22h49 : Evidence of war crimes committed by the Russian military continues to mount. Two NGOs today published a new investigation, which concludes that the occupying forces have committed killings, “intentional attacks against civilians” and acts of torture in the towns of Motyzhyn, Kopyliv and Severynivka, near kyiv, between February and April 2022. Our journalist Valentine Pasquesoone details what their report describes.
22h43 : The United States does not intend to send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine: questioned by a journalist on the issue, Joe Biden replied “non”. On the other hand, he announced that he would soon go to Poland, on a date still undetermined.
21h07 : Norway will send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine “as fast as possible”, says the Norwegian Defense Minister. The latter recalls that Germany mentioned the expiry of the “end of March”. On the other hand, we do not know how many of the 36 Leopard 2s that equip the Norwegian army will take to Ukraine.
20h33 : Let’s recall the main news of this Monday:
• The National Assembly began examining the pension reform project in committee on the eve of a new day of mobilization. The movement promises to be followed in transport: here are the traffic forecasts for tomorrow.
• The audit mission requested by the Ministry of Sports considers that Noël Le Graët “no longer has the necessary legitimacy”to occupy the presidency of the FFF, from which he withdrew, in particular because of “his behavior with women”.
• The delivery of fighter planes to Ukraine is the new hypothesis that is being debated among kyiv’s allies. “Nothing is prohibited in principle”replies Emmanuel Macron, who however underlines the need that they do not risk “touching Russian soil”.
20h02 : This statement is good, because our journalist Pierre-Louis Caron has just published an article on this thorny issue of the delivery of planes to kyiv, a debate which follows that on tanks and which divides Westerners just as much. The military interest is also discussed.
19h59 : Emmanuel Macron, questioned in The Hague on the hypothesis of sending combat planes to Ukraine, replies that “nothing is prohibited in principle”. But the Head of State lists many criteria which he believes should be met: a “request made” by Ukraine, that this does not “be not escalatory” et “not likely to touch Russian soil” and “it does not come to weaken the capacity of the French army”.
19h55 : The challenge of this Franco-Australian meeting was not only diplomatic: the two countries announced that they were going to deliver to Ukraine shells produced jointly by the two countries. The first deliveries to the Ukrainian army are expected as early as the first quarter of this year.
17h58 : Norway plans to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine “as fast as possible”, said the Norwegian Minister of Defense, hinting that these deliveries could take place at the end of March. The number of tanks affected has not been confirmed.
14h45 : Let’s make a new update on the news:
The lawyer for the mother of Lucas, the teenager who committed suicide in early January, announced the organization of a white march in memory of the young boy, Sunday February 5 at 2 p.m., in Epinal (Vosges).
Some “1,000 to 2,000 ‘yellow vests'” et “200 to 400 radical elements” are expected tomorrow in Paris during the demonstration against the pension reform, according to territorial information. Follow our live.
• Ukraine denies that Russian troops are advancing, as Moscow claims, near the town of Vougledar, a new hot spot on the front in eastern Ukraine where fighting has intensified lately. Follow our live.
• The World Health Organization has maintained the maximum alert level for the Covid-19 pandemic.
14h01 : “We can no longer maintain our fields because there are mines and shells. How can we last another year without being able to harvest?”
The war has already done a lot of damage to the agricultural sector last year in Ukraine, a major player in the world trade in food products. And it will be even worse for the harvests of 2023. Our report near Kherson.
12h05 : It’s 12:05 p.m., it’s time to take stock of the news of this Monday at midday:
• On the eve of the new day of mobilization against the pension reform, Gérald Darmanin announced the mobilization of 11,000 police forces in France tomorrow.
• Russia accuses Boris Johnson of lying when he claims that Vladimir Putin personally threatened him before the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
• The World Health Organization maintains the maximum alert level for the Covid-19 pandemic.
• The famous painting Part of a Boat by Gustave Caillebotte, considered a “National Treasure”, is now part of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
11:34 am : Russia accuses Boris Johnson of lying when he claims that Vladimir Putin threatened him, before the invasion of Ukraine. According to the former British Prime Minister, interviewed by the BBC, the Russian president told him, in February 2022, “Boris, I don’t want to hit you, but a missile would only take a minute”.
11h21 : In the Senate, Wednesday, at 2.30 p.m., the President of the Ukrainian Parliament, Rouslan Stefantchouk, will deliver a speech in public session.
10h53 : The Ukrainian presidency raises its tone against the International Olympic Committee, which is examining the possibility of authorizing the participation of Russian athletes under a neutral banner in the 2024 Olympics. kyiv accuses it of being “a promoter of war, murder and destruction”. “The IOC happily watches Russia destroy Ukraine and then offers Russia a platform to promote genocide.” Ukrainians, launched presidential adviser Mykhaïlo Podoliak on Twitter.
08:15 : “Boris, I don’t want to hit you, but a missile would only take a minute” : in a BBC documentary broadcast this evening, the former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tells that Russian President Vladimir Putin has “somehow threatened” before the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
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