Zelenskyy discusses EU membership with Macron; the fight is raging in the key city of Severodonetsk

Zelenskyy discusses EU membership with Macron

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is addressing the South Korean parliament via a video link as Russia continues its attack on Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 11, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron and talked about Kyiv’s entry into the European Union amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

In April, Zelenskyy completed the first step in gaining accession to the European Union from Ukraine by submitting a lengthy questionnaire.

The two leaders also discussed the latest developments on the ground and additional French security assistance for Ukraine, according to a reading of the Elysee Palace call.

– Amanda Macias

A look at NATO air power and patrols near Ukraine

A 2000-5F Mirage Fighter took off from Luxeuil-Saint Sauveur 116 Air Base in Saint-Sauveur, eastern France on March 13, 2022.

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Since the invasion of Russia in late February, the NATO alliance has deployed approximately 30 military aircraft patrolling the skies near Ukraine at all times.

“Spanish planes are protecting Lithuania’s airspace and French surveillance planes are scanning the sky while US bombers are training with Allied air forces,” wrote NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu.

“In order to deter any potential aggression against the Allies, NATO is deploying an unprecedented combination of fighter jets, reconnaissance aircraft and support aircraft,” he added.

Here’s a look at the air power the alliance deployed in the region:

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NATO’s eastern flank air domain


Ukrainian troops maintain the front line in the Donetsk region

Ukrainian soldiers maintain the line in New York, east of the Donetsk region.

A member of the Ukrainian service sitting in a trench in a position on the front line, in the middle of the Russian attack on Ukraine, near the city of New York, Donetsk region, Ukraine, on June 9, 2022.

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A member of the Ukrainian service fires a machine gun at a front-line machine gun in the middle of Russia’s attack on Ukraine near New York City, Donetsk region, Ukraine, on June 9, 2022.

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Members of the Ukrainian service are seen in a position on the front line, in the middle of the Russian attack on Ukraine, near New York City, Donetsk region, Ukraine, on June 9, 2022.

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A member of the Ukrainian service walks in a position on the front line, in the middle of the Russian attack on Ukraine, near the city of New York, Donetsk region, Ukraine, on June 9, 2022.

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The U.S. Senate panel supports NATO membership in Finland and Sweden

President Bob Menendez (D-NJ) speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations hearing on US-Russia policy at Capitol Hill, Washington, December 7, 2021.

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A resolution urging NATO to swiftly admit Finland and Sweden got an easy passage in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as a sign of bipartisan support from lawmakers.

Democrats and Republicans on the committee approved the measure in support of the expansion and urged other NATO states to swiftly admit the two Nordic states by voice vote, with no objections.

The vote was seen as proof of Republican lawmakers’ position on expansion, which President Joe Biden has backed.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led Finland and Sweden to end their long-standing military non-alignment policies and call for a 30-member US-Europe defensive alliance. Biden encouraged the two countries’ request and welcomed their leaders to the White House in May to celebrate.

Unexpected opposition from NATO member Turkey has overshadowed what was expected to be a rapid rise in the bloc. Turkey says it opposes the two countries’ positions on the Kurdish minority in the Middle East.

– Associated press

A pro-Russian rebel court has sentenced 3 people to death

A court in the territory controlled by separatists in eastern Ukraine has sentenced to death two British nationals and a Moroccan man for fighting alongside Ukraine in the war with Russia.

The three men fought alongside Ukrainian troops and surrendered to Russian forces weeks ago.

A court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic found them guilty of taking action for a violent overthrow of power, a crime punishable by death in unrecognized territory internationally controlled by rebels in the Donbas region of Ukraine.

All three were also convicted of mercenary activities and terrorism.

Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday that the three – Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Saaudun Brahim – will face a firing squad. They have a month to go.

– Associated press

A doctor, little food, no power: in eastern Ukraine, the inhabitants face life without security

A mother and grandmother are caring for a half-year-old child in a basement in Siversk, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, on May 31, 2022, while Russian attacks continue.

