The news of the day
This Thursday, the representatives of the 27 of theEU approved a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow including an oil embargo with exemptions but blacklisted the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The European Commission had proposed to include Patriarch Kirill on the list of persons sanctioned by a freeze on assets and a ban on entry into the EU. Hungary opposed it. Budapest had also blocked a total embargo on Russian oil.
The sentence of the day
“Ukraine has already become a de facto part of the European Union. »
The Ukrainian president addressed the Luxembourg parliament on Thursday. According to him, “Ukraine has already become a de facto part of the European Union.” “We are already cooperating at both bilateral and EU level on a scale corresponding to full membership. What better way to prove this than to protect each other? He said Volodymyr Zelensky.
The figure of the day
20%. Russian forces are currently controlling “about 20%” of Ukraine’s territory, or nearly 125,000 km2, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address to parliament on Thursday. Luxembourgish.
The trend of the day
Between 60 and 100 Ukrainian soldiers die every day in combat and some 500 more wounded, Volodymyr Zelensky told US media Newsmax in an interview published this Wednesday. “The situation in the east is really difficult,” he said. A sign that the vise is tightening around his men.
At the same time, for several weeks now, Kiev has been accusing Moscow of deporting Ukrainian people. According to Volodymyr Zelensky, Russia has deported “200,000 Ukrainian children” as part of its “consistent criminal policy of expelling our people.” These are “orphans.” And children with parents. And children separated from their families, ”the Ukrainian president said in a speech on social media.