“A dispatch of ground troops is not excluded if Moscow breaks through the front lines,” reaffirms Macron…

“A dispatch of ground troops is not excluded if Moscow breaks through the front lines,” reaffirms Macron…
“A dispatch of ground troops is not excluded if Moscow breaks through the front lines,” reaffirms Macron…

12:29 p.m.

“A sending of ground troops is not excluded,” reaffirms Macron

Emmanuel Macron once again assumed the possibility of sending Western troops on the ground to Ukraine, estimating in an interview published Thursday by The Economist that we would have to “ask the question” if Moscow “was going to break through the front lines” and that kyiv asked for it. “Which is not the case today,” he clarified.

“To dismiss the question a priori is to fail to learn the lessons of the last two years”, when the NATO countries had initially ruled out sending tanks and planes to Ukraine before finally change your mind, he added.

12:26 p.m.

Moscow claims capture of new village in eastern Ukraine

Russian forces “completely liberated the village of Berdychi”. This is what the Ministry of Defense claims this Thursday in its daily press release.

This village is located near the town of Avdiivka, conquered by Moscow in February in eastern Ukraine.

11:49 a.m.

Moscow rejects accusations of use of chemical weapons in Ukraine

The Kremlin on Thursday described as “unfounded” US accusations that Russia used a chemical agent against Ukrainian forces, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

“As always, these accusations seem completely unfounded,” Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitri Peskov told the press, assuring that Moscow respected its “obligations relating to international law” in this area.

11:22 a.m.

Russia accused of numerous executions of Ukrainian soldiers by Human Rights Watch

According to a report by the NGO Human Rights Watch published this Thursday and relayed by The worldat least 15 Ukrainian soldiers have been shot after surrendering, since December 2023.

The association is calling for the opening of investigations into “war crimes” so that those responsible are brought to justice. A first report published on March 26 by the UN human rights monitoring body established that the Russian army had undoubtedly executed more than 30 Ukrainian prisoners of war during the winter months.

08:44

“Roy”, the architect who began to draw the horrors of war

“The monsters I draw can’t be filmed or photographed, but that’s what’s been happening in my life for the past two years.” Focus on Andriï who volunteered to fight and become a machine gunner then a drone pilot. And “in order not to go crazy”, this architect begins to draw the horrors of war.

His dark graphite pencil sketches often represent death, sometimes surrounded by swarms of butterflies for the Ukrainian soldiers, or flies for the Russians, also symbolized by deformed monsters.

“These are emotions that you put on paper in your free time, and it helps you not to go crazy,” says the 48-year-old cartoonist, “Roy” as he goes by his nom de guerre.

08:11

Thirteen years in prison for a Ukrainian hacker tried in the USA

Yaroslav Vasinski, a 24-year-old Ukrainian hacker, was sentenced Wednesday to more than 13 years in prison in Texas. He was suspected of playing a role in a giant cyberattack by the Russia-based group REvil, the US Department of Justice announced. This attack took place in 2021.

The young man was extradited from Poland to the United States in 2022 and pleaded guilty the same year to criminal conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering, and damage to protected computers.

6:45 a.m.

Russian missile attack in Odessa leaves around ten injured

A Russian missile attack left around ten people injured in Odessa, a Ukrainian port city already targeted earlier this week by deadly attacks, local authorities reported overnight from Wednesday to Thursday.

“Civil infrastructure was destroyed” and “13 people were injured,” said Mayor Gennadiï Trukhanov, adding that the firefighters were fighting “a large fire”, without providing further details. Oleg Kiper, the governor of the Odessa region, put forward the figure of 14 injured.

6:35 a.m.

Washington accuses Moscow of using a chemical agent in Ukraine

The United States accuses Russia of using a chemical agent, chloropicrin, against Ukrainian forces, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), according to a statement Wednesday from the State Department . In addition, Russia is using riot control agents as a “method of war in Ukraine, also in violation of the convention,” adds American diplomacy.

According to Washington, “the use of these chemicals is not an isolated incident and is likely motivated by the desire of Russian forces to dislodge Ukrainian forces from fortified positions and make tactical advances on the battlefield.”

6:20 a.m.

Welcome to this new Live

Hello everyone. Like every day, the editorial staff of 20 minutes is mobilized to give you all the information on the conflict. Since the beginning of the week, Russian forces have launched missiles at Odessa. It must be said that this city on the Black Sea is particularly strategic. Its port is indeed vital for Ukrainian exports.

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