Mubasher – The war in Ukraine: Finland is at the gates of NATO and Moscow continues its bombing in the east

For Kharkhif residents, “life resumes and gets better every day”

On the BFMTV antenna, Yevgeny Lutsenko, a resident of the city of Kharkiv, which has been violently targeted since the first days of the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army, takes stock of life in the country’s second largest city. Boh, a certain return to normal. “Life is getting better and better every day. More and more people are returning to Kharkiv,” he said.

Evidence of this return, the restart of public transport in the city. “Today we launched several transportations that cover the city a little bit, and it’s easy to get around. We’re back on the metro in two weeks, we have to think about the people who live there, people are used to it.”

According to him, there are no more bombings, allowing “more and more stores, not just basic necessities, small cafes to reopen.”

Ukrainian forces regain control of the border in the Kharkiv region

On the ground, Russian forces are stagnating, and at times in retreat. The Kyiv authorities announced, on Monday, that their army had regained control of part of the border with Russia in the northeastern Kharkiv region.

Four people were killed in missile strikes in the past 24 hours, including two in the bombing of a hospital in Severodonetsk in the Lugansk region (east), and two in Mykolaiv (south), according to the Ukrainian authorities.

“The 227th Battalion of the 127th Regional Defense Brigade of the Kharkiv Armed Forces expelled the Russians and settled on the border,” the ministry said on its Facebook page and posted a video of armed soldiers in front of the column. And blue, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, the coat of arms of Ukraine with a trident.

The Russian army held his family hostage for more than a week

“Hate, that’s how I felt. But I’ve always felt that about Russians.” More than a month after the events, Vitaly’s anger still lingers. Last March, when he fled because he was wanted, Russian soldiers held part of his family hostage in his home for eight days.

They said to my wife: We will not leave you anything, and the Americans will help you. They were trying to provoke my wife to become aggressive or disrespectful and justify killing her.”

During the day, his house served as a rear base for the Russian army, while at night several violations occurred immediately. One evening, a Russian soldier had asked to see his daughter alone here alone, and his wife tempted and gave alcohol to this man. “After two bottles, he ended up sleeping on the table.”

Today, his wife and daughter are exiled in Germany. As for him, he stayed to rebuild his house, which was destroyed with the departure of the Russian army.

Finnish and Swedish parliaments consider NATO nominations

The Finnish and Swedish parliaments will consider the two Scandinavian countries’ candidacies for NATO on Monday, with a large majority guaranteed in both houses.

Eduskunta, Finland’s parliament, began a marathon session Monday morning to examine the nomination formally submitted by the executive on Sunday, ahead of a vote that will take place as soon as Tuesday.

According to the latest Finnish media reports, at least 85% of the 200 elected people will vote yes for the NATO nomination.

For Zelensky, the Russian special operation “failed”

During a recent video speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asserted that “the occupiers refuse to admit that they are in a dead end” and that their “so-called special operation has failed”.

“Russian missile strikes on the Lviv region, the Donetsk region, all the brutality of the occupiers that Ukraine experiences every day will only lead the surviving Russian soldiers to bring this evil to Russia. And they will be victorious with them because they will return,” he said.

According to him, “This is how this crazy activity of the Russian army will end, and I am grateful to all the Ukrainians who speed up this watch.”

Phosphorous bombs used in Azovstal?

In Mariupol, the situation of Ukrainian soldiers still taking refuge in the massive Azovstal complex still raises questions. In the last hours, accusations have multiplied against Russia, suspected of using phosphorous bombs at the factory.

“Theoretically, they are forbidden against the civilian population but not against military targets. The Russians have no choice, they are not able to storm Azovstal, their bombing will be as many casualties as they can, forcing the Ukrainians to remain in shelter ”, estimates on our public antenna Pellistrandi.

This situation is emblematic of the predicament in which the Russian army currently finds itself in Ukraine, where soldiers are stepping up their moves but are no longer able to make gains.

Russian diplomat denounces ‘grave mistake’ after new NATO nominations

The joint nominations of Sweden and Finland to join NATO do not cease to elicit reactions. On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the latter was a “fatal mistake”.

