Live Ukraine war: Paris calls for “immediate withdrawal of Russian troops” from Zaporizhia power plant

Seven UK cities are vying to host Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine

The BBC announced on Friday that seven British cities had been chosen to host the next Eurovision Song Contest, which the UK will host on behalf of Ukraine due to the Russian invasion.

Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield were chosen from the twenty cities that expressed interest in hosting the iconic competition. Results will be announced in the fall.

EU “united” in support of Ukraine

Anne-Claire Legendre reaffirmed the “solidarity of the European Union” in support of Ukraine since February 24, amid Russia’s conflict over Ukraine.

“Dialogue must be maintained”

“The origin of the danger of this plant is Russian aggression. (…) Despite everything, the path of dialogue must be maintained, there will come a time when the negotiation phase will become necessary,” pointed out the spokesperson of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Zaporizhia Power Plant: “We demand immediate withdrawal of Russian troops”

Anne-Claire Legendre, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, was a guest of Franceinfo this Friday morning. “We are very concerned about the Russian occupation of this plant in Zaporizhia. We demand the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from this plant,” he said.

Zelensky welcomes help from “friendly countries”.

In his daily address Thursday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked “allies who are helping to meet the humanitarian needs created by this war.”

The east and southeast are still dead

To the east, in the Donbass mining basin, Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk region’s military administration, announced this morning that 11 civilians had been killed in the past 24 hours.

Zaporijjia: “These incidents will lead to a disaster”, UN

“Unfortunately, rather than escalating, more alarming incidents have been reported in recent days that, if continued, could lead to catastrophe,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday. About the plant and the situation around it.”

“It must be clear that damage to Zaporizhia or any other nuclear site in Ukraine, or anywhere else, could have catastrophic consequences not only nearby, but regionally and beyond. This is absolutely unacceptable,” he stressed.

Zaporizhia: International Atomic Energy Agency requests access as soon as possible

The site of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, was bombed again on Thursday, with Ukraine and Russia blaming each other, while the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency called for access “as quickly as possible” at an emergency meeting. Security Council. “The situation is very serious and the IAEA must be empowered to quickly implement its work in Zaporizhia,” International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi asked before.

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