Europe is disunited about the attitude to be taken towards Russia

Europe is disunited about the attitude to be taken towards Russia


On the 107th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, this Friday, June 10, follow live the latest information on the conflict.

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Highlights:

► Ukrainian soldiers deliver to Sievierodonetsk one of the “toughest battles” since the beginning of the war to resist the Russian forces that now control much of this strategic eastern city where, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky, the “fate” of the Donbass region is at stake.

« Up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers Are killed and “ 500 injured every day » in fights with the Russian military, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Thursday.

► The President of Ukraine requested theRussia’s exclusion from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), on the background of accusations by Kiev of blocking and stealing Ukrainian grain by Moscow.

Two British and one Moroccan taken prisoner in eastern Ukraine, where they were fighting for Kiev, were sentenced to death for mercenaries by justice of the separatist authorities in Donetsk, Russian news agencies announced on June 8.

The situation in Ukraine, June 3, 2022. © FMM

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08:40: Russia seeks weaknesses in Ukrainian defenses near Seversky Donets, says Ukrainian Defense Ministry

Russia is looking for weaknesses in Ukraine’s defenses near the Seversky Donets River in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said on Friday. He claims on national television that Russian forces have not given up their attempts to launch assault operations in the region.

If Russia seized the cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lyssychansk on the Seversky Donets River, it would hold all of Luhansk, one of the two Donbass oblasts that Moscow claims on behalf of the separatists.

08:17: Kiev bombs Russian positions in the Kherson region

The Ukrainian military says on Friday it has struck Russian positions in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, a region almost entirely under Russian control where Kiev fears Moscow will soon hold a referendum on annexation. to Russia.

« Our aviation struck Russian positions, sites where equipment and personnel are concentrated, and depots around five localities in the Kherson region. The Ukrainian military staff said on Facebook on Friday.

Almost the entire Kherson region, including the regional capital, has been occupied by Russian troops since the early days of the Russian invasion on February 24. One of the Russian negotiators on the conflict in Ukraine on June 1 mentioned the forthcoming organization of a referendum in the Russian-occupied territories, with a view to an annexation, which could take place in July, a project denounced by Kiev that recalls the ” referendum ”organized by Moscow in Crimea in 2014, before annexing the peninsula in a row.

08:09: The Twitter account of the government news agency RIA suspended in several European countries

The Twitter account of the Russian news agency RIA Novosti is suspended in several European countries, including France, Belgium, Sweden and Finland.

07:48: UK warns of cholera risk in Marioupol

The southern Ukrainian city of Marioupol is at risk of a major cholera outbreak, with medical services likely to be on the verge of collapse, the British Defense Ministry said on Friday. The latter also states in its daily Twitter update that there was likely to be a critical shortage of drugs in Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine occupied by Russian forces that mentioned a draft referendum. Russia is struggling to provide basic public services to the people of the Moscow-occupied territories, the British Defense Ministry concludes.

Last month, Dorit Nitzan, WHO’s director of regional emergency situations in Europe, said Marioupol, controlled by pro-Russian forces after weeks of siege and heavy bombardment, was one of the occupied areas where there is a risk of cholera.

07:11: Volodymyr Zelensky talks about “heavy weapons” and enters the EU with Emmanuel Macron

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he spoke with Emmanuel Macron on Thursday about France’s military aid to Ukraine, including “ heavy weapons Said the French president, as well as Kiev’s candidacy to join the European Union.

In a tweet, Volodymyr Zelensky claimed to have informed Emmanuel Macron of ” the situation on the front In the face of Russian forces. « We discussed other military aid to Ukraine He adds before concluding: Particular attention was paid to the means of Ukraine’s accession to the EU ».

The French president assured his Ukrainian counterpart that “ France would remain mobilized to meet Ukraine’s needs, including heavy weapons ». This exchange takes place shortly after one wave of criticism from Kiev towards Parisfollowing a new call from Emmanuel Macron to ” do not humiliate Russia ». Emmanuel Macron, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency until July 1, is under pressure from Ukraine, which has been waiting for his visit since the start of the Russian offensive on February 24.

06:46: Belkis Wille (HRW): Russia does not abide by conventions in Chernivtsi

A man walks in the middle of the destroyed buildings in Chernivtsi on April 9, 2022.
A man walks in the middle of the destroyed buildings in Chernivtsi on April 9, 2022. REUTERS – ZOHRA BENSEMRA

The NGO Human Rights Watch publishes this Friday morning the report of an investigation she conducted in Chernivtsi, a city about 120 kilometers north of Kiev that had been surrounded by Russian forces during the month of March. After visiting the site in April, and working on the recovered equipment and satellite imagery, the NGO is able to confirm that Russia has violated existing conventions by killing civilians. Belkis Wille, one of the Human Rights Watch investigators who visited the scene, explains the findings of the report to the microphone of Romain Lemaresquier of the RFI Europe Service.

For this report, we investigated 8 specific attacks that Russia carried out in the city of Chernivtsi, killing at least 98 civilians and injuring more than 120 others. Four of these attacks were clearly illegal either because of the weapons used by Russian forces in the attacks, or because there were no military targets in the area at the time, as long as we have could determine it.

Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, Russian forces have repeatedly resorted to cluster munitions, which are intrinsically used indiscriminately in attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians and damaged homes, hospitals and schools, the Human Rights Watch report said. But Ukrainian forces are also pointing the finger at their positioning in the city.

In five of these attacks, we have identified Ukrainian forces on the ground in the middle of the city next to civilians, and that is one of the reasons why you have these civilian casualties. Thus, in this report, we document the violations and deaths caused by the Russian attacks, but we also report our concern about the Ukrainian forces, which are positioning themselves next to civilians and endangering them.

Belkis Wille, Senior Researcher in Human Rights Watch’s Crisis and Conflict Division

06:22: A growing gap in Europe over Russia

In an interview with the German press, Andrzej Duda has issued very virulent criticism of German and French leaders, accused of maintaining dialogue with Vladimir Putin. These scathing criticisms testify to the growing gap in Europe between supporters of Russia’s hardline, and those like France, Germany or Italy who refuse to cut bridges with Vladimir Putin.

If this is not the first time an Eastern European leader has criticized France and Germany for their attitude of being too complacent with Russia, the words used this time are particularly harsh: ” Did anyone talk to Adolf Hitler during World War II? The Polish president wonders. « Did anyone say Hitler had to save face? Andrzej Duda continues, of course, referring to Emmanuel Macron’s short sentence that Russia should not be humiliated. Daniel Vallotfrom the RFI International Service.

Within the EU, Poland and the Baltics are particularly upset against countries such as France, Germany and Italy, which are hoping for a ceasefire and negotiations, and want to continue talks with Vladimir. Putin. For these countries, to the end, in the phase on this subject with the United States and the United Kingdom, the war must end, that is, in their eyes, until the end. military defeat of Russia.

If they do not officially formulate it, it is the fall of Vladimir Putin that is desired. The strategic gap continues to widen, although for now European countries still agree on the main thing: sanctions against Russia and arms deliveries to Ukraine.

Also read: Arms deliveries to Ukraine: Moscow warns

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