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After the massive Russian strikes on Ukraine, the G7 meets in emergency this Tuesday

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Eva Deschamps / October 11, 2022

The Russian bombardment on a scale not seen in months on Kiev and other Ukrainian cities will be at the center of the discussions of the G7 members on Tuesday, which British Prime Minister Liz Truss will call on not to “weaken one iota ».

 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to participate in this virtual emergency meeting scheduled from 12:00 GMT, Berlin said.

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According to London, Liz Truss, who has been head of government for a month, is expected to say that “nobody wants peace more than Ukraine. And for our part, we must not waver one iota in our determination to help it win.

Deadly Russian shelling on a scale not seen in months hit Ukraine on Monday morning, killing at least 11 people and injuring 89, according to the latest police toll, including five in Kiev, targeted for the first time since June 26 by missiles.

“They are trying to destroy us all, to wipe us off the face of the earth,” Zelensky reacted Monday morning as Russian missiles hit Ukrainian cities.

 

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But “Ukraine cannot be intimidated”, he then launched in his evening address, promising to “repair everything that has been destroyed”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin justified the “massive” bombings by the “terrorist” attack by Kiev the day before on the bridge linking Russian territory to the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Chmygal said eleven major infrastructures were damaged in eight regions, in addition to the capital.

Ukraine announced that it would stop electricity exports to Europe as a result of the strikes, while power cuts affected many regions.

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These bombings have provoked indignation in the West.

The European Union said they amounted to “war crimes” for which those responsible must be “held accountable”, calling on Belarus “not to be a party to the brutal aggression led by Russia”.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres denounced “an unacceptable escalation”.

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All the countries of the United Nations met Monday in New York in an emergency General Assembly.

 

The Ukrainian ambassador to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya, accused Russia of being “a terrorist state that must be dissuaded in the strongest possible way”.

NATO, which Ukraine is seeking to join, condemned the “horrific and indiscriminate attacks” against civilian infrastructure and promised its support to Kiev “for as long as it takes”, according to its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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U.S. President Joe Biden promised Zelensky “advanced systems” of air defense, according to a White House statement.

Germany must also deliver urgently a first air defense system promised long ago.

 

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told reporters Monday that he fears “the events of the last few hours could lead to further displacement.”

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Since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, more than 7.6 million Ukrainian refugees have been registered as refugees across Europe.

While a number of these people have since returned home, some 4.2 million Ukrainians have temporary protection status in the EU.

 

These “deliberate strikes by Russia on the whole of Ukrainian territory and against civilians, it is a profound change in the nature of this war,” commented French President Emmanuel Macron, who urgently convened a defense council Monday evening.

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Putin on Sunday accused Ukraine of organizing the explosion Saturday morning that destroyed part of the expensively built Crimean Bridge, which opened in 2018. The attack left three people dead.

Kiev has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement.

The Russian president promised “severe” retaliation for further Ukrainian attacks on Russia. The strikes “achieved their objective”, the Russian Ministry of Defense assured.

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Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the current number 2 on the Moscow Security Council, went further, promising that Monday’s strikes were only a “first episode” and calling for the “total dismantling of Ukraine’s political regime. »

 

Of the 84 Russian missiles fired against Ukraine, 43 were shot down. Of the 24 Russian drones, 13 were shot down,” said the Ukrainian president on Monday evening.

Half a dozen blasts were heard in Kiev, with strikes on several districts including the city center, which included pulverizing a children’s playground in Taras Shevchenko Park. In a nearby street, a missile dug a crater, a lifeless body lying under a thermal blanket.

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Ukraine assured that Russia was conducting these massive strikes in desperation in the face of its recent setbacks on several fronts.

 

An ally of Moscow but having so far refrained from sending troops in support of Moscow, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused Kiev of preparing an attack against his country, adding that as a result Minsk and Moscow would deploy Russian-Belarusian troops, without specifying their location.

He also accused Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine of preparing “terrorist” attacks and a “military uprising” in Belarus.

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In front of Tucker Carlson, Vladimir Putin ironizes on the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines.

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Steph Deschamps / February 10, 2024
 
Nearly two years after the start of the war in Ukraine, the Russian president was interviewed by the former Fox News star host, who is hardly critical of Moscow.
 
A joke and a laugh, proving that Vladimir Putin was rather relaxed for his first interview with a Western journalist since the start of the war in Ukraine. The Russian president was interviewed on Thursday February 8 by former Fox News star Tucker Carlson, who is not very critical of Moscow. Vladimir Putin took advantage of this favorable interlocutor to slip in a little joke.
 
The conservative journalist, who is close to Donald Trump, asked the Kremlin leader about the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in September 2022.
  
“Who blew up Nord Stream?” he asked. “You did,” Vladimir Putin replied with a smirk. With an embarrassed laugh, Tucker Carlson continued: “I was too busy that day. I didn’t blow up Nord Stream”. “You personally have an alibi, but the CIA doesn’t,” retorted the Russian president, more seriously.
 
