‘No alternative’ to Ukraine’s EU bid, says Zelensky
Any alternative to Ukraine’s candidacy for the European Union (EU) would be a “compromise” with Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday, in response to the project of the “European political community” proposed by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
“We don’t need alternatives to Ukraine’s candidacy for the European Union, we don’t need such compromises,” Zelensky said during a press conference in Kyiv with Prime Minister Portuguese Minister Antonio Costa.
NATO membership: Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls on Sweden to “end its support” for “terrorist organizations”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who opposes Sweden’s entry into NATO, called on Stockholm on Saturday to “put an end to its political and financial support and arms deliveries to terrorist organizations”.
In a press release, the Head of State indicated that he “expects Sweden to take concrete and serious measures, showing that it shares Turkey’s concerns regarding the terrorist organization of the PKK (the party Workers of Kurdistan, editor’s note) and its extensions in Syria and Iraq”.
Joe Biden banned from entering Russia
The President of the United States, along with his Secretary of State Antony Blinken, CIA Director Williams Burns and 963 Americans, have been banned from entering Russian territory, the Kremlin has announced. this Saturday, according to Reuters.
This essentially symbolic decision comes in response to Western sanctions imposed on the Russian economy.
The impressive images of a Russian strike targeting a cultural center in the Kharkiv region
Russian forces hit a Ukrainian cultural center on Friday in Lozova, Kharkiv region, injuring at least eight people, including a child. The impressive images of the strike, shot by a CCTV camera, were published this Saturday by Volodymyr Zelensky on Telegram.
“The occupiers have identified culture, education and humanity as their enemies. And they spare them neither missiles nor bombs. What is it in the minds of people who choose such targets? Absolute evil , absolute stupidity”, was indignant the Ukrainian president.
Did the wife of the commander of Azov appear in a “neo-Nazi” photo?
The rumor swells on social networks for several days. Katerina Prokopenko, 27, wife of the commander of Azov, is suspected of being neo-Nazi on the basis of a snapshot showing a young blonde woman, supposed to be the young woman, making a Nazi sign.
A tweet, posting a montage between Katerina Prokopenko when she was invited on our set this week, and the young woman with the Nazi salute, assuring that it is the same person, was in particular very shared, in particular by professional accounts -Russians. Except it’s not her. Our video explanations.
Azovstal: will soldiers be exchanged for Russian prisoners?
Ukraine hopes to exchange prisoners of war, after the surrender of the last Ukrainian soldiers located at the Azovstal site in Mariupol, but Russia has indicated, implicitly targeting the Azov regiment, that it considers some of them as “neo-Nazi” fighters.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has urged both sides to grant it access to prisoners of war and civilian internees, “wherever they are held”.
“The fate of these soldiers is uncertain (…) It will be very important to know if they will have the status of prisoners of war”, underlines on BFMTV Ulysse Gosset, our international political columnist.
Update on the situation at 12 p.m.
• The war in Ukraine can only be ended through “diplomatic” meansassured this Saturday the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskywhile negotiations between Moscow and kyiv are deadlocked.
• The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed this Saturday that his forces had destroy in the northwest of Ukraine a “significant” shipment of weapons supplied by the United States and European countries.
• US President Joe Biden has officially signed the law providing $40 billion in aid to Ukraineas expected, the White House announced on Saturday.
• Finland’s natural gas supply from Russia has been interrupted on Saturday, Finland’s state-owned energy company Gasum said, after the Nordic country refused to pay supplier Gazprom in rubles.
• The Azovstal steel complex in Mariupol, the last pocket of resistance in this strategic port on the Sea of Azov, has “passed under the complete control of the Russian armed forces” after the surrender of the last Ukrainian soldiers, the spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Friday evening
Joe Biden signs legislation providing $40 billion in aid to Ukraine
US President Joe Biden has signed the law adopted Thursday by Congress providing a gigantic envelope of 40 billion dollars for the Ukrainian war effort against Russia, announced this Saturday the White House.
Joe Biden signed this text during his official trip to South Korea. The law includes 6 billion dollars to allow Ukraine to equip itself with armored vehicles and to strengthen its anti-aircraft defense.
England wants a Moldova “equipped to NATO standards” against possible Russian aggression
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wants to see Moldova, a country neighboring Ukraine, “equipped to NATO standards” to protect it against possible Russian aggression, she said in an interview published on Saturday. in The Telegraph.
