a planned evacuation operation in Mariupol by France, Greece and Turkey

In Ukraine, in the besieged port of Mariupol, where 150,000 civilians remain stranded in dramatic conditions, a humanitarian evacuation operation will be carried out by France, Turkey and Greecein the next few days“Emmanuel Macron announced on Friday night.”We are going in connection with Turkey and Greece to launch a humanitarian operation to evacuate all those who wish to leave Mariupol.“, declared the French president at the end of a European summit in Brussels.

The essential

  • Joe Biden continues his visit to Poland. He is scheduled to deliver a speech there later in the day after meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov and the refugees.
  • Emmanuel Macron announced a joint evacuation operation in Mariupol between France, Turkey and Greece
  • The Ukrainian army launched a counteroffensive at Russian-held Kherson.
  • The Russian army announces that from now on it will concentrate its efforts on the “break free” from Donbass
  • The European Union plans to make grouped gas purchases, based on the order model for anti-Covid vaccines,
  • Hear: daily podcast Radio France on the situation in Ukraine

The fight update

In its latest bulletin published this Saturday morning, the Ukrainian Army General Staff assures “having inflicted significant losses on the Russian invaders” about Donetsk and Lugansk, the two main cities of the Donbass. The day before, the Russian command had surprised by announcing “concentrate most of the efforts on the main goal – the liberation of Donbassprecisely, in contrast to the will shown so far by Moscow to “demilitarize and denazify Ukraine” as a whole and not only in this region where the two self-proclaimed pro-Russian separatist “republics” are located.

the fight continues around Kyivfor “repel the enemy offensive”, as reported by the Ukrainian General Staff, which specified that the front line did not move at the beginning of the weekend. A counteroffensive is also underway in Khersonin the south of the country, the only major city that has been completely conquered by Russian forces.

Joe Biden and Poland

On the second day of his visit to Poland, the US president will meet with Polish leaders in Warsaw on Saturday and attend a meeting between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and their Ukrainian counterparts. He will also meet refugees at a reception center and deliver a speech on Ukraine, where thousands of civilians have been killed in a month of war. On Friday, Joe Biden had praised the courage of the Ukrainian people who, according to him, remember the events of Tiananmen Square in 1989, and repeated that, according to him, Vladimir Putin was a “war criminal”.

More than 2,000 civilians killed in Mariupol

Mariupol, a city of more than 400,000 inhabitants on the shores of the Sea of ​​Azov, today only has 150,000 inhabitants who live in dramatic conditions, practically without water or food. More than 2,000 civilians were killed in the city, according to the latest report published by the authorities. According to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, some 100,000 people are still stranded in this strategic port on the Sea of ​​Azov besieged by Russian troops, where an evacuation is planned by France, Turkey and Greece “in the next few days”, Emmanuel Macron assured on Friday.

The European Union is ready for group gas purchases

President Zelensky on Saturday called on Qatar to increase gas production to counter Russia. On Friday night, at the end of the European summit in Brussels, the 27 announced that the European Commission was preparing to make group purchases of gas, in the anti-Covid vaccine order model, to limit price spikes. But Europeans have failed to agree on a price cap for electricity, whose prices are indexed to gas.

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