War in Ukraine: deadly strike in Odessa, meeting between Zelensky and Stoltenberg in kyiv… update on the situation

War in Ukraine: deadly strike in Odessa, meeting between Zelensky and Stoltenberg in kyiv... update on the situation

Jens Stoltenberg et Volodymyr Zelensky lors d'un point presse à Kiev ce 29 avril 2024. EPA – SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Tous les jours, Midi Libre fait le point sur la situation en Ukraine. Ce lundi 29 avril 2024, découvrez les dernières actualités autour de ce conflit.

The Russian army advances in the East, surprise visit from Stoltenberg to kyiv

A Russian missile attack injured at least eight people and caused damage to residential buildings and civilian infrastructure in Odessa, southern Ukraine, on Monday evening, according to a local leader .

In addition, Russian forces fighting in Ukraine broke through the front line at several points on Monday, including taking a village in the Donetsk region and new positions in the Kharkiv region, while pushing back attacks by the Ukrainian army, the Russian Defense Ministry said. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made a surprise visit to kyiv on Monday to assure Ukraine of his support.

He said members of the Atlantic Alliance had failed to keep their promises of military aid to the Ukrainians in recent months and added that the flow of weapons and ammunition would now intensify. The Russian Defense Ministry announced the conquest of the village of Semenivka, northwest of Avdïivka.

Moscow also claimed to have defeated Ukrainian units and "foreign mercenaries" in several other localities in the region. Russia also claimed to have defeated Ukrainian troops in the areas of Synkivka, Kharkiv region, and a number of other points along the front line. She specified that she had struck Ukrainian sites dedicated to the manufacturing of drones.

On Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the capture of Novobakhmutovka, a village near Ocheretyne. The Ukrainian General Staff said its troops repelled the Russian assault near Semenivka, as well as several other attacks.

Ex-soldier admits to spying for Moscow

A former German army soldier admitted Monday on the first day of his trial to having spied for the benefit of Russia, justifying his act by the desire to avoid an escalation of the war in Ukraine.

Thomas H., who worked in the main IT and logistics department of the Bundeswehr, admitted to having passed on information he had obtained in this department to the Russian consulate in Bonn.< em> "It's wrong, I accept it", he declared before the Düsseldorf court.

Help "is on the way" according to the head of NATO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday called on his Western allies to accelerate arms deliveries to Kiev to "default"< /em> a new offensive prepared by Russia.

"Together we must defeat the Russian offensive", Zelensky said alongside the secretary NATO General Jens Stoltenberg. "The speed of supply literally means stabilization of the front line", he added.& nbsp;He added that the situation on the battlefield directly depends on the speed of ammunition deliveries.

Polish farmers lift their latest blockade on the Ukrainian border

Polish farmers on Monday unblocked the last border crossing with Ukraine that they still occupied, thus putting an end to a blockade of several months which soured relations between the two countries. Ukraine's Agriculture Minister praised Poland's constructive work to lift the blockade, saying in a statement that the negotiations with Warsaw and the professional associations had not been easy but that "the main thing is to have obtained a result".

Polish border guard spokesman Andrzej Juzwiak told Reuters that access to all crossing points into Ukraine was now possible< em>"unhindered". Polish farmers and truckers have been blocking border crossings with Ukraine since the end of last fall, denouncing a situation of unfair competition.

They cited the government's inaction in the face of the loss of business to foreign competitors since the start of the war in Ukraine, with Ukrainian truckers being exempt from applying for a permit to cross the Polish border. Trucks carrying grain products, a central issue that has angered Polish protesters, will still be subject to certain restrictions, the Ukrainian border service said.

The protests have drawn sharp criticism from Ukrainian decision-makers, as tensions at the border worsened over the winter. Warsaw and kyiv have engaged in talks at different levels to try to find a solution, with Ukraine calling on the European Union to intervene.

In March, Ukraine and Poland welcomed progress in negotiations on agricultural imports, but the agreement was not reached while the two countries were striving to narrow the gap separating their positions on economic and security issues.

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