🔴 LIVE – War in Ukraine: Société Générale will withdraw from Russia

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On the 47th day of the invasion of Ukraine, the European Union is preparing to adopt new sanctions against Russia. On the ground, kyiv is preparing for a massive offensive in the east of the country. Follow the latest information live.

7:02 p.m.

Russian forces are strengthening around the Donbass, and especially near the strategic town of Izium, but have not yet begun their offensive to take full control of this region of eastern Ukraine, an official said on Monday. senior Pentagon official.

“We have seen efforts by the Russians to restock and reinforce themselves in the Donbass,” the official, who requested anonymity, told the press, mentioning in particular a column of tanks north of Izium.

The Pentagon estimates that this tank column includes command and control elements, a helicopter maintenance support battalion and an infantry logistics battalion, he told reporters.

6:33 p.m.

The war in Ukraine could halve the growth of world trade, according to an analysis by the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) published on Monday.

According to this analysis, the crisis is expected to reduce global GDP growth to between 3.1 and 3.7% this year, while world trade growth is expected to be between 2.4% and 3%. In October, the WTO was expecting an increase of 4.7%.

5:23 p.m.

The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell on Monday accused Russia of “causing hunger in the world” with the war in Ukraine, by destroying wheat stocks and preventing it from being exported abroad.

“They are causing scarcity. They are bombing Ukrainian cities and causing hunger in the world,” the Spanish official said after a meeting of European foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

4:37 p.m.

The leader of the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk said on Monday that his forces had completely conquered the port area of ​​the strategic city of Mariupol, in southeastern Ukraine, which has been besieged for more than a month.

“Regarding the port of Mariupol, it is already under our control”, declared Denis Pushilin, quoted by the Russian press agencies. The representative of the separatist army, Edouard Bassourin, told him that the last Ukrainian defenders were now concentrated in the huge “Azovstal” and “Azovmach” factories.

3:51 p.m.

The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, the first European leader received in the Kremlin since the start of the intervention in Ukraine, has begun, a spokesman for the chancellery told AFP on Monday.

“They are currently together in Mr. Putin’s residence” in Moscow, he said, while Mr. Nehammer is trying to obtain humanitarian corridors.

3:23 p.m.

Croatia on Monday announced the expulsion of 24 Russian diplomats and embassy staff over the Kremlin-led war in Ukraine, following in the footsteps of many countries that have taken similar steps.

The Croatian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Russian ambassador to Zagreb to convey “its strongest condemnation of the brutal aggression by Ukraine and the many crimes” committed there.

Zagreb has called for the expulsion of 18 diplomats and six Russian representation staff, the ministry said in a statement. The text does not provide further details, confining itself to saying that the Russian embassy in Zagreb would henceforth be the same size as the Croatian embassy in Moscow.

2:45 p.m.

The Ukrainian army said Monday to expect a Russian offensive “very soon” in the east, which has become the Kremlin’s priority target, after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the northern regions of the country and around kyiv.

“According to our information, the enemy has almost completed its preparation for an assault on the east. The attack will take place very soon,” warned at a press conference the spokesman of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Oleksandre Motouzianik.

1:11 p.m.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday he believed “tens of thousands” of people had been killed in the besieged city of Mariupol by the Russian army, and asked South Korea for military assistance. Addressing South Korea’s National Assembly via video conference, Zelensky said Russia had “completely destroyed” the port in southeastern Ukraine.

“It was a city of half a million people. The occupiers besieged it and did not even allow water and food to be brought there. The Russians completely destroyed Mariupol and destroyed it. burned to ashes. At least tens of thousands of Mariupol citizens must have been killed,” he said. The Ukrainian president accused Russia of wanting to make Mariupol “an example”, calling on South Korea to help his country fight the Russian invasion by providing it with military equipment, “from planes to tanks”.

12:28

The Ukrainian army said on Monday it was preparing for “one last battle” in the devastated port of Mariupol, in the south-east of the country, besieged by the Russian army for more than 40 days. “Today will probably be the last battle as our ammunition is running out. (…) It will be death for some of us and captivity for others,” the 36th Marine Brigade wrote on Facebook. National, which is part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

11:47

French gendarmes have arrived in Lviv, in western Ukraine, to assist their Ukrainian counterparts “in the investigations of war crimes committed around kyiv”, the French ambassador to Ukraine announced on Monday. It is the “first” foreign unit “to provide such aid”, said Etienne de Poncins on Twitter.

09:27

The French bank Societe Generale, which has continued its activities in Russia since the start of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, announced on Monday that it would end it via the planned sale of its entire stake in Rosbank. Very involved in Russia, Societe Generale was exposed to the tune of 18.6 billion euros, including 15.4 billion for Rosbank.

6:00 am

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer will become the first European leader to visit Moscow since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, a “risky mission” as kyiv prepares for a massive Russian offensive in the east.

00:36

Ukraine has announced that more than 1,200 bodies have been discovered so far in the kyiv region, the site of atrocities committed during the Russian occupation last month, as shelling continued on the country which prepares to suffer a massive offensive in the east, fled by its inhabitants.

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