War between Ukraine and Russiadossier
On the 50th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United States decided, for the first time, to deliver heavy weapons to kyiv. Every day, Russian forces claim control of a new part of Mariupol, the besieged port where thousands of victims are feared.
In summary :
– Russia has suffered one of its greatest material setbacks since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, the cruiser Moscow, flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, having been “severely damaged” by an ammunition explosion according to Moscow, and by missile attacks according to kyiv.
– Joe Biden promised his Ukrainian counterpart massive new military aid of $800 million, including heavy equipment that the United States had so far been reluctant to provide.
– Every day, Russian forces claim control of a new part of Mariupol. As of Wednesday, Moscow says it now has control over the city’s commercial port, under siege since the invasion began on February 24.
Ireland sends its Foreign Minister to kyiv. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney will travel to kyiv on Thursday, his office said, in the first visit by a foreign minister from a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council since the start of the war in Ukraine. Simon Coveney, who is also Defense Minister, will meet with his two counterparts, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba and Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, and will visit the areas directly affected by the invasion Russian. “His discussions with the Ukrainian government will focus on how Ireland can continue to provide political, security and humanitarian support to Ukraine,” his office said.
New hope for evacuations in Mariupol. Ukraine announced the resumption of civilian evacuations through nine humanitarian corridors, including from the besieged city of Mariupol in the country’s southeast, after a day-long suspension due, according to kyiv, to Russian violations of the ceasefire. “Today nine humanitarian corridors are planned”Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Telegram.
In the streets of Boutcha. Beyond the bombed-out bridge of Hostomel, which is only miraculously maintained, Boutcha looks like a corpse. A deep silence reigns in the morning around the church of Saint-André-le-Premier-Appelé-et-tous-les-Saints, interrupted from time to time by the roar of the engine of the Grouz-300 truck in charge of carrying the morgue the bodies that have just been unearthed from the main mass grave of the city. read the report from our Ukraine correspondent, Stéphane Siohan.
New British sanctions. The United Kingdom has announced that it will expand the list of sanctioned people to include 178 pro-Russian separatists, but also new Russian oligarchs and their relatives, as well as the wife of the head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov. The authorities in Jersey, a British crown dependency, have announced a freeze “assets estimated at over $7 billion suspected to be linked” Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. Moscow announced for its part to sanction 398 US parliamentarians as a retaliatory measure.
Did the Russian flagship in the Black Sea hit or sank? the cruise Moscow, flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, was “severely damaged” by an ammunition explosion caused by a fire, Russian state agencies reported Thursday, citing the Defense Ministry. According to Moscow, the crew was completely evacuated and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire. For their part, the Ukrainian authorities stated that the Moscow it was on fire after being hit by missiles.
Zelensky attacks Macron. French President Emmanuel Macron’s refusal to denounce a “genocide” in Ukraine by the Russian army is “very hurtful”, lamented Zelensky, after Macron decided not to resume the term “genocide” used by Joe Biden. “I would say that Russia unilaterally launched a brutal war, that it is now established that the Russian military committed war crimes and now we must find those responsible,” he said. Macron said.
US heavy weapons delivered to Ukraine. In a phone call Wednesday with Zelensky, Joe Biden announced the shipment to kyiv of a large amount of equipment from US military stocks, including artillery, armor, radar, anti-tank missiles, and unmanned coastal defense ships and drones, according to a White House statement. statement. The White House recently appeared to abandon the distinction it made between handing out equipment “defensive”, that she authorized and “offensive”, which, on the contrary, he refused to provide. This massive new military aid was promised when Russia threatened to attack kyiv again.