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War in Ukraine: drone attack in Crimea, kyiv congratulates itself on having "defeated winter terror"

2023-03-01T16:52:37.559Z


UPDATE ON THE SITUATION - Le Figaro takes stock of the latest information from journalists, Ukrainian and Russian statements, Western sources and international organizations.


Ukraine, which congratulates itself on having

"conquered the winter terror"

, drone attack in Crimea, Belarus which "totally" supports the Chinese plan...

Le Figaro

takes stock this Wednesday, March 1 on the latest information related to the war in Ukraine.

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Ukraine

has 'defeated winter terror'

Ukraine congratulated itself on Wednesday for having

"defeated the winter terror"

, marked by intense Russian bombardments which plunged millions of people into the cold.

"It was cold and dark, but we were unbreakable

," said the head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba for his part about the winter his country went through.

“Ukraine

has conquered winter terror

,” he added, just over a year after the Russian invasion began.

He considered that the European Union had

“also won”

because it

“did not freeze without the Russian gas”

, targeted by sanctions.

Russia, which was one of the main suppliers to Europe, had relayed catastrophic predictions in the event of a cut in supplies.

“Our partners stood by our side, helping us,”

noted Dmytro Kouleba, adding:

“There is still a long way to go until final victory.

But we already know how to win

.

The Secretary of the Security and Defense Council, Oleksiï Danilov, for his part wished his fellow citizens a

“happy first day of the Ukrainian spring”

.

"So did they manage to freeze us?"

, he quipped.

Read alsoWar in Ukraine: a silent Russian society but damaged in its depths

Drone attack in Crimea

The Russian army for its part claimed to have repelled a

“massive”

drone attack on Crimea on Wednesday, a territory which Russia annexed in 2014 and which it uses as a rear base and port for its fleet, targeted several times. since the start of the war.

The ten Ukrainian aircraft sent to this peninsula have all been neutralized, the Russian army said.

This is the second day in a row that Moscow has reported a drone attack.

Read alsoHow kyiv is already preparing the reintegration of Crimea

Towards a Ukrainian withdrawal from Bakhmout?

Russian troops have taken several localities north of Bakhmout in recent weeks, tightening their grip on this city and cutting three of the four roads that allow it to be supplied.

On Wednesday morning, AFP journalists found that the road to Bakhmout and Chassiv Iar, a town just to the west, had been closed to traffic by the police.

The spokesman for the eastern command of the Ukrainian army, Serguiï Tcherevaty, denied to AFP that a Ukrainian withdrawal from Bakhmout was in progress.

A possible withdrawal

“will depend on the operational situation.

So far, such a decision has not been taken

,” he said.

Read alsoWar in Ukraine: understand everything about the Russian strategy of encirclement of Bakhmout

Belarus 'fully' backs Chinese plan

On the diplomatic front, one of Moscow's main allies, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, said on Wednesday, during a rare visit to China

, "totally"

backing Chinese peace proposals for Ukraine.

In this 12-point document, Beijing urges Russians and Ukrainians in particular to dialogue but also insists on respect for territorial integrity and opposes any recourse to nuclear weapons.

If Westerners generally welcomed this Chinese diplomatic intervention with skepticism, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was ready to

“work”

with China and announced his intention to also meet his counterpart Xi Jinping.

Read alsoWar in Ukraine: China calls for “peace”, closing ranks with Russia

US thinks G20 will oppose Russia

The United States believes that the G20 foreign ministers meeting in India will condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a senior official accompanying US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.

"I think we're going to see language there that reflects the majority, if not the overwhelming majority, of the G20, who continue to oppose Russia's war"

in Ukraine, the official on board the ship told reporters. plane that takes Antony Blinken to New Delhi.

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Source: lefigaro

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