Odessa airport hit, Macron Zelensky call … Update on the 66th day of the war in Ukraine

More than two months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the fighting came to a halt despite the incessant bombing of many Ukrainian cities.

On the sixty-sixth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the bombing of the Russian army did not weaken. In the east of the country, where almost all Russian troops have been redeployed, the Moscow army is gradually advancing, while Ukrainian soldiers continue their resistance, supported by shipments of new weapons from the West.

Here, in short, is the point of this new day of struggle.

• Russian progress and nibbling strategy

On the ground, Russian forces continue to press, particularly around Khrkiv and the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine. Violent explosions were heard on Friday and Saturday nights in the country’s second city, where artillery bombed it for weeks.

However, despite the strategic reorientation carried out at the beginning of April and the numerical superiority, the Russian army is struggling to advance and has moved from a steam-control strategy to a strategy of patient nibbling, which the Kyiv forces cannot cope with at this point. .

However, Russia seems far from the quick victory that, according to analysts, wanted by its President Vladimir Putin on May 9, the commemoration of the victory over the Nazis in 1945, and a very important date in Russia.

• Odessa airport hit by a Russian strike

Resumption of Russian operations off the front in eastern Ukraine. Today, Saturday, the governor of the region, Maxim Marchenko, announced that the airport of Odessa, the main coastal city, was subjected to a Russian strike that destroyed the runway without causing any casualties.

“Today the enemy from the Crimea hit the Bastion coastal defense missile system. The runway at the Odessa airport was destroyed. Thank God there were no casualties,” the governor said in a video clip on his Telegram account.

Eight people were killed in Russian strikes a week ago on the historic city of Odessa, which has a population of nearly one million, and has so far survived the fighting.

• Successful call between Macron and Zelensky

During a phone call organized at midday between Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelensky, the French president promised his Ukrainian counterpart to “strengthen” military and humanitarian aid to Kiev. In a message posted on Twitter a few minutes later, the French president confirmed that “our support with military equipment will continue, and our humanitarian assistance also with the dispatch of more than 615 tons of equipment.”

A week after his re-election, Emmanuel Macron also expressed his “deep concern” about the continued Russian bombing of Ukraine, as well as a desire to allow Kev to regain all of its sovereignty, BFMTV has learned from the Elysee.

At the end of this exchange, Volodymyr Zelensky also responded, saying he was “gratified for French humanitarian assistance” and welcomed the “continuous dialogue” with his counterpart. He also confirmed that he had held talks with his French counterpart on “Ukraine’s path towards European Union membership.”

• Lavrov calls for a halt to arms deliveries

Moscow continues to threaten. Two days after Vladimir Putin’s remarkable speech, it was Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who on Saturday urged NATO and the United States to halt arms deliveries to Kyiv, if they were “really interested in solving the problem.” Ukrainian crisisIn an interview published last Saturday by the official China News Agency, this journalist stressed that the Russian attack on Ukraine is proceeding “according to plans.”

“Ukraine entered through Poland and other NATO countries a constant flow of weapons of all kinds,” said Sergey Lavrov.

“If the United States and NATO are really interested in resolving the Ukrainian crisis, they must first of all wake up and stop delivering weapons and ammunition to the Kyiv regime,” added the head of Russian diplomacy.

• Three corpses bound and found in Bucha

The terror continues in Busha. In this town located a few kilometers from Kyiv, the bodies of three men were buried, handcuffed and blindfolded, of three men buried in a pit.

“The victims were tortured for a long time (…) and in the end all of them were killed in the temple,” Kyiv police chief Andrey Nepetov said in a statement. He added that “the victims had their hands and clothes tied around their faces so that they could not see anything, and some of them had masks in their mouths.”

During April, thanks to the exit of the Russian army from the Kyiv region, many atrocities were discovered, including several bodies of civilians killed by the Moscow army. On the matter, “conclusive evidence” weighs against Ten Russian soldiers accused About the crimes committed in Butch, the city prosecutor announced, Saturday, on BFMTV.

• The release of 14 Ukrainians, including a pregnant woman

Prisoner exchanges between the two countries are continuing. Today, Saturday, Kyiv announced the release of 14 Ukrainians, including a pregnant woman, against Russian prisoners, without revealing, as usual, the number of Russians who were handed over to Moscow.

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, Irina Vereshuk, said on Telegram: “Today, we conducted a new prisoner exchange. Fourteen of us have returned home, seven soldiers and seven civilians. One of the female soldiers is five months pregnant.” In an interview with the BBC on Friday, the latter accused Russia of “deporting” a large number of civilians across the border and using them as “hostages”.

Many prisoners have been exchanged between Kyiv and Moscow since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

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