On the 47th day of the war in Ukraine, the east of the country expects a major offensive by the Russian army. The Ukrainian army has announced that it is preparing for a final battle in Mariupol, an already devastated port located in southeastern Ukraine. The French gendarmerie are in Lviv to investigate war crimes.
- Ukrainian military says it expects a Russian offensive in the east ‘very soon’, prepares for ‘final battle’ in Mariupol
- The Austrian chancellor, who visited Moscow, said he was “pessimistic.”
- EU foreign ministers meet for new sanctions package
- French gendarmes arrived in Lviv to investigate war crimes
- Société Générale announced his withdrawal from Russia
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The situation on the military front
The Ukrainian army is preparing for the “final battle” in the port of Mariupol
Ukraine’s military says it’s preparing for it “A final battleIn the devastated and besieged port of Mariupol in the southeast of the country. “Our ammunition is running out. It will be death to some of us and captivity to others,” He wrote on Facebook the 36th Brigade of the National Navy, which is part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The leader of the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk said this afternoon that his forces had occupied the entire port area of the city.
Tens of thousands of deaths in Mariupol?
Tens of thousands of people may have been killed In the Russian attack Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said against Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine. “Mariupol is destroyed, tens of thousands of dead, but despite this, the Russians did not stop their attack”expressed his regret in front of the South Korean parliamentarians.
Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine ‘will happen very soon’
Therefore, eastern Ukraine expects a large-scale offensive by the Russian army. “According to our information, the enemy is close to completing its preparations to attack the east. The attack will happen very soon.”The spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksandr Motozyank, warned at a press conference. Part of the region has already been controlled since 2014 by pro-Russian separatists, and the Russian authorities have made full control of this region their new target.
A Russian victory in the Donbass before May 9?
Analysts believe that President Vladimir Putin wants to get Victory in the Donbass before the military parade on May 9, Which represents on Red Square the victory of the Soviets over the Nazis in 1945.
The diplomatic situation and international reactions
Austrian chancellor meets Putin, says he is ‘pessimistic’
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, who traveled to Moscow on Monday for talks with Vladimir Putin, said, “Pssimist”: “We should have no illusions. President Putin has deeply entered the logic of war and is acting accordingly.” Hope to sign up “military success” Added quickly. he is Europe’s first leader To visit the Russian capital since the beginning of the war.
French gendarmerie in Lviv to investigate war crimes
The French gendarmes arrived in LvivIn the west of the country to help their Ukrainian counterparts “On the investigation of war crimes committed around KyivToday, Monday, the French ambassador to Ukraine announced “first” foreign unit “to provide this assistance”said the ambassador.
Funding for this survey has been released. Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden have agreed to pay about 2.5 million euros to help the International Criminal Court investigate alleged war crimes in Ukraine. “It is imperative that all evidence be preserved now, so that we can judge these crimes.”German Foreign Minister Annalena Barbock said.
Pro-Russian protests in Germany
Many Controversial pro-Russia rallies It was held this weekend in Germany, at the initiative of the country’s large Russian-speaking community. Its members consider themselves victims of discrimination since the beginning of the war. About 800 people gathered in Frankfurt on Sunday, under a wave of Russian tricolor flags. In Hanover, in the north of the country, their number was 600 people. On Saturday, demonstrations were also organized in Lübeck in the north with 150 participants, according to the police, as well as in Stuttgart (southwest).
New meeting of EU foreign ministers
European Union ministers met in Luxembourg on Monday to discuss the sixth package of sanctions against Russia. they agreed toIncreased arms deliveries to Ukraine.
All the first five packages of European sanctions, including the ban on Russian coal, were unanimously adopted by the 27 countries, but consensus is becoming increasingly difficult to find, especially on the issue of Russian gas, which most ministers want to do without . Germany, Austria, Italy and Hungary are still highly dependent on it.
France expels six Russian spies under diplomatic cover
Six KGB agents in France were under diplomatic cover “Unwanted person”Quai d’Orsay was announced in a press release. The activities of these six agents “It has been proven to be inconsistent with our national interests.”.
Global trade growth can be halved
The war in Ukraine could halve global trade growth, according to an analysis by the World Trade Organization’s Secretariat. According to this analysis, global trade growth should be between 2.4% and 3%. In October, the World Trade Organization was forecasting a 4.7% increase.
Societe Generale withdraws from Russia
Société Générale announced the termination of its activities in Russia, By selling her entire stake in Rosbank, of which she was the majority shareholder. The French bank was heavily involved in the country, having been exposed to a value of 18.6 billion euros, including 15.4 billion for Rosbank, a heavyweight in the Russian banking sector.
Humanitarian situation and solidarity with Ukrainians
More than 4.5 million refugees
More than 4.5 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country since the start of the war, according to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 90% of those who have fled Ukraine are women and children, and the Ukrainian authorities do not allow men of conscription age to leave. The United Nations estimates the number of internally displaced people at 7.1 million.