Triggered since February 24, 2022, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict continues to mark the news. Situation on the ground, international reactions, sanctions… Here is the point on this war which opposes Ukraine and Russia.
– G7 videoconference with Zelensky
The leaders of the great powers of the G7 will hold a virtual meeting on Sunday devoted to the war in Ukraine, in which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will also participate, a spokeswoman for the German chancellor, whose country holds the presidency of the G7 this year, announced on Friday.
– Donbass: a city surrounded by the Russians
Severodonetsk, one of the major Donbass cities still under Ukrainian control, is “virtually surrounded” by Russian forces and pro-Russian Donbass separatists who are trying to take full control, the city’s mayor said on Friday. .
Although a very large majority of the approximately 100,000 inhabitants have left the city, the mayor lamented that 15,000 of them refuse to leave.
– Oil embargo: EU negotiations
A new version of the draft European embargo on Russian oil with modifications requested by several member states is discussed on Friday in Brussels.
But Hungary is blocking the proposal, saying the European Commission’s proposal to ban purchases of oil and petroleum products from Russia by the end of the year “undermines” the unity of the EU. EU.
The inclusion of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, a clear supporter of the Russian offensive, among the new personalities appearing on the EU blacklist is also disputed.
– 500 civilians evacuated from Mariupol –
“Nearly 500 civilians” in total have been evacuated in recent days from the besieged city of Mariupol (southeast), the Ukrainian authorities said on Friday, adding that the evacuations were continuing this Friday.
“Ukraine will continue to do everything to save all civilians and soldiers” stranded in Azovstal, assured the head of the presidential administration Andriï Yermak.
– Truce in Azovstal: contradictory statements –
Information on the situation in the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, where civilians and combatants live entrenched in huge underground galleries, remains contradictory.
Russian forces are continuing their offensive on the Azovstal steelworks, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said on Friday.
The ministry is not talking about a truce when the Russian army announced on Wednesday evening that it would respect a unilateral ceasefire for three days, from Thursday to Saturday, to allow the evacuation of civilians from this huge steelworks.
But a Ukrainian commander at the plant said on Thursday that they were “not keeping their promise” of a truce.
– Traffic signs in Russian –
Road signs in Russian have been installed around Mariupol, replacing those in Ukrainian and English, pro-Russian separatist authorities in the region said.
– Moskva cruiser: American denial –
A senior US official, on condition of anonymity, denied to AFP that the United States had provided information to identify the Moskva, flagship of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea which sank on April 14 .
“We do not provide specific targeting information on ships. We are providing a range of intelligence to help Ukrainians better understand the threats posed by Russian ships in the Black Sea and to help them prepare to defend against potential attacks from the sea,” the senior official said.
The American channel NBC said Thursday that information provided by the United States had helped Ukraine to sink the Russian cruiser.
– Berlin to deliver seven howitzers to Ukraine –
Germany will provide seven armored howitzers to Ukraine to help repel the Russian invader, the Defense Ministry said on Friday, increasing its efforts to deliver heavy weapons to kyiv somewhat.
Ukrainian soldiers will be trained in their use in Germany from next week.
The government of Olaf Scholz has been severely criticized in Germany but also by European partners such as the Baltic countries and Poland who consider its military support for kyiv too timorous.