On the 100th day of the invasion of Ukraine, Zelensky says he is sure of his victory

The war in Ukraine enters its 100th day on Friday. Fighting intensified in the eastern Donbass region and around its strategic city of Severodonetsk. Carry on with our lives.

  • 5:16 pm: French fighter killed in Ukraine

Quai d’Orsay confirms the death of a French man who went to fight in Ukraine as a volunteer, and advises against going there.

  • 5:02 pm: Russia bans an additional 41 Canadians from entering its territory

Russia has banned 41 additional Canadians from entering its territory, in response to the sanctions announced by Ottawa against the Russians to punish Moscow for its attack in Ukraine.

The action, which concerns “leaders of organizations supporting ultra-nationalist forces in Ukraine as well as senior military officials” was taken in response to new anti-Russian sanctions announced by Ottawa on May 8 on the leadership of the Russian Defense Ministry, and military leaders. and representatives of the business community.

  • 3:30 p.m.: Africa ‘victim’ of Ukraine conflict, Macky Sall tells Putin

Senegalese President and African Union Chairman Macky Sall traveled to the southern Russian city of Sochi on Friday, urging Vladimir Putin to “realize” that African countries are “victims” of the conflict, amid fears of a global food crisis.

At the beginning of their meeting, he said, “I came to see you to ask you to realize that our country (…) is victims of this economic crisis,” calling also for the food sector to be “outside the imposed sanctions.” by the West in retaliation for the Russian military attack.

  • 3:13 pm: EU bans most Russian oil within six months as sixth round of sanctions goes into effect

The European Union has banned most Russian oil imports with a ban within six months, in its sixth sanctions package against Moscow to dry up funding for the war against Ukraine, after arduous negotiations due to pressure from Hungary.

It is also expanding its blacklist to include about sixty personalities, including former Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva, according to the sanctions published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The media targeted him for his role in the Kremlin’s “propaganda”, lending him a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which the latter denied.

  • 2:35 pm: Intense negotiations at the United Nations to reopen the Black Sea ports

The United Nations Coordinator in Ukraine confirmed that the United Nations is conducting intense and secret negotiations to release tens of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain and prevent a global food crisis, expressing very cautious optimism.

These negotiations are led in particular by Britain’s Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Costa Rica’s Rebecca Greenspan, President of UNCTAD, the UN body responsible for trade and development, Amin Awad revealed, to reporters in Geneva, during a regular online press conference. The United Nations has so far been very silent about these efforts.

“There are a lot of shuttling between Moscow and other countries that are concerned, but I don’t think there is a solution that is showing very clearly at the moment,” he said.

  • 1:35 pm: Macron ordered to go to Ukraine

British, Canadian, Portuguese prime ministers, the chief of American diplomacy, the Polish president, the heads of the Baltic states … all visited Ukraine, but not Emmanuel Macron, the head of the European Union, who, despite pressure, says he just wants to go “at the right time”.

The French head of state was still being questioned on the matter on Tuesday. His reaction was: “I’ve always had the same answer.” “At the right time, and under the right circumstances, I will make this journey.”

  • 1:14 pm: Macky Sall asks Putin to “realize” that African countries are “victims” of the conflict

The Kremlin said during a meeting in Sochi (Russia) that Russian President Vladimir Putin will present to his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall, during a meeting in Sochi (Russia), a “full explanation of his vision on the grain” banned in Ukrainian ports.

For his part, Macky Sall asked Vladimir Putin to “realize” that African countries are “victims” of the conflict.

  • 12:49 pm: Moscow claims to have achieved “certain results” in 100 days

The Kremlin considered achieving “some” of its goals 100 days after the attack on Ukraine, considering that “many sites” had been “liberated”, allowing the population to return to a “peaceful life”. “This work will continue until all the goals of the special military operation are achieved,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

  • 12:27 pm: The former anti-war prime minister of Putin announces his denial

Mikhail Kasyanov, the first prime minister of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has since gone into opposition, declared that he was abroad, when he spoke out against the conflict in Ukraine. “I hope it will be for a short time,” he wrote to AFP in a letter confirming the information received from Russian media.

