Dmitry Muratov, co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 and editor-in-chief of one of Russia’s last independent newspapers, raised $ 103.5 million on Monday night by auctioning off his medal in an effort to help children displaced by war in Ukraine. Follow our live.
11:22: a Russian platform and its well on fire in the Black Sea the day after the shooting
The fire, which is ravaging a hydrocarbon drilling rig in the Black Sea, has spread to the offshore well, a Russian official said on Tuesday.
“The fire on the platform does not calm down, we tried in vain to approach it by boat. The fire has spread to the well, attempts to extinguish it continue,” said a senator from the peninsula. Ukrainians from Crimea annexed by Russia, Olga Kovitidi, quoted by the press agency Ria Novosti.
On Monday morning, Russia accused Ukrainian forces of firing on three Chernomorneftegaz drilling rigs, leaving at least three wounded and seven missing, according to Moscow. This is the first reported strike against offshore hydrocarbon infrastructure in Crimea since the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine on 24 February. The Ukrainian army did not speak on the subject.
10:08: “catastrophic destruction” in Lyssytchansk in Donbass
The Russian army is inflicting “catastrophic destruction” in Lyssytchansk, a neighboring town to Severodonetsk in Donbass (eastern Ukraine), the governor of the Luhansk region, Serguiï Gaïdaï, declared on Tuesday.
“Fighting (ongoing) in the industrial zone Severodonetsk and catastrophic destruction in Lysytchansk”, he indicated on Telegram, assessing that “the last 24 hours have been difficult” for the Ukrainian forces.
According to him, “the attacks on the (three) bridges connecting Severodonetsk and Lyssytchansk, which have already been destroyed, continue, further cutting off the first of these two cities with about 100,000 inhabitants from the rest of the territories controlled by Kiev. “The Russians want to fully conquer the Luhansk region” – which they already control almost completely – “before (Sunday) June 26”, he said. “But they will not get there in five days,” he said.
9:01: more than 18,000 Ukrainian refugees educated in France
More than 18,000 Ukrainian children are currently enrolled in French schools, colleges and colleges, about a fifth of the refugees who fled Ukraine to settle in France, authorities said Tuesday.
According to the latest figures from the Ministry of National Education, 18,611 students who have arrived from Ukraine since the start of the conflict with Russia on February 24 are accommodated in first and second grade classes. In detail, 10,777 children are enrolled in school, 5,930 in college and 1,904 in high school, according to data released Thursday by that ministry.
The number of Ukrainians who have settled in France since the beginning of the war continues to rise, suggested Didier Leschi, head of the French Office of Immigration and Integration (Ofii), which pays displaced Ukrainians a daily allowance. On Friday, 92,000 Ukrainians benefited from this benefit for asylum seekers (Ada) in France, or “250 more recipients every day on average”, he stressed.
8:11: The Russian enclave of Kaliningrad faces EU sanctions
Lithuania, a former Soviet republic of the EU and NATO, has since this weekend restricted transit of Russian goods by rail to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. In the wake of the move, tensions rose sharply, with Russia’s foreign ministry saying on Monday that if transit “is not fully restored, then Russia reserves the right to act in defense of its national interests.”
8:07: the loop tightens around the Luhansk pocket
Ukraine on Monday accused Russia of further escalating its deadly bombing in the east. Our Special Correspondent Pauline Godart takes stock of the situation from Kiev.
8:01: How Volodymyr Zelensky tries to create awareness in the African Union
Africa is “hostage” to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, causing strong tensions in the grain market for exports to the continent, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday in a video conference address addressed to members of the African Union (AU). The lighting of our journalist Bilal Tarabey.
7:31 a.m .: Russian television now broadcasts throughout an occupied region of southern Ukraine
The Russian army announced on Tuesday that it had connected the entire Kherson region to Russian television channels, which will now be available “for free” in this region, which has been conquered by Moscow in southern Ukraine.
“Specialists from the Russian armed forces’ transmission units have connected and reconfigured to broadcast Russian channels, the last of seven television stations in the Kherson region,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that an estimated one million people in the region now have access. to these channels.
02:08: Russian Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov sells his $ 103.5 million medal to help Ukraine
Dmitry Muratov, Russian editor of the independent investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta, on Monday auctioned off his $ 103.5 million Nobel Peace Prize for the benefit of children displaced by conflict in Ukraine.
Proceeds from the sale, won by an unnamed phone bidder, will, according to Heritage Auctions, which is responsible for the sale, be donated to Unicef’s program for Ukrainian children displaced by war. Dmitry Muratov had won the prestigious award in 2021 along with Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, in which the committee honored them “for their efforts to preserve freedom of expression”.
01:14: Two Americans captured in Ukraine committed ‘crimes’, says the Kremlin
The two Americans captured in Ukraine while fighting with Kiev’s armed forces “threatened” Russian soldiers and must be “held accountable for these crimes,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday in an interview with the US Channel NBC News. This is the first comment from the Kremlin on the case of these two former US soldiers, Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh, according to NBC.
“They are mercenaries and they were involved in illegal activities on the territory of Ukraine,” Dmitry Peskov said in English. “They were involved in the shooting and shelling” of Russian soldiers, “they put their lives in danger,” he continued. “They must be held accountable for the crimes they have committed,” the Kremlin spokesman added. “These crimes need to be investigated.”
Asked about the nature of the crimes charged against the two Americans, Dmitri Peskov admitted that the characteristics of their offenses were not yet known, which, however, ensured that they were not covered by the Geneva Conventions on Prisoners of War. The two men “are not in the Ukrainian army, so they are not subject to the Geneva Conventions,” he argued.
12:57 p.m .: Washington says they are studying a cap on the price of Russian oil
The United States is talking to its allies about further limiting Russia’s oil revenues by setting a ceiling on the price of its crude oil, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Monday during a visit to Canada.
“We continue to have productive talks with our partners and allies around the world on how to further limit Russia’s energy revenues while avoiding side effects on the global economy,” Janet Yellen said during the briefing. ‘A press conference.
“We are talking about price caps or a price exemption that would expand and deepen recent and proposed energy restrictions” imposed by the United States and its allies, “which would lower the price of Russian oil and contract revenues. By Putin while allowing more oil to reach the world market,” he explained. she.
A price cap “would prevent side effects on low-income and developing countries struggling with high food and energy costs,” she said.
12:01: “You are my hero,” says actor Ben Stiller to the Ukrainian president in Kiev
On Monday, US actor Ben Stiller met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev, to whom he expressed his admiration for his actions since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.
“It is a great honor for me (…). You are my hero,” said Ben Stiller, Ambassador of Goodwill to the United Nations, during his meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, himself a former actor, on the occasion of World Refugee Day. according to photos released by the Ukrainian presidency.
“What you’ve done, the way you’ve mobilized the country, the world, it’s really inspiring,” the 56-year-old American added, referring to the countless speeches by Volodymyr Zelensky that were intended to the world should get help. for his country.
Earlier in the day, Ben Stiller had visited Irpin, a suburb of Kiev, where fierce fighting was taking place at the beginning of the invasion. It is also the closest point to the capital ever reached by the Russian army.