NATO does not see a “Russian withdrawal” and expects “additional offensives”

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3:29 p.m. : Vladimir Putin said he signed a decree on the rules of gas trade with hostile countries. They will have to open ruble accounts in Russian banks. Existing gas contracts will be suspended if buyers from those countries do not meet the new payment terms, the Russian president added. The new rules go into effect tomorrow.

3:27 p.m. : Vladimir Putin signed the decree imposing the liquidation of the Russian gas ruble for the so-called countries. “hostile”.

3:26 p.m. : Pro-Russian Denis Pushilin, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic (DPR), orders by decree (in Russian) the creation of a local administration in Mariupol. This confirms the separatist ambitions over new sectors of Donbass, beyond the limits of the two territories in dispute since 2014.

2:18 p.m. : For its part, NATO expects “additional offensives” from Moscow. russian forces “they do not withdraw but reposition themselves” in Ukraine. Russia “trying to regroup (his forces) and strengthen his offensive in the Donbass region while maintaining pressure on kyiv and other cities”said the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, at a press conference.

2:18 p.m. : Russia declared “ready to open access to humanitarian convoys from Mariupol”, according to the Ukrainian government. Will the Kremlin keep its promise? Cécile Coudriou, president of Amnesty International France, fears, on franceinfo, that “The announced ceasefire is not respected” while a new attempt is made to evacuate the inhabitants of the besieged port. “Vladimir Putin is never trustworthy”she says.

1:40 p.m. : The British government announces a new series of 14 sanctions aimed at “propaganda and state media” Russians, including the owners of the RT and Sputnik channels, to counter the “lies” of the Kremlin in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

1:51 p.m. : Russia will bombard Odessa and other regions of Ukraine with Kalibr cruise missiles fired from the Black Sea, according to the head of the regional military administration, Sergei Bratchuk. These missiles can reach 800 km/h and change their trajectory in flight. The Ukrainian official adds that the Russian frigate Amiral Makarovin Sevastopol, refueled with ammunition.

1:04 p.m. : At just over 1 pm, here is the must-see content on our site:

Fabien Magnou explains to you how Russia pushes Europeans into armed struggle by demanding payment for gasoline in rubles.

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12:59 p.m. : Good morning @alien. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed its willingness “lead” operations to evacuate the civilian population from the besieged city of Mariupol starting tomorrow, but he tells me that he is still waiting for precise answers in order to have sufficient security guarantees for the proper development of this operation.

“There have been statements that have been made from both sides, we are in contact with both sides. (…) What roads, what time, how many people involved? We are talking about dangerous areas where there has been intense fighting. There have to be very concrete agreements that materialize so that the path is not undermined. There must be very clear instructions for the military. Only then can we talk about security guarantees.”details Alyona Synenko, spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross based in kyiv, whom I contacted.

12h47 : Good morning. Do you have any news from the corridor for the evacuation of civilians in Mariupol?

1:01 p.m. : Fought in Mariupol and Donetsk in 2015, in the trenches. For five weeks, Valentin Alexandrovitch Zagrebelnyi, with clear, smiling eyes and a neatly trimmed little red beard, has been defending kyiv and preparing to go to the front as artillery continues to rumble around the Ukrainian capital. Franceinfo met this soldier in Kyiv.

Valentin Alexandrovitch Zagrebelnyi, here in kyiv on March 30, 2022, does not trust the word of the Russians.  (ARTHUR GERBAULT - MARIE-PIERRE VEROT / RADIO FRANCE)


12h38 : Russia could bombard Odessa and other regions of Ukraine with Kalibr missiles fired by the Russian army from the Black Sea, Selon Sergei Bratchuk, head of the regional military administration. These cruise missiles can reach 800 km/h and change their trajectory in flight. the frigate Amiral Makarokbased in Sevastopol, has the particular mission of countering these missiles.

12h30 : “The contrast between the people who left Russia with money and those who fled Ukraine with nothing is so brutal. It would be nice to change the situation.”

