On the 106th day of the war, the strategic city of Severodonetsk, the site of a fierce battle between Russian and Ukrainian troops, is “largely” under Moscow’s control, the regional governor said on Wednesday. Discussions on Ukrainian grain exports have reached a stalemate, despite high-level diplomatic meetings in Turkey.
And the negative effects of the war in the world are still growing, both financially and in food and energy. According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, about 1.6 billion people have been affected.
Basic information to remember
> Severodonetsk is almost completely controlled by the Russians
> Ukraine has asked the EU to grant it candidate status
> Ukrainian army will win some battles in the Kherson region
> Top news Thursday, June 9
8:46 – War threatens hunger of the poorest, WPP regrets
“We estimate that at the beginning of the year, 276 million people worldwide were facing a serious food crisis. The number is expected to increase by 47 million if the conflict continues until the end of May. So there will be much more, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. But not only that, ”warns Eugenio Dacrema, an economic analyst at the World Food Program (WFP), in the Echo columns.
8:42 – Russian troops are advancing south of Izyum, according to British intelligence.
According to the latest bulletin from the British Ministry of Defense, “Fighting continues in the pocket of Severodonetsk, but in the last 48 hours, Russia’s Eastern Group of the Army (EGF) has probably stepped up its efforts to advance south of Izyum, about 130 kilometers to the west.” Severodonetsk.
8:27 – Germany comes to the aid of wounded Ukrainians
German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach will travel to Ukraine on Thursday to meet with his counterpart and coordinate aid to Germany on the ground for war wounded. Some of the seriously injured have already been taken to Germany for treatment, but others, badly burned, have been treated in Ukraine, Karl Lauterbach said in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio.
Germany also offers assistance to those, including some children, who need prostheses. “These are two specific goals, and there are several more,” he added.
8:04 a.m. – Legislative elections disrupted by war in two French constituencies living abroad
The conflict is affecting the legal climate for French people living in countries affected by the conflict. Two constituencies of French citizens living abroad are directly affected: the 7th, which brings together about fifteen countries from Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and the 11th, which includes Ukraine and Russia, but more focused on the Asian continent.
“Many French people have left and re-registered on the electoral rolls in France or a neighboring country,” said Anne Genet, a member of the 11th constituency from the presidential majority. In fact, turnout was particularly low in those countries in the first round of parliamentary elections, which ended last Sunday, as in other constituencies abroad.
7:57 – Fire at the American LNG export terminal, a blow to Europe
A company spokesman said the Freeport LNG export plant in Texas would remain closed for at least three weeks after the fire broke out on Wednesday. Almost one-fifth of all gas supplies from the United States passed through the terminal last month.
A fire broke out at the US liquefied gas export terminal, threatening to increase global fuel shortages 🇺🇸 🔥
📌 The fire at the Freeport LNG plant is under control, but the impact on exports is still unclear
👍 No injuries or risks to the surroundings https://t.co/rmuLhu421z pic.twitter.com/1Gz5XKqTnc
– Stephen Stapczynski (@SStapczynski) June 8, 2022
This news is a blow to Europe, which is trying to get rid of Russian gas by switching to American LNG. In the first four months of the year, the United States sent nearly three-quarters of its liquefied natural gas to Europe.
7:52 – Russian troops “spoil the morale” of Ukrainian soldiers, according to ISW
“Russian troops are stepping up psychological and information operations to undermine the morale of Ukrainian soldiers and continue to storm Ukrainian positions in Severodonetsk,” the Institute for War Studies said in its latest daily bulletin.
7:30 – The body of journalist Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff repatriated to France
The remains of journalist Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff, who was killed by shrapnel in Ukraine on May 30, arrived in France on Wednesday night and were greeted by members of his family, relatives and Rome’s Minister of Culture Abdul Malak. In front of his coffin, wrapped in black, there was a moment of contemplation on the takeoff of Le Bourget airport, where his body arrived at about “just over 3:00 am”, according to journalists of his news channel. .
