Possible Macron visit to kyiv and humanitarian corridor in Severodonetsk

Possible Macron visit to kyiv and humanitarian corridor in Severodonetsk

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news of the day

Go or not go? The French president is getting closer to kyiv but is keeping the suspense on a possible visit. Emmanuel Macron went to Romania on Tuesday to greet the 500 French soldiers who have been deployed on a NATO base since the invasion of Ukraine. He must then go to Moldova and could also make a trip to kyiv.

Highly anticipated for weeks, his visit to Ukraine could soon take place in the company of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi according to media in Berlin and Rome. Information not confirmed by the Elysée, which specifies that “nothing has been acted” at this stage.

sentence of the day

“What we see is the brutality and ferocity with which this war is being fought by the troops, usually mercenaries, used by the Russians. »

Pope Francis castigated the “ferocity” of Russian troops in the face of a “courageous” Ukrainian people, while affirming that the war “could have been provoked”, in an interview published on Tuesday by the Italian magazine La Civilta Cattolica.

The number of the day

49. This is the number of British citizens, journalists and representatives of the Defense sector, affected by a ban on entering Russian territory on Tuesday. These people, including journalists and officials from the BBC, the newspaper The Guardian or the Sky News channel, “are no longer allowed to enter the Russian Federation”, declared the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The trend of the day

A ray of hope for Severodonetsk, ravaged by fighting. Moscow announced on Tuesday the establishment on Wednesday of a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation to a locality under Russian control of civilians in the Azot factory. “A humanitarian corridor will be opened in a northerly direction (to the city of Svatove) on June 15” from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Russian ministry has called on Ukrainians to raise the white flag to signal their acceptance of the proposal and to end “absurd resistance”, which now seems to be concentrated in the vast Azot chemical plant, emblematic of this industrial city in the east. from Ukraine.

According to the head of the administration of Severodonetsk, Oleksandr Striouk, “540 to 560 people” have taken refuge in the underground passages of the factory, a situation reminiscent of that of the Azovstal steelworks, which was for weeks during the last pocket of resistance Ukrainian port of Mariupol, on the Sea of ​​Azov.


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