Belarusian President Alexandre Loukachenkoa close ally of Russia, called on Friday for a “truce” in Ukraine and talks “without preconditions” between Moscow and Kyiv. “We must stop now, before the escalation begins. I take the risk of suggesting a cessation of hostilities,” said Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994, during a speech to the nation. “It is possible – and must – to settle all territorial, reconstruction, security and other issues at the negotiating table without preconditions,” he added.
The main information :
- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has called for a “truce” between Russia and Ukraine
- The Kremlin has ruled out ending its “military operation” in Ukraine
- The UN denounced this Friday the “scandalously routine” human rights violations in Ukraine
- Volodymyr Zelensky and European leaders visit Boutcha for the anniversary of the city’s liberation
The Belarusian leader, who holds the West and Ukraine responsible for the conflict, also said he feared a “nuclear” war because of Western support for kyiv, while Vladimir Poutine earlier announced its intention to deploy “tactical” nuclear weapons in Belarus. “Because of UNITED STATES and their satellites an all-out war has been unleashed” in Ukraine, he said, believing that from then on, “nuclear fires lie in wait on the horizon”.
“You all understand and know that there is only one solution: negotiations! Negotiations without preconditions,” he said. Stressing that the “military-industrial complex is running at full speed in Russia” and that Ukraine was “flooded with Western weapons”, Alexander Lukashenko worried about an upcoming “escalation” which will cause many deaths.
Moscow opposes an end of inadmissibility to Lukashenko
The Kremlin on Friday ruled out stopping its offensive against Ukraine despite the call for a truce from its main ally, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. “About Ukraine, nothing changes: the special military operation continues, since it is the only way to achieve the goals set by our country today,” the spokesperson told reporters. from the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov.
UN denounces daily human rights violations in Ukraine
Serious human rights violations have become “scandalously routine” thirteen months after the offensive launched by Russia against Ukraine, denounced Friday the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk. Everywhere in Ukraine, “people are facing massive suffering and loss, deprivation, displacement and destruction”, he denounced before the Human Rights Council, also underlining the persistent and profound effects on the rest of the world.
In Boutcha, Volodymyr Zelensky swears to defeat “Russian evil”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky swore on Friday to defeat the “Russian evil” on the first anniversary of the Russian withdrawal from Boutcha, a martyred city that has become a crying symbol of “the atrocities” attributed to Moscow troops. “We are going to win for sure, the Russian evil will fall, right here in Ukraine and will not be able to get up again”, hammered President Zelensky in front of the Croatian Prime Ministers Andrej Plenkovic, Slovak Eduard Heger, Slovenian Robert Golob and the President of Moldova Maia Sandu. The Ukrainian leader also claimed that Butcha must become a “symbol of justice” and called for “every Russian murderer” to be brought to justice for “genocidal violence”.
For his part, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Russia’s only ally in Europe, called for a truce and “unconditional” negotiations to end the war, while holding the West responsible for the conflict. Reacting to this proposal, the Kremlin ruled out stopping its “military operation” in Ukraine. The Ukrainian president had previously sworn to “punish all the culprits” of the Boutcha massacre.
On March 31, 2022, the Russian army withdrew from this city and all of northern Kiev, a month after launching the invasion of the country on the orders of President Vladimir Putin. Two days after the withdrawal, the massacre was known. AFP journalists discovered in Boutcha on April 2 charred carcasses of vehicles, destroyed houses and above all, scattered over several hundred meters, the bodies of twenty men in civilian clothes, one of whom had his hands tied in the back.
Wimbledon tennis tournament “intends” to accept Russian and Belarusian players
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), which organizes Wimbledon and had refused the participation of Russian and Belarusian players in 2022 due to the war in Ukraine, announced on Friday that it “intends” to accept them under “conditions” this year (July 3-16).
“Our current intention is to accept the participation of Russian and Belarusian players provided that they compete as ‘neutral’ athletes and that they meet the required conditions”, announces the AELTC, emphasizing in particular that “they will be prohibited from expressing support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine” and that players “receiving financial aid” from Russia or Belarus to participate in the tournament will not be allowed to participate.
Macron will warn Beijing against any “disastrous decision” to support Moscow militarily
French President Emmanuel Macron will warn his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week in China of the consequences of a possible “disastrous decision” to support Russia militarily against Ukraine, the Elysee Palace said on Friday. “If China takes this disastrous decision, there is a major strategic effect on the conflict,” said an adviser to the French head of state. He clarified that President Macron wanted to “find a space” with Beijing for “initiatives” in order to “support the Ukrainian civilian population”, but also “to identify a medium-term path for a solution to the conflict”.
“We want to avoid the worst and that’s why we have to hire them, to present our position to them,” he added in front of a few journalists. According to the French presidency, this dialogue is all the more crucial since “China is the only country in the world capable of having an immediate and radical impact on the conflict, in one direction or the other”.
Emmanuel Macron is going to China from Wednesday to Friday for a state visit aimed at putting this “re-engagement approach” to music after a long period without personal contact due to Covid-19, broken by a meeting with Xi Jinping in November. on the sidelines of a summit in Indonesia. Paris judges Beijing “indispensable” on many global challenges, first and foremost the fight against global warming.
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