The European Union refuses to pay for gas in rubles, and Russia is excluded from the Champions League

On the 68th day of the war in Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities hope to evacuate more civilians in Mariupol. On Sunday, one hundred were pulled out of the Azovstal steel mills. In parallel with the continued bombing in the east of the country, at least eight civilians were killed. The point is about what to remember on Monday.


  • Civilian evacuations must resume in Mariupol, after 100 civilians were cared for Sunday from the Azovstal plant
  • At least eight civilians were killed in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions
  • EU energy ministers meet in Brussels and say they refuse to pay for gas in rubles
  • Russian football teams will be banned from participating in the European Cup next season, including the Champions League
  • Listen to Radio France’s daily podcast on the situation in Ukraine here

The situation on the military front

The Russian army is gaining ground in the east

The east of the country faces a slow progression of Russian forces, outnumbered and better equipped with heavy weapons, even if the Russian army does not have ‘No significant regional gains’ According to the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

So the Russians are after it ‘marginal progress’ towards the city of Lyman, in the Donetsk region, but their opponents prevented On the front line before February 24according to ISW.

Eight civilians were killed

The region’s governors announced that eight civilians were killed Sunday in bombings in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, including four in the town of Lyman alone near the front and under direct threat from the Russian advance. “Russian bombing of the Donetsk region: four civilians were killed, all from Lyman”, Donetsk region governor Pavlo Kirilenko said on Telegram, adding that seven civilians were injured in the city from which the Ukrainian army was recently forced to withdraw.

A senior Ukrainian military official confirmed ‘hard mode’ in the east of the country, in particular in the Izyum and Severodonetsk regions, “Where the enemy has concentrated most of its efforts and its most combat-ready forces.”

In the south, evacuations must resume in Mariupol

Ukrainian authorities planned new evacuations of Mariupol residents on Monday, after the first operation to leave The first civilians For the Azovstal plant, which is besieged by Russian forces in this strategic port in southeastern Ukraine.

“More than a hundred civilians, including women and children, have already been evacuated,” The chief said. These civilians were expected to be in Zaporizhia, a town about 200 kilometers northwest of Mariupol and still under Ukrainian control, even if the front line was approaching.

“For the first time since the beginning of the war, this vital humanitarian corridor has begun to function. For the first time, there have been two days of true ceasefire in this area.” Of the steel complex, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video broadcast message Sunday evening. “finally!”

Teenager killed in Odessa attack

A 15-year-old boy was killed and a minor was injured in a Russian raid on Odessa, according to municipal authorities in this southern Ukrainian port city. “A missile strike on Odessa destroyed a building in which five people were staying. A 15-year-old boy died, another minor child was taken to the hospitalThe city’s city council announced via Telegram, without giving details of the fate of the three other residents of the building.

Two Russian patrol boats destroyed according to Ukraine

Also in the east, the Ukrainian army claimed to have destroyed two Russian Raptor patrol boats near Serpent Island in the Black Sea, which has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance since the start of the invasion by Moscow forces on February 24. Russian patrol boats of the Raptor class are among the fastest shuttles in the Russian Navy, reaching a maximum speed of 90 km / h. It can carry up to 20 soldiers plus a crew of three.

There is no end to the war on May 9

As May 9 approaches, the date Russia celebrates with great fanfare the victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the governor of the Lugansk region has said he expects Intensify the bombing. But for those who predicted a certain military action with the approach of May 9, it seemed that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent a dismissal.

“Our military will not artificially adjust its actions to any date, including the day of violent extremism.”Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Italian TV Mediaset on Sunday. “The pace of the operation in Ukraine depends, first of all, on the need to minimize potential risks to the civilian population and the Russian army,” he added.

The diplomatic situation and international reactions

The European Union refuses to pay for Russian gas in rubles…

The energy ministers of the European Union urgently met on the issue of Russian gas. After the meeting, the European Commission and the French presidency of the Council warned against the European Union’s refusal to pay for its gas purchases from Russia in rubles.

