We are on the 95th day of the war in Ukraine and there is still no way to end hostilities. French President Macron and Chancellor Scholz appealed to Putin: “Cease the fire and withdraw the troops.” The response was a lukewarm opening: “Ready to dialogue with Kiev, if the shipment of weapons is stopped”. And while from Odessa they let it be known that they have “missiles to sink the Russian fleet in the Black Sea”, Zelensky announces that he expects good news about the arrival of weapons by the allies in the coming days. In the meantime, Moscow eliminates the age limits for the recruitment of soldiers and in Italy the case of Matteo Salvini in Russia is being discussed, with the Minister of the Steri Luigi Di Maio recalling that “Draghi talks with the Kremlin”.
On the ground, the Ukrainian situation remains difficult in Donbass and in the Lugansk region, where the Chechen leader Kadryov announces the conquest of the city of Severodonetsk.
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00.30 – Zelensky: “Crimea cannot be reconquered with weapons”
“I don’t think we could retake all of our territory by military means. If we decided to proceed in this way we would lose hundreds of thousands of people ». This was stated by the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in a televised speech in which he reiterated his intention to recapture all the territories occupied by Russia with the February 24 invasion, thus excluding Crimea, which was lost in 2014.
00.10 – Zelensky: “Russia is recognized as a terrorist state”
The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, asks the world to “officially recognize Russia as a terrorist state, and as a sponsor of terrorism.” He affirmed this in his speech to the nation. “This reflects the daily reality that the occupiers have created in Ukraine and are eager to bring to Europe. And this must be legally established “, denounced Zelensky who has already announced that in his speech at the European Council he will speak of” the terror that has become in fact the only form of action of the Russian state towards Europe “. «Terror in the Ukrainian land. Terror in the energy market in Europe, not only in our country. Terror in the food market, on a global scale. And what will be the next terror? ”Asked the Ukrainian president.
00.00 – The Chechen leader Kadyrov: “We completely control Severodonetsk”
The city of Severodonetsk, in Ukraine’s eastern Lugansk region, is under full Russian control. This was announced by the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov. “Severonetsk is under our complete control. The city was liberated. From now on, the inhabitants are no longer in danger, ”Kadyrov wrote on his Telegram channel. “The initial plan was to free Severodonetsk in a week, but today I corrected myself and decided to take over the city in three days. As a result, our soldiers did it even more quickly: in three hours, ”added the Chechen leader, who deployed his militiamen alongside Russian troops in Ukraine. Kadyrov himself said last night that Chechen fighters had taken control of the line of contact “with Ukrainian nationalists” in Severodonetsk, the city in Lugansk oblast long besieged and bombed by Russian forces. Today the head of the regional military administration, Serghei Gaidai, replied that Severodonetsk was not completely surrounded and that an access route for humanitarian aid remained.
Here’s what happened on Saturday 28 May