DIRECT. War in Ukraine: Russia warns of ‘real’ danger of World War III

 DIRECT.  War in Ukraine: Russia warns of 'real' danger of World War III


Lavrov warns of ‘real’ danger of World War III

While announcing that Moscow would continue peace negotiations with kyiv, the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, accused Ukraine of “pretending” to discuss and warned of the “real” danger of a Third World War.


Russia accuses kyiv of bombing a village bordering Ukraine

The village of Jouravliovka “was the object of shooting (…). It is already clear that there are injured civilians. For the moment, there are two of them: a man injured in the hand and a woman who received a wound in the neck,” wrote Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the Russian region of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly accused Ukrainian forces of carrying out strikes on Russian soil, including on two villages in the Belgorod region and a village in the Bryansk region in mid-April.


Russia accuses Ukraine of preventing civilians from leaving Azovstal

“The Kyiv authorities have again cynically undermined this humanitarian operation,” assured the Russian Ministry of Defense, accusing the Ukrainian regime of “open indifference” towards the fate of its citizens. Russian forces had pledged earlier in the day to “unilaterally cease hostilities and ensure the departure” of civilians “in the direction of their choice”, according to a statement from the ministry released on Monday. But in the evening, the Russian army said that at 5 p.m. GMT, “still no one had used the proposed humanitarian corridor”.


Warsaw confirms having delivered tanks to Ukraine

“Yes, Poland has sent tanks to Ukraine but for security reasons we are not going to specify their number,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Twitter. According to Polish media, 40 T-72 tanks were delivered. Information that the government has not confirmed.


Ex-Chancellor Schröder under pressure to quit party

Pressure rose a notch on Monday among the German Social Democrats to exclude former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, after an interview in which he did not deny his links with Vladimir Putin despite the invasion of Ukraine.

“He earns his money working for Russian state enterprises,” lamented the current co-chair of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Saskia Esken. The former chancellor is chairman of the shareholders’ committee of Nord Stream AG, the controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany which does not have a license to operate, but also chairman of the supervisory board of Rosneft, the first Russian oil group. .


Biden and Macron spoke by phone

The President of the United States, who hailed the re-election of his French counterpart, took advantage of the phone call to discuss the war in Ukraine. “The pressure on Russia to advance the negotiations and the question of security guarantees” were at the heart of the discussions, according to the Elysée.


Grenade launcher attack on the Ministry of Public Security in Transnistria

Several explosions occurred Monday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Public Security in Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria, after a grenade launcher attack which did not cause injuries according to the local police of this separatist region of Moldova supported by Russia.

Bordering Ukraine, Transnistria seceded from Moldova after a brief civil war in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union.


kyiv and Paris discussed new sanctions

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister called his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, to salute the victory of Emmanuel Macron, and to discuss the war in Ukraine. “My French counterpart said that France’s support for Ukraine would be further strengthened,” welcomed Dmytro Kuleba, who also mentioned new discussions around sanctions against Russia in particular.


Putin says Russia’s economy is ‘stabilizing’

“Inflation has slowed down, weekly price growth has come closer to normal, and on a number of products prices have already started to fall,” Kremlin chief said during government meeting for questions economic after the sanctions that hit Russia.


London to supply anti-aircraft missile vehicles to Ukraine

The UK will supply Ukraine with a “small number” of Stormer anti-aircraft missile armored vehicles to the Ukrainians. “These Stormer vehicles will provide Ukrainian forces with day and night short-range anti-aircraft capabilities,” British Defense Minister Ben Wallace announced on Monday.


The war will affect the Asia-Pacific region according to Ursula von der Leyen

“The outcome of the war will not only determine the future of Europe, but it will also profoundly affect the Indo-Pacific region,” explained the President of the European Commission, on a visit to New Delhi. In particular, she raised the specter of a partnership between Beijing and Moscow to warn of the consequences of the war beyond Europe.


Joe Biden announces he will speak with Emmanuel Macron today

“I tried to reach him last night. I had his team, he was having a great time at the Eiffel Tower. And I’m going to talk to him today,” said the President of the United States, who said he was “looking forward to continuing our close cooperation, in particular to support Ukraine,” on Sunday.


