8:50 am The return to Ukraine, the temptation of exiles who long for their home
While the UN announces that it has just exceeded the figure of five million people who have left Ukraine, the Ukrainian government has also been registering a wave of returns for several days. It is not easy to live in exile. Our special correspondents tell.
guest of BFM-TV On Friday night, Ukraine’s ambassador to France said he feared a Russian nuclear attack on his country, as Russia skidded through the war it has been waging for nearly two months. ”
This threat is a reality for Ukraine, but also for all of Europe. I am convinced that this possibility is not excluded.
Vadym Omelchenko said.
7:25 am kyiv threatened again
Russia announced on Friday that it had destroyed an arms factory on the outskirts of kyiv and assured that the attacks in the Ukrainian capital would intensify to respond to the attacks on Russian territory, of which Ukraine is accused.
This factory that makes Neptune missiles that the Ukrainian military said it used to attack the Russian cruiser Moskva was attacked overnight, AFP journalists said on Friday.
According to the Pentagon, the Moskva, the flagship of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, was sunk by two Ukrainian missiles. She is “a big blow” to Russia, her spokeswoman said. The Moscow version is that this building was “severely damaged” by fire and sank while being towed.
7:20 am Zelensky highlights Russian nuclear risk
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that ” the whole world “should be” concerned of the risk that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, cornered by his military setbacks in Ukraine, resorts to a tactical nuclear weapon, echoing the CIA director’s warning the day before.
The head of American foreign intelligence, William Burns, had felt that it was not necessary” take lightly the threat posed by the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons ” either ” low consumption by President Vladimir Putin if he were to sink into despair before the failures of his army.
7:15 am Help from Berlin to buy military equipment
Germany plans to give more than a billion euros in military aid to Ukraine, a government spokesman told AFP on Friday. Ukraine will use the money to finance the purchase of military equipment.
7:10 am New victims
At least seven people were killed and 34 others wounded in Russian shelling of a residential area in Kharkiv, the main city in northeastern Ukraine, the regional governor announced on Friday.
Nearly all of those found dead in Boutcha, near kyiv, were shot to death, the local police chief said. The inhabitants themselves buried victims during the occupation of this city by the Russian army, which lasted almost a month.
The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said on Friday that Russian artillery had killed some 30 “Polish mercenaries” in northeastern Ukraine, which could heighten tensions between Moscow and Warsaw.
7:05 am Moscow expels 18 EU officials
Moscow announced this Friday the expulsion of eighteen diplomats from the European Union representation in Russia, in retaliation for a similar measure adopted by Brussels after the Kremlin launched the offensive in Ukraine. The European Union considered this expulsion “unjustified”, believing that it would only “aggravate” Moscow’s international isolation.
North Macedonia expelled six Russian diplomats accused of breaking diplomatic norms.
7 hours. NATO: Finnish bid ‘very likely’
He is ” very likely that Finland is applying for NATO membership as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Finnish European Affairs Minister Tytti Tuppurainen said on Friday. Russian diplomacy warned Finland, as well as Sweden, that such a move would have consequences for these countries and for European security.
6:55 am Complexity of a Russian oil embargo
The European Union is preparing to stop buying oil from Russia to sanction it for the war in Ukraine, but the move is “complex” and will take “several months,” European sources told AFP on Friday. ” The Commission is considering options explained a European official involved in the discussions.
6:50 am RFI website blocked in Russia
Russia has blocked the website of French radio RFI, which broadcasts information in 15 languages including Russian, amid a crackdown on critics of the offensive in Ukraine.
6:45 am Five million refugees
More than five million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This is the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.