New raids on Ukraine, but Moscow opens up to dialogue with the West

In the evening, Russian attacks on Lviv, Ternopil and Kharkiv. Ukrainians strike Belgorod. Putin proposes a gas hub in Turkey. And Lavrov is open to proposals from the West to resolve the conflict

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More attacks on Ukrainian territory, in Lviv, Ternopil and Kharkiv. But Kiev destroys an arms depot in Belgorod, in Russian territory. Vladimir Putin met Erdogan in Astana: they didn't talk about the war, but about the hypothesis of a gas hub in Turkey. The Kremlin's Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov is open to Western proposals for a solution to the conflict. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: “The chances of NATO using nuclear weapons are extremely remote.” - Photo | video 1 | video 2 | video 3

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WAR FRONTS - Another day of attacks in Ukraine. The mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov, denounces the explosion of two missiles on Telegram. Raid in several cities, from Lviv to Ternopil to Chortkiv. According to the General Staff of Kiev, 40 localities have been hit by the Russians in just over 24 hours. But two explosions also took place on Russian territory, in Belgorod. It is an arms depot and a condominium, as stated by the governor of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, but there are no victims. For this latest blitz, the Ukrainian armed forces give a different version on social media: “The Russians have decided to hit Kharkiv. But the three missiles they fired self-destructed during launch and one hit a residential building in Belgorod, Russia.' The interim governor of the Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, asks Moscow to evacuate the population to safer places: 'The cities of Kherson and Novaya Kakhovka, Golaya Prystan and Chernobayevka are subjected to rocket attacks daily which cause serious damage first of all to residents'. And soon comes the reply of Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin: “In connection with the appeal of the head of the Kherson region of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vasilyevich Saldo, the government decided to organize assistance for the departure of residents of the region to other regions of the country. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, despite the heavy bombing, announces: 'The special military operation continues, but Russia is open to dialogue to achieve its goals, which have not changed'. Sewing up, however, appears difficult. Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice, takes stock of the situation: “For now, the Ukrainian Attorney General has reports on 37,000 cases and dedicated investigations into 3,200 war crimes are underway. There are several ongoing trials, with 176 suspects, and nine convictions have already been handed down. We also work with member countries. There are 14 Member States that have started investigations but not yet trials, so I don't know how many people are involved. But there are 14 member countries that are carrying out investigations for international jurisdiction or for involvement with national cases, such as some journalists killed in Ukraine'.

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THE NUCLEAR ALARM - But could the conflict escalate with the use of the atom bomb? At the end of the meeting of defense ministers, NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg said: 'The circumstances in which NATO could use nuclear weapons are extremely remote'. The Spanish defense minister, Margarita Robles echoes him: 'If there were some kind of nuclear attack, which obviously no one rules out, it would be terrible for everyone and therefore it is a scenario that we should not consider'. A less cryptic answer comes from Emmanuel Macron, interviewed by France 2 : “The nuclear doctrine of deterrence rests on the fundamental interests of the nation, which are clearly defined. This is not the case with nuclear attacks in Ukraine or in the region.' France, in essence, would not respond with an atomic bomb to Russian tactical nuclear bombs on the territory of Voloymyr Zelensky.

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MILITARY AID - The EU has so far frozen 17.4 million euros belonging to Russian oligarchs. And the High Representative for EU foreign policy Josep Borrell, speaks of new military aid to Kiev: 'I hope that on Monday in Luxembourg we will approve an increase in the European Peace Facility to reach the 3 billion euro threshold and the EU training mission for Ukrainians. As Putin escalates, we must be determined to help Kiev so that it can deal with any kind of escalation from Russia.'

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OPEN TO WESTERN PROPOSALS - Russian Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov tries to open glimmers of negotiation: “Nobody has turned to the Russian side with specific serious proposals, but if there are any, Mossca is ready to take them into consideration. This applies to any contact on any subject with our former Western partners” even though the Kremlin admits it does not expect talks with the West any time soon. Of course, in Astana, Kazakhstan, Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not talk about the conflict. Contrary to what was expected, the two did business. In particular, the Moscow leader has proposed opening a gas hub in Turkey for sale to the West. A proposal immediately rejected by the Elysée with a note: 'It makes no sense for us to create new infrastructures that allow us to import more Russian gas'.

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