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DIRECT. War in Ukraine: "Russia has no interest in absorbing anyone", says Putin in Belarus

2022-12-20T05:41:12.854Z


Vladimir Putin traveled to Belarus on Monday for talks with President Alexander Lukashenko, his ally in the war with


The essential

  • The city of kyiv was attacked by drones early Monday morning.

    Electricity was cut in the capital and in ten regions, according to the Ukrainian national operator.  

  • EU member states on Monday approved a mechanism to cap wholesale gas prices as soon as they exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days.

  • Vladimir Putin arrived in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, where he spoke with his counterpart and ally Alexander Lukashenko.

    kyiv and the West fear a ground attack via this country located in the north of Ukraine.

  • Russia has announced that several of its warships will take part in exercises with the Chinese navy this week, amid efforts by Moscow and Beijing to consolidate their ties with the West.

  • The Russian army also claimed to have shot down four American-made HARM missiles over its territory, in the sky of the Belgorod region, bordering Ukraine.

06:25

In kyiv, 10 boiler rooms shut down

According to the mayor of the capital Vitaliy Klitschko, greater restrictions are being applied in kyiv, after the Russian bombardments the day before.

“Ten boiler rooms in the capital are currently without a stable power supply,” explained the mayor, giving the points of “invincibility” where the inhabitants could go to warm up.

Yesterday at dawn, kyiv was attacked by 23 suicide drones, 18 of them were shot down.

06:20

Putin says Russia 'has no interest' in absorbing Belarus

The Russian president assured Monday that Russia “has no interest” in absorbing Belarus, its closest ally, very dependent on Moscow for gas and oil deliveries.

“Russia has no interest in absorbing anyone.

It just doesn't make sense,” Putin said during a press conference with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko after their talks in Minsk.

“Russia and Belarus are open to dialogue with other states, including European ones,” assured Lukashenko at the start of this meeting, according to images broadcast on Russian television.

06:20

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Source: leparis

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