The head of German diplomacy travels to the scene of the Pötsch massacre

Emmanuel Macron warned on Monday that Ukraine’s potential membership in the European Union would take “decades,” while in the United States, the House of Representatives could vote on Tuesday on a proposal to provide $39.8 billion in additional aid to Kyiv. The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold a meeting on Thursday on the human rights situation. Carry on with our lives.

  • 1:06 pm: “Nearly two-thirds of Kyiv’s population has returned”

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Tuesday that “nearly two-thirds” of Kyiv’s 3.5 million residents have now returned to the Ukrainian capital, which was emptied of the majority of its population at the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

“Before the war there were 3.5 million people in Kyiv, and two-thirds of them have already returned,” he said. “If these restrictions don’t scare you, you can actually go back,” added the city councilman, who has so far called on residents to be patient, even if there are still curfews, or roadblocks.

  • 12:29 p.m.: Civilian deaths far above official budgets, according to the United Nations

The head of the United Nations human rights mission said on Tuesday that the number of civilians killed in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, officially, 3,381 deaths, has been clearly underestimated.

According to the mission, which includes 55 monitors in Ukraine, most of the deaths are attributed to air strikes and missile fire.

“We are working on estimates, but all I can say at the moment is that there are thousands more dead than the balance sheets we’re reporting to you on,” Matilda Bogner said during a press conference in Geneva.

“The big black hole is really Mariupol, where it was difficult for us to reach and get fully confirmed information,” she added.

  • 11:38 am: Moscow will not participate in the special meeting of the Human Rights Council

Russian diplomatic spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced on Tuesday that Russia will not participate in the special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the “deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine”.

And Maria Zakharova announced in a press statement that “the Russian delegation will not legitimize by attending this new political presentation organized in the form of an extraordinary session.”

She lamented, “Unfortunately, our arguments and clarifications regarding the true objectives of this special military operation and the real situation on the ground have been ignored.”

  • 11:22 a.m.: “More than a thousand” Ukrainian soldiers are still in Azovstal

“More than a thousand” Ukrainian soldiers, including “hundreds of wounded”, remain at the Azovstal steel plants besieged by Russian forces in Mariupol, southeast Ukraine, AFP reported Tuesday. Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Verychuk.

After all civilians were evacuated last week with the help of the United Nations, “more than a thousand” soldiers, including “hundreds of wounded”, remained in the underground galleries of this vast metal complex, she told AFP by phone. “There are serious injuries that require urgent evacuation,” she said.

  • 10:35 am: Head of German diplomacy in Pötsch

The head of German diplomacy, Annalina Barbock, on Tuesday traveled to the Ukrainian city of Bucha near Kyiv where hundreds of civilians killed after the Russian occupation in March were discovered.

Arriving in Bucha in the morning, Annalina Barbuk began her surprise visit by talking to the residents of this area northwest of the capital, an AFP journalist noted.

  • 10:05 am: One hundred civilians are still in Azovstal

An aide to the city’s mayor announced that at least 100 civilians are still trapped in underground shelters at the Azovstal Steel Complex, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol, and is still being bombed by Russian forces.

“In addition to the fighters, at least 100 civilians are still in shelters (at the Azovstal plant). But this does not reduce the severity of the attacks of the occupiers,” said Petro Andryuchenko, an aide to the mayor. Mariupol, in a message broadcast on Telegram.

The Russian authorities announced, on Saturday, the completion of the evacuation of civilians who had taken refuge in the metro network of this huge industrial complex.

  • 9:12 am: France believes in this week’s agreement on Russian oil

France’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday that European Union countries should reach an agreement “within the week” on a proposed embargo on Russian oil in response to the invasion of Ukraine. Europeans Clement Bonn.

“I think we can reach an agreement within the week, and that is in any case the goal of the French presidency” of the European Union Council, he said, adding that “there will be a sixth package of European sanctions.”

“We have to move quickly, and I say this with confidence: there will be a sixth package of European sanctions, they will be very strong and we will gradually, with a timetable, get out of Russian oil first but Russian oil and gas in general.” he added.

  • 7:10 am: The EBRD increases its deflationary forecast for Ukraine and its entire region

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which is holding its annual general meeting this week, has sharply increased its forecast for Ukraine’s economic downturn in the face of the protracted Russian invasion.

It now expects a brutal 30% contraction of Ukraine’s economy this year instead of the 20% projected in March, at the start of the Russian offensive.

The international organization also continues to expect a 10% contraction in the Russian economy, targeted by a series of sanctions, and due to the cost of its war in Ukraine.

  • 4:10 am: Democrats provide additional financial aid to Ukraine

Two sources close to the government said that Congressional Democrats have approved a proposal to provide $39.8 billion in additional aid to Ukraine, more than President Joe Biden’s ambition. According to them, the House of Representatives may take a decision on this proposal on Tuesday.

  • 2:04 am: France and Mexico request a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday

The UN Security Council is expected to hold a new public meeting on Thursday on Russia’s war on Ukraine, diplomats said on Monday, in light of the “continuing deterioration of the humanitarian situation.” At the request of France and Mexico, this will be the sixteenth session of the Security Council since February 24.

A diplomat said the two countries had requested briefings from the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This meeting will take place on the same day as the special session in Geneva of the UN Human Rights Council, at the request of Ukraine.

  • 12:01 am: Emmanuel Macron dashes hopes for Ukraine’s rapid EU accession

Emmanuel Macron warned on Monday that Ukraine’s possible entry into the European Union would take “decades” and suggested, in the meantime, the entry into a new entity, a “European Political Community”, which would also likely welcome countries like the United Kingdom.

The idea, which German Chancellor Olaf Schulz deemed “very interesting” during a meeting between the two leaders in Berlin, is likely to stir fears and frustrations among the already announced or potential candidates for European membership.

The French president unveiled this proposal during his first address on Europe since his re-election, delivered in Strasbourg.

With Agence France-Presse and Reuters

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