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In an interview with the magazine timeVolodymyr Zelenskyy explained that the Russian troops arrived in the capital of his country in the early hours of the war and had two options: assassinate him or capture him.
Accompanied by his wife, the President woke his two children to the noise of the beginning bombing. Several shots were fired in the government district, and bulletproof vests were handed over to the President and his entourage. “Until this evening, we had only seen something like this in films,” said the head of the presidential administration, Andriy Yermak.
The face of the war would have been very different had the Russians been successful in their operation that day, points out Justin Massie, a professor in UQAM’s Department of Political Science.
“Zelensky is a figurehead who provides guidance and inspiration to the international community,” he says. Much of Ukraine’s resistance rests on its ability to mobilize leaders and create excitement. »
Moscow confirms attack on Kyiv
The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that it bombed the Ukrainian capital when UN Secretary-General António Guterres was there. The workshops of the space company Artyom and three power plants were affected. The body of Ukrainian journalist Vira Ghyrytch from Radio Liberty was found in the rubble. Four other people were injured, said Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko. To assume that this type of attack is “a middle finger of the United Nations” according to Justin Massie.
The UN is trying to establish a humanitarian corridor in Mariupol
The United Nations made a persistent attempt on Friday to negotiate an evacuation of civilians from the increasingly hellish ruins of Mariupol. The mayor described the situation in the steelworks, which has become the last bastion of the southern port city, as bad, where the citizens “beg for rescue”. Ukrainian forces have also fought to repel Russian advance attempts in the south and east, where the Kremlin is attempting to seize the Donbass industrial region. Artillery fire, sirens and explosions could be heard in some towns.
According to the US, the Russians are behind the attack on a Nobel Prize
US officials say it was Russian intelligence that attacked Dmitry Muratov, Nobel Peace Prize winner and editor of the Independent Russian Newspaper Novaya Gazeta. On April 18, Muratov was on a train where an attacker threw red paint containing acetone, a flammable chemical, at him. The journalist also published photos of him on the same day, where we can see the results of this offensive on his Telegram account.
G20: an invitation to Putin
Despite strong Western pressure to expel Russia from the G20, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced on Friday that he had invited Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to the summit scheduled for November in Indonesia. US President Joe Biden has “publicly expressed his disapproval of President Putin’s presence at the G20 summit,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Rather, Jakarta argues that its role as host forces it to adopt an “impartial” stance.
Justin Massie recalls that, unlike the G7, the G20 includes countries that have affinities with Russia. This applies particularly to China, but also to Brazil or India, he specifies.
Canada maintains relations with Russia
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that the Canadian Embassy in Moscow is maintaining activities to “keep communications open to seek an end to this illegal war”. According to Justin Massie the right decision. “Not discussing with an enemy nation is counterproductive,” explains the professor. You gain nothing by stopping talking, even to your enemy. »
American fighter killed in action, Pentagon responds
Willy Joseph Cancel, a former US Marine who joined a private paramilitary company defending Ukraine, was killed Monday while attempting to fight Russian forces. The 22-year-old had been in a war zone since mid-March. “We continue to urge Americans not to travel to Ukraine,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told CNN after the announcement.
The Netherlands is reopening its embassy in Kyiv
The Netherlands, which ordered the closure of its embassy in Kyiv on February 20, four days before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, has just announced its reopening. “It is important that we can have a local embassy in Kyiv,” said Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra. “We have a close working relationship with Ukraine, which we support diplomatically, humanitarianly and militarily. The move comes shortly after the Russians reopened fire on Kyiv, which had previously been spared for about two weeks.
Lavrov calls on NATO to stop arming Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on NATO and the United States to halt arms sales to Kyiv if they were “really interested in solving the Ukraine crisis.” In an interview published by the official New China Agency on Saturday, Lavrov also confirmed that Russia’s offensive in Ukraine is proceeding “according to plan”. “A continuous stream of weapons of all kinds has entered Ukraine via Poland and other NATO countries,” Lavrov said. “If the United States and NATO are really interested in resolving the Ukraine crisis, then first of all they need to wake up and stop supplying arms and ammunition to the Kiev regime,” added the head of Russian diplomacy.
With Frederik Xavier Duhamel, The pressAgence France-Presse, The Canadian Press, tea Washington Post, time and The guard
- 10th of May
- Date by which the United Nations General Assembly must elect a new country to the Human Rights Council to replace Russia, which was expelled from that circle due to war crimes incriminating several of its soldiers. It is the Czech Republic that should join the 47-member council, as it is the only candidate at the moment.
SOURCE: Associated Press