DIRECT. Ukraine: Antonio Guterres Calls for Investigation of “Possible War Crimes”

17:56

According to Blinken, Putin is not “seriously” negotiating with Ukraine

“So far we have not seen any signs that President Putin is serious about meaningful talks,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “The United States will support the Ukrainian government in its diplomatic efforts for a peace agreement,” he said, adding that “our goal is to ensure their ability to repel Russian aggression and, in effect, strengthen their position on a possible negotiating table.”

REUTERS / Bonnie CASH.

17:54

The Ukrainian military will be trained in Germany

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht says that Ukrainian soldiers will learn in Germany to handle the so-called “Cheetah” tanks, which specialize in air defense, according to Der Spiegel. These vehicles, designed for Ukraine, come from the reserves of the German defense industry, not from the limited reserves of the German army.

AFP / Andre PIN.

17:16

Washington and its allies will meet monthly for military aid to Ukraine

The United States and its allies will meet each month to discuss how to boost Ukraine’s military capabilities against Russia, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said after meeting with about 40 countries in Germany. “Today’s meeting will be a monthly contact group on Ukraine’s defense,” he said, adding that he wanted to coordinate the actions of “the people of good will to intensify our efforts, coordinate our assistance and focus on winning the fight.” today and future battles. “

AFP / Andre PIN.

17:09

The UN is committed to permanent members justifying any veto

The United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution urging five permanent members of the Security Council to justify their veto, a rare reform that was met with applause and revived by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The event, initiated by Liechtenstein and is aimed directly at the United States, China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom, which are the sole veto holders, aims to “make them pay a higher political price” when they apply, the ambassador said. she is not there and asks to remain anonymous.

16:52

The level of radioactivity in Chernobyl “within normal limits”

According to Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the level of radioactivity in Chernobyl, in contrast to previous information provided by AFP, is “within normal limits.” This is not “abnormal” as stated earlier. Raphael Grossi was there 36 years after the worst civilian nuclear disaster in history.

AFP / Sergey SUPINSKY.

16:27

Kyiv demolishes a historical monument dedicated to Ukrainian-Russian friendship

Kyiv City Hall has started the demolition of a historical monument of Soviet times in honor of the friendship between Ukraine and Russia.

AFP reporters in Kyiv saw the head of one of the two figures of the statue fall while a crane was trying to dismantle it in the center of Kyiv. “Eight meters of metal from the so-called friendship between two peoples dismantled. And that symbolically (…) the head of the Russian worker has fallen “, – the mayor of the Ukrainian capital Vitaly Klitschko declared in Telegram.

16:00

Wimbledon: expulsion of Russians and Belarusians is a necessary “option”

At Wimbledon, there was “no other option” but to ban Russian and Belarusian tennis players from participating in the next tournament, which will take place in June-July, organizers of the All England Club said. To participate in the tournament, players from Russia and Belarus would need to fill out a “written declaration (against the invasion of Ukraine), a situation that could endanger players and their families,” said All England club president Ian Hewitt. that this was a condition set by the British government.

15:29

Transnistria: Moldova calls for “calm” and strengthens its security

“This is an attempt to increase tensions (…) We call on our fellow citizens to remain calm and feel safe,” said President Maya Sandu after a meeting of the National Security Council, announcing increased transport controls and border patrols.

Tiraspol (Illustration). LP / Olivier ARANDEL.

15:27

Ukraine accuses Moscow of seeking to “destabilize” Transnistria

“Russia wants to destabilize the Transnistrian region, which means that Moldova should count on receiving guests »Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, said on Twitter, referring to Russian soldiers who had invaded Ukraine since February 24.

15:24

Putin: “Fighting is no longer going on” in Mariupol.

According to Vladimir Putin, “fights are no longer going on in Mariupol. “As for Ukrainian soldiers and nationalist battalions blocked at the Azovstal plant, the Kyiv authorities must take political responsibility and, following humanitarian principles, order them to lay down their arms,” ​​said the Russian leader, who spoke by telephone with the Turkish president.

