new US sanctions against Russia

The United States on Monday announced a new series of sanctions aimed at disrupting Russian military supply chains and financial networks linked to the Kremlin, including entities in France and Switzerland. The sanctions primarily target Russian electronics company Milandr and shell companies in Armenia, Taiwan and Switzerland linked to the Russian company, according to press releases from the US Treasury Department and the State Department.

“In response to Moscow’s unprovoked war against Ukraine, the United States will continue to disrupt Russian military supply chains and impose severe costs on those who come to the aid of President Vladimir Putin, as well as all those who support Russian brutality. regarding them. vis your neighbour,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken, quoted in the press release.

Information to remember:

  • US announces new sanctions against Russia
  • Volodymyr Zelensky claimed to have documented evidence of “atrocities” committed in Kherson by the Russians.
  • The Ukrainian president visited the city of Kherson, taken back from the Russians who still claim ownership of the city.
  • Sergei Lavrov arrived in Bali where he will represent Russia at the G20, where he dispels rumors of hospitalization.

Russians committed ‘atrocities’ in Kherson, says Zelensky

ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian forces of committing “atrocities” in Kherson, days after the city was recaptured by the Ukrainians. “The bodies of the dead are found: those of civilians and military. In the Kherson region, the Russian army left behind the same atrocities as in other regions of our country, where it managed to enter,” said Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday. night during his daily speech.

He added that 400 Russian “war crimes” had been documented, without specifying whether they concerned only the Kherson region. Many residents of the city told AFP on the spot that Russian forces, who finished evacuating the city on Friday after an eight-month presence, had sown desolation there. “They looted all the apartments, destroyed the doors, lived in the apartments. They took all the electronic equipment. They are thieves”, infuriates Svetlana Vilna, 47, who says “feels like she’s been in jail for nine months.

Oleg Nazarenko, 25, says “young people were stopped and searched. They terrified us. They were worse than the fascists. That was it.” A 30-year-old philosophy student, whose name is Andrïi, assures us that “now we have no electricity in the city, no water, no central heating, no mobile connection, no Internet connection, but we don’t have anything Russian , and I am extremely happy with it.

Great relief to see the occupant leave

President Zelensky accused the Russians on Saturday night of destroying essential infrastructure before fleeing. “We are in the process of restoring communications, internet, television and we are doing everything possible to restore electricity and water supplies as quickly as possible,” he said on Sunday.

In this energetic and logistical chaos, jubilation prevailed since Friday. Ukrainian flags, Kyiv soldiers hugging, horns and whistles still lit up the city on Sunday, AFP noted. You can also see destroyed military vehicles, mangled buildings and smell the burning wood in this strategic port on the Black Sea, where the war was still raging a few days ago. On Sunday, the population expressed, above all, great relief at the occupier’s departure.

While queues stretch outside food distribution and emergency aid stations, many adults and children walk the streets wrapped in blue and yellow flags. Some are gathered in the city’s main square to communicate with loved ones via the Starlink satellite internet service, owned by Elon Musk, the head of Tesla and Twitter.

“I need to reconnect with my family,” says Klavdia Mych, a 69-year-old retired teacher. “We haven’t had water for a week now,” she adds. And they say that everything is undermined: it’s scary”. On Facebook, Oleksandr Todorchuk, founder of UAnimals, an animal rights movement, says the occupants left, taking “most of the zoo’s animals to Crimea with them. [territoire ukrainien annexé par Moscou en 2014]from llamas to wolves and squirrels.

After successive military setbacks for the Russian army since the summer, the Russian withdrawal from Kherson is an even greater humiliation for the Kremlin, as the region of this major city is one of four annexed by Russia in violation of international law after the invasion ofUkraine, February 24th.

This is the third major Russian withdrawal since the start of the war, with Russia giving up on taking Kyiv in the spring in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance, before being forced out of most of the Kharkiv region (northeast) in September.

the security service says it has arrested a Russian soldier in Kherson “disguised as a civilian”

The Ukrainian security service said on Monday it had arrested a Russian soldier “disguised as a civilian” in Kherson (south), while fears that Moscow soldiers are still present incognito in the city liberated on Friday are strong.

“Security service agents arrested a Russian soldier in liberated Kherson. The man was disguised as a civilian and tried to pass himself off as a +local+,” this structure (SBU) said in a press release a few hours later. the surprise visit of President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the SBU, “he admitted that he was a professional soldier” of the Russian forces, tasked with “gathering information … and carrying out (sabotage) operations”.

