Did you miss the latest events on the tensions in Ukraine? Do not panic, 20 minutes takes stock for you every evening at 7:30 p.m. Who did what ? Who said what? Where are we ? The answer below:
news of the day
Green light. The European Commission has indicated that it is in favor of Ukraine and Moldova becoming official candidates to join the EU. The granting of the status now only depends on an agreement of the 27 on the weekend of June 23 to 24. Volodymyr Zelensky hailed “a historic decision”, while Moldovan President Maia Sandu spoke of an “important moment” bringing “hope”. Georgia, on the other hand, will have to wait a bit, but Brussels recommends “offering the prospect of becoming a member of the European Union” to the Caucasus country.
sentence of the day
Russia has already lost strategically.
A conclusion signed by the Chief of the British Armed Forces Tony Radakin. The admiral also claimed that Moscow “will never take control of Ukraine”, even if the Russian army “may have tactical successes in the coming weeks”. But “President Putin used 25% of the power of his army to make tiny territorial gains,” said the Briton.
The number of the day
1.956. This is the number of foreign fighters that the Russian army estimates to have killed during the fighting since the start of the “special operation” in Ukraine. “Our lists, as of June 17, include mercenaries and weapons specialists from a total of 64 countries. Since the start of the special military operation, 6,956 have arrived in Ukraine, 1,956 have already been eliminated, 1,779 have left,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The trend of the day
Kyiv, the place to be ? Twenty-four hours behind his European counterparts, Boris Johnson visited the Ukrainian capital on Friday. A second surprise visit, after the one in mid-April, to support Volodymyr Zelensky. “Many days of war have proven it: Britain’s support for Ukraine is firm and resolute”, welcomed the Ukrainian president, stressing that the English Prime Minister was “a great friend of our country “.
Boris Johnson for his part sent “a clear and simple message to the Ukrainian people: the United Kingdom is with you, and we will be with you until you finally win”. He also “offered to launch a major training program for Ukrainian forces, which could train up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days”.