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kyiv accuses Moscow of wanting to “draw” Minsk “into the war” after rocket attacks attributed to Belarus

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Cover image: Donbass, Ukraine, June 25, 2022 Ukrainian servicemen on the road to Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk. Photo Laurent Van der Stockt for Le Monde LAURENT VAN DER STOCKT FOR “THE WORLD”

  • The leaders of the 27 granted Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidates for the European Unionannounced the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, referring to a “historic moment”, in the midst of the Russian offensive. This long-awaited decision by kyiv, taken at a summit of heads of state and government of EU countries in Brussels, marks the start of a long and complex process with a view to membership. Volodymyr Zelensky greeted “a unique and historic moment”.
  • In Sievierodonetsk, “Ukrainian armed forces will have to withdraw […]. They got the order.”announced Serhi Haïdaï, the governor of the Luhansk region, on Friday, June 24. “It no longer makes sense to stay in positions that have been constantly bombarded for months »while the city was “almost reduced to ruins”he explained.
  • Governor of Donetsk regionsaid on Thursday that more “no city” of the area under his administration was not ” safe “ for its inhabitants, the fighting being too violent. Anti-aircraft alerts resounded in the night from Thursday to Friday in several major Ukrainian cities, from Donetsk to Odessa. The Russian army also continues to bomb the Mykolaiv regionwhere it announced on Thursday that it had notably destroyed 49 fuel reserves and three armored repair centers.
  • An official of the occupation administration installed by Russia in Khersonin southern Ukraine, was killed Friday, said the authorities, who denounce a “attack”. This is the first time that the pro-Russian authorities have announced the death of one of their representatives in this type of attack, which is increasing.
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov announced on Thursday, photo in support, the arrival of the first examples of the American Himars multiple rocket launcherswith a range of 80 kilometers, a few hours before the White House announced a new component of military aid to Kyivworth $450 million.
  • Germany is activating level 2 of its emergency gas supply plan. In the wake of the 60% drop in deliveries from Moscow by the Nord Stream gas pipeline, Germany activated on Thursday the “alert level” of its emergency plan aimed at guaranteeing its gas supply, bringing the country closer to a situation of rationing. The government may, in this context, ” sustain “ market players to cope with high prices. The third and final stage of the plan, the “emergency level”would allow the State to organize rationing.

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