Johnson warns that a “bad” compromise will be “disgusting”.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that pushing Ukraine into a “bad” compromise with Russia would be “disgusting”. Aggression pays off, ”the leader also appreciated in his speech in Blackpool, in the north-west of England.
2,600 missiles fired in Ukraine, Zelensky says
The President of Ukraine said that since the beginning of the conflict on February 24, Russia has fired more than 2,600 missiles at Ukraine. “Most of them are against Ukrainian cities, most of them are against civilian objects,” he said.
The ECB raised its inflation forecast
As mentioned earlier this morning, the European Central Bank is announcing new inflation forecasts for 2022 and 2023 following the acceleration in the euro area, especially related to the war in Ukraine. The ECB forecasts inflation at 3.5% in 2023 and 2.1% in 2024.
More English football in Russia
The Premier League announces the suspension of its contract to broadcast Premier League matches in Russia in response to the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine. In March last year, English elite clubs had already suspended the contract with Rambler, which owned the rights to broadcast the Premier League until the end of the 2021/22 season. But it was Match TV, owned by energy giant Gazprom, that won the contract for the next six seasons, from 2022 to 2028. Thus, this channel is also devoid of broadcasting.
British Ambassador visits Bucha
The British Ambassador to Ukraine visits the city of martyrs Bucha. “I saw a mass grave. I spoke with parents and children, ”she writes on Twitter, adding that she met with the mayor and prosecutors.
No deal on wheat
During the briefing, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said no agreements had been reached with Turkey regarding the export of Ukrainian wheat, which is currently blocked in the country’s ports. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Turkey on Tuesday evening to discuss the possibility of creating corridors across the Black Sea to facilitate grain exports.
“Every day up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers are killed and 500 are injured”
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported on Thursday that about 100 Ukrainian soldiers are killed every day, about 500 are wounded. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky indicated on June 1 that the army was losing between 60 and 100 soldiers a day.
Zelensky calls for exclusion of Russia from FAO
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Thursday for Russia to be expelled from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) amid accusations from Kyiv of Moscow blocking and stealing Ukrainian grain. “There can be no question of extending Russia’s membership in FAO. What would be the place of Russia if it starved to death at least 400 million people, and even more than a billion? “Mr. Zelensky starts in a video conference with a speech at the OECD ministerial meeting.
31,700 Russian soldiers have been killed since the start of the conflict
In its daily Facebook update this Thursday, the headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reports that since the beginning of the conflict, about 31,700 Russian soldiers have died, 1,398 tanks, 711 artillery pieces or 178 helicopters have been destroyed.
Putin’s historical correspondence is not new
According to French historian Nicolas Werth, interviewed by AFP, the “denazification” of Ukraine — the reason Moscow cites to justify its military offensive — is part of a history rewriting strategy long initiated by Vladimir Putin to impose a new grand national narrative. “All this was done gradually” with acceleration “since 2012 and (his) third term” and, moreover, since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the expert believes.
For his part, the head of the territorial defense of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic claims to control more and more territories in the Donbass, in particular the city of Svyatogorsk (north of Slavyansk).
Ukraine claims to have regained positions in the south
According to Reuters, the Ukrainian Defense Minister says that his troops recaptured positions in the Kherson region (in the south of the country).
“Managed” situation in Severodonetsk
According to the mayor of the city, this Thursday the situation in Severodonetsk is “difficult, but manageable.” He makes sure that the Ukrainian forces continue to control the industrial zone and maintain their line of defense.
Deaths in Kharkiv region
In Telegram, the governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleg Sinegubov, reports that two people have died in the past 24 hours as a result of explosions.
Criticism of the President of Poland against Macron
As The Guardian notes, Polish President Andrzej Duda, in an interview with the German daily Bild, criticizes Emmanuel Macron and the German chancellor for their appeals to Vladimir Putin. “Did anyone talk like that to Adolf Hitler during World War II? Did anyone then (…) say that it was necessary to act in such a way that Adolf Hitler would not be humiliated? he wonders.
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Return to Izium?
According to a daily update from the British Ministry of the Armed Forces, the Russians appear to be “increasing their efforts to advance south of Izyum,” a city located in the Kharkiv region, close to the border with the Donetsk region.
Point in Severodonetsk
In a new message on Telegram, the governor of the Luhansk region, Sergei Gaidai, reports that street fighting is taking place in the city of Severodonetsk and that the evacuation of civilians is impossible. According to him, the Ukrainian army can “take back the city in two or three days” with “western long-range missiles”.
Russian Ambassador to the UN speaks
Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, told the BBC that his country’s armed forces “continue to develop. No one promised results in a few days.” Vasily Nebenzya assures that he “does not know” about the original plan to capture Kyiv, that the “liberation” of Donbass “will take place soon.” Regarding the numerous losses suffered by the Russian army, he assures that “nothing has been officially confirmed.”
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The impact of the war on the legislature
The war in Ukraine affected the voting of the French living abroad (the first round of which ended on Sunday), in particular, in two districts: the 7th, which unites about fifteen countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and the 11th. which includes Ukraine and Russia, but is more focused on the Asian continent. Inevitably, there were few voters in these two countries: 374 votes in Moscow out of almost 5,000 registered and 33 in Kyiv out of 800 registered. The position of the parties to the conflict and the issue of humanitarian assistance are more pressing topics for these voters.
Concern of Ukrainian farmers
Sergey is a Ukrainian farmer whose field is 50 km from the front line. To save his crop, he had to dig trenches around it, and several rockets had already fallen on his land. But the wheat harvest will not take place until July, and he hopes that until then the Ukrainian army will be able to hold out. Our journalists met him, and their story can be read here.
Body of French journalist killed in Ukraine repatriated
The remains of BFMTV journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, who was killed in Ukraine, arrived very early Thursday morning (around 3 a.m.) in France, greeted by his family, relatives and Rome’s Minister of Culture, Abdul Malak. This Friday at 18:30 at the Place de la République in Paris, in particular at the call of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), he will be paid tribute.
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Point in Lugansk region
The governor of the Lugansk region Sergey Gaidai announced this on Telegram. announces that Russian troops have struck a chemical plant in Severodonetsk (already struck last week). In addition, he said that over the past 24 hours, four residents of the region were killed as a result of terrorist attacks.
Washington wants guarantees for its Himara
The United States, which has announced the delivery of four Himars precision-guided artillery systems to Ukraine, wants to make sure Ukrainian soldiers are familiar with their systems before sending new ones, said U.S. Chief of the General Staff Gen. Mark Milley. He believes that it is necessary to train operators, as well as soldiers in charge of maintenance, as well as officers and non-commissioned officers.
The ECB will respond to inflation
Faced with inflation that has accelerated significantly in Europe since the start of the war in Ukraine, the ECB is due to announce on Thursday the end of its negative interest rate policy, which began in 2014 (meaning banks are taxed on their deposits entrusted to central banks). . The European Central Bank also has to make a decision based on new economic forecasts.
Impact of sanctions on Russia
According to a report by the Institute of International Finance, the sanctions imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine are wiping out almost 15 years of economic progress for the country and three decades of integration with the West. This report projects the Russian economy to shrink by 15% this year and another 3% in 2023.