“Some villages and towns no longer exist” In Donbass, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said Wednesday, May 25, 2022. At the dawn of the 92nd day of the war in Ukraine, the Russian army continues to intensively bombard eastern Ukraine and every day gets a little closer to Severodonetsk.
If the Ukrainians resisted the attack with difficulty, the authorities demanded more heavy weapons from their Western partners, in particular mobile units capable of sending several missiles at once.
We take stock of the events that marked the last few hours.
Russian forces approaching Severodonetsk
Every day, Russian forces are approaching Severodonetsk, a city with a pre-war population of about 100,000, and capturing it is necessary to fully control the Donbass basin, a mining basin already partially occupied by pro-Russian separatists with the support of Moscow.
Russian forces ‘Too close to firing mortars’ In Severodonetsk, Sergio Gaedich, the governor of the region, was reassured on Wednesday
According to the city “It is simply destroyed.”. “The situation there is very difficult. Yesterday there was already fighting in the suburbs.” From Severodonetsk, Sergech Gaïdaï, who estimated that “Next week will be crucial.”
However, he said on Wednesday evening in the city “unenclosed”Contrary to what a pro-Russian separatist official said. He pointed out that about 15 thousand people are still there and in the neighboring villages, adding that the vast majority of them do not want to move despite the continuous bombing.
according to Institute for the Study of War, The intensity of the Russian artillery and air strikes, combined with the reinforcement of their forces on the ground, suggested that Russia could begin its attack on Severodonetsk before it cut off the Ukrainian land lines of communication.
Two dead and seven wounded in Karkhiv area
Ukrainian regional officials reported that two people were killed on Wednesday in Russian shelling on the frontline town of Balaklya in the Kharkiv region.
Natalia Popova, an advisor to the head of the Kharkiv Regional Council, added that seven people were also injured, including a child in critical condition.
Balakliya is found northwest of Izyum. Occupied by Russian forces, the city became a base camp for attacks further south in the Donetsk region.
In Davos, Ukraine calls for more heavy weapons
Ukraine’s foreign minister insisted in Davos on Wednesday in Davos that Ukraine urgently needs mobile units capable of sending several missiles simultaneously, to have equal weapons against Russia’s firepower.
“The battle for Donbass is very similar to the battles of World War II”, Dmytro Koleba told reporters. Russia is better equipped than Ukraine for a number of heavy weapons. But according to Dmytro Kuleba, the biggest flaw concerns launchers capable of sending several missiles simultaneously. Kyiv asked Washington this. “It really is the weapon we so desperately need.”The minister reassured.
“Countries that fail to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons must understand that they spend every day making decisions, weighing different arguments, people are being killed.”pointed out.
However, according to the German newspaper die zeitNATO members unofficially agreed not to supply aircraft and tanks to Ukraine, fearing that Russia would regard the delivery of this type of combat equipment as an entry into the war and retaliatory measures.
Zelensky is angry with the former US Secretary of State
In his daily video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected the idea of his country ceding territory to make peace with Russia, as Henry Kissinger, the former US Secretary of State, suggested at the Davos World Economic Forum.
Those who advise Ukraine to cede territory do not see the people “Those who actually live in the area they are offering trade in exchange for the illusion of peace” Zelensky explained.
“Whatever the Russian state does, there is always someone who says, ‘Let’s take its interests into account.'” Although thousands of Russian missiles fell on Ukraine. Despite the death of tens of thousands of Ukrainians. Although Boucha and Mariupol. Despite the devastated cities. And despite the “liquidation camps” set up by the Russian state, in which they kill, torture, rape and humiliate as if in a vicious circle” The Ukrainian president exclaimed, criticizing Henry Kissinger, who “He emerges from the deep past and declares that we must give a piece of Ukraine to Russia.”
Kyiv thanks Paris for treating “Ukrainian war-wounded”
Kyiv thanked France for hosting it “Ukrainian war wounded in its hospitals, especially in army hospitals”According to a press release published on Wednesday evening by the French Armed Forces Ministry.
During a telephone conversation with his new French counterpart Sebastien Licornu, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov “I thanked France for the care it provided to the Ukrainian war-wounded”according to this press release.
The first two Ukrainian soldiers were received at the military hospital in Bercy, in the Paris region, designated for France Press agency Cabinet of the French Minister.
The Ukrainian minister has He noted the important needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to be able to continue their efforts in the face of Russian attacks, while the conflict can continue.The statement added.
The Ukrainian army published the first photos of dozens of Caesar howitzers donated by France and now active against the Russian army, without specifying the place of mobilization. More than a dozen howitzers will be supplied to KYIV by the Netherlands and Germany.
The World Trade Organization calls for curbing export restrictions in the face of the food crisis
The Secretary-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has called for restrictions on food exports to be reduced, as the war in Ukraine has led to soaring prices and concerns about global food security. “Now we have 22 countries with 41 restrictions or bans on the export of foodstuffs”detailed by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala during a press conference during the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.
One of the latest countries to take this kind of measure is India, which has just announced a cap on its sugar exports from June 1, having already banned wheat exports. “We have 164 members, so now is not the time to panic.”Follow Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, but “Let’s limit it, because we don’t want it to escalate and lead to higher prices”-I cried.
The war in Ukraine has heightened concerns about global food security due to the blockade of ports on the Black Sea, which has prevented Ukraine, one of the world’s breadbaskets, from exporting its produce. “We are very concerned about the situation of grain in Ukraine”On Wednesday, the Secretary-General of the World Trade Organization commented. We need safe passages on the Black Sea. Harvest next month. »
Emmanuel Macron speaks with Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday
French President Emmanuel Macron meets, Thursday, at 11:30 am by phone with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who threatens to veto Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO, amid the Ukraine crisis.
Ankara warned, on Wednesday, that it will not accept the membership of Sweden and Finland without obtaining it“concrete measures” On their part regarding its security concerns, after receiving diplomatic delegations from these two countries.
Turkey opened a crisis within NATO, of which it is a member, by opposing the organization’s extension to these two countries that requested to join the alliance after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and had the support of the overwhelming majority of member states.
Turkey accuses northern countries, especially Sweden, which has a large community of Turkish exiles, of harboring Kurdish militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which it considers a terrorist organisation.