The explosion of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines on September 26, 2022, causing four huge gas leaks into the international waters of the Baltic Sea, has given rise to numerous nebulous theories on Russia’s part. Many of these point to Ukraine’s responsibility.
 
Various media investigations have attributed this responsibility to Ukraine, Russia or the USA, but all have denied it. Three investigations have been opened into the matter, in Germany, Sweden and Denmark. The Swedish investigation was the first to end on Wednesday, without any prosecution.
 
“There is no indication that Sweden or Swedish citizens were involved in this attack, which took place in international waters,” the Swedish prosecutor said in a statement. “The conclusion of the investigation is that it is not within Swedish jurisdiction and that the investigation should therefore be closed,” he said.
 
In addition to the Nord Stream sabotage, Vladimir Putin also spoke at length with Tucker Carlson about the war in Ukraine. In particular, he felt that a Russian defeat in Ukraine was “impossible”. “It will never happen [defeat]. It seems to me that now, those in power in the West are also aware of this,” added the man who launched the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
 
In his two-hour message to America and the West, he also said: “If you really want to stop the fighting, you must stop supplying arms”, in reference to Western aid to Kiev, as Politico points out. He added: “The situation will be resolved in a few weeks. » 
  
The Kremlin leader also ruled out an invasion of Poland or Latvia. “Can you imagine a scenario in which you send Russian troops into Poland?” asked Tucker Carlson. “Only in one scenario, if Poland attacks Russia,” Vladimir Putin replied.
 
The Russian president also took the view that the election of a new US president, scheduled for November 5and expected to pit Republican Donald Trump against Democrat Joe Biden, would not change relations between the United States and Russia.
 
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are both full of praise for each other. The former has boasted, without further elaboration, that he could resolve the war in Ukraine in 24 hours if re-elected. President Joe Biden, on the other hand, has described his Russian counterpart as a war criminal, and is unwavering in his support for Kiev.
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King Charles III diagnosed with cancer, Prince Harry to visit UK

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Steph Deschamps / February 7, 2024

 

The 75-year-old British monarch was diagnosed with cancer during prostate surgery ten days ago.
 
Prince Harry, exiled to the USA with his family, has spoken to his father King Charles III after his cancer diagnosis and will visit him in the UK in the next few days, the British news agency PA quoted a source close to the Duke of Sussex as saying.
 
The 75-year-old British monarch was diagnosed with cancer during prostate surgery ten days ago, and has begun treatment, although he has no plans to cease all activities, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday.
 
Charles’s youngest son, who lives in California with his wife Meghan and their two children, will therefore be returning to British soil despite notorious tensions with his father and older brother William, the source said. For security reasons, details of his trip to the UK have not been released.
 
Harry, 39, and his wife Meghan, 42, relinquished their royal duties in early 2020 due to conflicts and tensions, including accusations of racism, and media pressure.
 
The couple subsequently continued to criticize the British establishment, through an uncompromising autobiography by the prince, a documentary series on Netflix and an interview with the influential Oprah Winfrey.
 
Since the funeral of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022, Prince Harry has made only one whirlwind trip to his father’s coronation on May 6, 2023 – without Meghan – and another a few weeks later to testify in a trial pitting him against a tabloid newspaper, against which he is waging numerous legal battles.
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Second day in hospital for King Charles III

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Sylvie Claire / January 29, 2024

 

King Charles III, who underwent prostate surgery on Friday, is spending his second day in a London clinic on Saturday, where he was visited by his wife Camilla.
 
The 75-year-old king arrived with Camilla at the London Clinic on Friday morning, where Kate, wife of Crown Prince William, who underwent abdominal surgery last week, is also hospitalized.
 
Shortly after Charles’ operation, the Queen told people inside the clinic on Friday afternoon that Charles was “doing well”, according to British media reports. It was not specified when he would be discharged.
 
Camilla visited him mid-day on Saturday for around three hours.
 
Last week, Le Palais announced its diagnosis of prostate hypertrophy, to encourage screening for this very common and generally harmless condition in men of a certain age.
 
The Palais insisted on the routine nature of this procedure, which affects “thousands of men every year ».
 
Charles III, who succeeded Elizabeth II in September 2022, had cancelled several public engagements last week to rest. Following his operation, he will have to undergo a “short period” of convalescence, the duration of which has not been specified.
 
Princess Kate, 42, has been hospitalized at the London Clinic since January 16. The pathology from which she suffers has not been revealed.
 
The princely couple’s departments assured us that her abdominal surgery had been “successful”, and asked that her privacy be respected, demanding “that her personal medical information remain confidential”. The only information leaked by the monarchy was that it was not cancer.
 
On January 17, the princely couple’s staff indicated that she would have to remain in hospital for ten to fourteen days. She is unlikely to resume her public activities before the end of March.
 
Prince William has cancelled a number of public engagements while she recovers from her operation.
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