War in Ukraine: London and Washington impose new sanctions on Russian oligarchs

The essential

  • Russia continues to strike several Ukrainian cities including Kharkiv, on this eighth day of offensive.
  • Ukraine and Russia agreed on “humanitarian corridors” for the evacuation of civilians during the talks.
  • Emmanuel Macron solemnly addressed the French on Wednesday evening to take stock of the conflict. What to remember from his speech.
  • The Quai d’Orsay “strongly” recommends to its nationals “whose presence and that of their family is not essential in Russia” to leave the country.
  • One million refugees have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries since the Russian invasion began a week ago.


Midnight. End of live

This is the end of this direct dedicated to the Russian invasion in Ukraine. Thank you for following us, our team will meet you tomorrow morning to keep you informed of the progress of the conflict. Надобраніч (Good night, in Ukrainian).


Lions and tigers evacuated to Poland

Six lions and six tigers from a shelter for abused animals near Kiev were evacuated to Poland and arrived Thursday evening in Poznan, announced the zoological garden of this city in the west of the country. The Ukrainian truck, which covered nearly a thousand kilometers from Kiev to bypass the Zhitomir region, bombarded by Russian forces, to arrive at the Polish border, also transported two caracals and a wild dog.


Ukrainians protected on American soil

The United States will grant “temporary protection” to Ukrainian refugees present on its soil, the American authorities announced this evening.


Czechs allowed to fight in Ukraine

Czech citizens who would like to join Ukraine to participate in the fight against the Russian invasion will not incur any sanctions, Czech leaders decided on Thursday evening.

“We can guarantee immunity through a presidential pardon,” Prime Minister Petr Fiala told reporters after a meeting with President Milos Zeman. The law usually punishes Czechs with sentences of up to five years in prison if they fight in the ranks of a foreign army.


Russia classified as “CCC-”

After Fitch & Moody’s, it is the turn of the rating agency Standard & Poor’s to lower Russia’s credit rating in reaction to the invasion of Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s country will now be classified as “CCC-“. This rating assesses the risk of non-reimbursement of the debt or a loan from a State, a company or a community. For comparison, France is rated “AA” by S&P.


American elected officials against the import of Russian oil

Many elected members of the American Congress have urged Joe Biden to ban the import by the United States of Russian oil in response to the invasion of Ukraine, which the White House has so far refused to do.

“The United States should not subsidize Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine by buying and importing Russian oil”, pleaded West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito.


John Lennon on 150 radios in Europe

150 public radio stations in Europe will broadcast Friday at 7:45 GMT (8:45 in France) the song “Give Peace a Chance” (“Let’s give a chance to peace”) against the war in Ukraine, announced the European Broadcasting Union ( EBU).

This famous piece, written by John Lennon, can be heard in more than 25 countries, including Ukraine, and private European radio stations will also join this initiative, the EBU said.


The strong gesture of the mayor of Vilnius

Remigijus Simasius announces that the city will name a small lane that leads to the Russian Embassy in the Lithuanian capital “Ukrainian Heroes Street”.


Bin Salman offers his mediation to Putin

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, who calls for a “political solution” to the conflict, offered in a telephone interview with the Russian president his mediation to end the war, according to the official Saudi news agency.


Italian insurer Generali announces its gradual withdrawal from Russia

The number one Italian insurance company will in particular close its representation in Moscow and soon stop the activity of its subsidiary of Europ Assistance.


UK sanctions Russian oligarchs Usmanov and Shuvalov

The government will sanction Uzbekistan-born Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, already sidelined by Everton football club, and former Russian deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov. The British government imposes an asset freeze and travel ban on both men.


Wagner, the mysterious secret army of Vladimir Putin

PODCAST. Officially, this Russian paramilitary group does not exist. Yet it serves the interests of the Kremlin, in Africa or more recently in Ukraine. Story.


Scholz asks Schröder to leave office

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday urged former leader Gerhard Schröder to resign from his positions within large Russian groups when the latter was let go by part of his entourage because of his close ties with Vladimir Putin.


Interview Dmytro Pidruchnyi, Ukrainian biathlete at the front

“I always thought that at some point, we should take up arms. The 30-year-old sportsman joined the ranks of the Ukrainian army at the start of the Russian invasion. He answered our questions. Maintenance.


Washington imposes new sanctions on Russian oligarchs

The United States decides on new sanctions against Russian officials and oligarchs and their families, including billionaire Alisher Usmanov and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, “who continue to support” Russian President Vladimir Putin “despite his brutal invasion of Ukraine”.


The aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle deployed

“The aircraft carrier and its escort left Cyprus to be able to reach an area in the Mediterranean which will allow our Rafale planes and our reconnaissance planes (…) to carry out air policing, reconnaissance and intelligence missions” , announced the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly on BFMTV. The planes of Charles-de-Gaulle “will fly due north towards the territory of Romania where they will have the capacity to observe and deter”, she specifies.


Queen Elizabeth II mobilizes

Queen Elizabeth II has made a “generous donation” to a coalition of humanitarian associations, according to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which brings together 15 associations including the British Red Cross and Oxfam. The amount was not specified.


“The war united us”


Florence Parly in Romania on Sunday

The French Minister of the Armed Forces will travel to Romania on Sunday to meet some 500 soldiers sent by France to this country, she announced on franceinfo.


+ 20 euros for wheat and corn

Milling wheat and maize have seen a new surge in prices on the European market. They close respectively at 381.75 euros and 379 euros. This is because Ukraine can no longer export the many grains that remain in its silos.


These French who cross Europe

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, personal initiatives have multiplied. A few French people, like Marie, Daniel and Stéphanie, decided to travel almost 5000 km across Europe to help as close as possible to the conflict. Our article.


“Not the expected results”

“Unfortunately, there are not yet the expected results for Ukraine”, wrote on Twitter Mikhaïlo Podoliak after the second round of talks between Russia and Ukraine.


An agreement for civilians

Ukraine and Russia agree on “humanitarian corridors” for the evacuation of civilians, announces the adviser to the Ukrainian presidency Mikhaïlo Podoliak.


“The injured succumbed to a lack of care in the first ten minutes”

Military doctor Alain Puidupin, a fine connoisseur of war terrain, details to the “Parisian” the needs that hospitals in Ukraine could have and supports the call for the creation of humanitarian corridors. Explanations.


“My determination is and will remain total”, continues Macron

“Dialogue to protect the populations, to obtain gestures that will avoid human tragedies, to put an end to this war: this is the meaning of my commitment alongside President Zelensky and the international community”, he explains in a second tweet.

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