The essential :
- Negotiations between kyiv and Moscow are opening at the start of the week in Istanbul, Ukraine saying it is ready to discuss “in depth” its neutrality, a point that Moscow has not let go since the opening of the dialogue.
In the city of Mariupol, besieged and bombarded for weeks, “the population is fighting to survive. The humanitarian situation is catastrophic, ”said the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its Twitter account overnight. “The Russian armed forces are turning the city into dust,” he added, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denouncing for his part a total blockade of this city that the Russian army has been trying to take for weeks.
- French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday called for continued dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin until he realizes the “price to pay” for his invasion of Israel. Ukraine and that he wants to negotiate. Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he would speak to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday or Tuesday to organize an evacuation operation from the city of Mariupol.
10:38 a.m. – A drifting mine discovered in Turkey
A mine, which may have drifted from Ukraine, was discovered off the coast of Igneada in northwestern Turkey on Monday after a first was deactivated on Saturday at the entrance to the Bosphorus, the ministry said. Turkish Defense. “A mine has been detected off Igneada, near the Bulgarian border” on the Black Sea, the ministry said on Twitter, adding that Turkish Navy special operation units have been dispatched to the scene. The mine was isolated “and an intervention was initiated to neutralize it”, added the ministry. A first mine, discovered on Saturday, was deactivated by the Turkish navy. A fisherman said he had seen this mine 2 km off Rumelifeneri, at the entrance to the Bosphorus, north of Istanbul.
10:07 a.m. – Sergei Pugachev: “The idea of a putsch against Putin seems improbable to me”
The former oligarch and ex-“Kremlin banker” is one of those who contributed to Putin’s rise to power. He gives himself up without restraint.
Read our interview with Sergei Pugachev: “The idea of a putsch against Putin seems unlikely to me”
09:46 – Heineken in turn withdraws from Russia
Dutch brewer Heineken announced on Monday that it would leave Russia, where it has 1,800 employees, because the war in Ukraine continues to “unfold and escalate”. “Heineken’s ownership of the business in Russia is no longer sustainable or viable in the current environment. Accordingly, we have decided to exit Russia,” the world’s second-largest brewer said in a statement.
09:15 – “Putin’s fuel is not money, it’s terror”
The Russian writer Dmitry Gloukhovski imagined a warrior world where the metro is a refuge. It explains by which mechanisms reality joins fiction.
Read our interview “Putin’s Fuel Isn’t Money, It’s Terror”
8:40 a.m. – The regulator calls on the French to save energy now
The President of the Energy Regulation Commission (CRE), Jean-François Carenco, called on all French people on Monday to save energy now, at the risk of facing supply tensions l next winter. In a daily interview The echoesthe boss of the energy regulator judges that the gas supply difficulties caused by the war in Ukraine and the unprecedented drop in EDF’s nuclear electricity production will necessarily lead to difficulties in the winter of 2022 if nothing is not done.
08:17 – Rail traffic between Finland and Russia interrupted
7:07 p.m., Sunday evening. The Allegro train enters the central station of the Finnish capital, and with it ends the last railway line still active between Russia and the EU, a month after the invasion of Ukraine and Western sanctions against Moscow. Twelve years after the maiden voyage of this modern train with Vladimir Putin on board, then a symbol of renewal for Euro-Russian relations, traffic is interrupted indefinitely from this Monday between Saint Petersburg and Helsinki, a line however active even during the Cold War.
07:49 – Gérard Araud – How to reconcile NATO and European defense
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07:16 – New negotiations in Turkey
Ukrainian and Russian negotiators meet in Istanbul on Monday or Tuesday, according to sources, to try to end this conflict which has already forced more than 3.8 million Ukrainians to flee their country, according to a UN count on Sunday. and caused some 63 billion in damage to the country’s infrastructure, according to a study by the Kyiv School of Economics. One of the important points of the negotiations concerns “security guarantees and neutrality, the nuclear-free status of our state”, Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelensky told Russian independent media on Sunday, according to the presidential administration’s Telegram channel. Ukrainian. “This point of the negotiations is understandable to me and it is under discussion, it is studied in depth,” he said. But it will have to be submitted to a referendum and guarantees are needed, he warned, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin and his entourage of “draging things out”.
06:51 – 2,000 children from Mariupol taken to Russia, according to Ukraine
Some 2,000 children were taken to Russia, denounced the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs. “And that means abducted. Because we don’t know exactly where they are. Some are with their parents, some aren’t. It’s a disaster,” he said. More than 2,000 civilians were killed in Mariupol, according to a recent report communicated by the town hall. According to the Ukrainian president, some 100,000 people are still stranded in this strategic port on the Sea of Azov. Several attempts to establish safe routes for civilians have failed, with both sides accusing each other of ceasefire violations.
04:48 – Total despair in Mariupol
In the city besieged and bombarded for weeks, “the population is fighting to survive. The humanitarian situation is catastrophic”, affirmed in the night from Sunday to Monday the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its Twitter account. “The Russian armed forces are turning the city into dust,” he added, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denouncing for his part a total blockade of this city that the Russian army has been trying to take for weeks. “All entrances and exits from the city are blocked (…) it is impossible to bring food and medicine into Mariupol,” he said on Sunday evening. “Russian forces are bombing humanitarian aid convoys and killing the drivers,” he added.
04:22 – Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine calls for the “demilitarization” of the Chernobyl zone
As fires rage in the Chernobyl region, and it is impossible to put them out due to constant strikes and fighting, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has called on the UN to ensure that the area around the nuclear power plant is “demilitarized”.
03:42 – Minute of silence for Ukraine at the 94th Academy Awards
After the intervention of actress Mila Kunis on the stage of the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, where the 94th Academy Awards takes place, a message was broadcast and a minute of silence was observed. There was once talk of an intervention by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on video, but that did not take place.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 28, 2022
03:11 – Fires with potential “very serious consequences” underway near Chernobyl
New fires have broken out in the area of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, occupied by Russian forces, according to Ukrainian authorities. “Significant fires have started in the exclusion zone, which can have very serious consequences,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshuk wrote on her Telegram account on Sunday evening. “However, it is now impossible to fully control and extinguish the fires due to the capture of the exclusion zone by the occupying Russian forces,” she added.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Sunday that the security situation at Ukraine’s nuclear power plants remained unchanged. She had estimated last week that the forest fires around Chernobyl did not pose a major radiological risk.
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