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Russian bombings in Ukraine are increasing in the Kharkiv and Donetsk region, the Ukrainian presidency said on Monday.

This announcement comes a day after President Volodymyr Zelensky warned of an intensification of Russian attacks on the threshold of this “true historic week”, with the 27’s planned discussions on a Kyiv EU bid.

The European Union, through the voice of the head of its diplomacy Josep Borrell, on Monday accused Moscow of committing “a real war crime” by blocking Ukrainian grain exports “when the rest of the world’s population is starving”.

For French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, “Russia must stop playing with world hunger.”

EU response

This Monday “inaugurates a truly historic week,” Zelensky proclaimed Sunday night in his daily video speech, “we will have the European Union’s response on Ukraine’s candidate status.”

“Since 1991, there have been few decisions as fateful for Ukraine as the one we await today,” he added, saying he was “convinced that only a positive response is in the interests of the whole of Europe.”

Following a positive recommendation from the European Commission on Friday, EU countries meet on Thursday and Friday to decide on granting Ukraine accession candidate status. A green light requires unanimity.

“Our army is resisting”

Until then, “obviously, we expect Russia to step up its attacks this week,” the Ukrainian president warned.

“We are ready,” he added, admitting that Ukrainian forces had suffered “significant losses”. “Our army is resisting,” he said, however.

In its Monday morning update, the Ukrainian presidency said shelling was increasing in the Kharkiv region.

In the Donetsk (Donbass) region, the intensity of bombing “is increasing across the front line”, the presidency added, reporting one dead and seven wounded, including a child.

In Severodonetsk, “the Russians control most of the residential areas”, but “if we talk about the whole city, more than a third of the city remains controlled by our armed forces”, said the head of the local administration, Oleksandr Striouk.

Fighting is raging around this key agglomeration to gain control over all of Donbass, partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

Serguiï Gaïdaï, the governor of the Lugansk region that forms, with Donetsk, the Donbass, confirmed on television the fall of the village of Metolkine, on the southeastern outskirts of Severodonetsk and that the Russian Defense Minister announced Sunday The Footprint.

return of coal

On the southern front, where the Ukrainian army ensures that Russian forces, “unable to advance on the ground”, will proceed with bombing, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday morning an attack on an airport with cruise missiles.

This war could last “years”, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday in the German newspaper Bild, urging Western countries to support Kyiv in the long term.

Facing the EU, Moscow holds the hydrocarbon weapon. Countries like Germany are looking to make up for the drop in Russian gas deliveries, even if that means turning to less environmentally friendly solutions.

“To reduce gas consumption, less gas must be used to produce electricity. energy source by 2030.

“It’s bitter, but it’s essential to reduce gas consumption,” said ecologist economy and climate minister Robert Habeck. “We must have no illusions, we are in confrontation with Putin.”

Austria also announced on Sunday the reactivation of a coal-fired power plant closed in spring 2020 by a government that wants to eliminate this polluting source of energy and produce 100% electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

As for the Italian group ENI, also very dependent on deliveries from Moscow, this Sunday it was chosen by Qatar to integrate the French TotalEnergies project in Campo Norte Leste (NFE), which aims to increase the production of liquefied natural gas by 60%. (LNG) from the Gulf countries by 2027.

This article was automatically published. Sources: ats/afp

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