Eastern Ukraine pounded, conference on reconstruction in Switzerland

Eastern Ukraine pounded, conference on reconstruction in Switzerland

The state- Major of the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced his withdrawal from the city of Lysychansk on Sunday evening.

The Russian army on Monday continued to pound eastern Ukraine and make progress in its plan to conquer the whole of Donbass, following its capture of the strategic city of Lysychansk at the time. where in Switzerland, the Lugano Conference is already preparing the reconstruction phase.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced on Sunday evening its withdrawal from the city of Lyssytchansk, at the heart of fierce fighting in recent weeks, acknowledging the superiority of Russian troops on the ground, in this region of Lugansk, in eastern Ukraine.

After taking Lyssytchansk, the centerpiece of the plan to conquer this largely Russian-speaking industrial basin of the Donbass and partly controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, the Russian army now seems to be concentrating its efforts on Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, two cities major forces further west, pounded relentlessly since Sunday.

In Lyssyshansk, troops wave Russian and Chechen flags to celebrate their victory.

In his address on Sunday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tried to put on a good face, emphasizing the other front lines, where kyiv claims to be progressing, in the Kharkiv regions (northeast) or Kherson. The day will come when we will say the same about Donbass, assured President Zelensky.

In Sloviansk, a city of about 100,000 before the war, Russian strikes killed six people on Sunday, including a nine-year-old girl. Her name was Eva. She would have been ten years old in August, President Zelensky said.

Ukrainian authorities are now calling on residents to leave the area, as the front line is no longer only a few kilometers from Sloviansk.

In Siversk, about twenty kilometers west of Lysytchansk, the Ukrainian forces seem to want to rely on a line of defense between this city and Bakhmout, in order to protect Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. Residents interviewed by AFP spoke of more intense shelling of Siversk in recent days.

The enemy has intensified its shelling of our positions in the direction of Bakhmout, confirmed the Ukrainian army general staff, in its first point Monday morning.

Anti-aircraft alerts also sounded on Sunday night in Monday until Odessa.

In Ukraine, no one ventures any more predictions about the duration of the war.

At first, our specialists assured that the war would end quickly, then they said, & #x27;'It will be over for Constitution Day'' (June 28), then for Independence Day (August 24), now they don't say anything, Lioudmila Iachtchouk, 55, a resident of kyiv, told AFP.

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In Boutcha, even if some have gone back to planting flowers at the foot of buildings or busying themselves in the vegetable garden, the inhabitants do not yet dare to think of reconstruction, when the outcome of the fighting remains unresolved. so uncertain. Here, the scars of the fighting are still visible everywhere: broken windows, bullet holes, holed walls.

We go to bed without knowing if we will wake up tomorrow, breathes Vera Semeniouk, 65 years old. Everyone has returned, is starting to repair houses, many are putting up new windows. It would be terrible if it started all over again and we had to leave everything again.

At the same time, even though the outcome of the war still remains totally uncertain, the Lugano Conference, planned well before Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February, will attempt on Monday and Tuesday to draw the outlines of the future reconstruction of Ukraine.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmigal and Speaker of Parliament Rouslan Stefantchouk arrived in Lugano on Sunday. They must meet there in particular the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to lay the foundations of the “Marshall Plan” for Ukraine, even though there is no end in sight. view to war and that figures range from tens to hundreds of billions of dollars.

For Robert Mardini, the director general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, while the reconstruction itself will have to wait for the end of the fighting, it is however vital to give a positive perspective to civilians, he explained to the chain. Swiss public RTS.

British Foreign Minister Liz Truss will notably present on Monday in Lugano a vast plan to support London's reconstruction.

Ukraine's recovery from Russia's war of aggression will be a symbol of the power of democracy over autocracy. It will show Putin that his attempts to destroy Ukraine have only resulted in a stronger, more prosperous and more united nation, Britain's top diplomat says ahead of conference .

For its part, the International Olympic Committee will triple its direct financial assistance to Ukrainian athletes so that they can raise their flag high during the Paris 2024 Games and then the Games Winter Games of 2026, IOC President Thomas Bach announced on Sunday.

The IOC has recommended an exclusion of Russian and Belarusian athletes from all international sporting events.

While in Kyiv, Thomas Bach, who was speaking alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, also said the time was not right. come to modify the position of the IOC, which recommended an exclusion of Russian and Belarusian athletes from all sporting events i international.

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