- Russia launched its "military operation" in Ukraine on Thursday, February 24. Every evening, at 19:30 pm, 20 Minutes offers you its recap on the Russian-Ukrainian diplomatic conflict that has become a war that leaves dead and wounded and thousands of refugees every day.
- Who did what? Who said what? And who supports whom and why? You will know everything about the progress of the negotiations and the events of this crisis that is shaking Russia, Ukraine, Europe and the United States.
- On Wednesday, the trend remains favorable to Russian forces in Bakhmut. At the same time, Antonio Guterres is in Kiev, where he has called for respect for the laws of war.
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The noose is tightening in Bakhmut. The paramilitary group Wagner on Wednesday claimed responsibility for taking the eastern part of the city, which has been at the heart of fighting for months. "The Wagner units took (...) everything east of the Bakhmutka River," the group's boss Yevgeny Prigozhin said in a message published by his press service.
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The shocking recent images of a Ukrainian soldier apparently summarily killed are another tragic reminder that the laws of war must be strictly adhered to. »
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres denounced the execution of a soldier, whose video went viral. It shows a man in military uniform, unarmed smoking a cigarette, being riddled with bullets after shouting "Glory to Ukraine!" The video "looks authentic," the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said, recalling that it had "documented numerous violations of international humanitarian law against prisoners of war, including cases of summary executions of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners of war."
Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a violation of the UN Charter and international law.
The sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be upheld, within its internationally recognized borders - @antonioguterres told journalists in Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/uMgYYGWY1p
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) March 8, 2023
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23 million. Such as the number of tonnes of grain exported from Ukraine thanks to the agreement reached with Russia last July. The UN secretary-general considered it "crucial" to extend the text, which expires on March 18. "It has helped to bring down the global cost of food and has provided crucial assistance to people who are also paying a heavy price for this war, especially in developing countries," Guterres said during a visit to Kiev.
Bakhmut could soon fall into the hands of Russian forces, by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admits. "We cannot rule out that Bakhmut will finally fall in the coming days," he said on the sidelines of a meeting of EU defence ministers in Stockholm. The fall of the city would leave "the way clear" for the Russian army in eastern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. "It doesn't necessarily reflect any turning point in the war," Stoltenberg said. "But it underscores that we should not underestimate Russia. We must continue to support Ukraine. »
- War in Ukraine
- Volodymyr Zelensky