With his long gray hair and wide smile, British comedian Alan Davies walks past the sprawling estates of Russian oligarchs every day. This is how he came up with an original idea: to house Ukrainian refugees in these huge houses, often empty and now seized. He details his proposal to franceinfo.

Comedian Alain Davies outside the North London residence of a Russian oligarch.  (RICHARD PLACE / RADIO FRANCE)


12h01 : It’s noon, here’s a new point in the news:

• A new attempt to evacuate the many civilians stranded in the besieged city of Mariupol is in progress. The Ukrainian government plans to send 45 buses, as Russia has stated “ready to open access to humanitarian convoys from Mariupol”in the direction of the city of Zaporojia.

• Minimum salary will automatically increase on May 1between 2.4% and 2.6%, due to the high inflation registered in the last four months, according to an estimate by the Ministry of Labor.

• The Nord and Pas-de-Calais departments are put on orange alert due to the risk of snow and ice. Snowfall is expected overnight.

11:40 a.m. : Vladimir Putin attempts a coup to raise the price of his currency. The Kremlin threatens to cut the floodgates if Gazprom buyers pay in euros or dollars. But it is a risky bet for Moscow, which is exposed to sanctions. We explain it to you in this article..

11:40 a.m. : “The main historical and strategic goal of the Ossetian people is to unite into a single state. This state is the Russian Federation. (…) I think that joining Russia is our strategic goal [et correspond à] people’s aspiration, and we are going to move forward on this path”.

The president of the separatist region of South Ossetia (Georgia), Anatoly Bibilov, announce your wish (in Russian) to join Russia. This membership question will be decided during a referendum organized after the presidential elections on April 10.

10:47 a.m. : Guillaume Ptak, correspondent for echoes in ukraine, he is currently in irpin, a suburb of kyiv. According to the Ukrainian army, 70% of the city has been liberated. The journalist was able to confirm the presence of five bodies near the road, apparently civilians.

10h11 : The Russian army fired phosphorous bombs at Marinka, Krasnohorivka and Novomykhailivka, once again accuses Pavlo Kirilenko, Governor of Donetsk Oblast. Eleven people were injured, he said, including four children. This report has not been confirmed by an independent source. Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russia of using such incendiary weapons. A convention signed in 1980 in Geneva prohibits the use of phosphorous bombs against the civilian population.

10:29 a.m. : The negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will resume on April 1 remotely, ad (in Russian) member of the Ukrainian delegation David Arakhamia. “During the talks in Turkey, we also said that a meeting of the leaders of the two states is now necessary. (…) We demand that such a meeting not be organized on the territory of Russia or Belarus.”

09h20 : As we just mentioned, the Ukrainian government will today send 45 buses to evacuate civilians from Mariupol, a besieged city in southeastern Ukraine, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced. Moscow had earlier announced a truce to allow his departure.

10:26 a.m. : Here’s a new point in the news:

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit eastern New Caledonia. According to the United States Seismological Service, “dangerous tsunami waves” may arise “on the coasts located within a radius of 300 km from the epicenter of the earthquake”.

• The inflation increases again in March and reached 4.5% in one year, still driven by the increase in energy and food prices, according to an initial estimate published this morning by INSEE.

• The Nord and Pas-de-Calais departments are put on orange alert due to the risk of snow and ice. Snowfall is expected overnight.

• kyiv is preparing to send 45 buses to evacuate civilians from Mariupol, a besieged city in southeastern Ukraine, where Moscow has announced a truce. follow our live.

08h21 : Russia is accused of war crimes in Ukraine, in particular by the International Criminal Court, which has opened an investigation. But the ICC does not have its own police resources and therefore relies in particular on NGOs, such as Amnesty International, to collect evidence. Radio France’s investigative unit describes you your essential job.

07h22 : The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, spoke about “war crimes” committed in Ukraine, in a long accusation made yesterday against actions carried out essentially by the Russian army. “The massive destruction of civilian objects and the high number of civilian casualties clearly indicate that the fundamental principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution have not been sufficiently applied”she said.

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