Russian army advance in eastern Ukraine, Catherine Colonna visits Kyiv

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Ukraine claims to have regained control of the Kherson region, in the hands of Russia since the invasion began, as President Volodymyr Zelensky will address European leaders meeting in Brussels on Monday at an extraordinary summit dedicated to his country. The new French Foreign Minister, Catherine Colonna, is in Kyiv where she will be received by the Ukrainian President. Follow us live dedicated to May 30th.

  • 7:41 am: Catherine Colonna, in Ukraine, will be received by Volodymyr Zelensky

The new French Foreign Minister, Catherine Colonna, is in Kyiv where she will be received by Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Through this trip, the Minister would like to demonstrate France’s solidarity with the Ukrainian people and its complete determination to strengthen its support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, both at the humanitarian and financial levels,” Quai d’Orsay said in a statement.

The head of the French diplomacy will also have to meet with her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, and go to the town of Bucha near Kyiv, where the Russian army is accused of massacres of civilians.

  • 7:28 am: The Russian army has reached Severodonetsk

The governor of the Luhansk region said that the Russian army has reached the Severodonetsk region in eastern Ukraine, which it is attacking with the help of its air force.

Serhiy Gedayi said the recent bombing of the city killed two civilians and wounded five others, describing the fighting as “extremely violent” and the situation for the Ukrainians very difficult.

The governor said the nearby town of Lysichansk was still in the hands of Ukrainian forces and that civilian evacuations were underway.

  • 5:30 am: Volodymyr Zelensky must address the Europeans

The Ukrainian president is scheduled to address the start of the European summit on Monday, via video conference from Kyiv. New sanctions against Moscow are included in the list of the twenty-seven meeting.

In addition to the oil embargo, the sanctions package aims to exclude Russian banks from the international financial system SWIFT, and provide aid to Ukraine of up to nine billion euros in 2022.

The speech by Volodymyr Zelensky comes the day after his highly publicized visit on Sunday to Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, in the country’s northeast. Unprecedented release since the Russian invasion at the end of February.

  • 5:13 am: Ukraine says it is regaining strength near Kherson

“Kherson, wait, we are close!” So said the Ukrainian General Staff on his Facebook page. In an update published last night from Sunday to Monday, the Ukrainian army claims that it is advancing in the Kherson region, near the villages of Andreyevka, Lozov and Beloherka.

There was no comment from the Russian side initially regarding Kyiv’s allegations regarding the “establishment of defensive lines” by Russian forces around Kherson.

This Ukrainian attack comes as the new authorities in Kherson, appointed by the Kremlin, have expressed their desire to join Russia, which has announced that it will allow residents to apply for a Russian passport via a “simplified procedure”.

If Kherson fell into the hands of Kyiv, it would be a powerful symbolic advance, since this region had been completely occupied by the Russian army since its offensive on February 24. Added to this is the fact that the region is strategically located in southern Ukraine, near the mouth of the Dnieper River to the Black Sea.

  • 12:40 am: Germany will amend its constitution to strengthen its army

On Sunday evening, the conservative government and opposition in Germany reached an agreement to break the budget rules in the constitution, in order to release 100 billion euros to modernize the army in the face of the Russian threat.

A compromise in this direction was registered after several weeks of difficult negotiations between the coalition parties – social democrats, environmentalists and liberals – and the conservative political family of the former chancellor, Angela Merkel.

The agreement will make it possible to fulfill the promise made by Chancellor Olaf Schultz at the end of February, after the launch of the Russian attack on Ukraine: to launch a special fund of 100 billion euros for the rearmament of the country over the coming years and modernization. The German army, whose equipment was destroyed.

At the same time, Berlin will be able to meet the NATO target of allocating 2% of national GDP annually to defense. This goal will be achieved “on average over several years”.

with AFP

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