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Destruction of Western weapons, 40 billion in kyiv: the situation on the 87th day of the Russian invasion – BFMTV

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Russia claimed responsibility on Saturday for the destruction of a “large” Western arms shipment to Ukraine. For his part, US President Joe Biden signed a law providing 40 billion US dollars in aid to kyiv. Meanwhile, negotiations continue around the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. Only “diplomacy” would put an end to the war in Ukraine estimated this Saturday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who also published his Telegram of impressive footage of a Russian strike on a Ukrainian cultural center on Friday in Lozova, Kharkiv region. For its part, Russia claimed this Saturday the destruction of a “significant” shipment of Western weapons to Ukraine, while US President Joe Biden signed a law providing 40 billion dollars in aid from the United States. United in kyiv. • Russia continues its offensive, particularly in the east After failing to take control of kyiv and its region, Russian troops are now concentrating their efforts in an offensive against eastern Ukraine where fighting is intense A large shipment of weapons, supplied by the West to Ukrainian forces in the eastern region of Donbass, have been destroyed in northwestern Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday. High-precision long-range Kalibr, launched from the sea, destroyed a large shipment of weapons and military equipment supplied by the United States and European countries, near Malin railway station, Zhytomyr region” , said the ministry. Note that the forces Russians hit a Ukrainian cultural center on Friday in Lozova, Kharkiv region, injuring at least eight people, including a child. The impressive images of the strike, shot by a CCTV camera, were published this Saturday by Volodymyr Zelensky on Telegram.• Joe Biden signs the law providing 40 billion dollars in aid to UkraineAs expected, the President of the United Joe Biden has officially signed the law providing $40 billion in aid to Ukraine to support its war effort against Russia, the White House announced on Saturday. He signed it during his official trip to South Korea after it was passed by Congress on Thursday. The law includes $6 billion to equip Ukraine with armored vehicles and strengthen its anti-aircraft defence. On Friday, the G7 countries meeting in Germany also promised to mobilize 19.8 billion dollars (18.7 billion euros) to help Ukraine “fill its financial deficit”. • Russia responds to sanctions against sanctionsWhile Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to circumvent the financial sanctions of Western allies, in particular by demanding that they pay for their gas in rubles, Finland, which refused these conditions, saw its natural gas supply cut off on Saturday by the Russian supplier Gazprom. “Natural gas deliveries to Finland under the Gasum supply contract have been interrupted”, declared this Finnish public energy company, assuring that it could obtain gas from other suppliers and continue ” normally” his activities. Supplier Gazprom has confirmed the suspension. The Nordic country, which angered Moscow by deciding to apply for NATO membership, joins Poland and Bulgaria among the countries to which Gazprom has cut off gas because they refused to pay in rubles. Finland has already been deprived of Russian electricity exports since mid-May. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and CIA director Williams Burns. • Negotiations continue over the integration of Sweden and Finland into NATOIt’s still no for Sweden, but Turkey seems more conciliatory this Saturday towards Finland joining NATO, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s first telephone conversations with his Nordic counterparts since the start of the crisis. The latter had thrown a stone into the water by warning on May 13 that he was opposed to the enlargement of the Atlantic Alliance to these two countries which he accused of being “hostels for the terrorists” of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Erdogan also spoke with the head of the Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, to whom he renewed his concerns. “I said that as NATO allies, Finland and Turkey are committed to their security, and that our relations will be strengthened. Finland condemns terrorism in all its forms. The close dialogue continues,” the Finnish President wrote in his tweet. “Until Sweden and Finland clearly show their solidarity with Turkey on fundamental issues, in particular the fight against terrorism, Turkey will not positively consider their membership of NATO”, he thus warned, according to a press release from the presidency. Just after Having spoken to the Swedish Prime Minister, Magdalena Anderson, the Turkish President called on Sweden to “put an end to its political and financial support and to the supply of arms to terrorist organisations”.• Zelensky confident of a “diplomatic” outcome of the conflict The war in Ukraine can only be ended through “diplomatic” means, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assured this Saturday during an interview with the private Ukrainian television channel ICTV, during which he indicated that 700,000 Ukrainian fighters were fighting against Russia. “The end (of the conflict) will be diplomatic,” he said in an interview with a Ukrainian television channel. The war “will be bloody, it will be fighting, but it will end definitively via diplomacy”. the continuation of the talks the fact that the Ukrainian soldiers entrenched in the vast metallurgical complex of Azovstal in Mariupol, in the south-east of Ukraine, are not killed by the Russian army. Mathieu Ait Lachkar with AFP

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