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news of the day
The pro-Russian administration of Kherson, a city located in the north of Crimea and essential for supplying the peninsula with water, has indicated that it wants to ask Vladimir Putin for annexation. “There will be a demand [adressée au président russe] to integrate the Kherson region as a full-fledged subject of the Russian Federation,” Kirill Stremoussov, deputy head of the military-civilian administration of Kherson, who was installed by the Russian army after the takeover, told Russian agencies. the city.
“The whole legal basis (…) will be ready before the end of the year,” he said, adding that since the international community had not recognized the 2014 referendum on Crimea’s annexation to Russia , the Kherson region will not hold a poll. An annexation would be symbolically important, as Russia’s territorial gains have been limited since the start of the invasion. But to underline the legitimacy of its military action, aimed at “liberating” Ukraine from a “neo-Nazi” government, the Kremlin estimated through its spokesman Dmitry Peskov that only the inhabitants of Kherson could request this annexation. .
sentence of the day
Ukraine will have to prepare now to struggle for a hundred years against the consequences of this war. »
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz drew a parallel between World War II and the war in Ukraine, predicting dire long-term consequences. “Those who live in Germany know that the bombs that fell during the Second World War are still being discovered today and that the bomb threats continue,” he recalled.
In Berlin, the reconstruction of Ukraine is at the center of discussions. Finance Minister Christian Lindner has thus indicated that he is “open to a discussion at the international level concerning the confiscation of capital from the Russian Central Bank” for these purposes.
The number of the day
$40 billion. This is the amount of the envelope voted by the American House of Representatives to support Ukraine. The text, which must also be adopted by the Senate, includes both an economic and humanitarian component, but also arms and ammunition.
The trend of the day
Despite “dozens of strikes”, “every hour”, according to Petro Andriouchchenko, deputy mayor of Mariupol, Azovstal holds firm. The situation of the last entrenched soldiers is however terribly precarious. Supporting photos, the sister of a member of the Azov battalion indicated that the Ukrainian forces had “no more instruments to carry out surgical interventions”, and that many wounded had therefore had to be amputated. Soldiers’ wives also met the pope, and asked him for help.
In Europe, energy independence from Russia is taking shape. Berlin announced a 25% drop in “volumes of gas transported to Germany via Ukraine” through the Megal gas pipeline. However, “these volumes are currently offset by larger flows, particularly from Norway and the Netherlands”. More promisingly, Romanian senators have paved the way for gas extraction in the Black Sea, which could make Romania a self-sufficient country, even an exporter. Currently, Romania is 20% dependent on Russian gas in winter.