An American journalist imprisoned in Russia, on the 401st day of the conflict

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He is accused of espionage. The Russian security services (FSB) announced on Thursday the arrest for espionage of the correspondent of the American newspaper wall street journal, Evan Gershkovich. “The FSB foiled the illegal activity of the accredited correspondent (…) of the Moscow office of the American newspaper wall street journalcitizen of the United States, Evan Gershkovich,” the FSB said in a statement quoted by Russian agencies, stating that the journalist was suspected of “espionage” for the benefit of Washington.

The 31-year-old man, who denies the charges against him, has been remanded in custody by a Russian court for two months. His incarceration could perhaps be extended for a possible trial. For the time being, Russian diplomacy considers the possibility of an exchange of prisoners premature, while Washington says it is “extremely concerned” by the situation.

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The Russian war against Ukraine has caused so much unimaginable pain to so many innocent people”

These are the words of Charles III, on a state visit to Germany. The United Kingdom and Germany stand “side by side to protect and advance (their) shared democratic values”, also declared the British sovereign, who believes that this conflict “threatens the security of Europe”.

“Germany and the United Kingdom are today, also on the military level, the two greatest supporters of Ukraine in Europe,” replied the President of the German Republic, referring to a Russian invasion which revived “the memories of the worst moments” in the history of Europe.

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2. Like the number of complaints that TotalEnergies has to deal with. Two associations filed a new complaint on Wednesday to try to obtain the appointment of an investigating judge to investigate the French company, accused of complicity in Russian war crimes in Ukraine, AFP learned Thursday from a source close to the case.

A first complaint had been dismissed in January by the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office (Pnat). Accused of having indirectly contributed to the Russian war effort by continuing to exploit a deposit after the start of the war in Ukraine, which would have made it possible to manufacture fuel used by planes in Moscow, the oil group denounced to AFP of the “outrageous”, “defamatory” and “unfounded” attacks.

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Ukraine now controls only a third of the city of Bakhmout, the scene of violent and particularly deadly fighting for months in the East, said Thursday an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Serguiy Lechtchenko. However, he denied that the city is surrounded by Russian forces, as a pro-Russian official in the East recently claimed.

The boss of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, Yevgeny Prigojine, said on March 20 that his men, on the front line in this battle, controlled “about 70%” of Bakhmout. This information had not previously been confirmed by the Ukrainian authorities.

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