the situation on the 52nd day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Following the sinking of a major Russian military ship, Moscow intensified its bombardment of the kyiv region, making it especially dangerous for residents to return there.

The talks between Russia and Ukraine are not advancing and the bombings are intensifying, particularly in the kyiv region. At the same time, Moscow is responding to Western sanctions by barring British Prime Minister Boris Johnson from entering the territory.

• One dead and wounded after the bombing of a military factory in kyiv

Russia bombed a ukrainian military factory located in the suburbs of kyiv this Saturday. The city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said on Telegram that one person had died and “several” were hospitalized. The complex in question was used in particular to manufacture tanks for the Ukrainian army.

“Our air defense forces are doing their best to protect us, but the enemy is cunning and ruthless,” he wrote.

Moscow had announced the day before its desire to intensify the bombing in the kyiv region, denouncing “terrorist attacks” shortly after the sinking of the flagship Moskva. A military factory, which made the missiles used to attack the building, had already been attacked on Friday.

In eastern Ukraine, an oil refinery was attacked. Located in Lyssytchansk, it did not contain fuel according to local authorities. The hydrocarbon residues, however, started a fire at the site, which was extinguished on Saturday.

• The mayor of kyiv asks residents not to return to the capital

kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko implored his constituents to be careful. In fact, a large number of them seek to return to the Ukrainian capital as Russian troops have left the region to concentrate in the east of the territory. is estimated at 50,000 the number of Ukrainians who return to Kyiv every day. But the councilman considered that the population should stay away from the city.

“To the residents of kyiv who left the city and intend to return to the capital, I ask you to refrain and stay in safer places,” he wrote on Telegram.

Because if indeed the situation had been calmer for a few days, the bombings marked the days of Friday and Saturday in kyiv. A retaliation announced by Moscow following the sinking of a flagship this week. Another reason that could make returns difficult: homes destroyed by bombing.

“People’s greatest desire is to go home. But for many there is no house to return to because it has been destroyed, damaged or is located in an area that is not safe,” said Karolina Lindholm Billing, UNHCR representative in Ukraine. on Friday.

• Zelensky threatens to end negotiations with Russia

The fate of Mariupol is intrinsically linked to the future of the conflict in Ukraine. In addition to the strategic role of this city largely destroyed by Russian bombing, Volodymyr Zelensky has threatened to end talks with Moscow if the last soldiers are attacked.

“The elimination of our soldiers, of our men (in Mariupol) will put an end to any negotiations” of peace between Russia and Ukraine, he declared in statements reproduced by the information website Ukraïnska Pravda, warning that the two sides would then find themselves in ” a dead end”.

In fact, the Russian army appears to be headed for a victory at Mariupol. The Ukrainian army on the spot had announced last Monday prepare for “a final battle“It will be death for some and captivity for others,” the 36th Marine Brigade wrote on Facebook.

• Boris Johnson banned from entering Russia

Boris Johnson will no longer be able to travel to Russia, much less to the Kremlin. Moscow announced on Saturday that the prime minister and several other top British officials were banned from entering the territory.

“This step was taken in response to the rampant political and media campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally and creating the right conditions to control our country and strangle the national economy,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Moscow also accuses the UK of openly supporting Ukraine and implementing various sanctions against Russia or people close to Vladimir Putin. Actions considered “hostile” by the Kremlin.

• A special flight to Roissy to bring back Russians expelled by France

a special plane chartered by Moscow this Saturday took off from Roissy airport bring back to Russia 137 citizens expelled by France.

“The Russians sent a plane. As they do not have the right to fly over France, that was the subject of a diplomatic agreement. People leave with a good escort,” the airport source told AFP.’AFP.

France earlier this month announced the expulsion of 41 Russian diplomats it said were involved in espionage activities under cover of its embassy, ​​saying the sanction was part of “a European approach.”

Many other European countries such as Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, Greece or Croatia have massively expelled Russian diplomats since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine.

Anthony Audureau with AFP

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