Moldova, nuclear explosions,… The point is this Tuesday

Moldova strengthens its security

Moldova on Tuesday announced measures to bolster its security after a series of blasts in the breakaway region of Transnistria, backed by Moscow, raising fears of a spillover of the current conflict in Ukraine. This is an attempt to increase tensions. We strongly condemn such actions. “The Moldovan authorities will take care to prevent the republic from being drawn into conflict,” Moldovan President Maya Sandu said after a meeting of the National Security Council.

Kyiv on Tuesday accused Moscow of seeking to “destabilize” the Transnistrian region.

For their part, Paris and Washington also responded. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian declared that France supports Moldova in the face of “risks of destabilization”, while US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, without going so far as to blame Moscow for the bombings, as Kyiv does. “We remain concerned about any possible attempt to escalate tensions,” he told reporters.

Germany changes its mind

The German Defense Minister announced, on Tuesday, that Germany will allow the delivery of armored vehicles “Cheetah” type to Ukraine, which constitutes a major turning point in the cautious policy pursued by Berlin so far in its military support for Kiev.

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The 50 tanks specialized in anti-aircraft defense were withdrawn from service 10 years ago and must undergo technical modernization. They will not come directly from the German Army but from stocks owned by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW).

The European Union fears a nuclear catastrophe

The European Union warned of a new nuclear disaster in Ukraine, 36 years after the Chernobyl explosion, due to the Russian attack, and demanded that Moscow refrain from any action against the country’s facilities.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of putting the world “on the brink of disaster” by occupying the Chernobyl power plant. “The world was again on the brink of disaster, because for the Russian army the Chernobyl region and the power plant served as a natural ground for conducting military operations,” Zelensky said.

Putin is not “serious” about negotiations

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said that Vladimir Putin has not shown “seriousness” in his intentions to negotiate with Ukraine to end the conflict. “We haven’t seen any indications yet that President Putin is serious about meaningful negotiations,” Blinken told the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

Guterres calls for a cease-fire

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during his first visit to Moscow since the start of the Russian offensive, called for a ceasefire in Ukraine “as soon as possible”. He also called on Kyiv and Moscow to work with the United Nations to open humanitarian corridors. He said he was “concerned by repeated reports of possible war crimes” in Ukraine, saying they “require an independent investigation”.

In the evening, Vladimir Putin replied that he still hoped for a “positive result” in negotiations with Ukraine during their meeting in the Kremlin. He said talks between Moscow and Kiev in Istanbul in March had made “serious progress”.

A monthly meeting to help Kyiv

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced, after meeting about 40 countries in Germany, that the US and its allies will meet monthly to discuss how to enhance Ukraine’s military capabilities against Russia.

At least 9 civilians were killed in the bombing

At least nine civilians were killed on Tuesday in Russian army shelling in eastern and southern Ukraine, according to reports published by local authorities.

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