Generosity of Sweden and searches on the 826th day of the conflict

Generosity of Sweden and searches on the 826th day of the conflict
Generosity of Sweden and searches on the 826th day of the conflict

Did you miss the latest events on the war in Ukraine? 20 minutes takes stock for you every evening. Between the strong declarations, the advances on the front and the results of the battles, here are the essentials of the day.

News of the day

The news was received with relief in kyiv, at a time when the country is suffering from delays in the delivery of Western equipment to Russia. Sweden on Wednesday promised military aid of 13.3 billion crowns, or 1.16 billion euros, to Ukraine. This is the sixteenth aid package sent by the Scandinavian country to kyiv.

This new military aid will “save lives”, welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the social network X.

Stockholm will in particular provide ASC890 reconnaissance radar aircraft. Ukraine will thus have “a completely new airborne radar reconnaissance and combat management capability against targets in the air and at sea”, according to a press release from the Swedish government.

These radar planes will allow Kiev “to identify approaching cruise missiles and drones, as well as targets on the ground and at sea,” said Defense Minister Pal Jonson.

Sweden will also donate its entire stock of 302 armored personnel carriers to support the establishment of new Ukrainian army brigades. The aid package also includes Rb99 combat missiles.

The number of the day

8. This is the number of people who were killed by Russian strikes in several regions of Ukraine this Wednesday. The death toll from this weekend’s bombing of a hypermarket in Kharkiv has risen to 19 dead, after the death in hospital of an employee treated in particular for multiple burns, according to the prosecutor general.

Today’s statement

“As Russia has changed the way it conducts its aggression, we have adapted and adjusted and I am confident that we will continue to do so” »

American Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced this Wednesday that Ukraine’s allies will “adapt and adjust” their arms deliveries to guarantee success. On the eve of NATO discussions in Prague, the head of American diplomacy suggests that he is open to a possible change of rules, while he tries to convince President Joe Biden according to the media.

The Atlantic alliance is pushing Western capitals to lift restrictions that “tie the hands behind the backs of Ukrainians”, in the words of its secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg.

But the chancelleries remain divided, the most reluctant – Rome and Berlin in particular – brandishing the risk of escalation, of extension of the conflict, with the risk of the use of nuclear weapons by Vladimir Putin.

Today’s trend

Searches were carried out on Wednesday at the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg as part of an investigation by Belgian justice into suspicions of Russian interference and corruption.

“The federal judicial police of Brussels (…) carried out searches on May 29 at the home of a collaborator of the European Parliament in Schaerbeek (municipality north of Brussels) as well as at his office at the European Parliament in Brussels,” said announced the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office in a press release.

A search was also carried out in the office of this assistant at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, “in close collaboration with Eurojust and the French judicial authorities”, adds the prosecution.

According to a Source close to the matter, the person targeted is Guillaume Pradoura, former French parliamentary assistant to Maximilian Krah, of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, who is at the heart of a scandal for his alleged links to China and Russia.

The searches “are part of a case of interference, passive corruption and membership in a criminal organization, and concern indications of Russian interference, according to which members of the European Parliament were allegedly approached and paid to promote Russian propaganda via the Voice of Europe news website,” the federal prosecutor’s office said.



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