On Friday at 18:30 in the Place de la République in Paris, in particular, at the urging of “Reporters Without Borders” (RSF) will honor him. Two people who worked with Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff in Ukraine for BFMTV, reporter Maxim Brandstetter and Ukrainian journalist-translator Oksana Leuta, returned to France on 3 June.
7:00 – Moscow is concerned about the announced resumption of the Arctic Council
The main members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the United States) announced on Wednesday their intention to resume work that “does not involve the Russian Federation.” Aimed at promoting the “sustainable economic development” of this region of the world by promoting economic activity and investment, the Arctic Council suspended its work on March 3 after the invasion of Ukraine.
Decisions that will be made in the future without Russia’s participation will be “illegitimate,” Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov warned. The resumption of work under these conditions “may concern not only Russia as the current President of the Council, but also the entire international community interested in achieving sustainable development in the region,” he added. stated.
6:30 – Calm in the gas market
European prices fell by almost 25% over the month. Russia continues to supply the main markets of the European Union, and liquefied natural gas from the United States fills storage facilities.
But the valuable molecule remains at a level four times the norm, which is a sign that the risk of downsizing in the markets is still taken into account.
> The most interesting moments of the night
> Vladimir Putin would cancel his traditional annual TV show
For the first time in ten years, the Russian president would broadcast a river television program that answers questions from Russian citizens. According to the British newspaper “Express”, this cancellation is due either to the health problems of the Russian leader, or to the fact that the Kremlin does not want Vladimir Putin to be the object of awkward, even hostile questions about the invasion. Of Ukraine.
This televised meeting, a veritable marathon that takes several hours of airtime each year, has been broadcast since Putin came to power in 2001. It was abolished only twice: in 2004 and 2012. Last week, the Kremlin announced that the exhibition would take place in mid-June during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
> In Severodonetsk, according to Zelensky, the fate of Donbass
“We are defending our positions, inflicting heavy losses on the enemy. This is a very difficult, very difficult battle, probably one of the most difficult in this war, “the Ukrainian president said in a video released Wednesday night.
“The fate of our Donbass is being decided there in many ways,” said the President of Ukraine. Hours earlier, Luhansk Oblast Governor Serhiy Haidai had admitted that Moscow’s troops “controlled much of Severodonetsk.” “The industrial zone is still ours, there are no Russians there. Fighting is taking place only on the streets inside the city, “he said.
> Sanctions destroy 15 years of Russia’s economic gains
Sanctions imposed on Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine erase 15 years of Russian economic progress and three decades of integration with the West, according to the Institute of International Finance (IFF), published on Wednesday.
The war is likely to cost Vladimir Putin more, but sanctions do not work like “clicking the switch,” IIF economist Elina Ribakova told a briefing. In its latest analysis, the Institute predicts that the Russian economy will shrink by 15% this year and 3% in 2023.
> The consequences of the war are deteriorating, warns the UN
The negative effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine are deteriorating, now affecting 1.6 billion people, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, presenting the Organization’s second report on its international consequences.
“The impact of the war on food security, energy and finance is systemic, serious and accelerating,” he said. “For people around the world, war threatens to unleash an unprecedented wave of famine and misery, leaving social and economic chaos,” he warned.
> A referendum on the accession of Zaporozhye to Russia is proposed
The new administration set up by the Russian occupation army in the Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia plans to hold a referendum on joining Russia by the end of the year, according to several Russian agencies. “People will determine the future of Zaporizhia region. The referendum is scheduled for this year, “Volodymyr Rohov said. No details have been provided about the planned schedule.
> Ukraine asks the EU to grant it candidate status
On Wednesday, the President of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk addressed the European Parliament. “I came here to ask you to grant Ukraine candidate status on June 24,” he said, as Ukraine’s request for EU candidate status will be discussed at a European summit that day. He called for this date to be “a crucial date for all of us.”