NATO candidacy: the President of Finland called Vladimir Putin
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Saturday about the Nordic country’s imminent candidacy for NATO, which has aroused hostility from Moscow, Helsinki announced.
“The conversation was direct and straightforward and passed without annoyance. Avoiding tension was considered important,” the Finnish head of state said in a statement from the presidency.
The G7 wants additional sanctions targeting sectors on which Russia is “dependent”
Still through the same declaration, the G7 indicated that it wanted additional sanctions targeting sectors on which Russia is “dependent”, and urged China not to “undermine” international efforts in this direction.
The G7 “will never recognize the borders” that Russia is trying to change by force
In an official statement, the G7 has just pledged to “never recognize the borders” that Russia is trying to impose on Ukraine. The international summit also calls on Belarus to “stop facilitating” Russian aggression against Ukraine.
Ukrainian MP calls on Macron to lead a ‘movement of world leaders to save the heroes of Azovstal’
Sergiy Taruta is a member of the Rada of kyiv, and the former governor of Donetsk. Moreover, he was a worker on the now martyred site of Azovstal. “We must mobilize to save these heroes”, he launched this Saturday morning on our antenna, evoking the 1000 Ukrainian soldiers who are still in the underground of this steelworks in Mariupol.
The Ukrainian authorities also claim that 600 of them are injured. “There is no more medicine on the spot and we have, alas, no way to help them, except to launch a joint initiative of the leaders of the whole world”, alerted Sergiy Taruta, adding: “I have the hope that Emmanuel Macron will take the lead in this leaders’ movement”.
Russia has stopped supplying electricity to Finland
Electricity exports from Russia to Finland ceased overnight from Friday to Saturday after an announcement to that effect by a Russian supplier, an official from the Finnish electricity grid operator told AFP.
The company responsible for Russian electricity sales to Finland, RAO Nordic, announced on Friday its intention to stop deliveries at midnight, citing unpaid bills, as Finland prepares to announce its candidacy for NATO.
The rector of the University of Mariupol evokes “the most terrifying scenes of war for a hundred years”
Noting the material damage in his decimated, annihilated city, and without trusting the provisional assessments, the rector of the University of Mariupol advanced: “Boutcha, Borodyanka will unfortunately appear as light scenes of war compared to what it is. went to Mariupol”.
“I dare not imagine the number of bodies scattered in these completely destroyed basements”, he added, predicting “the exact number of victims will be terrible”. “It will perhaps be the most terrifying images for a hundred years,” he insisted on our antenna this morning.
The rector of the University of Mariupol denounces an “occupation regime” on the spot
In southeastern Ukraine, Mariupol has come under Russian control, with the exception of the Azovstal site. Nikolaj Trofimenko is the rector of his university. If he is now a refugee in kyiv, he described the situation in the city where he works, this morning on our antenna.
“To move from one district to another, you need permits. You have to go through filters to get food. It’s an occupation regime that has taken hold,” he said. denounced in duplex. He continued: “100,000 civilians are still trapped in the city. Because even during the evacuation operations the Russians are shooting at the civilians! They are not letting the vehicles out of this hellhole.”
“The artificial images of civilian life in Mariupol do not correspond to the truth,” he concluded.
A Russian soldier describes the war crimes committed by his former unit on the Ukrainian front
We broadcast Monday, from 8:50 p.m., our new document Red line: “War crimes, the evidence”.
In this extract released this Saturday, a captured Russian soldier talks about the barbaric acts committed by his unit on the front with a Ukrainian blogger.
“The turning point of the war in August”: the predictions of Ukrainian intelligence
Kyrylo Budanov, head of Ukrainian military intelligence, gave his predictions on the evolution of the conflict in the coming months during an interview granted to the media.
“The turning point should come in the second half of August and most of the fights will be over by the end of the year,” he said.
Mariupol: 600 injured awaiting evacuation at the Azovstal site
600 injured, 38 of them seriously. This is the assessment delivered by the Ukrainian authorities about the last defenders of the site of Azovstal, the last Ukrainian enclave in Mariupol and at the center of negotiations between Russians and locals.
These wounded, who are among the 1,000 soldiers of the garrison still resisting on the spot, took refuge in the underground passages of this industrial zone. And in dramatic conditions. Sviatolsva Palamar, one of these soldiers, gave his testimony in a video posted online: “We lack everything, ammunition, food and medicine”.
Zelensky assures that the Ukrainian army is regaining ground from the Russians
In his daily address a few hours ago, Volodymyr Zelensky once again sought to galvanize his people.
While the Ukrainians claim the death of 27,000 Russian soldiers since the start of the war, their president thus affirmed that his army had retaken “1000” localities from the enemy, including “six” for the single day of Friday.
Fighting rages in Donbass, but Russians are stalling
Particularly heavy fighting rages in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region, which Moscow is focusing on without significant progress, as ‘very difficult’ negotiations unfold over the fate of the strategic port city’s last defenders from Mariupol.
“There is heavy fighting on the border with the Donetsk region, near Popasna”, commented Friday evening on Facebook Serguiï Gaïdaï, Ukrainian governor of the Lugansk region, reporting numerous losses in equipment and personnel on the side. Russian.
“It’s a horror but they are still trying to get their way. But from the intercepts (of phone calls) we understand that an entire battalion refused to attack because they see what is happening. pass,” he noted.
A US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the most significant Russian activity currently was taking place in the Donbass. “And basically we continue to see that the Russians are not making a significant hold” in this region, he said.
“Ukrainian artillery thwarts Russian efforts to gain ground, including their efforts to cross the Donest River…which affects their ability to send significant reinforcements to northern Donbass,” the source continued.