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War in Ukraine: what to remember from the 50th day of the Russian invasion

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On the 50th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia suffered one of its biggest setbacks in its offensive against Ukraine with the destruction of the cruiser Moskva, its flagship in the Black Sea, which the Ukrainian army claims to have hit . The Ukrainian authorities also announced the resumption of evacuations of civilians via nine humanitarian corridors. Europe 1 takes stock of the evolution of the situation.

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Russia suffered one of its biggest setbacks in its offensive against Ukraine with the destruction of the cruiser Moskva, its flagship in the Black Sea, which the Ukrainian army claims to have hit with cruise missiles when the defenders of Mariupol lead a fierce struggle.

Ukraine on Thursday announced a resumption of evacuations of civilians via nine humanitarian corridors, including from the besieged city of Mariupol in the south-east of the country, after a day of suspension due according to kyiv to Russian violations of the ceasefire. . “Nine humanitarian corridors are planned today,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Telegram.

The Russian cruiser Moskva sank well

The cruiser Moskva, flagship of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, damaged during the offensive against Ukraine, has sunk, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced Thursday evening. “During the towing of the cruiser Moskva to the port of destination, the ship lost its stability due to hull damage sustained in the fire from the detonation of ammunition. In rough sea conditions, the ship sank “, said the ministry, quoted by the Russian agencies.

The Russian ministry had indicated earlier in the day that the fire on board was “limited”, and that the cruiser “kept its buoyancy”, while claiming to investigate the causes of the disaster. No balance sheet was provided.

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Moscow accuses kyiv of bombing two Russian villages

Russia on Thursday accused Ukraine of bombing two Russian border villages, including one with helicopters, and injuring eight people, unverifiable claims that raise fears of a further escalation in the conflict. The Russian Investigative Committee, responsible for the main investigations, said that two Ukrainian helicopters “equipped with heavy weapons” entered Russia and carried out “at least six strikes on apartment buildings in the village of Klimovo”. , in the Bryansk region. Ukraine has denied these accusations.

Macron does not use the term “genocide” mentioned by the Ukrainian Parliament

The Ukrainian parliament has described the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine as “genocide”. US President Joe Biden had used this word on Tuesday in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine to the chagrin of the Kremlin.

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In France, President Emmanuel Macron has not taken up this term, questioning the usefulness of an “escalation of words” to end the war. A position described as “very hurtful” by his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

30 Ukrainians released, evacuation corridors from Mariupol

30 Ukrainians were released on Thursday in a new prisoner swap with Russia, kyiv said, five days after the release of 12 Ukrainian soldiers and 14 civilians.

Ukraine also announced a resumption of evacuations of civilians through nine humanitarian corridors, including from the beleaguered city of Mariupol in the southeast, after a day of suspension due according to kyiv to Russian violations of the ceasefire. . “Nine humanitarian corridors are planned for today,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.

The French Embassy returns to kyiv

The French embassy in Ukraine, which had been transferred to Lviv (west) at the beginning of March after the start of the Russian offensive, will return to kyiv, French diplomacy announced Thursday evening.

4.7 million refugees

More than 4.7 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country 50 days after the start of the Russian invasion, according to figures from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Europe has not seen such a flood of refugees since the Second World War.

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