⇒ 8 h 40 [FRANCE] The ” security “ of the Ukrainian president at stake, assures Jean-Yves Le Drian
The French Minister for Foreign Affairs once again denounces the “total war” launched by Vladimir Putin, who would like “pull Ukraine off the map of states” : “President Zelensky’s security is central to what is happening. (…) We are able to help if needed. » The head of diplomacy also warns against an extension of the conflict in Moldova and Georgia.
⇒ 8:30 a.m. [RUSSIE] Russian public opinion unenthusiastically supports the invasion
Infused for more than a decade with the narrative crafted by the Kremlin – a national history centered on the victory over Hitler’s Nazism, the denial of the existence of modern Ukraine and the accusation of “genocide” carried out by Kiev against its own people – the majority of Russians seem to approve of the military offensive in Ukraine.
But without the enthusiasm of 2014, when Crimea was annexed by Moscow. And especially without public debate. Televisions are under the orders of the Kremlin and overly critical opinions on social networks can lead to legal proceedings. Behind the support, there is indeed a malaise in the middle class.
⇒ 8:30 a.m.:Update on the situation
► Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announces that the Russian army would target civilian areas in Kiev where shelling was heard this morning at dawn. “Horrible Russian missile fire on Kiev. The last time our capital saw something like this was in 1941 when it was attacked by Nazi Germany. Ukraine has defeated this demon and will also defeat this one”said its foreign minister Dmytro Kouleba.
► Emmanuel Macron announced last night that France would accelerate the deployment of soldiers in Romania within the framework of NATO, in response to the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army. “France will continue to fully play its role of reassuring NATO allies by sending a new contingent to Estonia within the enhanced forward presence, anticipating its participation in the policing of the Baltic skies from March, and by also accelerating its deployment in Romania”he said after an exceptional EU summit in Brussels.
► The human toll continues to increase in Ukraine. At least 137 dead and 316 injured Ukrainians were announced by Kiev on Thursday evening. The Ukrainian army meanwhile claimed to have shot down five planes and a helicopter of the Russian army and to have killed around 50 “Russian occupiers” in the east of the country.
Welcome to this live dedicated to the second day of war in Ukraine where fighting is increasing at the gates of Kiev.