Live – War in Ukraine: Ban Joe Biden, Mark Zuckerberg, or even Morgan Freeman from entering Russia – Liberation

The war between Ukraine and RussiaIssue

On the 87th day of the war, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol fell to the Russians, who intensified their offensive in the east.

Briefly :

– Finland’s natural gas supply from Russia was cut off on Saturday.

– Azovstal steel complex in Mariupol is “Passed under the complete control of the Russian Armed Forces”, According to Moscow.

After failing to capture Kyiv and Kharkiv, the second Ukrainian cities, Russia is concentrating its military efforts in the east and south.

6:19 pm

Russia is getting close to the Americans. On Saturday, the Russian diplomat published a list of 963 American personalities who are banned from entering Russia, in retaliation for similar sanctions imposed by Washington since the attack on Ukraine. It mainly includes government officials and parliamentarians, as well as members of civil society. Moscow had already announced these sanctions against many of the figures on the list, notably US President Joe Biden, his Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin, or Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The list also includes Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman, who has not yet been publicly subject to sanctions. The Russian diplomat accuses him of making a video in 2017 claiming that Russia was carrying out an attack “Conspiracy” against the United States.

5:29 pm

There is “no alternative” to Ukraine’s candidacy for EU membership, according to Zelensky. We do not need alternatives to Ukraine’s candidacy for EU membership, and we do not need such concessions.”Ukraine’s head of state insists this Saturday during a press conference in Kyiv with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa. There will be no concessions with Ukraine in Europe, but another settlement between Europe and Russia. […] It is the influence and political and diplomatic pressure of Russian officials and lobbyists on the decision of a European country whether or not to support Ukraine.Zelensky says. Emmanuel Macron presented an alternative project on May 9 before the European Parliament. Then he explained that it would be necessary “contracts” to Ukraine to join the European Union, and proposed that it in the meantime become part of the “European Political Community”. This project should be discussed at a European summit to be held at the end of next June.

4:08 PM

Clarify the Ukrainian effectiveness against Russian tanks in the video. Volodymyr Zelensky’s army exploits a flaw in Russian armor that makes them particularly vulnerable to anti-tank weapons. in the video , Release It shows how Ukraine destroyed more than 650 Russian tanks.

3:42 PM

Erdogan sets his conditions for Sweden’s accession to NATO. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who opposes Sweden’s entry into NATO, called her on Saturday to “End political and financial support and arms deliveries to terrorist organizations.” Turkey has opened a crisis within NATO, of which it is a member, by opposing the organization’s extension to Sweden and Finland: they accuse them of harboring and supporting members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, designated as a terrorist organization by Ankara and also Washington. European Union.

2:12 pm

Winds from the East in European Diplomacy. The Czech Republic, Poland, or even Slovenia… Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the Baltic states and Central Europe have been on the offensive to strengthen the EU’s positions toward Russia and bring out new leaders, while Paris and Berlin are lagging across the board. our analysis.

1:53 pm

The Russians claim to have destroyed a Western arms convoy. Today, Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that a large stockpile of military equipment, provided by the West to Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbass region, was destroyed in northwestern Ukraine. “High-precision long-range Kalibr missiles, fired from the sea, destroyed a large consignment of weapons and military equipment provided by the United States and European countries, near the Malin railway station, in the Zhytomyr region »According to the ministry.

1:15 pm

Portuguese Prime Minister in the Ukrainian capital. Antonio Costa travels to Ukraine on Saturday. Travel to Kyiv and its suburbs. “I will never forget Irben. The levels of devastation and violence are absolutely devastating.”The Portuguese Prime Minister tweeted. These symbolic visits, or the lack thereof, are a good indication of European diplomatic dynamics since the beginning of the Russian invasion. With the exception of Hungary, Central and Eastern European countries are pushing for tougher stances toward Russia, while Paris and Berlin lag behind in all areas. Read our article.

12:58

Joe Biden signs law providing $40 billion in aid to Ukraine. The US president signed into law a bill passed by Congress Thursday that includes a massive 40-billion-dollar envelope for Ukraine’s war effort against Russia, the White House announced Saturday. Joe Biden signed this text during his official trip to South Korea. The bill includes $6 billion to allow Ukraine to equip itself with armored vehicles and to bolster its anti-aircraft defense.

