what is the situation on the 80th day of war in Ukraine?

what is the situation on the 80th day of war in Ukraine?

President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the army had recaptured 1,000 localities from the Russian invader. For its part, Moscow is concentrating its forces in the Donbass, a strategic region in the east of the country.

Two situations within the same country. In the West, the Ukrainian authorities announce that the army continues to push back the forces of Moscow and to gradually regain territory sometimes lost since the end of February, that is to say at the beginning of the invasion. At the same time, Russia concentrates in the Donbass and multiplies the bombardments.

The Russian army has been trying in particular for three weeks, without success, to cross the Severskyi Donets river, at the level of the village of Bilogorivka, in the Lugansk region. Back to the latest developments on the 80th day of war.

• The Ukrainian army regains ground from the Russians

During his last daily address, Volodymyr Zelensky once again sought to galvanize his people. While the Ukrainians claim the death of 27,000 Russian soldiers since the start of the war, their president thus affirmed that his army had retaken “1000” localities from the enemy, including “six” for the single day of Friday.

At the same time the Ukrainian authorities announced that 600 wounded are awaiting evacuation in Azovstal, the last Ukrainian enclave in Mariupol and at the center of the negotiations between Russians and locals.

These wounded, who are among the 1,000 soldiers of the garrison still resisting on the spot, took refuge in the underground passages of this industrial zone. And in dramatic conditions. Sviatolsva Palamar, one of these soldiers, gave his testimony in a video posted online: “We lack everything, ammunition, food and medicine”.

• kyiv renames a Soviet monument

The Arch of Friendship of Peoples, an emblematic Soviet monument in downtown kyiv, became the Arch of Freedom of the Ukrainian People on Saturday, following a decision to that effect by the city council.

“Today the city council decided to + decommunize + the name of the Arch of Friendship of Peoples. It will now be the Arch of Freedom of the Ukrainian People”, announced on Telegram messaging the mayor of the city. capital, Vitali Klitschko.

The elected municipal officials have also “approved a list of more than 40 monuments and memorial emblems which must be removed from the streets and buildings of the capital to be transmitted to the museum of totalitarianism”, he added.

• The head of diplomacy denounces the “hybrid and total” war waged by the West

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the West is waging a “hybrid and total” war against Russia, denouncing a “wave of Russophobia” led by “civilized countries”, during a press conference on Saturday . “We reject everything that is Russian,” he lamented.

“We must retaliate against hostile attacks against us, there is work to do,” he added.

He also criticized the alliance between the EU and the United States, which supports Ukraine in the face of Russia in the conflict, saying that “the EU loses its independence” in the face of the “diktat of Washington”, during a press conference this Saturday.

“The quality of life of Europeans is dictated by the United States,” he said. “Is the United States ready to align itself with the principle of sovereign equality of States?”, he pretended to wonder.

• The G7 “will never recognize” the borders that Russia wants to impose

The G7 will “never recognize” the borders that Russia wants to impose by force with its war in Ukraine, the foreign ministers of the group of seven major powers said on Saturday.

“We will never recognize the borders that Russia has tried to change with its military intervention,” the foreign ministers say in a statement released after a three-day meeting in Wangels, northern Germany. . “We will maintain our commitment to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea (…)”, they specify.

The head of German diplomacy Annalena Baerbock, whose country holds the presidency of the G7 this year, insisted on the fact that it was up to Ukraine “to decide for itself”, “because it is its territory”.

• Turkey ready to discuss NATO with Finland and Sweden

Turkey is ready to discuss with Finland and Sweden their candidacy for NATO and the reasons for Ankara’s hostility to this enlargement, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday. .

“The vast majority of the Turkish people are against the membership of these countries which support the terrorist organization PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and they ask us to block this membership,” said the minister before a NATO meeting in Berlin in which its Finnish and Swedish counterparts participate.

“But these are issues that we must of course discuss with our NATO allies as well as with the countries” concerned, he added. Finland and Sweden can only be admitted after a unanimous vote by existing members of the Atlantic Alliance, which Turkey threatens to block.

At the same time, electricity exports from Russia to Finland ceased overnight from Friday to Saturday after an announcement to this effect from a Russian supplier.

Hugues Garnier with AFP BFMTV journalist