Russia will cut its daily gas deliveries via the Nord Stream pipeline by more than 40%, Gazprom announced on Tuesday. On the military ground, the key city of Severodonetsk is under the fire of the bombardments, which target the bridges and its main communication routes. Follow our live.
5:04 p.m .: Russia prohibits its territory from 49 Britons including journalists
Russia announced that it was banning entry into its territory to 49 British citizens, journalists and representatives of the defense sector, sanctions adopted in connection with the conflict in Ukraine.
These people, including journalists and officials from the BBC, the Guardian newspaper and the Sky News channel, “are no longer authorized to enter the Russian Federation”, declared the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. statement, accusing them of “spreading false information” about the conflict in Ukraine.
1:33 p.m.: Moscow announces humanitarian corridor tomorrow for civilians at Severodonetsk Azot plant
“A humanitarian corridor will be opened towards the north [jusqu’à la ville de Svatove] June 15” from 5 a.m. GMT to 5 p.m. GMT, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. “The safe evacuation of all civilians, without exception, (…) is guaranteed” , he assured.
Severodonetsk, a key city in the Donbass fought over by Russians and Ukrainians in a particularly destructive battle, with incessant bombing and street fighting.
12:59 p.m .: Russia cuts daily gas deliveries via Nord Stream by 40%, says Gazprom
The Russian giant Gazprom announced on Tuesday that it was cutting its daily gas delivery capacity to Germany by more than 40% via the Nord Stream gas pipeline, the necessary equipment not having been delivered by the German group Siemens.
“Gas deliveries via the Nord Stream pipeline can only be guaranteed up to a volume of 100 million cubic meters of gas per day instead of the planned 167 million cubic meters per day,” the group said in a statement. posted on Telegram messaging.
Due, among other things, to the lack of Siemens compressors, “only three gas compression units can currently be used” at the “Portovaya” compressor station, near the city of Vyborg in the Leningrad region (north -western Russia), where Nord Stream is filled.
12:30 p.m .: London has not asked for Russian help for its nationals on death row, Kremlin claims
The British authorities “did not speak” to Russia, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, assuring that the Russian side “would be ready to listen”, but that London should also speak to the separatist authorities.
The Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner and the Moroccan Brahim Saadoun, taken prisoner in Ukraine, where they were fighting for kyiv, were sentenced to death on June 9 for mercenarism by the justice of the separatist authorities in Donetsk.
According to the families of the British, the two men settled in the country since 2018 and in a relationship with Ukrainian women had served in the Ukrainian army for several years and were therefore not mercenaries.
11:23 a.m .: “We must give a positive signal” to Ukraine’s candidacy for the EU, says Clément Beaune
The French minister in charge of Europe estimated on Tuesday that the EU should be open to Ukraine’s request for candidacy, a few days before the opinion that the European Commission must give on the question.
“We must give a positive signal as soon as possible,” said Clément Beaune. “Afterwards, launching an accession process, I say it very honestly, it takes time. First of all, it’s a country at war, the urgency is to stop the war, to rebuild the Ukraine, and then to have it join under good conditions, and for the EU, and for Ukraine”, he underlined.
11:07 am: Faced with Moscow’s gas “blackmail”, the EU turns to Israel
“The Kremlin has used our dependence on Russian fossil fuels to blackmail us,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a speech at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev in the south. of Israel.
“Since the beginning of the war [en Ukraine]Russia deliberately cut off its gas supplies to Poland, Bulgaria and Finland, to Dutch and Danish companies in retaliation for our support for Ukraine,” she said.
“For example, we are currently exploring ways to strengthen our energy cooperation with Israel,” she added, citing a project for an undersea electric cable linking the Jewish state, Cyprus and Greece and a “pipeline” in Eastern Mediterranean.
9:46 am: a new bridge destroyed in Severodonetsk, the Ukrainians deny an encirclement
“Massive shelling destroyed a third bridge, but the city is not isolated. There are communication routes, although they are quite complicated,” city administration chief Oleksandre Striouk told TV. Ukrainian.
“Russian troops are not giving up their attempts to take the city, but the military is holding out,” he added. However, he stressed that “street fighting is ongoing” and that “the situation is changing from hour to hour”. Lyssychansk and Severodonetsk are two neighboring towns, separated by the Donets River.
Oleksandre Striouk indicated that “540 to 560 people” had taken refuge in the underground passages of the large Azot chemical plant, under the bombardments. While refueling is “difficult”, there are “some reserves” in the plant, he said. “The enemy is tearing our greatest enterprise to pieces.”
8:36 am: Pope Francis says situation is not ‘black or white’ in Ukraine
The pontiff said the war in Ukraine was “perhaps in some way provoked”, or at least not “prevented”. “We must not forget the real problems if we want them to be solved,” he said, citing the arms industry as one of the factors triggering the war. He also claimed to have met several months ago a head of state who was worried that NATO was “barking at Russia’s doors” in a way that could lead to war.
He nevertheless called Russia’s use of mercenaries, including Chechens and Syrians, in Ukraine “monstrous” and said Russian troops were “ferocious” and “cruel”, while Ukrainians were fighting “for their survival”.
5:24 a.m .: seven bodies found near Boutcha, the report by our special correspondents
4 a.m.: Emmanuel Macron expected in Romania, before Moldova and perhaps kyiv
The French president begins Tuesday, June 14 his first tour in the south-east of Europe directly affected by the conflict in Ukraine triggered by Moscow at the end of February. Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, and Defense, Sébastien Lecornu, will be welcomed at the end of the day at the Mihail Kogalcinearu base, near Constanta, the major Romanian port on the Black Sea, a location that has become extremely strategic since the start of the war.
After being welcomed by Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, the Head of State will discuss with the forces of the Aigle mission, launched as part of NATO’s strengthening of “its deterrent and defensive posture on its eastern flank of the Europe”. France recently deployed a state-of-the-art surface-to-air defense system there.
At midday, the Head of State will be received in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, by President Maia Sandu. His visit to Ukraine could soon take place in the company of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, according to media in Berlin and Rome. Information not confirmed by the Elysée, which specifies that “nothing is recorded” at this stage.
0 a.m.: Lithuania to buy 18 French Caesar guns
“Lithuania will buy 18 Caesar Mark II howitzer guns,” Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas announced in a tweet accompanied by a photo of the signing of the letter of intent with his French counterpart, Sébastien Lecornu. “They will considerably strengthen the capacities of the Lithuanian army”, he adds, specifying that this is the “largest acquisition project” ever passed with France.
This decision comes as the Baltic country, a member of the EU and NATO, has decided to increase its defense budget for 2022 by 300 million euros, bringing it to 1.5 billion, in the light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the fears it raises for its own security.