Jill Biden on a surprise visit to western Ukraine; a bombed school in the Luhansk region

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The context

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  • In the south-west of Ukraine, airfields were bombedwhile in the Northeastthey are “large quantities of arms and military equipment” Ukrainians that were destroyed announced, Saturday evening, the Russian Ministry of Defense. Strikes were also reported on Saturday around Donetskwhere four people were killed and nine injured, according to the head of the military administration of the region, Pavlo Kyrylenko.
  • The Russians have obtained in the last twenty-four hours territorial gains limited around Sievierodonetsk, one of the main localities of the Donbass still in the hands of the Ukrainians. Russia has so far only been able to claim complete control of one major city, Kherson.
  • In Kharkiv, the Ukrainian counter-offensive to put the second city of Ukraine out of range of enemy artillery gained momentum, with the capture of several Russian positions. So much so that the Russian army had to blow up three road bridges “to slow down the counter-offensive” in this region, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
  • The Ukrainian Navy claimed to have destroyed a hundred kilometers off Odessa, not far from the tiny Serpents’ Islandthe Russian landing ship Serna using a combat drone developed in Turkey. Information not confirmed by Russia, which declared, on the other hand, to have sunk « the Ukrainian assault boat Stanislav ».
  • Volodymyr Zelensky is due to participate in Sunday’s the meeting by videoconference of the leaders of the G7 (under German presidency). Joe Biden had raised on Wednesday the possibility that new sanctions against Russia would be adopted at the end of this third meeting of the organization since the beginning of the year.
  • Ukraine asked Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Saturday evening to organize a mission to evacuate and treat the entrenched soldiers in the Azovstal steelworkswhich no longer houses civilians.
  • Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic on Saturday denounced violations “vertiginous” human rights and international humanitarian law by the Russian army in Ukraine, after a four-day visit to Kyiv and its region.

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