“This is an additional serious mistake that will have far-reaching consequences,” he was quoted by the Russian Interfax news agency as saying.

New animation of the winners of the Eurovision competition in Ukraine

Strong syllable in Avatar. Hours after winning the Eurovision Song Contest, Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra uploaded a music video for their winning song named Stefania.

In this video of just over three minutes long, which inevitably echoes Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we can see several military women attempting to shelter children in defiance of danger, gunfire and bombing.

A clip filmed in several destroyed cities after the war including Irben, Bucha, Gostomel and Borodinka, which was very difficult to film according to the group’s admission.

A mother tells the story of the rape of her daughter by a Russian soldier

Honor night story. On March 13, in this town on the outskirts of Khakhiv, Natalia with her daughter and the rest of her family took refuge in an elementary school in order to protect herself from Russian bombardment.

Later a Russian soldier came and shot and asked Natalia’s daughter Anna to go with him. “I immediately understood what was going to happen,” explains her sister Vika.

“My daughter came back, and I cut her throat, but not very deeply, and her cheek too. He cut her hair, hit her several times, the rest I don’t want to tell you the details, but he gave her injections of drugs, he told her that she was going to die, that he would hurt her daughter, so she accepted everything “, Resumes, to the camera, Natalia.

Since then, Anna has managed to leave Ukraine through Lviv towards a European country with which the family has not communicated. In constant contact with her mother, she waits for the conflict to end so that she can return to the country.

NATO expansion ‘as a direct result of Vladimir Putin’s actions’

During this same interview with Franceinfo, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Camille Blanc returned once again to the desires of two countries, Finland and Russia, to join this same alliance.

“This is a direct result of Vladimir Putin’s actions. These are two partner countries that are close to NATO but have not taken steps to even join the events in Ukraine. The aggression against Ukraine has triggered a debate that has remained very cautious until now,” he insists.

According to him, if Sweden and Finland join NATO, it will be a severe blow to Russia. He asserts that “Vladimir Putin has complained that there are too many NATO on his borders and he will have more.”

For the NATO Deputy Secretary-General, “We can hope” for Ukraine’s victory

Camille Blanc, Deputy Secretary-General of NATO, who called Monday morning on the Franceinfo antenna, said that it is possible to “hope for a victory for Ukraine”.

“The situation on the ground is unfavorable for the Russian army, which has significantly revised its strategic goals downward. At the same time, given the violence of the fighting, we must be careful about the outcome of this conflict,” he said.

“The Russian army is facing a real heroic and popular resistance that makes its task difficult and does not make it possible to envisage a strategic victory for Russia in Ukraine,” he said. In addition, the latter asserts that it is up to the Ukrainians and President Volodymyr Zelensky “to decide the parameters that will allow a ceasefire.”

Renault formalizes its exit from Russia, and its assets are now state owned

More than 80 days after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the French car manufacturer has ended its presence in the country, having initially suspended its activities on March 23.

The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade announced on Monday that the company’s assets are now owned by the Russian state. “Agreements have been signed to transfer Russian assets from the Renault Group to the Russian Federation and the Moscow government,” the ministry said in a statement.

For its CEO Luca de Meo, this is a “difficult but necessary decision”.

“We are making a responsible choice towards our 45,000 employees in Russia, while maintaining the performance of the group and our ability to return to the country in the future, in a different context,” he said in a press release.

On the other hand, the auto group that has also confirmed the sale of its stake in the Russian manufacturer Avtovaz, the manufacturer of Lada, has specified that it will retain the option to buy back its shares for six years.

According to London, Russia has lost a third of its ground forces since the start of the war

The British Ministry of Defense announced, on Sunday, that Russia has suffered great losses since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

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A Ukrainian hospital in the Luhansk region was targeted by the Russian army

The region’s governor, Sergei Gadic, announced on his Telegram account that the Russian army had bombed a hospital in Severodonetsk on Sunday. Nine civilians were wounded.

“In recent days, the Russians have launched 11 artillery attacks on Severodonetsk,” he said, adding that “houses, a chemical plant, a school and a hospital.”

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