Belarus calls for a truce in Ukraine, on the 402nd day of the conflict

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After the Cold War, Moscow opted for “hybrid warfare”. The Kremlin has adopted a new foreign policy doctrine that designates the West as an “existential threat”. The adoption of this new strategy fixes the deep rift that has existed between Russia and Western countries since the beginning of the assault on Ukraine, which led NATO to consolidate and Moscow to turn to China.

During a meeting of his National Security Council, President Vladimir Putin justified these changes by the “upheavals on the international scene” which oblige Russia to “adapt its strategic planning documents”.

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We must stop now, before the escalation begins. I take the risk of suggesting a cessation of hostilities”

These are the words of Alexander Lukashenko. The Belarusian leader, a staunch ally of Moscow, considers that it is possible to settle the conflict by bringing the protagonists together at the negotiating table. But his call for a truce was not heard by the Kremlin, which said Friday morning to continue its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

In addition, the Belarusian autocrat has said he is ready to welcome Russian “strategic” nuclear weapons on his territory, in addition to the “tactical” weapons that Moscow is already preparing to send to its ally.

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1. Ukrainians are celebrating the first anniversary of the liberation of Boutcha, a martyred city that has become a symbol of “the atrocities” attributed to Moscow troops. On this occasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky swore to defeat “Russian evil”.

On March 31, 2022, the Russian army withdrew from the kyiv region, a month after launching the invasion of the country on the orders of President Vladimir Putin. Two days after the withdrawal, the massacre was known.

AFP journalists discovered in Boutcha on April 2, 2022 charred carcasses of vehicles, destroyed houses and above all, scattered over several hundred meters, the corpses of twenty men in civilian clothes, one of whom had his hands tied in the back.

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The reintegration of Russian fencers into international competitions promises to be delicate. To protest against the decision taken by the IOC on March 10, the French Fencing Federation decided on Friday to give up organizing the stage of the Epee World Cup which was scheduled for Saint-Maur-des-Fossés ( Val-de-Marne) from May 19 to 21, counting for qualification for the Paris-2024 Olympic Games.

On the tennis side, Wimbledon has decided to open its doors to Russians and Belarusians, deprived of a tournament last year. The decision of the organizers of the prestigious English tournament angered Ukraine. Kyiv on Friday urged the British government not to issue visas to Russian and Belarusian tennis players. “Wimbledon’s decision to allow Russian and Belarusian players to participate is immoral. Has Russia ended its aggression or its atrocities? “, launched on Twitter the head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba.

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