“A waking dream”, savors Zague, goalscorer for the first time on his 18th birthday

“A waking dream”, savors Zague, goalscorer for the first time on his 18th birthday
“A waking dream”, savors Zague, goalscorer for the first time on his 18th birthday

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Ukraine: Moscow claims progress on two fronts during Blinken’s visit to kyiv

Russia claimed Wednesday the capture of two villages in the northeast of Ukraine, as well as a symbolic locality in the south, during a visit to Kiev by the head of American diplomacy, who stressed that it was it is up to the Ukrainians to decide whether they strike Russian territory.”We have not encouraged or favored strikes outside Ukraine but, ultimately, it is up to Ukraine to make its decisions on how it carries out this war”, launched Antony Blinken, while Moscow warned the West against any attack on Russian territory using weapons of their manufacture. The American Secretary of State also announced the release of a aid to strengthen Ukrainian defense capabilities in the amount of two billion dollars. This comes from the envelope of 60 billion dollars recently approved in the United States by Congress after months of obstruction by the Republicans. The Russian Ministry of Defense reported the conquest of two localities a few hours after the Ukrainians admitted having ceded ground in the Kharkiv region (north-east), where Moscow launched a surprise offensive on May 10. The Russian army claimed in a statement to have “liberated the localities of Glibokié and Lukiantsi in the Kharkiv region” and having “also progressed deep into the enemy defenses”. This attack from the north, near the border, took Ukrainian forces weakened by the lack of weapons, ammunition and men after more than two years of war and months of hiccups among the West regarding the aid to be given to the Ukrainian ally. At least two people also died following a shot Russian missile attack on Dnipro, a large city in east-central Ukraine, lamented the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, reporting “damaged infrastructure”. A bombing also targeted Mykolaiv, in the south, leaving at least five wounded. – Withdrawal – In the northeast, the Russian army has quickly seized several villages in recent days, after a long massive bombing campaign. “Around 8,000 people”, most of them “women, the elderly, people with reduced mobility, disabled people and children”, were evacuated from localities affected by the fighting taking place around thirty kilometers from Kharkiv, the eponymous capital of the region and second largest city in Ukraine, according to emergency services. Before the Russian announcement of the capture of new villages, the Ukrainian army said it had withdrawn its troops in “certain places in the Lukiantsi and Vovchansk areas, in “Maneuvers were carried out to save the lives of our soldiers, the units were moved to more advantageous positions,” the spokesperson for the forces said in the region, Nazar Volochine.To counter the Russian assault, “additional forces are deployed, reserves are available”, assured Volodymyr Zelensky’s spokesperson, after a meeting with the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, Oleksandr Syrsky. In this context, the president has canceled all his trips abroad “for the next few days”, underlined his spokesperson Serguiï Nykyforov. On Tuesday, Mr. Zelensky had urged the West to speed up supplies of weapons, after a meeting with Mr. Blinken. – The enemy is in the streets – According to the Telegram DeepState channel, close to the Ukrainian forces, the Russians managed to occupy a strip of approximately 80 km2 around Lukiantsi and another of 53 km2 towards Vovtchansk. According to Oleksiï Kharkivsky, the police chief of this town of some 18,000 inhabitants before the war, fighting is underway there. “The situation is extremely difficult. The enemy is taking positions in the streets.” Some military analysts believe that Moscow could thus force Ukraine to divert its troops from other areas of the front line, notably in the east and around from the strategic city of Chassiv Iar, in the Donetsk region, where Russian soldiers are also advancing. “The regions of Donetsk and Kharkiv are those where things are the most difficult at the moment,” noted Mr. Zelensky on Tuesday evening. head of American diplomacy for his part assured the same day that American military aid was “on the way”, promising that it “will make a real difference on the battlefield”. The slowness of European aid and the The months-long cessation of those of the United States, linked to American political dissensions, placed Ukraine in a difficult position, this country lacking men and ammunition at the very time when Russia, with its strong economy of war, resumed the initiative on the ground at the end of 2023.  Ukrainian authorities assure that Kharkiv is not threatened by a ground assault. But this city has been the subject of devastating Russian bombings for weeks, particularly for its energy network. A strike on Tuesday still left at least 20 injured there, after a guided aerial bomb hit an apartment building. For its part, Russia claimed on Wednesday to have neutralized around twenty Ukrainian drones, some targets of which were located a thousand kilometers from the border with Ukraine.bur-epe/alf/bds/ybl

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