more than 150 cultural sites have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the conflict, according to Unesco

more than 150 cultural sites have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the conflict, according to Unesco

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10:52 : Aiden Aslin, a British fighter sentenced to death in the Donbass, was able to contact his family yesterday, according to media across the Channel. The leader of the separatist republic recently claimed that the Briton and two other fighters sentenced to death had still not appealed their sentences, while they have two weeks left to do so. If the judgment is upheld, he will go before the firing squad.

10:33 am : Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama for his part advised Ukrainians not to “no illusions” on the candidate status granted by the European Union. “North Macedonia has been a candidate for 17 years, if I haven’t lost count, and Albania for eight years, so welcome to Ukraine”he quipped when he arrived in Brussels for a meeting with EU leaders.

10:27 : “This European Council is a historic moment on the geopolitical level. A choice must be made today which will engage the future of the European Union, our stability, our security, our prosperity.”

The President of the European Council spoke before the start of the summit organized in Brussels. On the menu: the decision to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova.

10:15 a.m. : The battle against the flames lasted 108 hours. Firefighters managed to put out a fire in an oil depot near Novomoskovsk, announced the military governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Valentin Reznichenko. Three people died and 14 were injured in the attack, attributed to Russian forces by local authorities.

(UKRAINIAN EMERGENCY MINISTRY)

10:16 a.m. : Ukraine continues its efforts to try to retake Serpents’ Island, taken by Russian forces at the start of the invasion. For the second time in three days, the Southern Military Command claims to have destroyed Pantsir air defense missiles. This information cannot be independently confirmed.

(GOOGLE EARTH)

09:34 : “According to the verifications carried out by its experts, 152 cultural sites have been partially or totally destroyed due to the fighting, including 70 religious buildings, 30 historical buildings, 18 cultural centers, 15 monuments, 12 museums and 7 libraries”said Unesco in a press release (in English).

09:32 : More than 150 cultural sites have been partially or totally destroyed in nearly four months of war in Ukraine, announced this morning the United Nations Organization for Science, Education and Culture (Unesco).

09:16 : Here is the update on the news:

• Emmanuel Macron did not launch “of ultimatum” to the opposition by asking them to clearly establish their intentions vis-à-vis the majority, underlines this morning Olivia Grégoire on franceinfo. “When he returns from the European Council, in 48 hours, we will begin to build, this is the beginning of the journey, it is not the end,” she insisted. Follow our live.

• Part of Ukraine’s destiny is being played out today in Brussels. The Twenty-Seven are considering this Thursday its candidacy for membership of the European Union, a highly symbolic milestone nearly four months after its invasion by the Russian army.

• Twenty-five departments of a large north-eastern quarter of France are placed in orange vigilance due to the risk of storms, announces Météo France. The phenomenon should begin in the afternoon.

07:55 : Their lives also changed at dawn on February 24. Nicolas, Franck, Fred, Franck-Olivier and Ernesto have chosen to help the Ukrainians go to war. While most have returned to France, others have no plans to surrender any time soon.

With Pierre-Louis Caron, we asked them to tell us about their daily life punctuated by bombings, stress, and the fear of dying.

(ASTRID AMADIEU / FRANCEINFO)

06:03 : We continue with the first point on the news of the day:

In a televised address, Emmanuel Macron took note last night of the fractures born of the results of the legislative elections. The Head of State took the opportunity to throw the ball back to the opposition parties, asked to say “how far they are willing to go” to cooperate.

• Part of Ukraine’s destiny is being played out today in Brussels. The Twenty-Seven are considering this Thursday its candidacy for membership of the European Union, a highly symbolic milestone nearly four months after its invasion by the Russian army.

Violent hailstorms have caused major material damage since Tuesday in several departments of the center-east, where firefighters have intervened hundreds of times.

Zinédine Zidane, who is celebrating her 50th birthday today, has “want to come full circle with the France team” by becoming “one day” coach, he said this morning in an interview with The Team.