In eastern Ukraine, fierce fighting continues around the strategic city of Lyman, which is controlled by the Russians but partially surrounded by troops from Kiev. After Russia annexed four Ukrainian regions, Washington announced new sanctions and new weapons exports. Follow hourly the latest developments in the war in Ukraine.
9:57 am .: Turkey “rejects” Russian links in Ukraine
Turkey The Foreign Ministry said it “rejects” the annexation of new Ukrainian territories by Russia after refusing to recognize the annexation of Crimea.
“Turkey does not recognize the annexation of Crimea in an illegal referendum in 2014 and has always expressed its strong support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty,” the ministry stressed in a press release issued overnight. In Moscow of connections.
“In line with this position adopted since 2014, we reject the Russian decision to annex Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions. This decision is unacceptable as it seriously violates the principles of international law”.
The Turkish ministry had already condemned the “illegal” referendums held in these four regions last week.
9:20 am: Director of Zaporizhia Power Plant arrested by Russian soldiers
The director of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, located on Ukrainian territory and occupied by Russian troops, was arrested by Russian patrols, the public agency responsible for operating the site said.
Ihor Murachov was arrested on Friday around 4 pm (1300 GMT) on his way to Enerhöder.
Group chairman Pedro Codin said in a statement. “He was taken out of the car, blindfolded and taken to an unknown location in the car,” he said in a Telegram message, adding that there was no immediate information on his fate.
The Zaporijjia power plant has become one of the main issues in the conflict in Ukraine, with Kyiv and Moscow accusing each other of bombing the site at the risk of triggering a nuclear disaster.
7am: Biden says US and allies ‘will not be bullied’ by Putin
US President Joe Biden On Friday, the US and its allies said they would not be “threatened” by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who vowed that NATO would defend “every inch” of its territory.
“America and its allies are not afraid” and Vladimir Putin “will not make us afraid,” he said during a speech at the White House.
The Russian president and other Russian officials have repeatedly threatened to use nuclear weapons to defend themselves Newly annexed Ukrainian territories.
Joe Biden called it “irresponsible words and threats,” calling Friday’s ceremony a “phony act” that was meant to show his strength, but instead explained that “he’s in trouble.”
After the president’s speech, his national security adviser, Jack Sullivan, said the threat of Russia’s nuclear weapons exists but is not “immediate.”
He added that the US would announce next week that it would “immediately” send new weapons to Ukraine.
6:45 am: Washington imposes new sanctions on Moscow after it annexes four regions of Ukraine
The United States imposed new sanctions on Russia on Friday, targeting hundreds of individuals and businesses, in response to Moscow’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions.
The US Treasury said it has sanctioned 14 people linked to the military-industrial complex, two heads of the Russian central bank, relatives of senior officials and 278 elected members of parliament.
The individuals or companies involved are prohibited from using their assets in the United States and cannot conduct transactions with US citizens or companies.
Among those targeted were Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, 109 members of the Duma (lower house of parliament), the Federation Council (upper house) and its 169 members, and Governor of the Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiulina.
Washington also allowed relatives of the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, and the Chairman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko.
6:30 am.: Volodymyr Zelensky welcomes “significant results” of counteroffensive in the east
President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday hailed the “significant results” of the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the east of the country as the strategic Russian-held city of Lyman remains partially surrounded by troops from Kiev.
“We have achieved significant results in the east of the country (…) Everyone has heard what is happening in Lyman in the Donetsk region. These are steps that mean a lot to us,” he said happily in his daily address. Social websites.
Earlier, a senior pro-Russian separatist, Denis Puchlin, recognized “a difficult situation” in Lyman. “Men are at the end of their tether,” he told local media, quoted by Russian agencies, on the sidelines of a rally in downtown Moscow celebrating Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions. The Ukrainian military said in a statement that Q’s “almost all logistical routes (around Lyman) are under control.”
3:26 am: World Bank provides additional $530 million to Ukraine
The World Bank (WB) on Friday announced $530 million in aid to Ukraine to “meet urgent needs caused by the Russian invasion.”
The support, which will take the form of a new loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), is guaranteed by the United Kingdom for $500 million and Denmark for $30 million, the agency said in its press release.
With AFP and Reuters