Ukraine regains control of dozens of locations

Ukrainian armed forces regained control of dozens of locations in the Kherson region, which had been the first major city to fall after the Russian invasion. Following the evacuation from Kherson on the western bank of the Dnieper, an evacuation order for Russia’s Krasnodar region near Crimea was issued by local pro-Russian authorities on Saturday night to their district officials from Kakhovka on the eastern bank of the Dnieper. river.

During the night from Sunday to Monday, the southern command of the Ukrainian army stated that Russian forces continued to “establish a defense on the left bank of the Dnieper” and “additional lines of defense at various levels to keep the borders occupied”.

Moscow “continues to inflict fire damage on our troops and liberated locations along the right bank of the Dnieper using aviation, heavy artillery, MLRS (rocket launchers, editor’s note) and mortars,” he said. At the diplomatic level, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Monday, on the eve of the G20 summit in Indonesia, that ending the war in Ukraine was “simply the best thing to do for the world economy”.

The invasion launched nine months ago by the Russian president Vladimir Putin has profound economic repercussions, with rising energy and food prices. Officially, the invasion of Ukraine is not on the agenda of the club of the 20 largest economies whose leaders meet this Tuesday and Wednesday on the Indonesian island of Bali. Moscow also urged the G20 to focus on economic and financial issues rather than political and security issues.

Zelensky visits Kherson

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday visited Kherson, a major city in the south of the country that was recaptured from the Russians last week, a Ukrainian presidential source told AFP. Zelensky was walking through the city streets in military attire, surrounded by heavily armed bodyguards, but not wearing a helmet or bulletproof vest, according to videos posted on social media.

“Glory to Ukraine!” Residents shouted at him from the balcony of a building. “Glory to the heroes!”, replied, according to tradition, the head of state and those who accompanied him. Russian forces had withdrawn a few days earlier from Kherson after eight months of occupation, leaving the field clear for Ukrainian soldiers to enter the city on Friday.

However, the Kremlin stressed this Monday that the Ukrainian city of Kherson belongs to Russia, reacting to the arrival in this southern Ukrainian city of President Volodymyr Zelensky a few days after the withdrawal of Russian forces. “We won’t comment, you know it’s Russian Federation territory,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said as Russian forces withdrew from the capital last week from the Kherson region, which Moscow claims annexation.

Before noon, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sang the national anthem in Kherson, where the blue and yellow flag was hoisted in front of the regional administration building. According to a video posted on Twitter by Ukraine’s chief of staff, Andriï Yermak, Zelensky could be seen, hand on his heart, singing in front of soldiers and villagers the words of the national anthem: “Our enemies will perish, like dew in the sun , and we also, brothers, will rule, in our country”.

At the G20, Sergei Lavrov hospitalized?

The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, arrived on the Indonesian island of Bali on Sunday for the G20 summit, where he will represent Vladimir Putin on Tuesday and Wednesday, noted AFP journalists. The Kremlin explained on Friday the Russian president’s absence from the G20 due to scheduling constraints, but his absence is seen as a sign of isolation in the midst of military intervention in Ukraine. The Russian minister landed in an official Russian plane at Denpasar airport from Phnom Penh, where he attended the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

On Monday, rumors grew about Sergei Lavrov being hospitalized in Indonesia. Russia has denied, with video support, rumors that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was hospitalized upon arriving at the G20 in Bali, Indonesia. “It is false at the highest level,” lamented the minister’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, on Telegram after the release of information about the hospitalization of the head of Russian diplomacy. She then published a video of the minister, sitting in shorts on a terrace, in which he brushes aside rumors about his health and advises western journalists “to write the truth more often”.

“The coming months will be difficult” for Ukraine, warns NATO chief

“The next few months will be difficult” for Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Monday as the country celebrated the liberation of Kherson, a key southern city recaptured from the Russians last week. Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson “demonstrates the incredible courage of the Ukrainian armed forces” but “we must not make the mistake of underestimating Russia,” Stoltenberg told a news conference in The Hague after discussions with the Dutch government.

“The Russian armed forces retain significant capabilities as well as large numbers of troops and Russia has demonstrated its willingness to take significant losses,” added the NATO chief.

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