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War in Ukraine: what to remember on the 112th day of the Russian invasion

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On the 112th day of the war in Ukraine, Russia called on the Ukrainians to end their “absurd resistance” in Severodonetsk and proposed a “humanitarian corridor” to evacuate civilians there on Wednesday, with no response from kyiv, which urged instead ” hold out”. According to the head of the administration of Severodonetsk, “540 to 560 people” have taken refuge in the underground passages of the vast Azot chemical plant.

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kyiv reaffirmed its refusal to release the Donbass to Russian forces, a region “vital” for Ukraine in the words of its president and whose control is at the heart of the fighting in the city of Severodonetsk. “It is vital to stay in the Donbass,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in his daily address to the nation broadcast on Telegram, “the defense of the region is essential to give an indication of who will dominate in the coming weeks.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday evening urged his compatriots to “hold on” in the Donbass, a “vital” region in his eyes and on which the continuation of the war launched by Moscow on February 24 against his country will depend.

Zelensky welcomes US military aid

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday his “gratitude” to the Americans for the new tranche of military aid that his American counterpart Joe Biden had announced to him earlier in the evening on the phone.

“The United States has announced a new reinforcement of our defense, a new tranche of aid of one billion dollars,” confirmed Mr. Zelensky in his evening video message. “I want to express my gratitude for this support, it is particularly important for our defense in Donbass”, the region of eastern Ukraine epicenter of the current Russian attacks

Beijing reaffirms its support for Russia

Mutual support: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday reaffirmed his closeness to his “old friend” Vladimir Putin despite the war in Ukraine, at the risk of straining relations between Beijing and the West. China has refused since the February 24 intervention to use the word “invasion” to describe the military operation launched by Moscow, and blames the conflict on the United States and NATO. Close to the Kremlin, with which it wants to form a common front against the United States, the Chinese authorities have also refrained from condemning the Russian invasion. Western powers have repeatedly warned Beijing against any support for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime that would allow Moscow to soften the impact of sanctions.

For its part, the Kremlin indicated that the two leaders had agreed to “expand cooperation in the energy, financial, industrial, transport and other fields, taking into account the world economic situation which has become complicated due to the illegitimate Western sanctions”. Faced with Ukrainian resistance and the unity of Western democracies, which have taken unprecedented sanctions against it, Russia can only count on Chinese power to escape total economic isolation.

kyiv “awaits a decision” from its Western allies on weapons

The Contact Group for Ukraine met on Wednesday in Brussels to discuss a possible acceleration of its arms deliveries, on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of NATO. “Brussels, we are waiting for a decision”, indicated in this regard an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency. “The Russia/Ukraine ratio in artillery is around 10 to 1,” Mikhailo Podoliak tweeted.

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This “takes time” because the Ukrainian military must be trained in their use, replied the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg. “The transition from Soviet-era equipment to modern NATO equipment requires Ukrainians to be ready to use it,” he said, referring to “a difficult, demanding transition”. The United Kingdom will “imminently” deliver multiple rocket launcher systems to Ukraine, said British Defense Minister Ben Wallace.

Severonetsk and Lysychansk are the stakes of a fierce battle

Russia called on the Ukrainians to end their “absurd resistance” in Severodonetsk and proposed a “humanitarian corridor” to evacuate civilians on Wednesday, with no response from kyiv, which urged on the contrary to “hold on”. “A humanitarian corridor will be opened […] June 15” from 05:00 GMT to 17:00 GMT, the Russian Defense Ministry said, assuring that it would guarantee “the safe evacuation of all civilians, without exception”.

Severonetsk and Lyssytchansk, two twin cities of around 100,000 inhabitants, have been at stake for several days in a fierce battle. The fall of these two cities would allow Russian forces to target Sloviansk, in the Donetsk region, some 70 km to the west. And beyond that, it will allow Moscow to take control of all of Donbass, a mainly Russian-speaking mining region partly held by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

According to the head of the administration of Severodonetsk, Oleksandr Striouk, “540 to 560 people” have taken refuge in the underground passages of the vast Azot chemical plant, emblematic of this industrial city in eastern Ukraine. This situation is reminiscent of that of the Azovstal steelworks, which for weeks was the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the port of Mariupol, on the Sea of ​​Azov. Like Severodonetsk, Lyssytchansk is now practically deserted, with severed electric cables, charred stores. “The Russians are bombing the city center all the time,” a local policeman told AFP. “It’s 24 hours a day, non-stop,” adds his colleague.

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Volodymyr Zelensky urges his compatriots to “hold on”

The Russian ministry called on Ukrainians to raise the white flag and end “absurd resistance”. But far from accepting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged his compatriots on Tuesday evening to “hold on” in the Donbass, a “vital” region in his eyes and on which the continuation of the war launched by Moscow on February 24 against its country.

“It is vital to stay in the Donbass,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in his daily address to the nation broadcast on Telegram, “the defense of the region is essential to give an indication of who will dominate in the coming weeks.”

Emmanuel Macron considers necessary “new discussions” with Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron deemed necessary Wednesday “new discussions” with Ukraine, without directly confirming a visit to kyiv, mentioned by several media. “At the gates of our European Union an unprecedented geopolitical situation is playing out, so yes, for all these reasons, the political context and the decisions that the European Union and several nations will have to take, justify new in-depth discussions and new progress “, said Emmanuel Macron on a NATO base in Romania.

“I think we are at a time when we need to send clear political signals, we, the European Union, towards Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in a context where they have been resisting heroically for several months. “, underlined the Head of State, alongside Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

Emmanuel Macron arrived in Romania

On the diplomatic level, French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Romania on Tuesday evening to greet the 500 French soldiers who are deployed there on a NATO base. The French president, who assumes the rotating presidency of the European Union until June 30, will then travel to Moldova, before a possible visit to kyiv on Thursday.

Such a visit to Ukraine – which would be a first for the French president since the start of the Russian invasion – could take place in the company of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, according to German and Italian media. The French presidency has not confirmed this information, assuring that “nothing has been done” at this stage.

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