kyiv recognizes the capture of several localities by Russian forces in the East

kyiv recognizes the capture of several localities by Russian forces in the East

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3:24 p.m. : Hello @Leon Bulgaria and Poland are now supplied with gas “by their neighbors in the European Union”after Gazprom suspended Russian deliveries, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

3:23 p.m. : Hello Which EU countries will supply gas to Poland and Bulgaria following the Russian gas cut?

3:09 p.m. : “About 97% of contracts [entre des groupes de l’UE et les fournisseurs de gaz russe] provide for payment in euros or dollars (…). Companies with such contracts must not give in to Russia’s demand, it would be against sanctions” imposed by the Twenty-Seven, added Ursula von der Leyen.

3:06 p.m. : European companies agreeing to pay for Russian gas in rubles, as demanded by Moscow, violate EU sanctions and expose themselves to legal risk “raised”warned Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

2:03 p.m. : It is 2 p.m., here is a new point on the news:

• There is no “no insurmountable points” between La France insoumise and the Socialist Party in view of the legislative elections, announce the two parties after a meeting.

• During a trip to Cergy (Val-d’Oise), Emmanuel Macron affirmed that the Prime Minister he will appoint to replace Jean Castex will be “someone who is attached to the social question, to the environmental question and to the productive question”.

The Ukrainian army has recognized an advance of Russian forces in the east of the country, with the capture of several localities in the Kharkiv region and in the Donbass. Follow our live.

• The inhabitants of several towns in France have observed Difficulties accessing the internet since yesterday. The most affected operator, Free denounced on Twitter “multiple acts of malevolence” on cables.

1:33 p.m. : The suspension of Russian gas deliveries to Bulgaria and Poland, for not having paid in rubles as demanded by Moscow, is the consequence of unprecedented hostile acts against Russia, the Kremlin has affirmed.

1:26 p.m. : Here are three contents not to be missed today on franceinfo:

• In Nièvre, only emergency deliveries were possible between 11 and 19 April. The cause: a shortage of personnel, due to a general exhaustion. In the space of a few days, all the midwifery doctors were put on sick leave. Florence Morel went to meet them.

The mayor of kyiv had a statue symbolizing the friendship between Russia and Ukraine dismantled yesterday. For the inhabitants, it is a good decision taking into account the Russian offensive started two months ago. On-site reporting by Farida Nouar and Fabien Gosset.

In the middle of the trial of the attacks of November 13, Eagles of Death Metal band was back in Paris last night, this time at the Olympia. Six years later, the atmosphere was much more festive but still charged with emotion. Gaëlle Joly’s report can be found here.

12:04 : It is noon, we take stock:

• Emmanuel Macron arrived in Cergy (Val-d’Oise) to meet residents, traders and young entrepreneurs, according to the Elysée. This is his first trip since his re-election. Follow our live.

• La France insoumise and the Socialist Party have been meeting for two hours to discuss a possible agreement on a programmatic platform for the legislative elections. LFI is already in discussion with Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, the Communist Party and the New Anti-Capitalist Party to form the People’s Union.

• France supports Moldova against “at the risk of destabilization”, said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, after a series of explosions in the pro-Russian separatist region of Transdniestria, neighboring war-torn Ukraine. Follow our live.

• The national tribute to Michel Bouquet, who died on April 13 at the age of 96, will begin at 4 p.m., announced the Elysée. It will take place in the main courtyard of the Hôtel National des Invalides. Emmanuel Macron will preside over the ceremony.

12:04 : France supports Moldova against “at the risk of destabilization”said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, after a series of explosions in the pro-Russian separatist region of Transdniestria, neighboring war-torn Ukraine.

12:02 : The ferry Mediterranean, in Marseille, is the largest reception center for Ukrainian refugees in France: it accommodates 700 people. Our colleagues from France Bleu Provence came on board. (NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP)

10:50 a.m. : “We are confident that we will win.”

The Ukrainian ambassador to France, Vadym Omelchenko, assures in an interview with Nice morning (paid item) that the Ukrainians have “already won the first phase” of the war.

