8:50 a.m. Return to Ukraine, temptation of exiles homesick
While the United Nations announces that the figure of five million people who left Ukraine has just been exceeded, the Ukrainian government is also recording a wave of returnees for several days. It is not easy to live in exile. Our private correspondents say.
a guest BFM TV The Ukrainian ambassador to France said, on Friday evening, that he fears a Russian nuclear strike on his country, while Russia is skating into the war it has been fighting for nearly two months. ”
This threat is a reality for Ukraine, but also for the whole of Europe. I am convinced that this possibility is not excluded.
Vadim Omelchenko said.
7:25 am He threatened Kyiv again
Russia announced on Friday that it had destroyed an arms factory on the outskirts of Kyiv and confirmed the intensification of strikes on the Ukrainian capital in response to attacks on Russian soil that Ukraine accuses of.
AFP journalists said Friday that the factory that makes Neptune missiles that the Ukrainian military said it used to hit the Russian cruiser Moskva was bombed at night.
According to the Pentagon, two Ukrainian missiles sank Moskva, the flagship of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea. Its spokesperson commented it was a “big blow” to Russia. Moscow’s account says the building was “severely damaged” by fire and sank as it was being towed.
7:20 a.m. Zelensky highlights Russia’s nuclear threat
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that ” the whole world “must be” Anxiety of the danger that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, besieged by his military setbacks in Ukraine, could turn to a tactical nuclear weapon, echoing the warning the day before by the CIA director.
The head of US Foreign Intelligence, William Burns, felt that was unnecessary.” Underestimate the threat posed by the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons ” where ” low energy By President Vladimir Putin if he wants drowning in despair In the face of the failures of his army.
7:15 a.m. Help from Berlin to buy military equipment
A German government spokesman told AFP, Friday, that Germany intends to give more than one billion euros in military aid to Ukraine. Ukraine will use the funds to finance the purchase of military equipment.
7:10 am New victims
The region’s governor announced, Friday, that at least seven people were killed and 34 others wounded in a Russian bombing of a residential area in the main city of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine.
The local police chief said all those found dead in Bucha, near Kyiv, had been shot. The residents buried themselves as victims during the Russian army’s occupation of this city, which lasted for nearly a month.
Russian artillery has caused the deaths of about 30 “Polish mercenaries” in northeastern Ukraine, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said on Friday, threatening to escalate already high tensions between Moscow and Warsaw.
7:05 a.m. Moscow expels 18 EU representatives
Moscow announced, on Friday, the expulsion of eighteen diplomats from representing the European Union in Russia, in response to a similar measure taken by Brussels following the Kremlin’s launch of the attack in Ukraine. The European Union considered this expulsion “unjustified”, believing that it would only “exacerbate” Moscow’s international isolation.
North Macedonia has expelled six Russian diplomats for violating diplomatic rules.
7 hours. NATO: Finland’s candidacy ‘highly likely’
he is ” very likely Finland’s European Affairs Minister Titi Toborainen said on Friday that Finland is applying for NATO membership as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russian diplomacy warned Finland, as well as Sweden, that such an action would have consequences for these countries and for European security.
6:55 a.m. The complexity of the Russian oil embargo
The European Union is preparing to stop buying oil from Russia to impose sanctions on it due to the war in Ukraine, but the procedure is “complicated” and will take “several months”, European sources told AFP on Friday. ” The committee is considering options A European official involved in the discussions explained.
6:50 am RFI blocked in Russia
Russia has blocked the website of French radio RFI, which broadcasts information in 15 languages including Russian, amid a crackdown on critics of the attack in Ukraine.
6:45 am Five million refugees
More than five million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This is the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.