DIRECT. War in Ukraine: the bombing of a Ukrainian base killed 87 on May 17, according to Zelensky


Ukrainian First Lady gives speech at WHO

The Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska denounces the “unimaginable horrors” caused by Russian forces in Ukraine in a speech to the WHO in the form of a plea for mental health. Currently, she stressed, “no Ukrainian, whether adult or child, can be sure that he will wake up tomorrow and that a missile will not fly into his house.” She also spoke of the long-term consequences of the war, particularly in terms of mental health, a challenge that her country intends to meet with the support of WHO.

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87 dead in a Russian bombardment, May 17

87 people died in a Russian attack on May 17 against a Ukrainian military base in the north of the country, according to Volodymyr Zelensky. “Today, under the rubble in Desna, there are 87 victims. 87 corpses, victims who were killed, ”said the Ukrainian president who spoke by videoconference at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos (Switzerland).


Russian soldier Vadim Chichimarine sentenced to life in prison for war crimes


232 children killed

232 children have been killed and 431 children have been injured or injured in Ukraine since the start of the conflict, according to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. Most children were affected, particularly in the Donetsk region (145), the kyiv region (116) or in the Kharkiv region. On May 21, a 7-year-old girl was injured in the Russian shelling of the village of Molodetske in the Kherson region. Russian shelling and attacks on Ukrainian cities, towns and villages damaged 1,837 educational institutions. Among them, 172 are completely destroyed.


“Maximum sanctions against Russia”

“If the world had acted preventively, and not reactively, there would have been no war,” said Volodymyr Zelensky at the Davos forum. The Head of State continues, insisting on the need to put in place “maximum sanctions against Russia”. “We need 5 billion dollars to resist over the next few months,” he said.


Zelensky speaks at the Davos forum

“Russia has become a state of war crimes”, says the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky at the Davos Economic Forum. “We have created a historic precedent thanks to our courage. We did not listen to those who said that we would not hold out” against Russia, continues the Head of State.



EU fiscal rules still suspended in 2023

The budgetary discipline rules imposed on EU states – which have not been applied since March 2020 – will remain suspended in 2023 due to the economic shock caused by the war in ukraine, announces the European Commission. “Increased uncertainty and significant downside risks to the economic outlook amid the war in Ukraine, unprecedented energy price hikes and ongoing supply chain disruptions warrant the extension” of this suspension. , explains the European executive.

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What scenario for the future?

How will the conflict evolve? For the MEP and specialist in geopolitics, Bernard Guetta, three scenarios are on the table: either “Putin conquers 3 square centimeters more and proclaims a great victory”, or “a sort of coup d’etat in Moscow” occurs. The other possibility is still that “the war drags on”, continues the deputy. “After three months of war, the largest country in the world (…) has only managed to conquer a border strip of Ukraine”, he still judges.


Dalkia sells its activities in Russia

Dalkia, an EDF subsidiary specializing in energy services, announces the sale of all of its activities in Russia to local management.

“Present in Russia since 2016, Dalkia carried out a limited activity there, less than 5 million euros in annual turnover”, specifies the company in a brief press release.

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Attacks on health teams in Ukraine

A total of 248 attacks against health services have been carried out in Ukraine, reports the World Health Organization (WHO), which lists “about thirty” recent in the country. These attacks observed since February 24, the date of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, have killed 75 people and injured 59 others, deplores the organization.


A train to evacuate residents in Donetsk

The Ukrainian governor of the city of Luhansk, Serhiy Haidai, indicates on Telegram that an evacuation train will be set up free of charge this Monday from 4:30 p.m. local time (i.e. 3:30 p.m. in Paris) to take the inhabitants of the city of Pokrovsk to the Donetskapart from that of Lviv, located further west of the country.

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More returns to the country

According to the governor of city ​​of lviv, Maksym Kozytskyi, the number of people returning to Ukraine and more important than that of departures, during the last 24 hours. The local elected official reports 32,000 departures and 44,000 returns, during his daily update.



An apocalyptic landscape in Mariupol

The martyr city of Mariupol, recently conquered by the Russian military, offered an apocalyptic landscape with carcasses of charred buildings in many neighborhoods. Three months of fighting have driven hundreds of thousands of people to flight and caused an unknown, but undoubtedly enormous, number of deaths in this port city which had more than half a million inhabitants before the battle.

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Russia must pay ‘long-term’ price, says Biden

According to US President Joe Biden, Russia must pay the “long-term” price for its invasion of Ukraine. “It’s not just about Ukraine,” insists the head of state from Tokyo. Because if “the sanctions were not maintained in many respects, then what signal would that send to China about the cost of an attempt to take Taiwan by force? he wondered.

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New Zealand to provide military aid to Ukraine

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces that his country will send around 30 soldiers to the United Kingdom to help train Ukrainian soldiers, particularly in the use of the L119 light guns. “We have been very clear throughout Russia’s assault on Ukraine that such a blatant attack on innocent lives and the sovereignty of another country is a mistake,” she insisted.



Boris Johnson pays tribute to the “courage” of Ukrainian children

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the ‘courage’ of Ukrainian children in a letter to them, reports The Independent. The head of government first said he was “very sad” not to see young people in the streets and parks of kyiv, during his visit to the capital last month. “Every day, Ukrainian children teach us all about being strong and dignified, about holding our heads up high even in the most difficult times. I can think of no better role model for children and adults everywhere,” he said.

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Southern Ukraine in the sights?

Russian forces are likely preparing to continue their offensive in southern Ukraine, according to the Institute for the Study of War quoted by the Kyiv Independent. According to kyiv, enemy troops are strengthening their air defense in the region, building secondary defense lines and preparing for new offensives.


An expected verdict in the first war crimes trial

In kyiv, the verdict in the first war crimes trial must be returned on Monday. A 21-year-old Russian soldier is accused of killing a 62-year-old civilian who was pushing his bike while on the phone. During the trial last week, Vadim Chichimarine said he was “sincerely sorry” and “asked forgiveness” from the victim’s widow, justifying his act by the “orders” received at that time. The prosecutor requested life imprisonment.

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A mayor, installed by Moscow, injured in an explosion at Energodar

Installed by Moscow, the mayor of Energodar, a city in southern Ukraine hosting the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, was injured in an explosion, according to a Ukrainian official.

Andrei Shevtchik was appointed mayor after Russian troops took control of this city and Zaporizhia nuclear power plant located in its territory. Dmytro Orlov, elected mayor of Energodar, indicates that he and his guards were in hospital “with injuries of varying severity”. The circumstances of the explosion remain to be clarified.



More than 100 million displaced people worldwide

“The 100 million figure is startling, worrying and sobering. This is a figure that should never have been reached,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

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Severodonetsk under fire from Moscow “around the clock”

The situation is becoming “increasingly difficult” for Ukrainians in the Donbass. “All Russian forces are concentrated in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions,” according to Sergiï Gaïdaï, governor of the Lugansk region, who . Same with armament. Crucial point of this battle of Donbass, Severodonetsk, in the Lugansk region, is under fire from Moscow “24 hours a day”, the governor was indignant. “They are using scorched earth tactics, they are deliberately destroying the city” with aerial bombardments, multiple rocket launchers, mortars or tanks firing at buildings, he added.



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