War in Ukraine live: Emmanuel Macron is on his way to Kyiv

War in Ukraine live: Emmanuel Macron is on his way to Kyiv

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Cover photo: Emmanuel Macron at a press conference during a visit to Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase near the city of Constanta, Romania, June 15, 2022. DANIEL MIHAILESCU / AFP

The posts of this live tracking are activated between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Paris time.

  • US President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced additional military aid worth a billion dollars to Ukraine.. In particular, this new support includes artillery pieces, grenades, surface-to-sea missiles and “modern rocket launchers, which the Ukrainians need for their defensive operations in Donbass”.
  • The Russians continue their attack on the city of Sieverodonetsk and its neighbor Lysyhansk, two key cities of Donbass, and other localities in the region. The Ukrainian authorities have admitted in recent days that their troops have been driven out of Sievierodonetsk city center and that they are left with “complicated lines of communication” after destroying all bridges to Lysychansk.
  • Russia on Wednesday accused Kiev forces of blocking the evacuation through a “humanitarian corridor”. Civilians at a factory in Sieverodonetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine occupied by the Russian army.
  • Emmanuel Macron, visiting a NATO base on Wednesday, called for “continued cooperation equipment and financial efforts” towards Ukraine. He judged it was time to give Ukraine “clear political signals” about the country’s EU accession. According to German and Italian media, the French President, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi are expected in Kyiv on Thursday.
  • The United States on Wednesday urged China to stop supporting the Russian invasion in Ukraine so as not to “put themselves on the wrong side of history” after a phone call between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin.
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavusoglu says it is possible to create “safe corridors”. to transport Ukrainian wheat across the Black Sea without having to defuse sea mines near Ukrainian ports.

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