  • 12:08 pm: “Victory will be ours”, confirms Volodymyr Zelensky

“Victory will be ours,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a short 36-second video, filming himself in front of the Presidential Administration Building in Kyiv alongside his Prime Minister, Denis Shmygal, and current party leader David Arakhamia, confirmed on Instagram. And to continue, “representatives of the state are here, defending Ukraine for a hundred days.”

  • 11:49 am: Moscow summons US press officials to Russia

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the heads of all US media offices in Russia were invited to report to the Russian Foreign Ministry’s press center on Monday.

According to the latter, they will then be informed of the “consequences of the hostile behavior of the United States.” “If the work of the Russian media does not return to normal in the United States, the most drastic measures will inevitably be taken,” she threatened.

  • 11:41 am: Ukraine is ‘progressing’ towards the ‘European family’, according to its prime minister

Ukraine is “advancing” towards the “European family”, while Russia is “closer to life behind the” Iron Curtain”, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Chmygal asserted in a message on Telegram.

He said Russia was “close to life behind the Iron Curtain and isolated from the developed world”. Our destiny is only freedom, he said, noting that “Ukraine will undoubtedly win” the war against its Russian neighbour.

  • 10:27 am: UN says war in Ukraine ‘will have no winner’

Amin Awad, the UN coordinator for Ukraine, said in a statement published at 100e The day of the Russian invasion. “We need peace. The war must end,” he urged, as negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow stalled for several weeks.

  • 9:50 am: Ukrainian forces are in difficulty in Donbass.

Severodonetsk, the administrative capital of the region, is “80% occupied” by Russian troops, and fighting is raging in the streets, according to the governor of the Luhansk region, Sergoic Godich, as explained by our Ukraine correspondent, Gulliver Kragh.

  • 8:30 a.m.: ‘You must prepare for a war of attrition’

While Russian forces currently control “about 20%” of Ukrainian territory, approximately 125,000 km2According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, the troops are having difficulty facing the Russian army that was stationed in the Donbass.

  • 7:09 am: Foreign soldiers come to help Ukraine

Many foreign volunteers went to fight in Ukraine. At the beginning of the Russian invasion, Kyiv issued a public appeal. If it is difficult to assess their true number, these volunteers are on the front lines. France 24 met a group of fighters in the east of the country.

Among the 30 foreign fighters on the front line in Ukraine, France 24 met two Canadians and an American.  All of them have a military background.
Among the 30 foreign fighters on the front line in Ukraine, France 24 met two Canadians and an American. All of them have a military background. © France 24

  • 7:05 am: Drug shortages are rampant in Russia

Some drugs began to run out in Russian pharmacies.
Some drugs began to run out in Russian pharmacies. © Elena Voloshin, France 24

  • 7 a.m.: Low risk of fuel shortages this summer

If the International Energy Agency (IEA) raises the risk of a “shortage” in Europe, French specialists like the government are reassuring about the supply this summer.

“When the holiday season begins in Europe and the United States, the demand for fuel will increase. Then there may be shortages: for example in diesel, gasoline or kerosene, especially in Europe,” Spiegel told the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency. (International Energy Agency), Fatih Birol.

  • 6:45 am: Belgrade strengthens ties with Moscow through gas

As Europeans try to isolate Russia and somehow wean themselves off fossil fuels, Serbia is cementing its ties with Moscow through a Russian gas deal.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced after a phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Sunday that the Balkan country had obtained a “very favorable” agreement to supply Russian gas for a period of three years.

Serbia has been a candidate to join the European Union for ten years, but maintains close ties with the Kremlin. If Belgrade at the United Nations condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the end of February, it refuses to join the sanctions imposed on Moscow.

  • 6:30 a.m.: Confit enters Ukraine for its 100th day

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reached its 100th day on Friday, an offensive that allowed Moscow to seize 20% of Ukrainian territory, focused on the Donbass region (east) and its strategic city of Severodonetsk.

“We have had some success in the battle of Severodonetsk. But it is still too early. This is the most difficult region at the moment,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday evening, referring to a similar situation in the surrounding region, particularly in Lysichanssk and in Bakhmut. Regarding the Donbass region as a whole, he noted that the situation “has not changed significantly during the day.”

with AFP

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