According to Emmanuel Macron, the conflict in Ukraine “confirmed the need for European sovereignty”.
Emmanuel Macron arrives in Brussels for the EU summit this Friday.
During the press conference, the President praised the “great European progress made since January. Above all, we have lifted sanctions at an unimaginable pace because Russia has decided to launch a war in Ukraine.”
“This conflict has confirmed our growing need for European sovereignty. This war has accelerated the agenda and we have had to make massive decisions.”
The French military denies the theft of Caesar’s guns by the Russians
According to our colleagues LCIFrench troops did not steal two Caesar rifles that France had delivered to Kyiv by France this Friday.
Over the course of a few days, the rumor spread on social media that two Caesar guns had been seized by Vladimir Putin’s army. The Russian news agency Toss even sent a “thank you” to Emmanuel Macron on Thursday.
Speaking of “completely unsubstantiated rumor” and “manipulation of information” the French formally denied this theft of high-order artillery.
In the face of the Russian invasion, Zhelensky is asking for the support of travelers to the Glastonbury Festival.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky called for a rally in Glastonbury, England, on Friday to ask for their support in the face of the Russian invasion, which is preventing Ukrainians from “enjoying freedom and this wonderful summer”.
After the cancellation of two editions due to Kovit-19, about 200,000 people are expected to attend the prestigious festival organized this weekend in the southwest of the UK.
“We in Ukraine also want to enjoy freedom and this wonderful summer as before. But we can not do this because a terrible event happened: Russia has stolen our peace,” the president said. Screened before the Liberties band’s concert.
“It sounds like a psychological thriller”: Kharkiv resident says about the situation in the city
In recent days, Russian attacks on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, have resumed. Ivgeny Lutchenko, who lives in Kharkiv, talks about the situation on BFMTV’s antenna this Thursday.
“Since this week, the silence has been very relative. Every day at 11pm, there are bombings over the city. Yesterday, there were stronger bombings than usual,” he testified.
“The environment sounds like a psychological thriller. There are two parallel worlds. Life starts again because there are open shops, but the city is empty because of the bombing in the evening.”
According to the Ukrainian military, 34,530 Russian soldiers have died since the conflict began
According to Kiev Freedom Ukrainian military figures take into account that 34,530 Russian soldiers have lost their lives since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine on February 24.
In four months, Vladimir Putin’s army lost more than 1,500 tanks and 216 fighter jets. A total of 3,637 protected and armed vehicles, including 183 helicopters and 14 boats, were attacked.
There are more Ukrainians coming to Poland than returning
The number of Ukrainians coming to Poland this week is higher than the income, which reversed the trend seen for more than a month, Polish border guards learned on Friday. Thus, on Thursday, June 23, 27,500 people arrived from Ukraine in Poland and 24,400 crossed the border in the other direction, border guards pointed out on Twitter.
On Wednesday, June 22, they recorded 26,300 entries and 23,500 exits, while both Monday and Tuesday figures were practically the same, but the number of entries was slightly higher than the exit.
This trend has been confirmed by the Ukrainian border guardsOn Thursday, June 23, 45,000 people fled Ukraine via the western border, including more than 25,000 on the Polish border, against 40,000 entries, including 37,000 Ukrainian citizens.
EU Candidate Status for Ukraine: “The decision must be made at that moment” says Clement Beyonc
EU candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova was officially recognized on Thursday. “This is a historic, symbolic moment and Russia’s occupation of our continent is necessary for Europe at a time of war.
“I believe it would have been a mistake if Europe had left a vacuum and created a disappointment now. We must now be clear that this process is lengthy,” he stressed, adding that “there will be no priority treatment”.
According to preliminary estimates, “Ukraine will take 10 years to clear landmines”
“It takes ten years, according to preliminary estimates, for Ukraine to clear landmines,” he said. Oleksandr Khorunzhyy said this Friday, Press secretary for the state emergency service, said the estimates were “optimistic because we do not know what’s going on in the active war zones.” He recalled that there were still World War II mines in Ukraine.
Demining work is underway in the current war. More than 62,000 hectares in the country have been cleared to date, with more than 45,000 explosives neutralized, according to a press release.
Zhelensky praised the ‘new military aid’ from the United States
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky on Friday welcomed the White House’s $ 450 million announcement of “new military aid.”
“This support”, which includes the distribution of additional Himars rocket launchers – a mobile system fitted with light shields – “is now more important than ever,” he rated on Twitter.
The Kremlin views Ukraine’s candidacy for the EU as an “internal European affair.”
The Kremlin on Friday described the “internal affair in Europe” as the decision of twenty-seven people to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova amid Russian aggression in its Ukrainian neighborhood.
“This is an internal European affair,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that “all of these processes will not cause further problems for Russia and (…) will be” important “for Moscow in relations with these countries (…) with Russia.”
Russian occupation officer killed in Gerson bombing
An official of the occupation administration established by Russia was killed in an attack this Friday in Russian-controlled Kersan, south of Ukraine, while this type of attack is on the rise, officials said.
“It was a targeted attack on an employee of the civil and military administration, which killed him,” the administration told the Russian company Das.
The victim, Dmitry Savluchenko, was in charge of sports and youth in the Kerson region. He was killed when the car exploded.
The governor says Ukrainian forces have been ordered to leave Chevroletonetsk
The regional governor announced on Friday that Ukrainian forces had been ordered to withdraw from the eastern city of Severdonetsk, where heavy fighting with Russian forces has taken place.
“The Ukrainian armed forces must leave Severdonetsk. They have received orders,” the governor of Lugansk, where this strategic area is located, announced in a telegram Sergei Kaitoyl.
“It doesn’t make sense to be in a position that has been shelled out continuously for months,” he added.
“All the essential infrastructure has been destroyed. 90% of the city is damaged and 80% of the houses have to be destroyed,” he said.
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Peskov announced that Putin was postponing his “direct line” program due to “very important events”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has announced that Vladimir Putin’s annual program “Direct Line” will be postponed.
A spokesman for the Russian president justified that “there are many more important events for the president,” according to Toss, a state-owned company quoted by the panel. R.P.K..
So the show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes, however;
‘We got nothing’: Western Balkans outraged by stagnant EU members
Several leaders of candidates for members of the Western Balkans, who have been banned from the EU for years, expressed their “dissatisfaction” on Thursday and denounced the EU’s “lack of credibility”. Twenty-seven after the summit.
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