Moscow bombs eastern Ukraine, Zelensky speaks in Davos

Clothing market
“Barabashobo” clothing market (SERGEY BOBOK / AFP) damaged by the bombing in Kharkiv, Ukraine, May 21, 2022

Approximately three months after the attack began, Russia continued to bomb eastern Ukraine on Sunday, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressing the world’s political and economic elite in Davos on Monday.

After failing to take control of Kyiv and the region, Russian troops have been concentrating their efforts on the fierce battle of eastern Ukraine since March.

According to the President of Ukraine, the Russian bombing targeted the cities of Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and Zaporizhia from Saturday to Sunday night.

On Saturday, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko announced on Telegram that seven civilians were killed and 10 were injured in the Donetsk area during the previous bombing.

In the Lugansk region, one was killed and two were injured during the bombardment, its governor Serguiï Gaïdaï said in Telegram. “Russians are doing their best to catch Severodonetsk,” he assured Saturday night.

“The city is being destroyed as it was before the destruction of Rubizhne and Popasna,” he accused, saying that Russian troops had destroyed the Pavlohrad Bridge.

Doubled in strength

The city of Severodonetsk, at the center of the battle, was the target of heavy bombardment, but the Russians withdrew, he said.

Ukrainian General Staff, in a daily morning update on Sunday, Russian troops continue to “missiles and airstrikes across the territory” and “strengthen by using aviation to destroy critical infrastructure. “.

Bombing of the city of Severodonetsk on May 21, 2022 in eastern Ukraine
Bombing of the city of Severodonetsk on May 21, 2022 in eastern Ukraine (ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)

Russia claimed to have attacked a large number of weapons supplied to Ukraine from the West.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, “long-range, high-precision Calibble missiles launched from the sea destroyed a large number of weapons and military equipment supplied by the United States and European countries near the Marine Railway Station in the Zhytomyr region.” Ministry.

It was not possible to validate this information from an independent source.

Ukraine: Severodonetsk and Lysychans'k, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the Lugansk region
Ukraine: Severodonetsk and Lysychans’k, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the Lugansk region (/ AFP)

In his regular video message posted Saturday evening, President Zelensky assured that Saturday’s military situation “did not change significantly,” but was “extremely difficult.”

According to him, the war will be “bloody” but will eventually have to be resolved “by diplomacy.”

Davos by video conference

“The debate between Ukraine and Russia will inevitably take place,” he told Ukrainian television ICTV. The discussion sketched in Turkey a few weeks ago remained a dead letter.

Polish President Andrzej Duda is visiting Kieu on Sunday. According to the President of Poland, he will give a speech in front of the Ukrainian Parliament and meet his responders. “He will, above all, pay homage to those who are fighting to defend Europe while fighting to defend Ukraine,” his adviser Yakubu Kumok was quoted by the PAP agency.

US President Joe Biden held a press conference with South Korean Yun Suk-yul on May 21, 2022 in Seoul.
US President Joe Biden (SAUL LOEB / AFP) at a press conference with South Korean Yoon Suk-yeol on May 21, 2022 in Seoul.

Ukrainian leaders are also preparing a video conference speech at the Davos Economic Forum in Switzerland. The forum will begin on Monday after a two-year hiatus by Covid-19. He needs to use this new platform to urge the world to provide Kieu with more financial and military assistance.

Zelensky will be the first head of state to give a speech on Monday. Many Ukrainian politicians travel directly. On the other hand, Russians were excluded.

For Klaus Schwab, the founder of the Davos Forum, the 2022 edition is the most timely and most important since the forum was founded over 50 years ago.

“Russia’s aggression (…) will be seen in history books as a disruption of order that arose after World War II and the Cold War,” he estimates at this week’s briefing, to help Davos. Ukraine and its reconstruction guaranteed to do as much as possible.

Russia’s counter sanctions

US President Joe Biden signed a law adopted Thursday by Congress during an official visit to Seoul, which will provide a huge $ 40 billion envelope to assist Ukraine, especially for war efforts. I didn’t wait to do it.

Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the release of this aid “more than ever” on Saturday several times.

Moscow soon released a new list of 963 Americans banned from entering Russia. In particular, with US President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Director of Defense Lloyd Austin, or Chief Executive Officer of Meta Mark Zuckerberg.

However, there are at least seven dead personalities, including former Senator John McCain, who died in 2018.

These “counter-sanctions” impose “neocolonialism + world order + on the rest of the planet (…) to reposition and recognize the new geopolitical reality of America’s power. The purpose is to “force”. To the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ukraine is also in control of a resolution that must be submitted to Parliament on Sunday for 194 members of the World Health Organization (WHO).

It must not only condemn Moscow’s attacks on the health system, but also the very serious consequences of the invasion and blockade of Ukrainian ports on global supply and the explosion of grain prices. Hmm.