10:15 am Russia claims to have attacked a military factory in Kyiv
Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that it had targeted a military equipment factory in Kyiv, a day after Russian forces warned they were stepping up attacks on the Ukrainian capital. ” High-precision long-range air-to-ground weapons destroyed production buildings of a weapons factory in Kyiv ‘ the ministry said
in a statement on Telegram.
9:50 am Bombed military factory in Kyiv
In particular, a military factory that produces tanks was the target of a bomb attack in a suburb of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, on Saturday morning, an AFP journalist noted.
A large number of soldiers and police officers were on the scene, preventing access to the complex from which smoke was billowing. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko stated on Facebook that he had no information about the potential victims at the time.
8:50 a.m. The return to the Ukraine, the temptation of homesick exiles
While the UN is announcing that the number of people who have left Ukraine has just passed five million, the Ukrainian government has also been recording a wave of repatriations for a few days. Living in exile is not easy. Our special correspondents tell.
guest of BFM TV This Friday evening, Ukraine’s ambassador to France said he fears a Russian nuclear strike on his country as Russia slips into the war it has been waging for almost two months. ”
This threat is a reality for Ukraine, but also for all of Europe. I am convinced that this possibility is not excluded
‘ said Vadim Omelchenko.
7:25 Kyiv threatened again
Russia announced on Friday that it had destroyed an arms factory in a Kyiv suburb and gave assurances that strikes in the Ukrainian capital were intensifying in response to attacks on Russian territory it accuses of Ukraine.
This factory, which makes Neptune missiles that the Ukrainian army says it used to attack the Russian cruiser Moskva, was hit overnight, AFP journalists noted on Friday.
According to the Pentagon, the Moskva, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea fleet, was sunk by two Ukrainian missiles. It was “a heavy blow” for Russia, commented his spokesman. Moscow’s version is that this building was “seriously damaged” by fire and sank while being towed.
7:20 am Zelenskyy highlights the Russian nuclear risk
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday: ” the whole world ” should be ” concerned the risk that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, cornered by his military setbacks in Ukraine, will resort to a tactical nuclear weapon, echoing the CIA director’s warning from the previous day.
American foreign intelligence chief William Burns felt it was not necessary” Take lightly the threat of the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons ” From where ” low current by President Vladimir Putin if he did sink into despair faced with the failure of his army.
7:15 a.m. Help from Berlin to buy military equipment
Germany wants to grant Ukraine military aid of more than one billion euros, a government spokesman told the AFP news agency on Friday. The money will be used by Ukraine to finance the purchase of military equipment.
7:10 am New victims
At least seven people were killed and 34 others injured when Russians shelled a residential area in Kharkiv, the largest city in north-eastern Ukraine, the regional governor said on Friday.
Almost everyone found dead in Boutcha near Kyiv was shot, said the local police chief. The residents themselves buried victims during the occupation of this city by the Russian army, which lasted almost a month.
A spokesman for Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday that Russian artillery had caused the deaths of around 30 “Polish mercenaries” in northeastern Ukraine, which could add to already high tensions between Moscow and Warsaw.
7:05 a.m. Moscow expels 18 EU representatives
Moscow on Friday announced the expulsion of 18 diplomats from the European Union’s representation in Russia in retaliation for a similar action by Brussels after the Kremlin’s offensive launched in Ukraine. The European Union deemed this expulsion “unjustified” and believed that it would only “exacerbate” Moscow’s international isolation.
North Macedonia has expelled six Russian diplomats accused of breaking diplomatic rules.
7 hours. NATO: Finland’s candidacy “very likely”
He is ” most likely that Finland is applying for NATO membership as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Finland’s Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen said on Friday. Russian diplomacy warned both Finland and Sweden that such a move would have consequences for those countries and European security.
6:55 am Complexity of a Russian oil embargo
The European Union is preparing to stop buying oil from Russia to sanction it over the war in Ukraine, but the measure is “complex” and will “take several months,” sources told AFP on Friday . ” The Commission is considering options ‘ explained a European official involved in the discussions.
6:50 am RFI website blocked in Russia
Russia has blocked the website of French radio RFI, which broadcasts information in fifteen languages including Russian, amid a crackdown on critics of the offensive in Ukraine.
6:45 am Five million refugees
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than five million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24. This is the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.