Ukrainian army says it is preparing for “one last battle” in the besieged port of Mariupol
The Ukrainian army said on Monday that it was preparing for “a final battle” in the besieged port of Mariupol, a strategic city in the south-east of the country, and under the yoke of the Russians for several weeks.
The Austrian chancellor will try to obtain humanitarian corridors in Moscow
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer will try to obtain humanitarian corridors in Ukraine during his talks in Moscow on Monday with President Vladimir Putin, but expects “no miracles”, said his Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.
“We must seize every opportunity to put an end to the humanitarian hell in Ukraine and that is what the Chancellor will do with very clear messages of a humanitarian nature and political advice”, declared Alexander Schallenberg, before a meeting with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg.
The message sent to the Russian president will be that “we want the war to end. We want humanitarian corridors. We want international humanitarian organizations to be able to do their job,” he added.
French gendarmes arrived in Ukraine
Étienne de Poncins, the French ambassador to Ukraine, has just welcomed French technical and scientific gendarmes, who have come to support their counterparts in the field of war.
“Proud to welcome in Lviv the detachment of technical and scientific gendarmes who have come to assist their comrades in the investigations of war crimes committed around kyiv”, tweeted the diplomat, adding that these men will be “hard at work” tomorrow , tuesday.
Ukraine: what is the situation of the conflict?
While Russian troops have massively withdrawn from the central regions of Ukraine, such as those around kyiv for example, they are concentrating their forces more than ever on cities in the south and east of the country.
As we are on the 47th day of conflict, BFMTV returned yesterday to the situation in Ukraine.
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Ukraine: Societe Generale ceases its banking and insurance activities in Russia
The French bank announced on Monday “to cease its activities” in Russia and will sell all of its stake in Rosbank, a heavyweight in the Russian banking sector, as well as its insurance subsidiaries in the country, according to a press release.
This “envisaged transaction should lead” to a negative impact in its accounts of 3.1 billion euros, specifies the bank which continued its activities in Russia since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Zelensky warns that Russia is preparing ‘large-scale operations’ in eastern Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says in a televised address that Russia is preparing “larger-scale operations” in the east of the country and warns: “Next week will not be less important than this or the previous ones. It will be just as tense”
Austrian Chancellor in Moscow
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer on Monday becomes 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.
After scaling back its plans and withdrawing its troops from the kyiv region and northern Ukraine, Russia has made its priority the total conquest of Donbass, in the east, part of which has been controlled since 2014 by pro-Russian separatists.
Towards a new package of sanctions against Russia
The foreign ministers of the European Union, who meet this Monday in Luxembourg, must study a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow, which will however not affect the purchases of oil and gas.
The head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell announced his intention to launch the discussion on an oil embargo on Monday, “but a formal proposal is not on the table”, admitted Friday a senior European official.
The talks come as the World Bank releases its latest catastrophic forecast for Ukraine: the war-torn country’s economy will shrink by 45.1% this year due to the conflict.
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