Zelensky announced the beginning of the most difficult phase of the war; Josep Borrell called the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine against the civilian population a crime. Athletistic features yesterday’s major events.
A new phase of war with Russia begins in Ukraine
The most difficult phase of the war in the east of the country begins in Ukraine, said President Volodymyr Zelensky. The President stressed that the government sees and understands the situation, and also knows what the enemy is preparing. At the same time, he noted that he was “not ready” to surrender the territories for peace with Russia. Speaking about success, he mentioned that it will happen when the tanks leave and people return.
In turn, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reports that Russia is almost done with preparations for an offensive operation in Donbass, military operations in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions may begin in the near future. The department said that the enemy has moved to the stage of completion of the resumption of its units and their transfer to the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The Russians dropped an unknown poison in Mariupol – Azov
The Russian occupiers dropped a poisonous substance of unknown origin in Mariupol. The victims were reported to have respiratory failure, vestibulo-atactic syndrome. A source close to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said that the possibility of Russian occupiers using chemical weapons is very high.
Josep Borrell spoke about the war in Ukraine
EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell said Russia’s war against Ukraine could be described in two words: failure and brutality. He said this in Luxembourg after the European Council meeting at the level of foreign ministers. At the same time, Borrell said that in light of Russia’s upcoming military operation in eastern Ukraine, the EU will continue to support Kyiv militarily.
It became known when Ukraine could gain the status of an EU candidate country
Ukraine will get the status of a candidate country for EU membership in a few weeks, possibly as early as June. This was stated by EU Ambassador to Ukraine Matti Maasikas. The diplomat added that the process that has already begun is a big step in the goals of European integration of Ukraine, because before the war the granting of candidate status was not discussed.
The Ombudsman named the number of people forcibly brought in Mariupol residents in Russia
Since the beginning of the war, 33,000 people have been forcibly deported from Mariupol. The people were brought to Russia and the territory of the Donetsk region, which is not controlled by Ukraine. Some of the deportees were sent to screening camps. Today there are about 10 thousand people.
The Cabinet issued a forecast for the sowing season-2022
According to the pessimistic scenario, 70% of agricultural land can be planted this year in Ukraine. If the territories of the Chernihiv and Sumy regions, with large areas of agriculture, can be cleaned in the coming weeks, it is possible that the sown area will grow to 80%.
The number of Ukrainians repatriating from abroad is growing
According to the State Border Guard Service, the number of people entering Ukraine through the western border last weekend was more than 62,000, including more than 54,000 citizens of Ukraine, which is a record figure since the beginning of the war. At the same time, the number of departures is still higher, in particular, last weekend it reached 81 thousand and increased compared to the previous weekend (70 thousand people).
The number of Russian soldiers killed in Bucha increased
The number of civilians killed by Russian occupiers in Bucha, Kiev region, exceeded 400 people. The search for the dead is conducted by the National Police and our public facilities. The corpses of people buried on private estates or roadside were excavated, described and transported to the morgue.
Sergei Lavrov called the new goal of “special operation” in Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia’s “military operation” in Ukraine was aimed at ending the US course in world domination. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry also said that EU authorities regard Kyiv as a kind of springboard for suppression in Russia. But he noted that Russia would never give up on pressure.
Some regions of the Russian Federation have announced “increased terrorist threat”
In the Bryansk region, which borders the Chernihiv and Sumy regions of Ukraine, a “high level of terrorist threat” was declared within 15 days, and in the Rossosh and Kantemirovskiy districts of the Voronezh region, which border with the Lugansk region, the “second of three possible” level of terrorist threat.
A high level of terrorist threat was introduced in the Crimea due to the possible provocation of “accomplices of the Kiev regime.” The regime is valid for 15 days.
Macron won first place in the first round of the presidential election
French President Emmanuel Macron won first place in the first round of the presidential election. This is evidenced by the data processing of 100% of the protocols. According to the final results, the incumbent received 27.6% of the vote.
The Austrian Chancellor met with Putin
Karl Nehammer, after a visit to Kyiv, flew to Moscow and met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The chancellor noted that his talks with Putin sent a clear message. But, on the other hand, as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine, he clarified to the Russian president that the war should end. Nehammer noted war crimes in Ukraine and noted the importance of their international investigation.
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