Moscow’s request to pay for purchases in rubles is “A unilateral and unjustified amendment to the contracts and its legitimate rejection.”Energy Commissioner Kadri Simpson said. The French Minister of Environmental Transformation, Barbara Pompele, chaired the meeting Prepare to honor contracts.

…and preparing to break with Moscow

“We must prepare for the suspension of supplies.” In Russian gas, the European Commissioner warned. ‘No immediate supply risk’reassured the commissioner. “But we will not be able to replace 150 billion cubic meters of gas purchased from Russia by other sources. This is not sustainable.”admitted.. “We can manage to replace two-thirds of Russian gas supplies.”explained.

Russian gas shipments to European Union countries and Turkey fell sharply between January and April compared to the same period in 2021, Gazprom announced, while shipments to China exploded, rising by 60% over one year, according to the gas giant.

EU finalizes gradual embargo on Russian oil

The European Commission is due to finish the sixth round of sanctions against Russia on Tuesday. This new set of sanctions should include in particular a ban on the purchase of Russian gas. “There is a political will to stop oil purchases from Russia, and we will have measures and a decision on a gradual withdrawal next week,” he added.said a European official involved in the discussions on Sunday, without concealing that the decision is not the case “It is not easy to implement.”

Two landlocked European countries, Hungary and Slovakia, depend on Russian pipelines. They have no ports and are not connected to any European pipeline. The European Union also wants to avoid a global rise in oil prices.

Washington accuses Russia of seeking to “annex” pro-Russian lands

United States Information Reports “Very reasonable” According to what Russia intends to organize “mid may” polls for “attempt to annex” The “Republics” Pro-Russian separatists from Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. “According to the latest information, we believe that Russia will try to annex the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic and the ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’.US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Michael Carpenter told reporters in Washington. “This information shows that Russia intends to fabricate referendums from scratch” Added to this effect.

Israel criticizes Lavrov’s comments on Hitler

In response to a question, in the same interview with Italian Mediaset TV, about Russian allegations that the war is targeting “Dynazevy” Ukraine When President Zelensky was a Jew, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov provoked outrage by saying: “I may be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood”.

His Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, ruled on these statements “A blatant, unforgivable mistake of historyAnd summoned the Russian ambassador to “Clarification”.

Russia excluded from the next European Cup

The European Football Association (UEFA) announced that no Russian club will participate in the European Cups next season, specifically the Champions League, the European League, or the European League Conference. Russia is also excluded from the upcoming European Women’s Championship. It will be replaced there by Portugal.

Denmark and Sweden reopen their embassies in Kyiv

Denmark announced the reopening of its embassy in Kyiv, in a sign of support for Ukraine, during a surprise visit by its Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod. “It is a very powerful symbol of Danish support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people to reopen the doors of the Danish Embassy today.”He said in a statement.

“On Wednesday, the Swedish embassy in Kyiv will be reopened (…) and Sweden will continue to stand by Ukraine”Then Swedish Foreign Minister Anne Linde announced on Twitter.

Humanitarian situation and solidarity with Ukrainians

Sylvie Vartan released a record in support of Ukraine

Singer Sylvie Vartan, 77, says she is publishing a record whose entire proceeds will be donated to UNICEF for Ukraine. “When I saw the pictures of these Ukrainians under the bombs trying to escape, it was a shock. Inevitably, He brought me back a lot of pictures And the intense feelings of my childhood, Capt. Sylvie Vartan in a press release. A story that echoes his story. When she was eight years old, she fled Bulgaria, then under Soviet occupationWith his parents and brother Eddie. That was in 1952. “We have the same DNA. Even if the situation is completely different because we did not flee from a war but from a brutal dictatorship, I understand the feelings of the Ukrainian people”, says the singer. It can be found in this article.

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