“Ukraine can win”. He was the words of the deputy secretary of NATO Geoana, on the sidelines of the summit of the Alliance’s foreign ministers. Meanwhile – Kiev reports – in Mariupol the Russians have launched phosphorus bombs at the Azovstal steel mill. And Ukraine’s victory at Eurovision is loaded with political meanings and messages, with Zelensky promising: “We will do everything to host the event in Mariupol next year “. Full support from EU leaders. The singer of the band says he is ready to return and fight. Clash over NATO between Finland and Russia, Moscow promises” political reaction “but excluding” the deployment of Russian nuclear forces in the Baltic region “. At the NATO summit in Berlin, Turkey opens the accession of the two Nordic countries, criticizing, however,” support for the Kurdish PKK terrorists “. Ankara also offers a ship for the wounded in Azovstal, but Kiev says: “Towards the agreement, not for everyone”. The Russians are withdrawing from the Kharkiv region in the north, seeking to secure “full control” of Donetsk, Lugansk and Kherson. Zelensky signs a law banning pro-Russian parties and, meeting a delegation of US senators, calls for Russia to be declared a “terrorist state”.
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08.27 Moscow, village in Belgorod region bombed by Ukrainians
The village of Sereda, in the Russian region of Belgorod, on the border with Ukraine, was bombed by Ukraine and one civilian was injured. This was announced by the governor of the region, according to reports from the Russian agency Tass. “The village of Sereda, in the urban district of Shebekinsky, was bombed from the territory of Ukraine. A civilian was injured, resulting in shrapnel injuries,” explains Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.
08.21 Cyber attacks foiled at the Eurovision Song Contest
Cyber attacks “from abroad” in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 were thwarted by the State Police. Hackers tried to infiltrate on opening night and last night’s final.
The activation of an operations room dedicated to the Eurovision event in which technicians and specialist policemen of the Cnaipic (National Anti-Crime Computer Protection Center for Critical Infrastructures) of the Postal Police worked side by side 24 hours a day, allowed the neutralization of cyber attacks by the killnet collective and its offshoot “Legion”
08.16 Born, huge support at Eurovision Kiev, brutal Putin war
“We saw immense support for Ukraine yesterday at Eurovision.” This was stated by one of the NATO deputy secretaries, Mircea Geoana, on the sidelines of the informal NATO summit of foreign ministers in Berlin. “The message we want to give to Putin is that this is the most cynical and brutal war since World War II,” he added.
08.11 Ukraine: Born, Ukraine can win
“There was a constructive atmosphere in the debate last night”. This was stated by one of the NATO deputy secretaries, Mircea Geoana, on the sidelines of the informal NATO summit of foreign ministers in Berlin, commenting on last night’s dinner with Finland and Sweden. “Ukraine can win,” he also said.
07.54 Kiev, military infrastructure in the Lviv region hit
Russian missiles hit military infrastructure in the Lviv region at dawn this morning. This was reported by the Ukrainian agency Ukrinform, citing the Lviv regional military administration. “This morning at about 4.30 a part of the military infrastructure was hit by a missile attack,” the regional military administration said on Telegram, stating that at the moment no casualties are reported and the damage is being investigated.
07.46 Mariupol, hundreds of civilians escaped by car arrived in Zaporizhzhia
A convoy of hundreds of cars with displaced people from Mariupol arrived in Zaporizhzhia overnight, after waiting for days for the green light of the Russian troops. In the southern city, Ukrainian soldiers, including members of the Azov battalion, remain under attack and trapped in the Azovstal steel mill.
07.24 Kiev: attacks on Azovstal, Russians prepare offensive in the south-east
In Mariupol, Russian troops continue to block Ukrainian defense units in the Azovstal steel plant, with air strikes and artillery strikes. And the Moscow soldiers are preparing the offensive in the Southeast. They are regrouping to target Barvinkove (in Kharkiv oblast, near Dombass), Sloviansk, Lyman, Sievierodonetsk, Avdiivka and Kurakhove in Donetsk. This was reported by the General Staff of the Ukrainian armed forces, in the latest update on military operations, according to Ukrinform. In the north, in the directions of Volyn and Polissia, Russian troops have not made “active actions, but the threat of missile and air strikes from the Belarusian territory persists”.
05.53 Blinken in Berlin to speak with the ministers of the NATO countries
“I arrived in Berlin, where I will informally meet the foreign ministers” of the NATO countries “to discuss our alliance and sustained action to address Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine.” To write it on Twitter is the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.
04.56 Eurovision, Johnson: Ukraine victory supports fight for freedom
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made his “congratulations to Ukraine on winning” Eurovision. “It is a clear reflection not only of your talent – he wrote on his Twitter profile – but also of the unwavering support for your fight for freedom.”
03.18 Eurovision, Ukrainian singer: “Ready to fight in war”
“Like any Ukrainian, we are ready to fight in the war, to the very end.” So Oleh Psjuk, the singer of the Kalush Orchestra, replied to a Swedish journalist who asked her if the members of the group are ready to enlist.
