War Ukraine – Russia, beyond the live: what you need to know today
03.02 Zelensky: “We are liberating the Kherson region”
“Ukrainian troops are gradually liberating the territory of the Kherson region,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Yesterday “the village of Tavriis’ke was added to the list of settlements returned to our state – says Zelensky in his latest video message -. And there is some progress also in the Zaporizhzhia region”. The Ukrainian president then comments on the distribution of Russian passports in Kherson and Melitopol. “It was shown how residents supposedly want Russian passports. Well, they didn’t look like queues to get a passport, but an attempt to get a ticket to escape,” says Zelensky.
02.12 Roscomos, resumed contact with ESA for ExoMars
The Russian space company Roscosmos has announced that it has resumed negotiations with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the launch of the ExoMars mission. The agency Tass reports it. According to the director general of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, the Kazachok lander could carry out the mission in 2024. “The colleagues of the ESA – Rogozin told the Russian news agency – have promised to apply to their supporters, the member states of ‘Esa. If they collaborate and give their consent, the mission could be implemented “.
In mid-March, the ESA decided to suspend the ExoMars mission, “deeply deploring the human victims and the tragic consequences of the attack on Ukraine” by Russia. ESA director Josef Aschbacher said in late May that the most likely date for the mission to launch is 2026.
01.40 Zelensky, keeping us out of the EU goes against Europe
“Keeping Ukraine out of the EU goes against Europe itself”: this is how Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who in his latest video message criticizes those who are “still skeptical” about this. Yesterday “the final phase of the great diplomatic marathon began which should end in a week and a half – says Zelensky -. And in this marathon we are really together with the European Union, in a team: and this team must win. I am sure that soon we will receive an answer on the candidate status for Ukraine. I am convinced that this decision can strengthen not only our state, but also the whole EU “. “What else needs to happen in Europe – urges the Ukrainian president – to make it clear to the skeptics that the very fact of keeping Ukraine out of the EU goes against Europe itself? For example, everything is already obvious for the Russian occupiers. They say it when they torment our people which is presumably because Ukraine went to Europe. So why are there any skeptics? “. Yesterday, “very fruitful talks were held in Kiev with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen – says Zelensky -. I am pleased to note your sincerity. It is the European Commission that will prepare a conclusion on our question. Ukraine has provided us with information. all the necessary answers in a very short time and it has been done well. There will be many other equally important and, I hope, fruitful talks with European leaders next week. “
01.30 Ex McDonald’s reopen in Russia, new name and brand
One month after the closure due to the war in Ukraine and the abandonment of the American multinational, the fast food restaurants of the former McDonald’s in Russia reopen. The chain that took over the restaurants, Sistema PBO, reopens its first 15 stores today, with a new brand and a new name. The brand is a circle and two lines, while the name has not yet been announced. “The green background of the logo symbolizes the quality of the products and service our guests are accustomed to,” a spokesperson for Sistema PBO told the TASS agency. According to the Izvestia newspaper, Sistema PBO has submitted eight potential names for the new chain to Rospatent, the Russian government agency responsible for intellectual property. Among them, “Tot Samyi”, which translates to “the same” and “Svobodnaya Kassa” which means “available cash”
01.04 Rolls Royce donates 2 electric generators to hospitals
The German company Rolls Royce has supplied Ukraine with two maxi electric generators. This was announced by the Ministry of Health of Kiev. “One of these generators – explains the dicastery in a press release – is able to supply current not only to a building, but to all buildings if it is a large regional hospital, for example. The generators – continues the note – are already They were sent to health facilities. One of them was delivered to the Kiev regional hospital and the other will take care of the operation of the emergency facility in Mykolaiv. ” The Ukrainian Ministry of Health thanked “Rolls Royce and the Italian partner company Perin as aid providers”.
00.30 Zelensky: “The Donbass holds firm, the occupants will repent”
“Remember how Russia hoped to take over the whole Donbas in early May? We are on the 108th day of the war, in June. The Donbas is holding on.” Thus Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a video message posted on his Facebook profile adding that “we must do everything to make the occupiers repent of having done all this and make them responsible for every murder and every blow inflicted on Ukraine”.
00.10 Filorussi: civilians begin to leave Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk
Civilian refugees at the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk have started to leave the industrial complex. This was reported by the Tass agency, citing the ambassador of the Lugansk People’s Republic to Russia Rodion Miroshnik. An estimated 500 civilians have taken refuge in the plant, as well as 300-400 Ukrainian fighters.
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