Gathered at a summit in Brussels, the leaders of the Twenty-Seven will discuss a compromise finalized on Monday morning and which would allow the adoption of a sixth package of EU sanctions against Moscow, paralyzed until now by the opposition. of Budapest to the proposed oil embargo.
A new draft of the conclusions of the summit, consulted by AFP, provides for the adoption “without delay” of the new set of sanctions, including an embargo on Russian oil by the end of the year, “with a temporary exemption for pipeline crude” — to override the veto of Hungary, worried about its supplies.
The Russian army entered Severodonetsk
After conquering Lyman this weekend, the Russian army reached the town of Severodonetsk, near Luhansk, with the help of its air force. “Unfortunately I have bad news, the enemy has entered the city” said the governor of the Luhansk region. “The fighting continues, the situation is very difficult”indicated on Telegram Serguiï Gaïdaï.
Severodonetsk, a city of 100,000 inhabitants before the war, has been pounded with artillery for weeks by the Russian army and the pro-Russian separatists who fight alongside it. Dozens of civilians were killed there. It is the last major city in the Luhansk region which still escapes the control of Russian forces. If it falls, which seems inevitable, the city being almost entirely surrounded, Russia will be able to concentrate on the conquest of the last portions of the Donetsk region.
Ukrainians regain ground in Kherson
Ukraine, for its part, claims to be regaining ground in the Kherson region, in the hands of the Russians since the start of the invasion, when President Volodymyr Zelensky is due to address European leaders gathered in Brussels on Monday for a extraordinary summit devoted to his country.
This Ukrainian offensive on Kherson comes as the new authorities of Kherson, appointed by the Kremlin, have already expressed the wish to be attached to Russia, which has announced that it will allow residents to apply for a passport. Russian via “a simplified procedure“. If Kherson fell back into the hands of kyiv, it would be a strong symbolic advance, this region having been completely conquered by the Russian army since its offensive launched on February 24.
French journalist killed near Severodonetsk
A reporter for the BFMTV television channel was killed on Monday by Russian shrapnel in the Luhansk region while accompanying a humanitarian convoy of Ukrainian civilians. Many personalities reacted, including French President Emmanuel Macron.
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