Night of war at a glance
Selenskyj: Putin predicts famine – Russians occupy the city of Zhevrodonetsk
05/31/2022 06:33 am
On the 97th day of the war the situation in eastern Ukraine was very difficult. “The maximum combat capability of the Russian army” is now assembled in the Donbass, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a night video message. On the same night, the European Union agreed to a compromise on the oil embargo. Sanctions against Russia and financial aid to Ukraine are yet to come. According to Ukrainian sources, Russian troops had already advanced into the eastern city of Zhivorodonetsk on Monday. The city has been the target of Russian attacks for months. This is considered to be the last point where the Ukrainian army is still in control of the Luhansk region. According to civil servants, Russian troops were fighting in the suburbs and suburbs of the city on Monday morning.
On February 24, Russia launched a war of aggression against its neighbors. Ukraine is currently expecting a major offensive against its security forces base in Donbass. Sloviansk-Gramadorsk is the largest metropolitan area under the control of Kiev. The High Command of the Armed Forces in the east of the country is also stationed here.
The European Union has agreed to compromise on the oil embargo
The European Union (EU) has agreed to a compromise on a planned oil embargo against Russia. EU Council President Charles Michel announced during a summit in Brussels last night that two-thirds of Russia’s oil supplies to the EU were said to be affected by the embargo. In addition, the Russian Sberbank financial communication network is to be excluded from Swift and three Russian TV channels are to be banned. The European Union (EU) has pledged up to nine billion euros in aid to Ukraine. This money is intended to cover running expenses such as pensions and hospital operations.
Zelenskyj: Putin guesses the confusion from the hunger crisis
According to Zelenskyy, 22 million tons of grain already stored in Ukraine for export will not be able to leave the country due to the siege of the Russian port. He warned that this could mean famine in countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Selenskiz sees this as the intention of Russian President Vladimir Putin to destabilize the West. Ukraine is one of the largest grain exporters in the world. Western politicians have accused Russia of speculating on the famine crisis and using it as a means of pressure, thus weakening Western sanctions. Moscow has denied the allegations.
Ukraine and Russia offer condolences to civilians killed
In eastern Ukraine, both sides of the war announced more civilian casualties. A Russian shelling in the Donetsk region has killed at least three people, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said in a telegram. One person was killed by Russian bombs in the Kharkiv region, according to the online newspaper Ukrajinska Pravda. According to the DOS agency, the Russian side spoke about two civilians killed in the Ukrainian attacks in the Donetsk region and two women killed in the Luhansk region. The information cannot be verified independently. The two self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine have been recognized as independent states by Moscow. Capturing them is one of Russia’s war objectives.
France investigates war crimes
Following the death of a French war correspondent in Ukraine, the Office of the Anti-Terrorism Attorney is investigating possible war crimes. According to the French news agency AFP, investigations have been launched into a deliberate attack on the life of a person protected by international law. Television reporter Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff died on Monday while on a humanitarian evacuation near Svizerodonetsk in eastern Ukraine. The 32-year-old reporter was attacked by pieces. This is his second mission to Ukraine since the beginning of the war.
It brings tomorrow
International investigators comment on the status of investigations into possible war crimes in The Hague on Tuesday (2:00 pm) in Ukraine. Shortly after the Russian invasion of the neighboring country began in February, Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania formed a joint investigative team, which joined the International Criminal Court a month later. The EU Special Summit continues in Brussels. Topics include the situation in Ukraine, security and efforts to strengthen energy and food security.
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