Putin warns Macron against delivering weapons to Ukraine

Russian forces launched an attack on the last field of Ukrainian resistance fighters holed up in the Mariupol steel mills.

During their first phone conversation in just over a month, Vladimir Putin told Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday that the West should stop supplying arms to Ukraine. “The West can help stop these atrocities by exerting appropriate influence on the authorities in Kyiv, as well as by stopping arms supply to Ukraine»The Russian President told his French counterpart, according to a press release issued by the Kremlin. While Macron spoke to Ukrainian President Zelensky by phone on Saturday, Putin, according to Moscow, complained about “Lack of preparation (from Kyiv) to work hard At peace talks taking place in Turkey between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators.

Meanwhile, the Russian army and pro-Russian forces launched a field attack on the Azovstal Factory, the last pocket of resistance in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. “Using artillery and aircraft, units of the Russian Army and the Donetsk People’s Republic began to destroy the firing positions” Ukrainian fighters left the factory, Vadim Astafyev, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, explained, midday. Moscow accuses the Ukrainian Azov regiment, which defends the plant, of owning it “used” The cease-fire was established to evacuate civilians from the basements of steel mills and Taking firing positions on the grounds and in the factory premises.. “We were bombed all night (…), and two women were killed”For his part, said the deputy commander of the Azov regiment, Svyatoslav Palamar. Zelensky called for “Strong work because the situation is so difficult”.

The United Nations announced that one hundred and one civilians trapped in steel mills were evacuated on Tuesday. Over the weekend, a hundred more came out of their shelter. But there is still an unspecified number, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is involved in these coordinated micro-evacuations between Kyiv and Moscow.

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Elsewhere, the forehead appears to be frozen at 69And war day. According to the American Institute for the Study of War, Russian forces did not carry out any ground attacks, but bombarded enemy positions on the front line. In eastern Ukraine, Russian forces continued to regroup and conduct reconnaissance, possibly in preparation for ground offensives in the direction of Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia, where refugees from Azovstal, and Kryvyi Rih were arriving.

On the diplomatic front, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to show his leadership. After his surprise visit to Kyiv in early April, he was the first Western leader to address the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday since the war began. Through the video, he praised the heroism of the Ukrainian resistance. “This is the best watch in Ukraine, and we will remember and tell it for generations,” He said. For him, the Ukrainians ‘Destroy the myth of Putin’s invincibility and expose his historical folly’. He also admitted that Westerners were “Too slow to understand what was going on.”

To ward off these errors, Johnson announced continued humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine. “Until we achieve our long-term goal of strengthening Ukraine so that no one dares to attack you again.”. London will release 300 million pounds (about 355 million euros) in military aid, including radars to locate Russian artillery, heavy transport drones to supply isolated troops, and thousands of night vision devices. The British will also provide about fifteen armored vehicles to evacuate civilians from the front areas in the east of the country and transport officials.

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