The dawn of the 85th day of the war on Ukraine, as Russia launched more than 2,000 missiles since the beginning of the conflict, according to President Zelensky.
Alors que l’offensive russe se poursuit dans les régions séparatistes de l’Est de l’Ukraine, le chef de la République populaire de Donetsk, a affirmé mercredi que la ville portuaire de Marioupol, en grande partie détruite reconstruite, serait seaside resort.
We take stock of the events that marked the last few hours.
Zelensky says more than 2,000 missiles have been launched by Russia
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russia has already launched more than 2,000 missiles against Ukraine, which he says make up a large part of its arsenal. Most of these missiles hit civilian infrastructure and did not bring ‘No strategic military advantage’The Ukrainian President emphasized in his daily speech.
Over the past day, Russian missiles hit the southern cities of Mykolaiv and Dnipro He also said, adding that Moscow was to deploy new laser weapons, reflecting its desire to find an alternative to its missiles, according to Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Ukrainian president also compares the announcement of these new weapons to “wunderwaffe” Nazi Germany. “In the propaganda of Nazi Germany there was the term” wunderwaffe “- a wonderful weapon. The more it turned out that they had no chance in the war, the more the propaganda focused on the miracle weapon, and it was so powerful that it would be a turning point in the war.It is to explain. This clearly indicates “The complete failure of the invasion” About Volodymyr Zelensky.
Donetsk president wants to turn Mariupol into a seaside resort
Denis Pushlin, President of the Donetsk People’s Republic, claimed on Wednesday that the largely destroyed port city of Mariupol, including the Azovstal steel complex, will be reconstructed into a resort, according to a telegram from Russia’s state agency RIA Novosti. .
This idea shows that Russia wants to erase all memory of the situation “heroic” From Ukraine to the Azovstal complex, according to a telegram from the city council of the martyred city.
For ISW (Institute of War), this announcement proves that Russia shot itself by destroying the Azovstal plant. “The announced plan to turn Mariupol into a center for tourism and recreation after the complete destruction of a major center of economic activity indicates the damage that Russian forces inflicted on themselves by destroying the city”Organismal analysis.
Fighting continues at the Azovstal plant
Fighting continues at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that “959 (Ukrainian) fighters, including 80 wounded, became prisoners” Since Monday. Information that Ukraine has not commented on.
“The high-ranking commanders and fighters (of the Azov regiment) have not yet come out” From the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in this port city, asserted Denis Pushilin, the pro-Russian separatist leader. According to him, a thousand elements of this integrated paramilitary unit of the Ukrainian army are still hiding there. Ukraine gave the same figure, but last week.
The Russian military focused its efforts on Wednesday “On blocking our units near Azovstal” The General Staff of the Ukrainian Forces reported that artillery fire and air strikes.
The complete capture of Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov, would constitute an important advance for Russia. But the city was destroyed “90%” And 40% of its infrastructure be “non-refundable”In early April, the city mayor Vadim Boychenko indicated.
Human Rights Watch investigates war crimes in northern Ukraine
As Ukrainian justice opened its first war crimes trial on Wednesday, a report published by Human Rights Watch highlighted summary executions, torture, and abuses committed by Russian forces from the end of February to March 2022, in northeastern Ukraine.
In the 17 villages and small towns of the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions visited in April, the human rights NGO investigated 22 summary executions, nine other unlawful killings, six possible enforced disappearances, and seven cases of torture. Twenty-one civilians described unlawful detention in inhuman and degrading conditions.
“The numerous atrocities committed by the Russian forces occupying parts of northeastern Ukraine at the beginning of the war are outrageous, illegal and brutal”Giorgi Jogia, associate director for Europe and Central Asia at Human Rights Watch. “These violations against civilians are clear war crimes that must be promptly and impartially investigated and their perpetrators prosecuted.” he added.
Thursday’s G7 finance ministers meeting to support Ukraine
Keep Ukraine’s finances afloat, counter soaring food prices, and support weak countries: The G7’s top money makers won’t have enough meeting in Germany to address all the economic fallout from Moscow’s war.
The first urgency of this meeting, Thursday and Friday, of the finance ministers of the seven industrial powers (the United States, Japan, Canada, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany) is to complete a new round table to cover the Ukrainian budget. for the current quarter.
To manage the country’s economy, kyiv estimates its needs at $5 billion per month. We ask for high financial support, but the price is also high. It’s a way for us to survive.”Recently France Press agency Ukrainian Finance Minister Sergei Marchenko.
Of the massive $40 billion extension to Ukraine set on track last week by Joe Biden, a short-term $7.5 billion should increase Ukraine’s budget, according to G7 ministerial sources. I will ask my counterparts to join us in increasing their financial support to Ukraine.”Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen confirmed on her arrival in Koenigswinter, the leafy suburb of Bonn (west) where the meeting is being held.
$30 billion to support food security
The World Bank announced Wednesday that it will provide $30 billion (€28.6 billion) to help support food security threatened by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
The war caused the prices of some foodstuffs and cooking oils to rise. This inflation, according to the United Nations, is likely to amplify the food crisis, particularly in Africa.
Twelve billion dollars will be used to finance new projects related to agriculture, water and irrigation, but also projects aimed at supporting social protection in order to mitigate the effects of high food prices on the poor. More than $18 billion will be allocated to plans that have already been approved but not yet distributed, the international organization said.
“In order to inform and stabilize markets, it is critical that countries now make clear statements about future increases in production in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”World Bank President David Malpass said in a statement.
Most of the resources are dedicated to Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central and Southern Asia.
US-Turkish talks on NATO
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu described this “Very positive” His meeting on Wednesday with his US counterpart Anthony Blinken in New York when Ankara threatened to block the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO.
Blinken emphasized that the United States would pass on the necessary messages to allay Turkey’s concerns. About this membership, said the head of Turkish diplomacy.
Turkey accuses the Scandinavian countries of leniency with the Kurdish rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which it considers a terrorist organization.
“It is unacceptable that allies or those who want to join the coalition support terrorist organizations that target us.”Cavusoglu’s reaction.
Russia closes Radio Canada office
Russia announced, on Wednesday, the closure of the Moscow office of public broadcasting group ‘Radio Canada’ and the revocation of journalists’ licenses, a measure taken in response to the ban announced by Ottawa against Russian public television ‘Russia Today’ (RT).
“Unfortunately, we continue to note open attacks on the Russian media from Western countries that call themselves civilized”A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry told reporters.‘A decision has been made to retaliate for Canada’s actions’Maria Zakharova added, announcing the closure of Radio Canada’s Moscow office.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who visited Kyiv last week and pledged more military aid to Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, described Moscow’s move as an attempt to prevent Canadian journalists from traveling. “Reporting the facts”. “this is unacceptable “he added.