15:06

Commodity prices may remain high until the end of 2024

Food and energy prices, exacerbated by the war, could remain high for several years, according to World Bank estimates, citing the end of 2024. “The war in Ukraine has caused a serious shock to commodity markets and changed the structure of trade, production and consumption around the world,” the agency said. Our article.

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14:57

Putin congratulates Russian athletes, “despite sanctions that punish them”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian winners of the Beijing Olympics, “despite sanctions that punish athletes.” It will be recalled that most federations have excluded Russia from international competition since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine. “In this very harsh context, your devotion is all the more important,” he defended.

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14:49

Humanitarian issues were discussed

Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the “humanitarian” situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin reports.

The leaders of the two countries “discussed in detail the situation in Ukraine in the context of a special military operation to protect Donbass (…)”, – said in a press release from the Russian presidency.

Photo by AFP / Russian presidential press

14:18

“Abnormal” level of radioactivity in Chernobyl

AFP / Genya Savilov

14:15

“Possible war crimes”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an investigation into “possible war crimes” in Ukraine. “I am concerned about the repeated reports of possible war crimes in Ukraine,” the UN envoy in Moscow said, adding that they “require an independent investigation.” Our article.

Reuters / Maxim Shemetov

14:11

“Negotiations are ongoing,” said Sergei Lavrov

At the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov assures that negotiations are underway and Russia is ready to continue in this direction. However, it is too early to talk about progress.

Russian Foreign Ministry / Sputnik / Abaca

14:00

The West “irritated Russia”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes that “the allies used Ukraine as a terrain to irritate Russia.” According to him, they wanted to “limit Russian culture, contradict Russian interests and strengthen Nazi practices.”

13:50

Guterres wants to “save lives”

During a visit to Moscow, the Russian capital, the UN secretary general said his goal was to “save lives and reduce suffering.” “I am concerned about reports of violations of international law,” he added, calling for “independent” investigations. He also called for the creation of “humanitarian corridors”.

13:47

Russia says: “Help civilians”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “the operation in Ukraine was launched to help civilians.” He clarifies that “five humanitarian convoys have already been successfully organized in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.”

13:35

Russia expelled three Swedish diplomats

In revenge for a similar move taken by Sweden, Russia is sending three Swedish diplomats.

13:15

Japan’s plan to help with rising prices

The Japanese government is announcing new state aid of 6,200 billion yen (45 billion euros) to mitigate the impact of rising prices for energy and other raw materials. “We must at all costs prevent rising prices from sabotaging our efforts to restore the economy and social activity after the coronavirus pandemic,” said Prime Minister Fumio Kisida.

13:02

There is a serious shortage of food in Mariupol

According to Mariupol Mayor’s Adviser Petro Andryushchenko, Russian troops are forcing men to work, including removing rubble or digging mass graves, in exchange for food. Kyiv Independent. The city, besieged by Russian troops, is in dire need. According to local police, many homes continue to lack water and food.

Reuters / Alexander Yermoshenko

12:38

Manufacturers have the right to change sunflower oil without changing the packaging

Faced with a shortage of sunflower oil due to the war in Ukraine, the world’s largest oil producer, producers have the right to replace the product in their recipes for at least six months without changing the packaging, the ministry said. Economy. Manufacturers requesting this indentation may use, for example, rapeseed oil. On the other hand, in the case of, in particular, the addition of allergenic products, the indication to change the recipe should be immediate.

LP / Dolphin Goldstein

12:32

Joint military exercises of Russia and Belarus

Moscow and Minsk are holding joint military exercises in Belarus, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said in a statement. These exercises are held from 26 to 29 April, according to Reuters. Prior to the invasion of Ukraine, Russian troops had already entered Belarus to train in joint military exercises. The Belarusian president justified these exercises by strengthening the NATO system in Poland and the Baltic states, on his country’s borders, as well as the situation in Ukraine.

Reuters / Genghis Kondarov

12:10

“Freedom Orchestra” on BBC Proms

The newly formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will perform on July 31 in London during the BBC Proms, which presents itself as the largest classical festival in the world. He will also be touring Europe and the United States from late July to late August, and in particular on August 6 at the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, the world’s largest live event.

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