[EN DIRECT] 75th day of war in Ukraine: here are all the latest developments

Two and a half months after the start of the war in Ukraine, Russian forces are continuing a deadly offensive in the east and south of the country, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, celebrating the 1945 victory over Nazism, assures that his country is merely “defending” itself against an “unacceptable threat” at its borders.

Here are the latest developments, minute by minute

8:10 p.m. | France and Mexico call for a Thursday meeting of the UN Security Council

4:43 p.m. | Macron dampens Ukraine’s hopes of quick EU membership

Emmanuel Macron warned Monday that a possible accession of Ukraine to the EU would take “decades” and proposed, while waiting for the entry into a new entity, a “European political community”, likely also to welcome countries like the United Kingdom.

4:39 p.m. | Oil embargo: “progress” mentioned after a meeting von der Leyen / Orban

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday reported “progress” after a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on “energy security”, as Budapest blocks a proposed EU embargo on Russian oil.

4:31 p.m. | Ukraine: Putin is in “denial”, according to the head of French diplomacy

Russian President Vladimir Putin is “in denial” and in a “completely revisionist justification” of the war in Ukraine, said Monday the head of French diplomacy Jean-Yves Le Drian on BFMTV.

In a speech to celebrate the anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany, the Russian president said Monday that his army was fighting in Ukraine to defend “the fatherland” against an “unacceptable threat”.

4:19 p.m. | Special Pulitzer Prize for Ukrainian Journalists

Ukrainian journalists are being awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for their “courage” in covering Russia’s invasion of their country, the association of America’s most prestigious press awards announced on Monday.

4:04 p.m. | Macron and Scholz say their “full support” for Ukraine in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz declared their “full support” for Ukraine on Monday evening by going together under the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, a symbol of the Cold War and illuminated for the occasion in the colors of the country invaded by Russia, found AFP.

3:14 p.m. | Biden reactivates WWII military assistance law for Ukraine

United States President Joe Biden on Monday signed a law in front of journalists to speed up the shipment of military equipment to Ukraine, reactivating a device dating from the Second World War.

The “Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022” is “based on a World War II program intended to help Europe resist Hitler” and “was supported by almost every member of Congress” American, has noted the White House, also noting that the text was signed into law as Russia marks the anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany on Monday.

3:07 p.m. | Ukrainians were ‘sent against their will to Russia’

Ukrainians have been “sent against their will to Russia,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday, confirming information from Ukrainian authorities.

“We don’t have numbers but we have seen signs of Ukrainians being taken from Ukraine to Russia,” Kirby said when asked during a press briefing about the Ukrainian government’s claims that 1.2 million people were thus deported to Russia and placed in camps.

2:47 p.m. | To say like Putin that the war in Ukraine is ‘defensive’ is ‘blatant nonsense’, according to Washington

The United States on Monday called Vladimir Putin’s claims that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was “preventive” a “flagrant absurdity” and an “insult” to the victims.

1:17 p.m. | The effect of the sanctions is felt on the Russian armament

The effect of international sanctions is beginning to be felt on the Russian arms industry, which is struggling to replace guided missiles used by the Russian army in Ukraine due to the embargo on electronic components hitting Russia , a senior Pentagon official said on Monday.

1:10 p.m. | Despite the war in Ukraine, Biden tries to put the focus back on Asia

Joe Biden has hammered it from the start: China, the number one adversary of the United States, is the priority of his foreign policy. Captured for months by the war waged by Russia in Ukraine, American diplomats are now trying to put the focus back on Asia.

11:32 am | Ukraine: OECD countries favor temporary reception arrangements

Continue the integration of Ukrainian refugees or facilitate their eventual return to the country: in the choice of their reception arrangements, OECD member states have instead opted for “temporary” integration, according to a report by the Organization published Monday.

“The majority of countries have instead set up specific measures to assist Ukrainians in their most immediate needs, thus considering that their length of stay is in fact temporary”, writes the OECD in its report, despite “the ‘uncertain evolution of the war’.

11:22 am | Teen saves two lives by driving through Russian fire

A 15-year-old saved the lives of two injured Ukrainians by leading them through Russian gunfire.

11:17 a.m. | Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists march in Mariupol for May 9

A gigantic ribbon of Saint George, a Russian patriotic symbol, was worn on Monday by pro-Russian separatists through Mariupol, a Ukrainian port conquered almost entirely by the Russian army, at the cost of enormous destruction.

