War in Ukraine: Emmanuel Macron denounces "a return to the age of imperialism and colonies" at the UN podium

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11:53 p.m. : The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, hailed the condemnation by the West of the “referendums” of annexation of Ukrainian territories organized these next days by Russia. “I thank all friends and partners of Ukraine for their massive and firm condemnation of Russia’s intentions to organize yet another pseudo-referendum”, did he declare.

10:23 p.m. : Still no news of the speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was to take place this evening. Several elements plead in favor of a postponement. Forbes Russiae, citing two sources in the presidential administration, refers to a recorded message broadcast tomorrow. The boss pro-Putin’s RussiaToday, Margarita Simonian, and the journalist of Rossiya 1, Vladimir Solovyov, also sent messages to this effect on Telegram. And the RT and Première Chaîne media have taken off their blindfolds on an imminent presidential intervention.

9:42 p.m. : “This type of announcement is not a surprise”, reacts on franceinfo Nicolas Tenzer, specialist in international issues, while the authorities installed by Moscow in four regions of Ukraine announced the urgent holding of annexation referendums by Russia. These polls are a means of legitimizing the conflict in the eyes of Russian opinion, explains the specialist.

9:27 p.m. : Let’s make a new update on the news:

In a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York, Emmanuel Macron strongly criticized the Russian invasion of Ukraine, castigating “a return to the age of imperialism and colonies”.

Deputy Julien Bayou withdraws from the co-presidency of the environmental group in the Assembly, after a testimony from his ex-companion in the cell against the violence of EELV, the content of which we do not know, learned franceinfo. According to a relative, it will mainly be a media break.

Access to the morning after pill will become free for all women regardless of their age, in pharmacies and without a prescription, announces the Minister of Health, François Braun, in an interview with 20 minutes.

#RUGBY Three years in prison, including one firm, were required against the president of the French Rugby Federation Bernard Laporte and the businessman Mohed Altrad, suspected of having forged a “corruption pact” together in 2017.

9:12 p.m. : Good evening @cyclo_ecolo, not still no news… Difficult to say if a speech by the Russian president will actually take place this evening. Analysts are divided on the reasons for this delay. According to some, it could be a deliberate act by the Russian President, who by his announcement occupies the media space and diverts attention from the speeches of the Heads of State present at the UN rostrum, often harsh respect.

9:12 p.m. : Good evening Matilda. Any news from Putin? Will he really speak tonight? It’s already 10 or 11 p.m. in Moscow!

8:25 p.m. : Emmanuel Macron denounces the “cynicism” and the “mock referendums” russians in “territories bombarded and now occupied” from Ukraine. “Russia cannot impose its will by military means.”

8:20 p.m. : The French president continues his very vehement speech against Russia. In particular, it calls for “not give in” in front of “the partition of the world”.

8:18 p.m. : “We all have a role in ending [à la guerre en Ukraine] because we all pay the price.”

8:11 p.m. : Emmanuel Macron castigates “a return to the age of imperialism and colonies”all in “assuming the conduct of the dialogue with Russia”. It is because “dialogue”, but also through the support “economic and military” to Ukraine, which must be carried out “the search for peace”.

8:16 p.m. : “Russia has decided, by doing so, to pave the way for other wars of annexation, today in Europe, but perhaps tomorrow in Asia, Africa or Latin America”continues Emmanuel Macron before the UN General Assembly.

8:15 p.m. : “Today we have to make a simple choice: that of war or peace. On February 24, Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, broke, by an act of aggression, of invasion and annexation, our collective security.”

8:05 p.m. : Emmanuel Macron speaks at the UN General Assembly in New York. Follow his speech in our live. #UN

7:56 p.m. : Good evening @Jeanne, yes the French President’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled for 8 p.m. (French time). If the Russian president actually speaks this evening, as was announced by the Russian media, it may be at the same time… In any case, this live broadcast will allow you to follow their speeches.

