The US President Joe Biden violently attacked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, calling him a “butcher” and saying he “couldn’t stay in power” after his invasion of theUkraine, a statement that was immediately muted by the White House. Joe Biden came on Saturday to show his support for Poland, a country on the eastern flank of the Atlantic Alliance and bordering Ukraine. not “even to” [penser] to advance an inch into NATO territory”.
The most important information:
- Negotiations will soon take place in Istanbul
- Eight Russian tanks destroyed in Donetsk and Lugansk . areas
- Russian attacks on fuel depots in Lviv and Mykolaiv
- More than 2,000 Mariupol residents killed
- Kharkiv residents have resigned
Before his early evening charges against the Kremlin captain, the US president had… Vladimir Poutine of “butcher” for the crimes he believes have been committed by the Russian army in Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called on Joe Biden to remain “thoughtful” in his comments and responded to this initial attack by holding that personal insults of this kind each time undermine the field of possibilities for our bilateral relations with the current U.S. government shrinks.
The White House host brought the point home during a speech to a thousand people at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, directly challenging the “Russian people”.
New Russia-Ukraine Negotiations in Turkey
Russian and Ukrainian delegations will meet in Turkey from Monday for a new round of personal negotiations, announced on Sunday David Arakhamia, one of the Ukrainian negotiators. “During talks today via video conference, it was decided to hold the next face-to-face round in Turkey from March 28 to 30,” he said on his Facebook page. A face-to-face Russian-Ukrainian negotiating session between foreign ministers had already taken place on March 10 in Turkey, in Antalya, without any concrete progress being made.
Where will the discussions take place? During a phone call on Sunday evening, “(Turkish) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian Head of State (Vladimir) Putin have agreed to hold the next round of negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Istanbul,” the Turkish presidency confirmed.
The call to boycott Auchan supermarkets
Ukraine’s foreign minister called for a boycott of Auchan stores on Sunday after the French group announced its intention to continue its operations in Russia, particularly because of the need to bolster the purchasing power of Russians.
“Apparently, the job losses in Russia are greater than the number of deaths in Ukraine,” Dmytro Kouleba wrote on Twitter. “If Auchan ignores the 139 Ukrainian children killed during this month of the Russian invasion, let’s ignore Auchan and all its products,” he added, calling for a “boycott” of Auchan’s Leroy-Merlin stores. and Decathlon, all owned by the Mulliez family. Association.
The support of Russian businessmen for Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that several Russian businessmen had offered to donate money to help Ukraine, including to support its military. During a video conference interview with several Russian media outlets, Mr. Zelensky that he had received “signals” from several Russian businessmen, including billionaire Roman Abramovich, a close friend of Vladimir Putin who was the target of Union sanctions, from Europe and the UK.
“We got signals from him and a few other businessmen saying, ‘We can help somehow, we can do something,'” he said. “Some said they were ready to rebuild the country after the war. ‘We are ready to move our company to Ukraine, we live in England or somewhere in Switzerland, we want it. But how can we get off the sanctions list? “Some people don’t want to give their name and say they want to help our army, while they are citizens of the Russian Federation,” the president said.
In the military field
On the military front, in its latest staff bulletin published at dawn on Sunday, the Ukrainian army assures that in the Donbass, in the areas of Donetsk and Lugansk, “seven enemy attacks have been repulsed” and eight Russian tanks have been destroyed. Russia, for its part, claimed that Kalibr-like missiles destroyed a weapons and ammunition depot in the Zhytomyr region, west of Kiev, on March 25. A fuel depot was also hit near the port city of Mykolaiv (south), according to the same source.
Saturday afternoon’s Russian attacks on Lviv, a major city in western Ukraine that has so far been relatively unscathed from fighting, hit a strategic fuel depot and a military site and injured five, local authorities say.
More than 2,000 civilians killed in Mariupol
More than 2,000 civilians have been killed in the besieged city of Mariupol (south), a strategic port on the Sea of Azov, according to the municipality. According to President Zelensky, some 100,000 residents are still stranded there and everything is lacking.
British conditions for lifting sanctions
British sanctions imposed on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine could be lifted if Moscow agrees to a total ceasefire and withdraws its troops, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Saturday.
These statements echo those of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who indicated that the sanctions against Russia “were not intended to be permanent” and that they could disappear if Moscow changed its stance.
Polish fighter jets: no American objection, according to Kyiv
The United States assured Kiev it had “no objection” to the transfer of Polish fighter jets to Ukraine, Ukraine’s foreign minister said in a written message to Ukraine on Saturday evening.
“The ball is now in Poland’s court,” added Dmytro Kouleba, who met US President Joe Biden on Saturday during his two-day visit to Poland.
IAEA concerned about Chernobyl maintenance
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reiterated its concern over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which was captured by the Russian military on February 24. first day of the invasion of Ukraine†
The Russian army is now also in control of the city of Slavoutitch, where the staff of the Chernobyl plant live, and “there has been no staff turnover for almost a week”, that is, on March 20, on the site, the press specifies release from the IAEA. The agency is concerned about the ability of workers managing day-to-day operations at the radioactive waste site to go home to rest.
Auchan stays in Russia
The CEO of Auchan Retail International, Frenchman Yves Claude, on Sunday defended the survival of the group’s activities in Russia because, according to him, “a departure would be conceivable from an economic point of view, but not from a human point of view”. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky questioned the Auchan group before the French parliament on Wednesday about its activities in Russia, where it employs 30,000 people and generates 10% of its global turnover.
“It’s easy to criticize us, but we’re here, we’re at the forefront and we’re acting for the civilian population,” Yves Claude assured in an interview with the press.