Liz Truss explained that the UK was discussing with its allies ways to ensure that Ukraine is “permanently capable of defending itself”, which also applies to other “vulnerable states” such as the Moldova which is not a member of NATO.
Russia claims destruction of ‘large’ Western arms shipment to Ukraine
The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Saturday that its forces had destroyed a large shipment of weapons supplied by the West in northwestern Ukraine.
“High-precision long-range Kalibr missiles, launched from the sea, destroyed a large consignment of weapons and military equipment supplied by the United States and European countries, near Malin railway station, in the region of Zhytomyr,” the ministry said during a briefing.
Zelensky believes that only “diplomacy” will end the war in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine can only end through “diplomatic” biases, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assured this Saturday, while negotiations between Moscow and kyiv are at an impasse.
“The end (of the conflict) will be diplomatic,” he said in an interview with a Ukrainian television channel. The war “will be bloody, it will be fighting, but it will end definitively via diplomacy”.
>> Our article on this statement.
War in Ukraine: Russia has lost a quarter of its tanks since the start of the conflict, according to military experts
Tanks, weak link of the Russian army? The Russians have lost 700 tanks since the start of the conflict, according to military experts, or a quarter of their vehicles.
“In the short term, we will have to change strategy, especially in the Donbass. (…) It will be a problem”, underlines Patrick Sauce, international political columnist for BFMTV.
Gazprom confirms suspension of Russian gas supplies to Finland
The Russian energy giant Gazprom announced on Saturday that it had suspended all its gas deliveries to Finland, following Helsinki’s refusal to pay it in rubles.
Gazprom has not received payment in rubles from the Finnish state energy company Gasum by the deadline of May 20, it has “completely stopped its gas deliveries”, said the Russian group in a press release.
“Putin destroyed everything”: former pro-Russian, the mayor of Odessa castigates Moscow
Once considered a politician with pro-Russian tendencies, the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Odessa, Gennady Troukhanov attacked Russia and President Vladimir Putin during an interview with AFP
“The Russians are currently on our land and they are bombarding our cities, killing our people and our soldiers”, observes Gennadi Troukhanov. For him, a point of no return has been crossed: there can no longer be any question of any Russian-Ukrainian friendship. He castigates the air raids, the blockade of the Black Sea and the millions of tons of grain stuck in the ports, including Odessa.
“Putin has destroyed everything,” he fumes. Russian troops “are not only destroying our cities and killing our inhabitants, they are also causing an economic catastrophe”, he underlines.
Russian gas for Finland has been cut off
Finland’s natural gas supply from Russia was cut off on Saturday, Finland’s state-owned energy company Gasum said, after the Nordic country refused to pay supplier Gazprom in roubles. The company specifies that the gas would henceforth be supplied by other sources via the Balticconnector gas pipeline, which links Finland to Estonia.
The Finnish group said on Friday that it had been informed by the Russian giant Gazprom of the interruption of deliveries on Saturday.
Many shootings in the Donbass
“The enemy is constantly carrying out offensive operations in the eastern operational zone in order to establish full control over the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and to maintain the land corridor with temporarily occupied Crimea,” the state said. -major of the Ukrainian forces on Facebook on Saturday morning.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu assured that the conquest of the Lugansk region was “almost complete” in the Donbass. Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandre Motouzianyk said the situation “showed signs of worsening” and that “Russian occupation forces are conducting intense fire along the entire front line”.
“While we are resisting, our troops are receiving foreign weapons, rearming, regrouping, and I think that in June we will see the counter-attack”, assured local governor Serguiï Gaïdaï on the night of Friday to Saturday.
Last pocket of resistance has fallen in Mariupol, say Russian authorities
At the start of the evening, the spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense affirmed that the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol – the last pocket of resistance in this strategic port on the Sea of Azov – had “passed under the complete control of the armed forces soldiers” after the last Ukrainian soldiers surrendered, and that the news had been passed on to President Vladimir Putin.
Footage released by Moscow showed cohorts of men in combat gear emerging from the steelworks, some with crutches or bandages, after a long battle that had become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion.
“The higher military command has given the order to save the lives of the soldiers of our garrison and to stop defending the city”, said in a video on Telegram the regiment commander Denys Prokopenko, a large bandage in the day. right arm and swollen left, from what appeared to be an underground room.