Rare visit by President Zelenksy to southern Ukraine | war in Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was barricaded in Kyiv for weeks at the beginning of the conflict when the capital was threatened by the Russian army, according to the presidency, went to the troops in the Mykolaiv and Odessa regions on the coastal strip of the country coveted by Moscow on the banks of the Black Sea.

He thanked the soldiers who supported the advance of Russian troops east of annexed Crimea for their commitment heroic service.

It’s important that you stay alive. As long as you live, there is a solid Ukrainian wall protecting our country.he told them.

A video released by the Presidency showed him in Mykolaiv with local governor Vitaliy Kim in front of the gaping facade of the regional administration’s headquarters, which was hit by a Russian attack in March that killed 37 people.

This port and industrial city of nearly half a million pre-war residents is still under Ukrainian control, but is close to the Kherson region, which is almost entirely occupied by the Russians. A Russian attack on Friday left two dead and 20 wounded.

It remains a Moscow target because it is on the road to Odessa, Ukraine’s largest port, 130 km southwest, near Moldova, also still under Ukrainian control and at the center of discussions about the blocked export of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain .

Russia declares that the water is mined. It controls this area of ​​the Black Sea despite the firing of Ukrainian missiles at its ships.

Westerners accuse the Russian authorities of threatening world famine and exploiting crops like hydrocarbons.

Russia has turned the Black Sea into a war zone and blocked grain and fertilizer shipments from Ukraine during the application rate to its own exports, the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell denounced Moscow on Saturday bribery.

It is imperative to allow Ukrainian exports to resume by ship avoid a global food disasterhe added.

Fierce fighting in Donbass

Further north, fierce fighting is raging near Sievierodonetsk in the Donbass region, which has been partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014 and which Russia has grabbed after failing to take Kyiv in the first weeks of an offensive launched on February 24 , has set a goal to take full control.

The fiercest fighting takes place near Sievierodonetskwhere the Russians try to break throughsaid on Saturday the governor of the eastern region of Lugansk, Sergei Gaidai.

Fierce fighting continues in Sieverodonetsk, where the Russians are “trying to break through”. said the governor of the Eastern Lugansk region Sergei Gaidai.

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The governor also said that Lysychansk, the neighboring city heavily bombed. Russians can’t get close and so they just shoot at the city with airstrikes.

Residents of Lysychansk were preparing for evacuation: We drop everything and go. Nobody can survive such a strikesaid one resident, Alla Bor, a history teacher.

Serguiï Gaïdaï is also mentioned more destruction again at the besieged Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk, where more than 500 civilians, including 38 children, are hiding.

The pro-Russian authorities in Donetsk, the capital of republic the self-proclaimed self-proclaimed militants in the part of the donbass that kiev has not been able to control since 2014 asserted that the ukrainian bombardments of the city had left 5 dead and 12 wounded among the civilian population.

Massive enemy shelling hits Republic capitalSeparatist forces said in a statement, saying more than 200 155-caliber artillery shells — those of theNato – fell on several districts of Donetsk on Saturday.

Finally, in the north, from Belarus, from where Russian forces attacked in the direction of Kyiv on February 24, the Ukrainians fear another offensive. According to Oleksiï Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday ordered the defense lines in the area to be reviewed.

The Ukrainian army, which received promises of new heavy Western weapons this week – including Caesar guns promised by French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday – is counting on those weapons to push back the Russians.

In an interview published this week by the National Defense Magazinean American journal, General Volodymyr Karpenko, chief of logistics of the Ukrainian army, admitted that Ukraine has been losing since February 24 %”,”text”:”environ 50%”}}”>about 50% his armor.

véhicules de combat d’infanterie ont été perdus, 400tanks, 700systèmes d’artillerie”,”text”:”Environ 1300véhicules de combat d’infanterie ont été perdus, 400tanks, 700systèmes d’artillerie”}}”>About 1300 infantry fighting vehicles were lost, 400 tanks, 700 artillery systemshe said.

We need heavy weaponsrepeated Deputy Defense Minister Denys Sharapov in the same magazine, noting that the weapons have been received so far 10 à 15% des besoins”,”text”:”couvrent10 à 15% des besoins”}}”>Cover 10 to 15% of the need from Ukraine.

For negotiations with Moscow

Only after repelling Russian forces is Ukraine ready to start new negotiations with Moscow, which should take place at the end of August, David Arakhamia, the head of the Ukrainian delegation, told Ukrainian radio station Voice of America.

a minima [pour des négociations, NDLR], ce serait si nous les repoussions ou s’ils repartaient de leur plein gré aux positions qu’ils occupaient avant le 24février”,”text”:”Un accord a minima [pour des négociations, NDLR], ce serait si nous les repoussions ou s’ils repartaient de leur plein gré aux positions qu’ils occupaient avant le 24février”}}”>a deal at least [pour des négociations]would it be if we push them back or if they voluntarily return to the positions they held prior to February 24th and the start of the offensive, he said.

In Kyiv on Saturday, hundreds of people attended the funeral of 24-year-old Roman Ratouchny, who was killed in action in the east. He was a figure in the pro-European Maidan movement that led to the fall of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014 after he refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the European Union (EU) under pressure from Moscow.

Eight years later, Ukraine is granted candidate country statusEU is on the table. After the support of the leaders of the three main European powers who met in Kyiv on Thursday, the European Commission gave its approval on Friday and the issue must now be settled at a European summit next Thursday and Friday in which the 27 heads of state and government attend the ‘EU must decide unanimously.

Nous savons tous que les Ukrainiens sont prêts à mourir pour leurs aspirations européennes. Nous voulons qu’ils vivent avec nous, pour le rêve européen“,”text”:”Nous savons tous que les Ukrainiens sont prêts à mourir pour leurs aspirations européennes. Nous voulons qu’ils vivent avec nous, pour le rêve européen”}}”>We all know that Ukrainians are ready to die for their European aspirations. We want them to live with us for the European dreamsaid Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday in Brussels.

Ukraine deserves this positive newsVolodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video released overnight, expressing his gratitude to Europe first stage.

A new stage in the showdown with the West: Moscow is gradually but massively stopping its gas supplies to Western Europe, which is heavily dependent on it.

The Russian giant Gazprom has sharply reduced its deliveries, especially to Germany, in the past few days, causing prices to skyrocket. In Italy, Gazprom will deliver only 50 percent of the gas requested by Eni on Friday, the Italian group announced. France has not received anything since Thursday.

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