As of the 106th day of the war, the strategic city of Severodonetsk, site of fierce fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces, is “largely” under Moscow’s control, the region’s governor said Wednesday. Discussions about Ukrainian grain exports have stalled despite high-level diplomatic meetings in Turkey.
And the negative consequences of the war in the world are still aggravated, both financially and in terms of food and energy. About 1.6 billion people have been affected, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said.
Basic information to remember
> Severodonetsk is almost completely controlled by the Russians
> Ukraine asked the EU to grant it candidate status
> Ukrainian army wins several battles in Kherson region
>Breaking News Wednesday June 7th
06:30 – Calm on the gas market.
European prices fell by almost 25% in one month. Russia continues to supply the main markets of the European Union, and liquefied natural gas from the United States fills storage facilities.
But the precious molecule remains at four times its usual level, a sign that markets are still risk-adjusting for cuts.
> Highlights of the Night
> Vladimir Putin would cancel his traditional annual TV show
For the first time in ten years, the President of Russia has postponed the river television program, during which he answers questions from Russian citizens. According to the British newspaper The Express, the cancellation would either be due to the Russian leader’s health problems or the Kremlin not wanting Vladimir Putin to be the subject of embarrassing, even hostile questions about the invasion. Ukraine.
This televised meeting, a real marathon that takes up several hours of air time each year, has been broadcast since Putin came to power in 2001. It was canceled only twice: in 2004 and in 2012. The Kremlin announced last week that the exhibition would take place in mid-June as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
> The fate of Donbass is being played out in Severodonetsk, according to Zelensky
“We defend our positions, inflicting heavy losses on the enemy. This is a very hard, very difficult battle, probably one of the hardest in this war,” the Ukrainian president said in a video posted on Wednesday evening.
“In many ways, the fate of our Donbass is being decided there,” the Ukrainian president said. A few hours earlier, the governor of the Lugansk region, Sergei Gaidai, admitted that Moscow forces “control most of Severodonetsk.” “The industrial zone is still ours, there are no Russians there. Fighting takes place only on the streets inside the city,” he said.
> Sanctions nullify 15 years of Russia’s economic achievements
Sanctions imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine are wiping out 15 years of Russia’s economic progress and three decades of integration with the West, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute of International Finance (IFF).
The war will probably cost Vladimir Putin more, but sanctions don’t work like “flipping a switch,” IIF economist Elina Rybakova said at a press briefing. In its latest analysis, the Institute predicts that the Russian economy will contract by 15% this year and 3% in 2023.
> Effects of war worsen, UN warns
The negative effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine are worsening, now affecting 1.6 billion people, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, presenting the Organization’s second report on its international implications.
“The impact of the war on food security, energy and finance is systemic, serious and accelerating,” he said. “For people around the world, war threatens to unleash an unprecedented wave of hunger and suffering, leaving in its wake social and economic chaos,” he warned.
> Proposed referendum on joining Zaporozhye to Russia
According to a number of Russian agencies, the new administration set up by the Russian occupying army in the Ukrainian region of Zaporozhye plans to organize a referendum on joining Russia before the end of the year. “People will determine the future of the Zaporozhye region. The referendum is scheduled for this year,” Vladimir Rogov said. No details about the planned schedule were provided.
> Ukraine asks the EU to grant it candidate status
Chairman of the Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk addressed the European Parliament on Wednesday. “I have come here to ask you to grant membership candidate status to Ukraine on June 24 this year,” he said, as Ukraine’s request for membership candidate status is due to be discussed at the European summit that day. He pleaded that this date would be “a decisive date for all of us.”