France offers its services. On Friday, June 10, she said she was ready to help lift the blockade of the Ukrainian port of Odessa. unblock cereals that are causing a global food crisisas deadly fighting continued in southern and eastern Ukraine.
Franceinfo gives an update on this new day of war.
France offers to help unblock Odessa
“We are at the disposal of the parties to ensure that, in essence, an operation is put in place that would allow safe access to the port of Odessa, that is, to be able to pass boats despite the fact that that the sea is mined “, said an adviser to President Emmanuel Macron. These statements come as the French president received Senegalese President Macky Sall, the current president of the African Union, on Friday. The latter had called for a demining of the port of Odessa on Thursday, and said he had received assurances from Vladimir Putin that the Russians would not use it to attack, as the Ukrainians fear.
The Russian invasion launched on February 24 paralyzed Ukraine’s grain exports – a major player in the sector – and caused soaring grain and fertilizer prices, threatening a food crisis in many countries, especially in Africa and the Middle East. Orientals. The French president is due to visit Romania and Moldova on Tuesday and Wednesday, pending a visit to Ukraine, the date of which has not yet been set, according to the Elysee.
Ukrainian bombing of Kherson
On the ground, Ukrainian forces said on Friday that they had bombed Russian positions in the occupied Kherson region (south), which they feared a future annexation by Russia. For several days now, Ukrainians have been fighting in the region, almost all of which has been occupied by Russian troops since the first days of the Russian invasion on February 24.
The local authorities set up by Moscow are loudly calling for an annexation. One of the Russian negotiators of the conflict on June 1 mentioned the forthcoming holding of a referendum in the Occupied Territories on this issue, which could take place in July. A project described as“illegal” by Kiev, which recalls the referendum that Russia held in Crimea in 2014, before annexing the peninsula in a row.
Fighting is also raging in the Mykolaiv region of neighboring Odessa. “The Russians are targeting heavy artillery, whether in the city or in the villages.”Vitali Kim, the region’s governor, told AFP while welcoming the Russians’ retreat in recent days. “They won’t come back, we won’t let them come back”he assured.
The battle of Sievierodonetsk continues
In the Donbass, the battle for the key city of Sievierodonetsk and its twin Lyssytchansk continues, increasingly deadly. “Severodonetsk, Lyssytchansk, and other cities in the Donbass, which the occupiers now consider their targets, hold fast.”President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech on Thursday night.
But fighting continues in the city and bombings are ongoing, the region’s governor, Sergei Gaidai, said on Friday. Among other things, he pointed out that the Ice Palace, one of the city’s symbols, had been destroyed in a fire resulting from a Russian bombing. After saying three days ago that Moscow had set a goal to take the city by June 10, he welcomed the fact that they had not “not successful”on Telegram.
Taking Severodonetsk would open the way to another major Donbass city, Kramatorsk, in Moscow, an important step in conquering the entire Donbass Basin, a predominantly Russian-speaking region of eastern Ukraine, partly held by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.
The death sentence of three foreign fighters denounced by the Europeans and the UN
On Thursday, the authorities of the “republic” pro-Russian separatist from Donetsk, the death sentence for mercenary of two British and a Moroccan who fought on the Ukrainian side – Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Brahim Saadoun. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “dismayed” by this conviction, Downing Street said on Friday, saying it was working with Kiev on their release. “Clearly, they served in the Ukrainian armed forces and are prisoners of war.” not mercenaries, Johnson’s spokesman said.
Berlin also described as “shocking” this condemnation, while the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern. “Since 2015, we have observed that the so-called judicial system of these self-proclaimed republics does not meet the essential guarantees of a fair trial.”said a spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, from Geneva.