10:50 a.m. : Authorities in the pro-Russian separatist republic of Transnistria, in Moldova, announce that a village bordering Ukraine hosting a major Russian army ammunition depot has come under fire after being overflown by drones.

10:12 a.m. : Ukraine accuses Russia of wanting “destabilize” the pro-Russian separatist Moldavian territory of Transnistria, bordering Ukraine, believing that it should soon receive help from Russian soldiers. Moldova, which met its Security Council yesterday, called for “calm” and announced measures to strengthen security.

09:54 : The Russian army claims to have destroyed a “large quantity” weapons delivered to kyiv by the United States and European countries, during a missile strike in southeastern Ukraine.

09:38 : Hello @Helen and ! Among the EU countries, only Hungary said at the beginning of April that it was ready to pay for Russian gas in rubles, after Vladimir Putin’s announcement of the change in payment method. But I don’t know if Viktor Orban kept his word. Why then only sanction these two countries? We can assume that this allows Vladimir Putin to carry out his threat, without however depriving himself of the financial windfall represented by gas deliveries, Poland and Bulgaria being lower consumers than Germany or Italy example.

09:23 : good morning. Small question on the stoppage of Russian gas deliveries to Poland, which refuses to pay in roubles. Does this mean that other countries have agreed to pay in rubles?

09:23 : Have EU countries agreed to pay for Russian gas in roubles?

09:22 : The Ukrainian army announces that the Russian forces have taken several localities in the Kharkiv region and in the Donbass, in the east of the country, such as Zavody, Zaritchne, Novotochkivské… The conquest of this territory, part of which is in the hands of pro-Russian separatists since 2014, is now Moscow’s priority objective.

09:23 : It is 9 a.m., we take stock:

• La France insoumise and the Socialist Party meet at 10 am to discuss a possible agreement on a programmatic platform for the legislative elections. LFI is already in discussion with Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, the Communist Party and the New Anti-Capitalist Party to form the People’s Union. Follow our live.

• Emmanuel Macron will go at the end of the morning to a popular district of Cergy (Val-d’Oise) to meet residents, traders and young entrepreneurs, according to the Elysée. This is his first trip since his re-election. Objective: to illustrate one’s will “to go into the field, in contact with French women and men”.

• The United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution requiring the five permanent members of the Security Council to justify their use of the veto. A rare reform that was revived by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Follow our live.

• The national tribute to Michel Bouquet, who died on April 13 at the age of 96, will begin at 4 p.m., announced the Elysée. It will take place in the main courtyard of the Hôtel National des Invalides. Emmanuel Macron will preside over the ceremony.

08:28 : A symbolic image. Kyiv City Hall yesterday demolished a Soviet-era historical monument celebrating the friendship between Ukraine and Russia, following Moscow’s invasion of the country two months ago.

(ANDRE LUIS ALVES / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

07:24 : It will now be a question of justifying oneself. The United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution requiring the five permanent members of the Security Council to justify their use of the veto. A rare reform that was revived by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The UN General Assembly in New York (United States), November 3, 2021. (BRYAN R. SMITH / AFP)(BRYAN R. SMITH / AFP)

07:24 : Here is a first summary of the news:

• La France insoumise and the Socialist Party meet at 10 am to discuss a possible agreement on a programmatic platform for the legislative elections. LFI is already in discussion with Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, the Communist Party and the New Anti-Capitalist Party to form the People’s Union.

• On the right, Les Républicains have opted for an independent parliamentary group, with no possible dual membership. This position was voted unanimously in the strategic committee yesterday, with the exception of two abstentions: Damien Abad and Philippe Juvin.

• The Polish and Bulgarian authorities have been informed by the Russian gas group Gazprom of its intention to stop delivering gas to the two countries, despite the contracts binding them. We summarize yesterday’s day of war between Ukraine and Russia.

• The national tribute to Michel Bouquet, who died on April 13 at the age of 96, will begin at 4 p.m., announced the Elysée. It will take place in the main courtyard of the Hôtel National des Invalides. Emmanuel Macron will preside over the ceremony.