Live updates EU: The Russians have a future in their hands

DAVOS, Switzerland – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says Russia can be reintegrated into the orbit of European nations if it finds its way back to “democracy, the rule of law, respect for the international order based on rules”.

Von der Leyen spoke at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum on Tuesday. Insisting on the historical and cultural ties between Europe and Russia, the head of the EU executive said reconciliation was certainly a distant dream and hope.

“But it also says that our response to this brutal invasion is to stand up to Russia’s leadership. It is the Russian people who decide for the future of their country. They have it in their hands.



– After 3 months, Russia is still mired in the war in Ukraine


– The Russian was sentenced to life in prison in the first trial of Ukraine for war crimes

– The Pentagon says more high-tech weapons are going to Ukraine

– After 3 months of war, life in Russia has changed profoundly

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ANKARA, Turkey – The leader of a Turkish nationalist party allied with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey must consider leaving NATO if “circumstances become unresolved” and Turkey is forced to approve the membership of Sweden and Finland.


Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Action Party, told lawmakers in his party on Tuesday that Turkey is not without alternatives and could be part of a possible security alliance that could be made up of Turkic-speaking countries and Muslim nations.

“Turkey is not without options. Turkey is not helpless. “Leaving NATO must be on the agenda as an alternative if circumstances become unresolved,” Bahceli said. “We did not exist with NATO and we will not perish without NATO.

Turkey opposes the historic attempt by Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, citing their alleged support for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or the PKK and other groups Turkey considers terrorists.


ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said a delegation of officials from Sweden and Finland is expected to arrive in Turkey later Tuesday to discuss Ankara’s objection to their NATO membership.


Cavusoglu told a group of journalists traveling with him on a two-day visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel that the delegation would meet with presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal on Wednesday.

Finnish Foreign Minister Peka Haavisto also confirmed the meeting.


An official installed in Russia in Ukraine’s Kherson region says the region’s pro-Kremlin administration will ask Moscow to set up a military base there.

“There must be a Russian military base in the Kherson region,” Kirill Stremusov, deputy head of the Russian-installed administration in Kherson, was quoted as saying by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. “We will ask for it, the whole population is interested in it. This is vital and will become a guarantee for the security of the region and its people.

Russian forces took control of the Kherson region of southeastern Ukraine at the start of the war and established their own administration there. Ukrainian authorities speculate that Russia plans to hold a referendum in the region to declare independence, similar to those held in eastern Donetsk and Luhansk in 2014. Moscow recognized the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk two days before invading Ukraine and he uses it as a pretext to send troops to his former Soviet neighbor.


Stremousov denied such plans earlier this month, saying the region would ask the Kremlin instead to make it part of Russia. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Kherson people decide how and where they want to live.

LONDON – British military officials say Russian forces have stepped up efforts to encircle and capture Severodonetsk and neighboring cities, the only part of the Luhansk region that remains under Ukrainian government control.

The UK Ministry of Defense said in a briefing Tuesday morning that the northern and southern parts of the Russian operation are currently separated by about 25 kilometers (15 miles) of territory controlled by Ukraine.

The ministry says Russian forces have achieved “some localized successes” despite strong resistance from Ukrainian troops, who occupy well-established defensive positions.

The ministry says the battle for Severodonetsk is only part of Russia’s campaign to take over the larger Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, and the fall of the city could cause logistical problems for the Kremlin.


“If the Donbass front line moves further west, it will expand Russia’s communication lines and its forces are likely to face additional difficulties with logistics,” the ministry said.


Kyiv, Ukraine – Russia’s shelling of a residential building in Severodonetsk has killed four people, Luhansk Oblast Governor Sergei Haidai said on Tuesday. He did not specify when the shelling took place.

In recent weeks, Russian forces have tried unsuccessfully to take control of Severodonetsk and Lisichansk in the region, subjecting both cities to intense shelling.

