On the 37th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, residents of Mariupol hope to be evacuated in another attempt at a humanitarian corridor. On the military field, the United States, France and NATO fear a “prolonged” conflict, not believing in the announcements of withdrawal of Russian forces.
War between Ukraine and Russiadossier
In summary :
– A new attempt to evacuate civilians must take place in Mariupol, the Ukrainian port besieged for six weeks by Russian forces.
– As of this Friday, Moscow imposes on buyers of Russian gas from countries “Unfriendly” to have accounts in rubles, otherwise Russia will not deliver them.
– Ukrainian president assures that the Russian army is repositioning itself in the east of the country in anticipation “powerful attacks”.
The “peak of human suffering” in Mariupol told by a caregiver. “There were so many injured that we were working on the assembly line. We didn’t have time to remove one from the operating table before we had to install the next one. First it was our soldiers. Then there were normal people, civilians, children. We were also brought pregnant women, and even if we didn’t have the equipment and personnel to manage deliveries, we took care of them. We sometimes tried to resuscitate stillborn babies… it was the peak of human suffering”, says Oksana Kirsanova, 29, an anesthesiologist who lived and worked in Mariupol. Read his testimony.
The President of the European Parliament in Kyiv. Roberta Metsola, the Maltese President of the European Parliament, said Thursday evening on Twitter to be “on the way to Kyiv”, without giving details. She would be the first leader of a European institution to go there since the start of the war, even though three Eastern European prime ministers had been there on March 15.
The Russians are repositioning themselves in the East, accuses Zelensky. The Ukrainian president assured that the Russian army was repositioning itself in the east of the country in anticipation “powerful attacks”, in particular on the besieged port of Mariupol where a new attempt to evacuate civilians is to take place on Friday. Russia has indicated this week that it intends to reduce its activity in kyiv and Cherniguiv in order to transfer its strike power from the north to the (separatist) regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in the east. “It’s part of their tactic”, said Volodymyr Zelensky in a speech delivered on the night of Thursday to Friday. “We know that they are moving away from the regions where we beat them to focus on others that are very important… where it can be difficult for us,” added the Ukrainian president. In particular, the situation in the east of the country is “very difficult”.
NATO does not believe in the withdrawal of Russian forces. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg believes that Russian forces “do not withdraw but reposition themselves” on the Donbass region, while maintaining “pressure on the capital Kyiv and other cities”. This refocusing suggests a conflict “prolonged”, which could last for months, the Pentagon has warned. Military experts believe that Moscow has abandoned its plan to advance simultaneously along several axes in the north, east and south, due to the difficulties encountered in the face of stronger than expected Ukrainian resistance.
Biden and Le Drian skeptical of Russian announcements. US President Joe Biden said on Thursday “skeptical” in the face of Russia’s announcements about a partial withdrawal of its troops to concentrate the offensive in Ukraine on the Donbass region (East). He also considered that Vladimir Putin “seemed to isolate itself”, and said to have “indications that (the Russian president) has dismissed or placed under house arrest some of his advisers”, while saying that I don’t have “irrefutable evidence”. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also argued that Russian forces in Ukraine are not showing “no concrete element” decline or disengagement despite recent statements by the Kremlin, Thursday in an interview with the Figaro.
Chernobyl without Russian soldiers. Russian troops have left the Chernobyl power plant, which they have occupied since the start of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, taking hostages, Ukrainian authorities announced Thursday evening.
Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.
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