11:00 a.m. | Ukraine: special meeting Thursday of the Human Rights Council at the request of Kyiv

The UN Human Rights Council will organize Thursday at the request of Kyiv, supported by dozens of countries, an extraordinary session on “the deterioration of the human rights situation in Ukraine” invaded by Russia.

10:35 a.m. | Oil embargo: von der Leyen in Hungary this Monday to meet Orban

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen travels to Hungary on Monday to discuss with Viktor Orban “the security of Europe’s energy supply”, her spokesperson announced, as Budapest blocks an embargo project on Russian oil.

TO SEE | Ukrainian hero barks at Justin Trudeau

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday presented a medal of recognition to Patron, Ukraine’s famous mine-sniffing dog, who has been doing a phenomenal job since the start of the Russian invasion.

10:23 am | Dozens of countries call for Human Rights Council meeting

Ukraine, supported by dozens of countries, called on Monday for an extraordinary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to be held in response to “the war crimes committed by Russia” in the country.

10:20 am | Pro-Russian separatists march in Mariupol for May 9

A gigantic ribbon of Saint George, a Russian patriotic symbol, was worn on Monday by pro-Russian separatists through Mariupol, a Ukrainian port conquered almost entirely by the Russian army, at the cost of enormous destruction.

10:13 a.m. | Peace will not be built on the ‘humiliation’ of Russia, says Macron

Emmanuel Macron declared Monday in Strasbourg that, to end the war waged in Ukraine by the Russian army, peace will have to be built without “humiliating” Russia.

8:31 am | On a surprise visit to Ukraine, Charles Michel forced to take shelter because of strikes

On a surprise visit to Odessa, a major city in southern Ukraine, European Council President Charles Michel was forced to take shelter due to missile strikes, an EU official said on Monday.

8:20 am | In Moscow, a Victory Parade transfigured by the offensive in Ukraine

The tanks parade through Moscow like every May 9 to mark the victory over the Nazis. But this time, the offensive in Ukraine disputes in the minds the homage to the sacrifice of the Soviet soldiers.

Ania, in her twenties and who conceals her last name, says she is from Mariupol, a Ukrainian city in the grip of the most terrible fighting since the offensive ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, officially to defeat the Ukrainian “neo-Nazis”. engaged in an alleged genocide of Russian speakers.

8:16 am | EU: Commission opinion expected in June on Ukraine’s candidacy

The European Commission intends to give its opinion in June on Ukraine’s obtaining EU candidate status, likely to pave the way for a long process of negotiations requiring the agreement of the Twenty-Seven, announced on Monday Ursula von der Leyen.

7:48 | Lukashenko accuses the West of being ‘obsessed’ with Nazi ideas

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday accused the West of being “obsessed” with Nazi ideas and of being “at war with Russia” in Ukraine, the object of a Russian offensive for two and a half months.

7:23 am | The Europeans, Macron in the lead, praise union and peace against Putin

The European Union is displaying its values ​​of peace and unity on Monday in opposition to the warlike discourse of Vladimir Putin, by celebrating Europe Day in Strasbourg around the newly re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron.

6:48 | The Russian ambassador to Poland sprayed with a red substance

The Russian ambassador to Poland was sprayed with a red substance and attacked by pro-Ukrainian demonstrators on Monday, on the sidelines of a ceremony in Warsaw marking the end of World War II, the Russian agency Ria reported. Novosti.

4h50 | UK Defense Secretary takes aim at Russian generals

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace says Russian generals should be court-martialed for their actions in Ukraine, in a speech expected on Monday, the day Russia celebrates the 1945 victory.

4h45 | Russia fights back, says Putin, celebrating 1945 Nazi defeat

Vladimir Putin proclaimed Monday that his army was fighting in Ukraine to defend “the fatherland” against an “unacceptable threat”, a speech to fuel the patriotism of the Russians and their support for this conflict.

4h35 | Sweden: Social Democrats in power will decide on NATO on Sunday

Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats will decide on Sunday whether to back their country’s historic NATO bid to protect itself from Russia, they said.

4h25 | Ukraine won’t let Russia ‘claim victory’ over Nazism, says Zelensky

Ukraine will not let Russia “own the victory over Nazism” in 1945, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday, the day Russia celebrates victory in World War II with great fanfare.

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[EN DIRECT] 75th day of war in Ukraine: here are all the latest developments