The latest shelling, Haidai said, damaged six houses in each of the two cities.


MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sharply criticized Russian leader Vladimir Putin for killing innocent civilians in Ukraine, saying the two have been branded as murderers: “I kill criminals, I don’t kill children and the elderly.”


Duterte, who openly calls Putin an idol and friend, criticized for the first time the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Tuesday’s remarks accusing the three-month war of soaring world oil prices, which has hit many countries, including The Philippines.

Although he emphasized that he did not condemn the Russian president, Duterte disagreed with Putin’s label of the invasion as a “special military operation” and said it was indeed a full-scale war against a “sovereign nation”.

Addressing Putin “as a friend” and the Russian embassy in Manila, Duterte called on them to stop the bombing and fire artillery shells on residential areas and allow innocent civilians to evacuate safely before the bombing began.

“I’m on my way and I don’t know how to solve the problem,” Duterte said. “You have to resolve the war between Ukraine and Russia before we can even talk about returning to normal.


Duterte, who resigned on June 30th when his tumultuous six-year term expires, is leading a brutal drug crackdown that has left more than 6,000 dead, mostly petty suspects.


UNITED NATIONS – The United States and Britain have accused Russia of spreading disinformation online and manipulating public opinion about the war in Ukraine, and flatly rejected Russia’s claims that the West aims to control all information flows and determine what is true or not.

Britain’s Deputy Ambassador James Roscoe told a UN Security Council meeting on the use of digital technologies for peacekeeping that Russia had carried out cyber attacks and used an “online troll factory” to spread misinformation and manipulate public opinion about their war. ”

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Russian government “continues to shut down, restrict and worsen Internet connectivity, censor content, spread disinformation online and intimidate and arrest journalists to report the truth about the invasion.”


Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, has accused countries that call themselves a “community of democracies” of building “cyber-totalitarianism” and, along with technology giants such as Meta, shutting down Russian television channels, expelling Russian journalists and blocking access. to Russian websites.

Nebenzia again accused Western governments and the media of fabricating the story of the killing of Russian civilian civilians in Bucha near Kyiv. He claims that civilians died from injuries caused by artillery shells fired from obsolete hardware used by the Ukrainian army.

Britain’s Roscoe has opposed Russia’s allegations of “staged provocation” and the assumption that Ukrainians were responsible for the deaths of civilians after the city was taken, saying satellite images show the bodies were there for several weeks when Russia controlled Bucha. .


Luhansk Governor Sergei Haidai said police were continuing daily evacuations over the war with Russia and that the number of those wishing to leave was increasing.


Haidai posted a video on Facebook on Monday, taken from a vehicle he said was driving on a highway near Severodonetsk. The vehicle races along the road, avoiding debris, embankments, barricades and destroyed vehicles, while shells explode in the fields just meters away.

A photo in the post shows about a dozen civilians and their luggage tightly packed in what appears to be the back of a vehicle.

Haidai writes that people “agree with the risk because what happens in cities is much worse.”


Kyiv, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia is waging a “total war” against his country, and that includes inflicting as many casualties as possible and destroying as much infrastructure as possible.

Zelensky made his comments in his nightly address Monday, on the eve of the three-month anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In it, he noted that since February 24, the Russian army has launched 1,474 missile strikes on Ukraine, using 2,275 different missiles. He said the vast majority hit civilian targets. During this period, there were over 3,000 Russian air strikes.


“Indeed, there has been no such war on the European continent for 77 years,” he said.

Zelensky said the attack on the town of Desna, 55km (34 miles) north of Kyiv, had resulted in 87 deaths.

Now the Russians are concentrating their forces in Donbass cities such as Bakhmut, Popasnaya and Severodonetsk, Zelensky said.

He called on Ukrainians who are not on the battlefield to help as much as they can, and said his own task was to increase international pressure on Russia. “The absolute priority is weapons and ammunition for Ukraine.

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