And in an escalation of pressure on Russia, the United States decided, as of Wednesday, to end an exemption allowing Moscow to pay its debts in dollars. For its part, the European Union is still discussing an embargo on Russian oil, which requires the unanimity of member states. Carry on with our lives.
10:40 am: Moscow considers a prisoner exchange with Kyiv after the trial
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko was quoted as saying on Wednesday that Russia will study the issue of prisoner exchange with Ukraine once the Ukrainian detainees are tried, Russian agencies reported. “We will look into all this after the trial of those who surrendered and after the verdict is pronounced,” he said. “Before that, talk about bartering is premature,” he added.
Last week, the last Ukrainian defenders of the strategic city of Mariupol, holed up in the steelworks of Azovstal, surrendered. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, nearly 4,000 soldiers have been captured there. The Ukrainian authorities want to organize an exchange of prisoners of war, but the Russian authorities have repeatedly indicated that they consider at least some of them to belong to the Azov Regiment, not as soldiers but as neo-Nazi fighters guilty of war crimes.
9:54 am: Russia demands lifting of sanctions to avoid global food crisis
A senior Russian diplomat has demanded the lifting of sanctions on Moscow as a condition to avoid a global food crisis, due to the obstruction of Ukraine’s grain exports since the start of the Kremlin offensive. “The solution to the food problem requires a collective approach, including in particular the lifting of sanctions that were imposed on Russian exports and financial transactions,” Russian news agencies quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko as saying.
9:33 am: Volodymyr Zelensky denounces in Davos the lack of “unity” of Western countries
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday denounced the lack of “unity” between Western countries in the face of the war in Ukraine. “My question is: Is there unity in practice (in the West, editor’s note)? I don’t see it,” he lamented during a video speech at the Davos Economic Forum in Switzerland, claiming that he “needs Europe’s support.”
9:14 a.m.: Volodymyr Zelensky offers his condolences to the relatives and families of the victims of the Texas massacre.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered his condolences on Wednesday to the relatives and families of the victims of the Texas school shooting, saying it was “terrible to have armed victims in peacetime.” “I want to extend my condolences to all the loved ones and families of the children who were killed in a horrific school shooting in Texas,” the leader emphasized in a preamble delivered at a breakfast hosted by Ukraine in Davos.
8:38 am: British government approves sale of Chelsea Football Club
The UK government has acquitted the acquisition of Chelsea Football Club, which has been owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich since 2003. “The government has issued a license authorizing the sale of Chelsea FC. Due to the sanctions we have imposed on those associated with (Vladimir) Putin, the Minister of Culture, Media and Sports tweeted. British Nadine Doris on Twitter.
The Premier League on Tuesday approved the acquisition of Chelsea FC by the group led by American businessman Todd Boehle. On May 7, the consortium drafted an offer worth 4.25 billion pounds (4.97 billion euros) to acquire the London club.
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the Blues in 2003 for £140 million. Thanks to the financial means of the oligarchs close to the Kremlin, Chelsea, which until then was the second knife of English football, suddenly turned into a key player at the national and European level, collecting in particular five Premier League titles and two titles. Periodicals (2012, 2021).
6:02 am: Washington decides that Moscow can no longer repay its dollar debt
As of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday (Washington time or 6:01 a.m. in Paris), the United States decided to end an exemption allowing Moscow to pay its debts in dollars, the US Treasury announced. That decision could cause Russia, which has dozens of payments to meet by the end of the year, to default.
The European Union also wants to move forward with sanctions. Its members are still debating an embargo on Russian oil, which would require the unanimity of member states. Germany and France considered it possible to achieve this in the coming days, but Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban considered this possibility “extremely unlikely” in the near future.
4:13 am: Resilience in the shelled Donetsk region
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry spoke of heavy fighting in the vicinity of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, and its fall would give the Russians control of an important crossroads of the Ukrainian war effort. Residents are reluctant to flee despite the dangers. This is the case of Maria, whose kitchen was bombed.
2:42 am: Switzerland will organize the Ukraine Reconstruction Conference on July 4-5
Swiss President Ignazio Cassis announced in Davos, that the Ukraine Reconstruction Conference will be held on July 4 and 5 in Switzerland to raise funds for the country that has suffered massive destruction since the Russian invasion.
Details of future attendees are currently unknown – an invitation has been sent to about 40 leaders – but the conference is expected to address, among other things, the issue of announced and upcoming contributions from the World Bank, the OECD and the European Union, referred to by the Swiss president. He also specified that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would participate, without elaborating in any way.
12:09 am: Volodymyr Zelensky raises a ‘very difficult’ situation in Donbass
“The situation in Donbass is very difficult,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky repeated in his daily video. “In fact, all the forces that the Russian army is still lying there to attack” because “they want to destroy everything.” In fact, Moscow concentrates its firepower on the Luhansk region, especially seeking to encircle the city of Severodonetsk.
“Lifeline is becoming more and more fragile,” supply convoys no longer pass, our Ukraine special correspondent Gwendolyn Debono identifies.
With Agence France-Presse and Reuters