7:56 p.m. : Hello ! Should the French president still speak at the UN around 8 p.m.? And where can we follow his performance? Thank you and good evening !

7:06 p.m. : “This is an additional provocation which, in our view, would have no consequences for our position: Russia must leave Ukrainian territory (…) and respect the recognized borders. Organize referendums in areas that have been bombed, where people have had to flee, (…) is the signature of cynicism.”

Emmanuel Macron reacted to the referendums which must be organized in the coming days by the authorities installed by Moscow in four regions of Ukraine, in order to know if they wish to integrate Russia. He called them “parodies”.

6:29 p.m. : At the same time, we learn that Ukraine will receive 28 combat tanks from Slovenia, which in exchange will have military equipment delivered by Germany, including 40 trucks. Germany, regularly criticized by kyiv for the supposed timidity of its military support, favors this type of “circular” exchange, which allows it not to send offensive weapons directly to kyiv.

6:19 p.m. : The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs France in a press release of the character “unacceptable” in his eyes Western arms deliveries to Ukraine. A deputy minister, Alexandre Grouchko, also received the French ambassador, Pierre Levy. These supplies facilitated the Ukrainian counter-offensive which allowed kyiv to regain ground.

6:09 p.m. : It’s 6 p.m., here are the titles:

The French National Authority for Health approves the use of three vaccines adapted to the Omicron variant for the new recall campaign.

• The pro-Russian separatist territories of the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, as well as the two regions of Kherson and Zaporizhya, located in the south, will organize referendums to integrate Russia, from Friday 23 to Tuesday September 27. Follow our live.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned at the opening of the UN General Assembly against a “winter of grumbling looming on the horizon”in a world “paralyzed” by divisions.

• In the event of a reform by amendment to the Social Security draft budget, the MoDem deputies will vote “definitely” against, assures the president of the group Jean-Paul Mattei.

5:48 p.m. : Putin will make an address to the nation tonight about the referendums on joining Russia in occupied Ukraine, RBC reports. The last time he did something like this was when he announced the “special military operation” on Feb 24.https://t.co/2lAhi8UQdP

5:56 p.m. : According to the Russian media RBC quoted by several journalists, Vladimir Putin should speak to the Nation this evening, while referendums on annexation by Russia will be organized in four Ukrainian regions from September 23 to 27.

5:16 p.m. : Our journalist Fabien Magnenou tells you why crossing the Oskil River is one of the keys to kyiv’s counter-offensive in the East. Crossing it would indeed open up new military prospects in the Luhansk region (Donbass).

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5:14 p.m. : Russia has strengthened its “nuclear blackmail” against kyiv with its bombardment Monday of the site of a second Ukrainian power station, that of Pivdennooukraïnsk (south), declares the director of this installation Igor Polovitch. With the bombardment of this power plant, “the second phase of their nuclear blackmail has started”, estimated Igor Polovitch while the site of another Ukrainian atomic installation, that of Zaporijjia (South), had already been bombed several times in recent months, which raised fears of a nuclear accident.

4:09 p.m. : A referendum on the annexation by Russia of the region of Kherson, in the south of Ukraine, under the control of troops from Moscow, has also been set for September 23-27, announces the occupation administration. “I inform you that in accordance with the decree, the referendum will be held from September 23 to 27, 2022”wrote the head of the occupation administration Vladimir Saldo on Telegram, shortly after the pro-Russian separatist regions of Donbass (east) announced a similar ballot for the same dates.

2:46 p.m. : “Ukraine will settle the Russian question. The threat can only be liquidated by force”writes on Telegram the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, Andriy Yermak, denouncing a “blackmail” from Moscow, motivated by “the fear of defeat”.

2:44 p.m. : In response, Ukraine promises to “liquidate” the “threatens” Russia in the face of the announcement of the organization of referendums on the annexation by Moscow of the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, in the east of the country.

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