The war in Ukraine. Severodonetsk partially besieged, handing over weapons… Point in the night

Three months ago, until today, Russia invaded Ukraine. At the dawn of the ninetieth day of the war, the Russian forces are still concentrating their attack on the last pocket of resistance in the Luhansk region, in the Donbass, where they seek to “Eliminate all that is alive”According to Volodymyr Zelensky.

In the face of Russian pressure, Kyiv insisted on stockpiling weapons, and he enjoyed the support of the Westerners in this regard. Twenty countries have pledged to provide additional weapons to Ukraine.

We take stock of the events that marked the last few hours.

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Thousands of people are partially trapped in Severodonetsk

The fate of Severodonetsk is similar to that of Mariupol. “At this point, I won’t say, ‘Get out, get out.’ There I say ‘Stay in your shelters’.”, said the governor of the Luhansk region, Sergey Gaïdaï. According to him, Russia has mobilized 12,500 soldiers in its offensive in the region.

The Ukrainian authorities also informed the United Nations that the bridge leading to the district’s administrative center, the city of Severodonetsk, was destroyed on May 21, Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, announced Monday evening.

The city thus became partially enclosed and is now accessible via a single road. Some residents managed to leave Severodonetsk this weekend, but according to Stephane Dujarric, local authorities estimate that several thousand civilians are still in the city and need emergency assistance.

Severodonetsk was bombed 24 hours on 24 hours by the Russians who “Using scorched earth tactics, deliberately destroying the city.”the Ukrainian governor of Luhansk Oblast, Sergoch Jaydych, alerted on Sunday.

Many victims in Donetsk region

And in the Donetsk region, three people were killed and six wounded in new shelling on Monday, according to Governor Pavlo Kirilenko, while seven were already killed on Sunday.

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, fierce battles broke out near Bakhmut, south of Severodonetsk and Kramatorsk. The head of the regional council of the Dnipropetrovsk region, east of the Donbass, also announced the launch of several missiles in the region.

Twenty countries will supply Kyiv with weapons

Twenty countries pledged to provide additional weapons to Ukraine to deal with Russian forces. At the second meeting of Ukrainian Defense Contact GroupNearly 44 countries have come together to discuss military assistance to Ukraine at this point in the conflict.

Among the equipment to be delivered to Ukraine, Denmark in particular has pledged to send the Harpoon anti-ship missile system, which can enable Ukraine to counter the Russian Navy’s blockade of the port of Odessa, which is vital to the country’s wheat exports, which itself is vital to many other countries. These missiles are likely to reach Crimea, which has been occupied by Moscow since 2014.

The Czech Republic, for its part, pledged to provide attack helicopters, tanks and missiles.

This contact group is scheduled to meet face-to-face on June 15 in Brussels, on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO ministers.

Russian diplomat opposing the war in Ukraine resigns

Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Russia in Geneva, Boris Bondarev, announced, with great fanfare, his resignation in response to the war decided by President Vladimir Putin in a letter published on Monday, May 23. In it, he claims to have “I’ve never felt ashamed” From his country, statements have since been confirmed by several diplomatic sources, according to what I reported France Press agency.

He is the highest-ranking Russian diplomat to defect since the invasion of Ukraine.

“In my 20 years of diplomacy, I have seen various shifts in our foreign policy, but I have never felt as ashamed of my country as on February 24 this year.”, History of the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, writes. this war “Not only a crime against the Ukrainian people, but perhaps the most serious crime against the Russian people.”He continued, also criticizing the actions of Minister Sergei Lavrov. today, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not diplomatic. It’s about fomenting wars, lies and hate.”He says, while the first Russian soldier was sentenced to life imprisonment for a war crime, in Kyiv.

Zelensky is ready to meet with Putin only to stop the war in Ukraine

On Monday, Volodymyr Zelensky said that Vladimir Putin is the only Russian representative he would like to meet, and the only topic for discussion was the end of the war in Ukraine.

Speaking via video link to the Economic Forum in Davos, the Ukrainian president also said that the organization of talks between his country and Moscow has become increasingly difficult due to the Russian attitude towards civilians in the Ukrainian lands they occupy.

He also believed that any attempt to forcibly seize the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014, would lead to hundreds of thousands of casualties.

Russian death toll nears nine years in Afghanistan

Within three months, thousands of people, both civilians and soldiers, had died without an exact number. But for the city of Mariupol alone, the Ukrainian authorities talk about the deaths of 20 thousand people.

On the military level, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense estimates Russian losses at more than 29,200 men, 204 aircraft, and about 1,300 tanks since the invasion began on February 24.

The Kremlin, for its part, admitted this “Big losses”.

A French military source confirmed that Western sources reported the killing of about 12,000 Russian soldiers France Press agency The number of losses is estimated at 15,000. These losses over three months are close to those recorded by the Soviet Army in Afghanistan in nine years, as confirms the British Ministry of Defense. Ukraine, for its part, has not given any indication of its military losses.

The war has also upended the country’s demographics: More than eight million Ukrainians have been internally displaced, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Added to this are 6.5 million people who fled abroad, more than half of them – 3.4 million – to Poland.

The First Lady of Ukraine launches the Psychological Support Program

Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska announced Monday that she is launching a nationwide psychological support programme, in partnership with the World Health Organization, in light of the mental health crisis in Ukraine.

“No Ukrainian, whether adult or child, can be sure that he will wake up tomorrow”Ms. Zelenska said in a video statement posted on social media. “Given what the Ukrainians went through during the occupation – at the front, in shelters, under bombing, abroad – they need rehabilitation like the physically injured.”

“Russia’s war demonstrated unimaginable horrors”Mrs. Zelenska said. The World Health Organization is committed to protecting the most important human rights – life and health. However, both have been violated in Ukraine. »

She added that the country plans to lead by example to promote global support for the psychological well-being of war survivors.

The war in Ukraine. Severodonetsk partially besieged, handing over weapons… Point in the night

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