The Russian army continues its offensive in the east, and the Polish president visits Kyiv

Russia continues to bomb eastern Ukraine as it claims to have destroyed a stockpile of weapons sent by the Westerners. For his part, Volodymyr Zelensky continues to bet on diplomacy. Polish President Andrzej Duda, visiting Kyiv, was the first head of state to address the Verkhovna Rada since the start of the Russian invasion.

  • 11:09 pm: Russian forces stationed in eastern Ukraine

“All Russian forces are concentrated in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions” in the Donbass, Sergei Godai, governor of the Lugansk region, wrote in Telegram. These forces include the units that withdrew from the Kharkiv region in the north, those besieging Mariupol in the southeast, militias from the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, the feared Chechen forces on the side, and troops mobilized as reinforcements from Siberia and the Russian Far East, by the thousands. Miles away, he listed.

He added that with regard to armaments, too, “everything is concentrated here”, including the famous S-300 and S-400 air defense systems and missiles, the equivalent of the American Patriot missiles.

In Severodonetsk, a city in the Lugansk region still under Kyiv’s control, “they use scorched-earth tactics, and they are deliberately destroying the city” with aerial bombardments, multiple rocket launchers, mortars or tanks firing on buildings, Sergey Gaidich emphasized.

  • 8:37 pm: Russia says it is ready to resume talks

Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said Russia is ready to resume peace talks with Ukraine, saying its suspension is up to Kyiv.

“From our side, we are ready to continue the dialogue,” Vladimir Medinsky, the Kremlin adviser in charge of negotiations with Kyiv, said in an interview with Belarusian television.

  • 8:10 pm: Baltic states stop importing Russian electricity

In the wake of international sanctions imposed on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, Russian electricity exporter InterRAO has since Sunday lost the ability to sell electricity to these customers in the Baltic states.

“This is an important step on our way to energy independence,” Lithuanian Energy Minister Dainius Kreves told AFP.

  • 5:39 pm: Senegalese president should visit Russia and Ukraine

Senegalese President Macky Sall has indicated that he will soon visit Russia and Ukraine on behalf of the African Union, which he currently chairs.

And the latter announced during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that he had obtained a mandate from the African Union to make this trip. He said Russia had been invited to do so. He stated that the trip, which was originally scheduled for May 18, could not take place “for calendar reasons”, and suggested new dates.

“As soon as it is fixed, I will, of course, go to Moscow, as well as to Kyiv, and we have also agreed to bring together all the heads of state, who wish, from the African Union, with President (Ukrainian Volodymyr) Zelensky who expressed their need to communicate with the African heads of state. ”

  • 4:08 pm: Emmanuel Macron asks members of the World Health Organization to condemn Russian aggression

The French president called on the member states of the World Health Assembly to support a resolution condemning Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, and “reaffirmed the full solidarity of France and the European Union with Ukraine.”

A Western diplomat said the text should be adopted on Tuesday, but if it strongly condemns Russia, it does not provide for “in any case” it should be expelled, noting that the sanctions imposed on a member state mandated under WHO regulations are “too low”. .

  • 3:47 pm: Polish President Andrzej Duda visits Kyiv

His government has announced that the head of state is the first leader to speak in person before the Verkhovna Rada since the beginning of the Russian invasion. The latter offered unconditional support for Ukraine’s candidacy for EU membership in the face of skepticism from France and Germany.

And Andrei Duda, who interrupted his speech with several applause, promised that he would not slow down his efforts “as long as Ukraine is not a member of the European Union.”

  • 2:47 pm: Ukraine’s accession to the EU will take “probably 15 or 20 years”

This was stated by Clement Bon, French Minister Delegate for European Affairs. It is believed that Kyiv could enter the European political community proposed by President Macron in the meantime.

“You have to be honest. (…) If we say that Ukraine will join the European Union in 6 months, a year or two, we are lying. It is not true. It might be 15 or 20 years,” he told Radio J. “In the meantime. We owe the Ukrainians (…) a political project that they can enter into.”

  • 1:50 pm: In Borodinka, north of Kyiv, the scars of war

  • 11:45 am: Russia continues bombing eastern Ukraine, diplomatic channel deadlocked?

On-site status update with our special correspondent, Cyril Payne.

  • 10:30 am: Mariupol is now in Russian hands

Gulliver Cragg, a correspondent in Ukraine, decodes the bet on this military victory for the Russians.

A man walks through a market in Kharkiv, May 21, 2022, destroyed in Russian bombing.
A man walks through a market in Kharkiv, May 21, 2022, destroyed in Russian bombing. © Sergey Popock, AFP

  • 6 a.m.: Russia intensifies strikes on Donbass, Ukrainian military confirms

The Ukrainian General Staff noted in its daily morning note that the Russian army continues its “missile and air strikes throughout the region” and has even “intensified it by using aviation to destroy critical infrastructure.”

  • 4:30 am: Ukraine in the midst of a WHO Assembly resolution

Ukraine is the initiative of a resolution that must be submitted to the World Health Assembly where the 194 members of the World Health Organization meet to build a more efficient and equitable global health system.

This resolution should condemn Moscow’s attacks on the health system, but should also condemn the very serious consequences of the invasion and blockade of Ukrainian ports on world supplies and the explosion of grain prices.

  • 12:05 a.m.: “The situation in Donbass is very difficult,” says Volodymyr Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky, in his usual video message published in the evening, noted that the military situation on Saturday “did not change significantly, but it was very difficult.”

“The situation in Donbass is very difficult,” he insisted. But the Ukrainian army “is repelling this attack. Every day our defenders disrupt the plans of the Russians brings us closer to the decisive day, (…) which we all desire and for which we are fighting. Victory Day.”

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