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the United States releases a colossal aid envelope of 40 billion dollars for Ukraine

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  • Moscow announced on Thursday the expulsion of five Portuguese diplomats, in retaliation for that of ten Russian diplomats decided by Lisbon in the wake of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. The Kremilin had already announced on Wednesday the expulsion of 34 French diplomats, 24 Italian diplomats and 27 Spanish diplomats.
  • The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday that 1,730 Ukrainian soldiers holed up at the Azovstal steel site in Mariupol had surrendered since Monday. In the Luhansk region of the Donbass, at least twelve people were killed and forty others were injured in Sievierodonetsk.
  • Russia has announced that it wants to cut off Ukraine from its Zaporizhia nuclear power plantthe largest in Europe, occupied by the Russian army, unless kyiv pays Moscow for the electricity produced.
  • The Ukrainian public prosecutor’s office requested, on Thursday, life imprisonment – the maximum sentence – against the first Russian soldier tried for war crimes in kyiv. Vadim Chichimarine, a 21-year-old non-commissioned officer, is accused of shooting dead a civilian at the end of February.
  • Joe Biden hosted, today in Washington, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinistöto demonstrate, once again, its enthusiastic support for the accession of their two countries to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated that he was not in favor of granting Ukraine a ” shortcut “ with a view to joining the European Union, referring to a “imperative of fairness towards the six countries of the Western Balkans” who have wanted it for a long time.
  • The big moneymakers of the G7 gathered today in Germany to try to keep Ukraine’s finances afloat and assess the repercussions of the war on the world economy: inflation linked in particular to soaring energy prices, threats of a food crisis , the specter of over-indebtedness in many developing countries.
  • The former German chancellor Gerhard Schröderclose to Vladimir Putin and holder of several mandates in Russian companies, was deprived of part of his advantages as a former leader, including the allocation of offices, informed the budget committee of the Bundestag, the lower house of the German Parliament.

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