12:40 pm

The world of tennis was shortened by the war in Ukraine. If behind-the-scenes Russian tennis players express their opposition to the war in Ukraine, their rhetoric remains cautious. “The Russian players have already told me that, unfortunately, they took part, in a completely indirect way, in the war, Camille Bean says. They may not take the bombs on their head, economically, on the other hand, they never knew how they would survive all that. Even the Russians are worried about the future and do not agree with what is happening. But it’s complicated for them to say so publicly…” Read our survey.

12:17 PM

Residents of Mariupol, prisoners of war in Russia? On Saturday, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine published a video that proves, according to Kyiv, that civilians evacuated from the port of Mariupol are standing in camps on the Russian side of the border.

11:26

Moscow says it destroyed Western weapons en route to Donbass. The Russian Defense Ministry said, on Saturday, that its forces destroyed a large shipment of weapons provided by the West in northwest Ukraine. “Long-range, high-precision Kalibr missiles launched from the sea destroyed a large shipment of weapons and military equipment provided by the United States and European countries, near the Malin railway station in the Zhytomyr region”According to the ministry. According to the ministry, these weapons were intended for the Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbass region. This region, which is predominantly Russian-speaking and has been partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, is currently the scene of some of the most intense clashes in Ukraine.

11:00

Zelensky wants more diplomacy. “The end (of the conflict) will be diplomatic.”Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday during an interview with Ukrainian ICTV channel. the war “It will be bloody, it will fight, but it will end once and for all through diplomacy.”. Discussions between Ukraine and Russia will be held firmly. I don’t know in what form: with mediators, without them, in a wider circle, at the presidential leveldid he say. There are things that we can only achieve at the negotiating table. We want everything back.” As was the case before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, which Russia does not want to.

10:19

Renault leaves Russia: the difficult abandonment of an exciting collaboration. The giant parking lot where cars pile up in front of the Avtovaz plant is almost empty. A rare sight for this giant plant of more than 600 hectares, founded in 1966. Today, the cradle of the Lada brand is capable of producing up to one million cars annually. The same desert, thousands of kilometers away, in an industrial suburb of Moscow, at the Avtoframos plant. Renault with great fanfare reached the Russian market in 1998, and it leaves after twenty-four years, selling its stakes in the two plants to the Russian state for a symbolic ruble each. Read our story.

9:30 am.

No more Russian gas for Helsinki. “Deliveries of natural gas to Finland have been halted under the Gazum supply contract”the Finnish public energy company announced, confirming that it can obtain gas from other suppliers and follow it “Usually” his activities. Supplier Gazprom confirmed the comment. The Scandinavian country, which angered Moscow with its decision to join NATO, joins Poland and Bulgaria among the countries Gazprom cut off gas from because it refused to pay in rubles, a demand formulated in April. Finland has already been deprived of Russian electricity exports since mid-May.

9:10 am

Azovstal in the hands of Russia. The Azovstal steel complex in Mariupol, the last pocket of resistance in this strategic port on the Sea of ​​Azov, is “Passed under the full control of the Russian Armed Forces” After the last Ukrainian soldier surrendered, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday evening, adding that the news had been passed on to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Footage released by Moscow showed groups of men in combat gear emerging from steel mills, some wearing crutches or bandages, after a long battle that has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion.

9:09

Azovstal prisoners arm wrestling. On Friday evening, the Russian military released video footage that it said was searching for unarmed Ukrainian fighters by Russian soldiers. Ukraine hopes to exchange prisoners of war but Russia, tacitly targeting the Azov Regiment, has reported that it considers some of them combatants. “Neo-Nazis”. The International Committee of the Red Cross has urged both sides to grant it access to prisoners of war and civilian internees, “Wherever they are held.”

8:48

exacerbation in the East. “The enemy constantly carries out offensive operations in the eastern area of ​​operations in order to establish its complete control over the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and to preserve the land corridor with the temporarily occupied Crimea.”, employees of the Ukrainian forces said on Facebook on Saturday morning. Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motozyank argued that the situation ‘Showing signs of deterioration’And “The Russian occupation forces are carrying out intense fire along the entire front line.”

8:45 am

G7 raises funds. The Group of Seven meeting in Germany on Friday pledged to mobilize $19.8 billion (18.7 billion euros) to help Ukraine. ‘bridging the financial gap’. But Germany said on Friday it opposed a new European common debt, similar to the post-Covid recovery plan. The day before, the US Congress issued a massive $40 billion envelope to Ukraine, aimed specifically at allowing Ukraine to equip itself with armored vehicles and bolster its anti-aircraft defense.

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