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In the east, Sievierodonetsk is almost besieged. In the South, Moscow facilitates the granting of Russian passports.

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  • Sievierodonetsk or the shadow of Mariupol. Nestled in the western part of the Luhansk region, the industrial city of Sievierodonetsk is almost besieged by the Russian army. The city is “simply being destroyed”, wrote Serhi Haïdaï, governor of the oblast, on Telegram. He accused the Russian army of bombarding the city using multiple rocket launchers, imprecise and devastating weapons. According to him, the bombs are also targeting the Azot factory where civilians are taking refuge, in a situation reminiscent of the siege of Mariupol. Governor believes Luhansk region is already under control “more than 90%” by the Russians.
  • In Davos, Ukraine calls for more heavy weapons. kyiv badly needs mobile units capable of sending several rockets simultaneously, to have equal weapons in the face of Russia’s firepower, its Ukrainian foreign minister insisted on Wednesday in Davos. “The battle for Donbass is very similar to the battles of the Second World War”, said Dmytro Kuleba. He explained that “some villages and towns no longer exist” in this region of Ukraine, which has come under heavy bombardment in recent days.
  • Moscow facilitates the granting of Russian passports to residents of southern Ukraine. Russia to allow residents of Zaporizhia and Kherson regions in southern Ukraine to apply for Russian passports via “a simplified procedure”according to a presidential decree issued on Wednesday. “This simplified system will make it clear to everyone that Russia is not here for long, but forever”reacted Kirill Stremoussov, an official of the Kherson region appointed by Moscow.
  • The presidential decree in question also applies to residents of the separatist territories of Luhansk and Donetsk, whose respective armies participate with Moscow in the fighting against Ukraine. Several hundred thousand inhabitants of these separatist territories have already received Russian passports.
  • The United States denounced an attempt to“subdue” population now under his control. This plan is “a Russian tactic to subjugate the Ukrainian people, to impose their will by force”State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press briefing, adding that the United States “would forcefully reject” such a project.
  • The United States has decided to end, from Wednesday, to an exemption allowing Moscow to pay its debts in dollars. This decision could precipitate Russia, which has a dozen payments to honor by the end of the year, into default.
  • The cost of damage to Ukrainian infrastructure would be of the order of “90 billion to 100 billion dollars”, according to Alexander Kubrakov, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine. At the Davos forum, the Swiss president, Ignazio Cassis, announced that his country would organize, on July 4 and 5, a “Ukrainian Reconstruction Conference”which should notably address the issue of pledged and future contributions from the World Bank, the OECD and the European Union (EU).
  • Ukrainian war wounded treated in France. kyiv thanked France for hosting “Ukrainian war wounded in its hospitals, and in particular in army hospitals”, according to a press release published Wednesday evening by the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. The first two Ukrainian soldiers were received at the Percy military hospital, in the Paris region, the French minister’s office told Agence France-Presse.

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