War in Ukraine: Vladimir Putin's movements, intensification of Russian attacks… an update on the situation

War in Ukraine: Vladimir Putin's movements, intensification of Russian attacks... an update on the situation


Every day, Midi Libre takes stock of the situation in Ukraine. This Monday, June 17, 2024, discover the latest news around this conflict.

Putin visits North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit North Korea on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Kremlin announced, a rare visit to this state, one of the most reclusive in the world, accused of supplying Moscow with ammunition for its offensive in Ukraine.

"At the invitation of Kim Jong-un (…), Vladimir Putin will pay a friendly state visit to the Republic Democratic People's Republic of Korea on June 18 and 19, 2024", the Kremlin said in a statement. The Russian president will then visit Vietnam on June 19 and 20.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to North Korea on Tuesday and Wednesday will demonstrate the "dependence" of Russia vis-à-vis authoritarian regimes, declared Monday NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"This shows how dependent President Putin and Moscow are now on authoritarian countries around the world. Their closest friends and biggest supporters of the Russian war effort – the war of aggression – are North Korea, Iran and China., he told reporters, further emphasizing that "Russia is now violating sanctions" against North Korea.

Putin will go to Vietnam, the United States rebels

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Vietnam's capital Hanoi this week, several officials said, a visit that underscores the country's closeness to Russia and sparked a sharp backlash from the of the United States.

Vladimir Putin is expected to meet Vietnam's new President To Lam and other leaders during his two-day visit to Hanoi, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, even as He is the subject of an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC). On this occasion, Vladimir Putin is expected to announce agreements in sectors such as trade, investment, technology and education, two officials told Reuters.

The discussions could also focus on more sensitive subjects, officials said, such as armaments – Russia is historically Vietnam's main arms supplier – energy contracts and difficult financial transactions between both countries due to US sanctions against Russian banks.

The United States, Vietnam's largest trading partner, reacted strongly to the announcement of Vladimir Putin's visit. Vietnam, which was not present at the Ukraine peace conference held this weekend in Switzerland, is not a member of the ICC.< /p>

"No country should give Putin a platform to promote his war of aggression and allow him to normalize his atrocities"< /em>, a spokesperson for the US embassy in Hanoi told Reuters. "If he [Vladmir Putin] can travel freely, it could normalize violations flagrant violations of international law by Russia", added this spokesperson, referring to the invasion of Ukraine launched by Moscow in February 2022.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to a request for comment.

Russia intensifies its attacks before the arrival of F-16s, according to kyiv

Ukraine ruled on Monday that Russia was intensifying its attacks on the Eastern Front to "maximize troop exhaustion" Ukrainians, before the arrival of Western military aid, including F-16 fighter jets.

Russian forces have, in recent months, gained ground in the border regions of Donetsk and Kharkiv, thanks to a shortage of men and ammunition in Ukraine. < em>"The command of the Russian troops is currently doing everything possible to increase and expand the intensity of hostilities in order to maximize the exhaustion of our troops" announced Oleksandr Syrsky, the head of the Ukrainian army, on his Telegram channel.

According to the latter, Moscow is aware that "time will play" in favor of Kiev, with the reception of& #39;a "significant quantity of weapons and equipment" from its allies, including American F-16 fighters, supposed to reinforce Ukrainian air defense.

The Ukrainian commander specifies that Russian forces are concentrating their efforts in the vicinity of "Kopiansk, Pokorvsk, Kurakhové and Vremivka", located on the Eastern front , while "fierce fighting" continue to the East and South. The prosecutor of the southern region of Kherson, partially occupied by Moscow, announced on Monday that a 50-year-old man had been killed by an explosive dropped from a drone. ;.

The same day, nine people were injured in a Russian bombing that hit the Poltava region, in the east-central part of the country, according to Filip Pronin, its governor. < em>"Today the enemy shelled civilian infrastructure in the Poltava region", said the responsible on his Telegram channel, explaining that "several buildings were damaged".

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has, for several months, continually requested systems to protect the Ukrainian skies from his Western partners, but these only arrive ;#39;dropper. He also estimated in May in an interview with AFP that his country needed "120 to 130" combat aircraft F-16 or other modern aircraft, "so that Russia does not have superiority in the air".

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