03.03 Armed forces, 12 Russian attacks repelled in Donbass
The Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled 12 Russian attacks in Donbas. This was reported by The Kyiv independent, citing the command of the operations of the joint forces of Ukraine. Ukraine reportedly destroyed eight tanks, five artillery systems, nine units of armored combat equipment and five vehicles. Air defense units were also shot down: six Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and an Eleron tactical reconnaissance UAV.
01.55 Eurovision, Michel: “We hope for the festival in free and united Ukraine”
“Congratulations” to the Kalush Orchestra on their triumph at Eurovision 2022 and “we hope that next year’s Eurovision can be hosted in Kiev in a free and united Ukraine”. The president of the European Council, the Belgian Charles Michel, writes on Twitter, commenting on the Ukrainian triumph in Turin.
01.50 Eurovision, Zelensky: “Next year in Mariupol”
“Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision for the third time in history. We will do everything possible to make Mariupol the host city.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky writes it on his Telegram channel, after the Kalush victory in Turin.
01.17 Eurovision, Zelenky: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe”
The home audience, from all over Europe, brings the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra to the top of the Eurovision rankings and the country wins the next edition of the event. The group has launched an appeal for the release of Ukraine from the stage: “Help Ukraine and Mariupol, help Azovstal!”.
Rejoices President Zelensky: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe”.
01.03 Eurovision, Kalush Orchestra wins with popular vote (here the chronicle of the evening)
Ukraine wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with 631 votes, of which 440 received with the televoting of the European spectators who have made their support felt on the occasion of the musical event. “Slava Ukraini, Glory to Ukraine”, so the band on the stage of the Palaolimpico receiving the prize for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Stefania.
00.56 Donetsk Governor: 3 civilians killed by Russian bombs
Russian bombing killed 3 civilians and injured 4 in Donetsk Oblast. The governor of the region, Pavlo Kirilenko, said on Telegram that two civilians were killed in Bohorodychne and one in Keramik. He also claimed that two injured people in Luhansk Oblast were being treated in Bakhmut.
00.47 Russian ambassador: threats to US diplomats
The Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told Russian TV that the Russian embassy in Washington “is like a besieged fortress and is working in a hostile environment: every day – he said – anti-virus demonstrations are held near the our mission, acts of hooliganism and vandalism occur. My comrades, employees receive threats, including threats of physical violence. Renowned American politicians – he added – publish appeals to Russian diplomats and military in the US media to take the side of the so-called democracy. To all intents and purposes, therefore, my comrades are pushed into treason, which every country considers a despicable action “.
00.20 Zelensky to US senators: Russia is declared a ‘terrorist state’
Ukrainian President Zelensky, meeting with a delegation of US senators led by the leader of the Republican minority Mitchell McConnell, called for Russia to be officially declared a “terrorist state”. This was said by the Ukrainian leader himself in his usual evening message. Zelensky explained that there has been discussion of possible tightening of sanctions against Moscow. “I expressed my gratitude for the renewal of the Lend Lease program (which allows the shipment of weapons to Kiev with less restrictions) – he explained – and I asked that Russia be officially declared a terrorist state”.
00.15. Eurovision, the appeal of the Kalush Orchestra is a coincidence
Did the Kalush Orchestra appeal for Ukraine and Mariupol violate Eurovision rules? Several commentators on the net speculate this, citing the ban on political messages by competitors on the stage of the event. But the appeal of Ukrainian competitors will hardly be considered punishable, due to the difficult-to-define boundary between political appeal and humanitarian appeal. Zelensky also supported the band, inviting them to vote for them.
Zelensky also on the pitch for Eurovision: he invites the Kalush Orchestra to vote
00.10 Ukraine: Zelensky signs law banning pro-Russia parties
The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has signed a text that makes law the ban on founding political parties that support or defend the invasion by Russia. This was announced by a parliamentary commission.
00.05 Zelensky: “Situation in Donbass remains very difficult”
“The situation in Donbass remains very difficult” and the Russian soldiers are “still trying to come out victorious in some way”, but “step by step we are forcing the occupiers to leave Ukrainian land”. Thus the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in his evening video message.
00.02 Ankara ready to send ship to evacuate Azovstal fighters
Ankara is ready to send a ship to evacuate the fighters who are still barricaded inside the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. He said this in an interview with Reuters, taken up by TASS, the spokesman for the Turkish president Ibrahim Kalin. “On the basis of this plan – he specified – the people evacuated from the steel mill would be taken by land to the port of Berdyansk, which, like Mariupol, is located on the Azov Sea, and a Turkish ship would take them across the Black Sea to Istanbul. . If this can be done, we will be happy to do so. We are ready. One of our ships is ready to take the wounded soldiers and other civilians to Turkey. “
00.01 Kiev: Moscow towards referendum for Mariupol annexation
The Russian occupation forces are preparing a referendum to sanction the annexation of Mariupol to Russia. Petro Andryushchenko, a collaborator of Vadim Boychenko, mayor in exile of the city on the Sea of Azov, told the Observer after the announcement of a similar consultation in South Ossetia, a Georgian separatist territory. According to Andryushchenko, the announcement of the referendum could come as early as tomorrow.
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