidents have taken place there recently, shootings near an arms depot and series of explosions.
The complete capture of Mariupol, “gift to Putin”. “The enemy seeks to finish the defenders of Azovstal, he is trying to do this before May 9 to give Vladimir Putin a present,” says Oleksiï Arestovych, an adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky. Russia has so far only been able to claim complete control of one major city, Kherson. On Saturday in Moscow, the Russian army carried out the last rehearsals on Red Square before the traditional military parade on May 9. If the Russian forces sought to “destroy” the last fighters or civilians of Mariupol, kyiv would be forced to break off any peace negotiations, also warned the Ukrainian president. The Azov regiment, which defends the steelworks, accused the Russian military of having targeted “with an anti-tank guided missile” one of his cars involved in the operation to evacuate civilians, killing one soldier and injuring six.
According to the president of Engie, France could “eventually” do without Russian gas. “The question is in what term”, judge this morning at the microphone of France Inter Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. The boss of the French energy giant indicates that France is “probably able to reduce very significantly” its dependence on Russian gas from here “three or four years”. Its routing, in fact, relies on a whole infrastructure network (gas pipelines, liquefaction facilities, etc.) that is complex to set up, explains Clamadieu. Warning at the end of March that France would need “medium-term or long-term” Russian gas, and deferring the decision to European governments, the French energy giant has gradually changed its position on the issue. “If we were to face a brutal interruption, it is a scenario which is much more difficult, and will require adjustments which will probably be also brutal”, however warns Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. Seeking to diversify its supplies, the group signed a fifteen-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply contract at the beginning of May with the American NextDecade, even if a postponement of LNG will not make it possible to obtain “quantities sufficient to replace” Russian gas for the time being.
In Russia, the parade of May 9 overlooked by “the plane of the apocalypse”. The flight of a Russian army plane, an IL-80, over Moscow in recent days has attracted the attention of observers and the spotlight of international newsrooms (like the Satan 2 missile before it). Recognizable by the bump that adorns its fuselage, this device is intended, in the event of a nuclear war, to accommodate Vladimir Putin, offering the Russian president the possibility of ordering hypothetical strikes from the sky. The aircraft is to be part of the May 9 military parade. What do we know about this plane? CheckNews answers it here.
“The propaganda works pretty well on the Russian population.” Acceptance, denial, self-censorship… Anna Colin Lebedev, specialist in post-Soviet societies, analysis for Libé the different reactions of a muzzled population faced with a war often perceived as “necessary”. His interview can be read here.
A mysterious mega-yacht stranded in Italy. The boat, with an estimated value of around 636 million euros, the name of the owner of which has not been made public and which seemed to be about to leave, was immobilized on Friday by the Italian authorities. The investigation by the Italian authorities “helped to establish significant economic and business ties between the person who officially owns the ship Scheherazade and prominent figures in the Russian government” as well as Russian figures sanctioned by the West, said a statement from the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.
The United States announced Friday a new military aid of 150 million dollars. At the same time, they warned that the funds allocated for weapons for kyiv are now “virtually exhausted”. This aid, well below previous shipments of American weapons, includes in particular 25,000 155 mm shells, counter-battery radars to detect Russian artillery fire and communications jamming devices. “Congress must quickly release the envelope required to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and at the negotiating table”, President Joe Biden said in a statement about the colossal $33 billion budget extension requested from the US Congress.