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Ukrainian forces ordered to withdraw from Severodonetsk, governor says

Ukrainian forces have been ordered to withdraw from the eastern city of Severodonetsk, the scene of bitter fighting with the Russian army, the regional governor announced on Friday.

“The Ukrainian armed forces will have to withdraw from Severodonetsk. They have received the order”, declared on Telegram Serguiï Gaïdaï, the governor of Lugansk, where this strategic locality is located.

“It no longer makes sense to stay in positions that have been constantly shelled for months,” he added.

“All essential infrastructure has been destroyed. 90% of the city is damaged, 80% of the houses will have to be destroyed,” he said.

Peskov announces that Putin is postponing his ‘Direct Line’ show due to ‘more important events’

Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov has announced the postponement of “Direct Line”, the annual program in which Vladimir Putin answers questions from Russians.

“There are many more important events for the president” justified the spokesperson for the Russian president, according to the state agency Tass, quoted by the group RBK.

The show will therefore take place “a little later”, but “it will happen for sure”, he assured.

‘We got nothing’: Western Balkans angered by stalled EU membership

Blocked for years in the European antechamber, several leaders of the Western Balkan countries who are candidates for membership expressed their “dissatisfaction” on Thursday and denounced the lack of “credibility” of the EU. after a summit with the Twenty-Seven.

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