Greenpeace blocks Russian tanker for several hours

Greenpeace activists finally arrested chained themselves for several hours on Monday to a Russian tanker in the Oslo Fjord. They wanted to prevent it from unloading its cargo of hydrocarbons “which are financing Putin’s war”. The tanker Ust Luga came from the Russian city whose name it bears, located near Saint Petersburg, according to the Marine Traffic website. .


Dart shells, a new weapon of war used in Boutcha?

According to witnesses, the Russian army would have used this type of weapon, potentially very deadly, in urban areas. These objects were found embedded in the heads and chests of the corpses, according to the Guardian, which had the photos of the darts reviewed by independent weapons experts.


The point on the 61st day of the offensive

The assaults continue on the strategic port of Mariupol, where the Ukrainian forces continue to resist as best they can. Meanwhile, kyiv continues to press for arms deliveries to deal with Russian attacks, as a fire broke out at a Russian fuel depot near the Ukrainian border. The point in our article.


Berlin is offended after the expulsion of 40 German diplomats from Russia

The expulsion by Russia of 40 German diplomats, in retaliation for a similar measure recently taken by Berlin, is “not justified”, reacted on Monday the German Minister of Foreign Affairs. “The 40 members of the Russian representations in Germany that we expelled three weeks ago did not work a single day in the service of diplomacy during their stay in Germany”, denounces in a press release Annalena Baerbock, assuring that the expelled German diplomats had them “absolutely nothing to worry about. to reproach “.


At the UN, Russia denies the war


At least five dead in Russian strikes on railway facilities

At least five people were killed and 18 others injured on Monday in Russian strikes on railway facilities in the Vinnytsia region of central-western Ukraine, the local prosecutor’s office said in a statement. Vinnytsia is an important node rail, both within Ukraine and for connections abroad. Most international trains crossing the country pass through this region.


Russia expels 40 German diplomats in retaliation

Russia announced on Monday the expulsion of 40 German diplomats, in retaliation for a similar measure taken recently by Germany. The German ambassador to Moscow, summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday, was given a note that “40 employees of German diplomatic missions in Russia have been declared persona non grata”, according to the Russian diplomat’s statement.


Ukraine “can win” the war against Russia, judges the Pentagon

Ukraine can, if it has the “right equipment”, “win” the war against Russia, the Pentagon chief said on Monday after returning from a visit to kyiv. “The first thing to win is to believe that you can win. And they (the Ukrainians) are convinced that they can win,” added Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defense.


The ICC prosecutor will participate in the European investigation into crimes committed in Ukraine

He will take part in the joint investigation team into the main alleged international crimes committed in Ukraine set up with the support of Eurojust on March 25 by Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.

“Every effort will be made to effectively gather evidence on the main international crimes committed in Ukraine and bring those responsible to justice”, according to Eurojust.


Bridget Brink, new American ambassador to Ukraine

Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a new US Ambassador to Ukraine. Bridget Brink, current ambassador to Slovakia, has “spent her 25-year career in the diplomatic corps, focused on advancing US policies in Europe and Eurasia,” the White House said in a statement.


Russia claims to have prevented the assassination of a star presenter

The Russian intelligence services (FSB) claimed to have arrested “members of a neo-Nazi group” who they said were planning to assassinate star presenter Vladimir Solovyov, the Kremlin’s chief propagandist, on orders from kyiv.

The FSB claimed that this “murder” plan was ordered by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU). According to the FSB, “the members of this group confessed to having prepared the assassination of Soloviev, after which they were to flee abroad”.


Russian airline group Aeroflot lost 20% of passengers in March

The first Russian airline group, Aeroflot, announces a 20.4% drop in the number of passengers transported in March compared to the same period in 2021, a fall largely due to Western sanctions in connection with Ukraine.

The drop reached 50% on international flights, and a drop of 15% on domestic flights.


“No agreement” for a humanitarian corridor from Azovstal, according to kyiv

There is “no agreement” for a humanitarian corridor from Azovstal, the besieged metallurgical complex of Mariupol, in the south-east of Ukraine, assures kyiv this Monday afternoon. “I officially and publicly declare that unfortunately there is no agreement on a humanitarian corridor from Azovstal today,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on Telegram.

A little earlier, Russia had announced its intention to cease hostilities during the day to allow the evacuation of civilians holed up with Ukrainian fighters.