Fighting is intensifying in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. On Saturday, May 28, Moscow confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had seized the key location of Lyman, which opens the way to the main cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. Negotiations continue.At the diplomatic level.
Here is what to remember that day.
Diplomatic appeal to Vladimir Putin
President of France Emmanuel Macron and President of Germany Olaf Scholes Talked for a long time on the phone Saturday with Vladimir Putin. They asked the Russian president to start “Serious Direct Negotiations” With his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zhelensky, as well as the release of 2,500 Ukrainian fighters who had stationed themselves on the Azovstel steelwork in Mariupol.
Two leaders “Immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops”, According to a report by the German Chancellor. There are Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholes “Russian President calls for serious direct talks with Ukrainian President and diplomatic solution to the conflict”. “DAny solution to the war [doit] Talks will be held between Moscow and Kiev in recognition of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “They insisted, according to the French president.
Russia is “ready” to export grain from Ukraine
Ukraine, a major agricultural power, can no longer export grain because of its blockades, Vladimir Putin promised during his conversation with Emmanuel Macron. Olaf Shoals that his country “Ready” To facilitate export “Unrestricted” Grains from Ukraine.
“Russia is ready to help find options for the unrestricted export of grain, including Ukrainian grain, from ports in the Black Sea.”, Refers to a press release issued by the Kremlin at the end of this telephone conversation. According to Vladimir Putin, there were difficulties in the distribution of food “Western Economic and Monetary Policy, as well as Anti-Russian Sanctions” Imposed by these countries.
During a telephone interview with Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholes, Vladimir Putin “Warns of the danger of continued flooding of Ukraine by Western weapons, risks further destabilizing the situation and aggravating the humanitarian crisis.”According to the Kremlin.
Moscow confirmed the capture of Lyman
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement on Saturday morning, “As a result of the joint operation of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the military units of the Russian Armed Forces, the city of Lyman was completely liberated from the Ukrainian nationalists.”
Regional Security of this Republic “Self-declaration” Pro-Russian separatists said in a telegram on Friday “Under full control” Lyman, with “Support “ Of the Russian Army.
Auxiliary employee killed in Donbass
As Ukraine faces an increasingly critical humanitarian situation, an Australian aid worker was killed this week. Australian newspaper Mercury newspaper Michael Charles O’Neill, 47, who aided the front line of the wounded, was pronounced dead on Saturday, according to information confirmed by the Australian Foreign Ministry, which did not provide further details.
A display of power in the Arctic
Meanwhile, as Russia intensifies its offensive in eastern Ukraine, the Russian military demonstrated a new force by successfully launching a hypersonic missile in the Arctic on Saturday. The Russian Defense Ministry says the Zircon missile was launched from Admiral Korskov’s warship at a target in the Arctic White Sea off the coast of Barents. The first official firing of this missile was before October 2020.
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