[EN DIRECT] 80th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

Particularly fierce fighting is raging in the Donbass region, which Moscow is focusing on without significant progress, while “very difficult” negotiations are being held over the fate of the last defenders of the strategic port city of Mariupol.


Here are the latest developments, minute by minute

2:55 p.m. | NATO: Finland briefs Putin on its accession project, a ‘mistake’ for Moscow

In a bid to “avoid tensions,” the Finnish president on Saturday briefed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on his country’s upcoming NATO candidacy, a historic postponement the Kremlin lord calls a “mistake.”


[EN DIRECT]    80th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

12:00 | Relatives of Azovstal fighters ask Chinese President for help

Relatives of Ukrainian militants trapped at the Azovstal Steelworks, the last stronghold against Russian forces in the strategic port of Mariupol, appealed to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, asking him to help with their evacuation.


[EN DIRECT]    80th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

9:48 | Kyiv renames Soviet monument ‘Ukrainian People’s Ark of Freedom’

The Ark of Friendship of Peoples, an iconic Soviet monument in downtown Kyiv, became the Ark of the Freedom of the Ukrainian people on Saturday following a decision by the city council.

9:02 a.m. | At the Eurovision Song Contest, Ukraine hopes to win… by singing

Victory by singing? Nothing is certain but the Ukrainians, the favorites in the competition, should benefit from a huge show of solidarity during Saturday night’s Eurovision final in Turin.


[EN DIRECT]    80th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments


8:12 a.m. | For Putin, ending Finnish military neutrality would be a ‘mistake’

The end of Finland’s military neutrality was a “mistake,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone interview with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö, according to the Kremlin statement on Saturday.

“Vladimir Putin stressed that it would be a mistake to end the traditional policy of military neutrality as there is no threat to Finland’s security,” the statement said.


[EN DIRECT]    80th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

7:35 a.m. | NATO: President of Finland called Putin about membership project

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö on Saturday called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the Nordic country’s upcoming candidacy for NATO, which has been denounced by Moscow, Helsinki said.

“The conversation was direct and direct and passed without hassle. It was considered important to avoid tensions,” said the Finnish head of state in a presidency statement.


[EN DIRECT]    80th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

OPINION | Turkey’s dangerous game

“But what game is Turkey playing? Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that he was not positive about Finland and Sweden joining NATO. In his opinion, admitting these two countries to NATO would amount to repeating a mistake, that of Greece joining the organisation.

– The chronicle of Loïc Tasse


[EN DIRECT]    80th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

6:16 am | The G7 urges China “not to undermine” sanctions and wants to attack key Russian sectors

G7 foreign ministers on Saturday pledged to extend “economic sanctions” aimed at Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine to “sectors on which Russia is particularly dependent” and urged China “not to undermine those measures.” .

6:11 am | The G7 “will never recognize the borders” that Russia is trying to change by force

The G7 will “never recognize” the borders that Russia wants to enforce with its war in Ukraine, the foreign ministers of the group of seven great powers said on Saturday.

5:07 | Ukraine will win the war “before the end of the year”.

The war in Ukraine will experience a “tipping point” in August and defeat Russia “before the end of the year,” the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence predicted, assuring that Kiv would manage to retake all of its territory.


[EN DIRECT]    80th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

4:31 | Russia has stopped supplying electricity to Finland

Electricity exports from Russia to Finland were halted overnight from Friday to Saturday after a Russian supplier announced it, an official with Finland’s electricity grid operator told AFP.

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