What is the situation on the eightieth day of the war in Ukraine?

A Ukrainian soldier walks in front of St. Andrey’s Church in Bucha, Ukraine, April 13, 2022 – Fadel Sina – AFP

Two cases within the same country. In the West, the Ukrainian authorities announced that the army continues to repel the Moscow forces and gradually restore the lands they have sometimes lost since the end of February, that is, at the beginning of the invasion. At the same time, Russia concentrated in the Donbass and doubled its bombardment.

In particular, the Russian army has been trying for three weeks, in vain, to cross the Seversky Donets River, at the level of the village of Belogorivka in the Lugansk region. Back to the latest developments in the eightieth day of the war.

• The Ukrainian army retakes the land from the Russians

During his last daily speech, Volodymyr Zelensky once again sought to motivate his people. While the Ukrainians claimed that 27,000 Russian soldiers had been killed since the war began, their president asserted that his army had retaken “1,000” towns from the enemy, including “six” in a single day on Friday.

At the same time, the Ukrainian authorities announced that 600 wounded people were waiting for evacuation in Azovstal, the last Ukrainian enclave in Mariupol and at the center of negotiations between the Russians and the local population.

Those wounded, among the 1,000 soldiers of the garrison still resisting on the spot, took refuge in the underground passages of this industrial area. In tragic circumstances. One of these soldiers, Svyatolsva Balamar, testified in a video posted on the Internet: “We lack everything, ammunition, food and medicine.”

• kyiv renames the Soviet memorial

The Arch of Friendship of Peoples, a symbolic Soviet monument in downtown Kyiv, became the Arch of Freedom for the Ukrainian people on Saturday, following a decision to that effect by the city council.

The mayor of the capital, Vitali Klitschko, announced, in a Telegram message, “Today the city council decided + to abolish the union + name the arch of friendship between peoples. It will now be the arch of freedom for the Ukrainian people.”

He added that elected municipal officials “also approved a list of more than 40 monuments and memorials that must be removed from the capital’s streets and buildings for transfer to the Museum of Totalitarianism.”

• The head of diplomacy denounces the “hybrid and comprehensive” war that the West is waging

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the West is waging a “hybrid and comprehensive” war against Russia, denouncing the “wave of fear against Russia” led by “civilized countries”, during a press conference on Saturday. “We reject everything that is Russian,” he said.

“We must respond to the hostile attacks against us, there is work to be done,” he added. 876450610001_6306147742112

He also criticized the EU-US alliance, which supports Ukraine in facing Russia in the conflict, saying that “the EU is losing its independence” in the face of “Washington’s dictates”, during a press conference held today. Saturday.

“The quality of life for Europeans is dictated by the United States,” he said. He pretended to ask, “Is the United States ready to join the principle of sovereign equality of nations?”

• The G7 will “never” recognize the borders that Russia wants to impose

The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven major nations said on Saturday that the Group of Seven will “never recognize” the limits that Russia wants to impose by force in its war in Ukraine.

“We will never recognize the borders that Russia has tried to change with its military intervention,” the foreign ministers said in a statement issued after a three-day meeting in Engels, northern Germany. They specified, “We will maintain our commitment to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea (…)”.

Germany’s top diplomat Annalina Barbock, whose country holds the G7 presidency this year, insisted that it was up to Ukraine to “determine for itself”, “because it is its territory”.

• Turkey is ready to discuss NATO with Finland and Sweden

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that Turkey is ready to discuss with Finland and Sweden their candidacy for NATO membership and the reasons for Ankara’s hostility to this expansion.

“The vast majority of the Turkish people oppose the membership of these countries that support the terrorist organization of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, and they demand that we block this membership,” the minister said before a NATO meeting in Berlin in which the Finns participated. Swedish counterparts are participating.

“But these are issues that we, of course, have to discuss with our NATO allies as well as with the countries involved,” he added. Finland and Sweden can only be accepted after a unanimous vote by the current members of NATO, which Turkey threatens to block.

At the same time, electricity exports from Russia to Finland stopped at night from Friday to Saturday after an announcement to this effect from a Russian supplier.

Original article published on BFMTV.com

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