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SIVERSK, Ukraine – A small Ukrainian town just a few kilometers from where Russian forces are fighting for control of one of the last resilient cities in the Donbass that has been without electricity for weeks, residents expect volunteers, only one doctor and one doctor bring food. the nurse stays in the hospital and the cell phone reception is limited to one place.

Residents go under the belly of a water truck to collect water, as residents have been without electricity and water for an entire month in Siversk, Ukraine, on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

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An elderly woman, Alina, 76, in front of the shelter where she sleeps. Siversk is a city of 11,000 inhabitants known for its brick factory. The city is located in the Donetsk region.

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The UN says at least 4,302 people have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the war

The resident of the village of Buzova, Oleksandr (reserved surname) watches as police exhume the bodies of his mother, brother and son to investigate alleged war crimes by Russian forces during the May 21 invasion of Ukraine of 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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The United Nations has confirmed 4,302 civilian deaths and 5,217 wounded in Ukraine since Russia invaded its former Soviet counterpart on February 24.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said the death toll in Ukraine is likely to be higher, as armed conflict could delay reports of fatalities.

The international organization said most of the recorded civilian casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide range of impact, including heavy artillery bombardment and multiple rocket launch systems, as well as missiles. and airstrikes.

– Amanda Macias

Russia does not expect to reduce gas to more European customers

Astora’s underground natural gas storage facility is located on May 12, 2022 in Rehden, Germany.

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Russia said on Thursday it did not expect Gazprom to cut off gas supplies to more European customers and said its plan to get buyers to pay for gas in rubles was working as planned.

Gazprom has cut off supply to Denmark’s Orsted and Shell Energy for its gas supply contract in Germany, as well as the Dutch gas trader GasTerra together with Bulgaria, Poland and Finland for refusing to make payments for Russian gas in rubles in under the new ruble scheme. .

Gas payments under the new scheme, set in response to Western sanctions, were due in April and May.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said all those who were to be cut off from the supply now did not receive Russian gas.

“The system works … and those who receive the gas are working under the new system,” Peskov told reporters at a daily conference.

Asked if new gas cuts should be expected, he said, “No.”

– Reuters

Zelenskyy: Millions of people could starve to death if the Russian Black Sea blockade continues

Wheat grows in an agricultural field about 25 kilometers from the front line between Russian and Ukrainian troops on June 8, 2022 near Sloviansk, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that millions of people could starve to death if the Russian Black Sea blockade continues, adding that the world is on the brink of a “terrible food crisis.”

The Kremlin has been accused of arming the food supply by blocking Ukrainian exports and increasing the cost of grain. Ukraine has also accused Russia of laying mines in the Black Sea.

Russia, for its part, has challenged the allegations, saying that Ukraine is responsible for the mines at sea which, combined with an unprecedented downpour of international sanctions, are to blame.

“We cannot export our wheat, corn, vegetable oil and other products that have played a stabilizing role in the global market,” Zelenskyy said in a video statement at the TIME100 Gala.

“This means that, unfortunately, dozens of countries could face a physical shortage of food. Millions of people could starve to death if the Russian Black Sea blockade continues.”

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has said that blocking the Black Sea ports means that the most vulnerable countries in the world pay more for less food. UN chief Antonio Guterres has said a trade deal to allow Ukraine’s grain exports across the Black Sea could prevent mass starvation.

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The mayor of Severodonetsk says evacuation attempts are impossible for now

The mayor of Severodonetsk has described the situation in the eastern Ukrainian city as “quite complicated but controlled” after a night of heavy artillery fire by Russian forces.

Speaking on Ukrainian television, Oleksandr Stryuk said the bridges between Lysychansk and Severodonetsk “are under constant bombardment”.

“Evacuation is impossible at the moment,” Stryuk said, according to a translation. “It is possible to get to Lysychansk, as the ‘way of life’ is controlled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but it is under constant bombardment.”

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