Following the victory of the Eurovision Song Contest praised by NATO and many European leaders, Ukraine is preparing for decisive battles in the Donbass. Q is sure to win after the Russian setbacks in the front row.
NATO Undersecretary General Mirza Giona said on Sunday evening that the victory of the Ukrainian band Kalush over Eurovision in Turin (Italy) shows the “massive popular support” that Ukraine is experiencing under Russian attack.
Praising the victory, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said, “We are confident that our victorious singer in the war against the enemy is not far off.” Note on the city of Tiyagi.
“Please help Ukraine and Mariupol! Help Azovstal,” said Kalush band singer Ole PC on stage, whose performance received an applause.
The situation “is very difficult
President Zelensky added, “The situation in the Donbass is very difficult. Russian troops are trying to achieve at least one victory there. Little by little, we are expelling the invaders from our lands.”
Russian forces have been trying to advance in this strategic region in the east, which has been partly controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, and Moscow has made it its main objective since the withdrawal of its troops from Q at the end of March.
“We are preparing for major attacks on Severodonetsk and the Lysytchansk-Bakhmut axis,” said Serguiï Gaïdaï, Ukrainian governor of the Lukansk region. “The Lukansk area is constantly on fire … with no gas, water or electricity at all,” he said Saturday evening.
The Russians have been trying for three weeks in particular to cross the Sevarsky Donets River at the level of the village of Pilogorivka.
There is no “meaningful hold”
In the East, an unnamed U.S. defense official said the Russians had failed to create a “meaningful grip”. The situation around Kharkiv, the country’s second city, seems to have changed. According to Ukrainian civil servants, Russian forces had to evacuate several areas northeast of the city.
But according to the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), “Ukraine and its Western allies have little chance of supporting counter-attacks in Russian-occupied territories.” The agency said Vladimir Putin “wants to annex southern and eastern Ukraine to the Russian Federation in the coming months.”
However, after 80 days of war, Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest encouraged the Ukrainian president to be more determined to win on the battlefield than ever before. Many European leaders followed suit and hailed Ukraine’s high profile victory in the tournament, which became very popular in Europe and excluded Russia.
The victory was “not only a clear reflection of your talent, but also Europe’s unwavering support for Ukraine,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The President of the Council of Europe, Charles Michel, for his part, wanted the 2023 edition of Eurovision to be held in “an independent and united Ukraine in Kiev”, while the Chairman of the Commission
European Ursula van der Leyen recalled: “The European Union is with you”.
Informal meeting of NATO
An informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers dedicated to Ukraine began in Berlin on Saturday. Sweden and Finland will hold bilateral talks with Turkey to try to overcome its hostility.
In this context, G7 (Germany, France, Italy, Canada, the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom) diplomatic leaders met in Wangles (Germany) on Saturday to point out that they would “never” recognize Russia’s borders. Wants to impose on Ukraine. Ukraine’s neighbor and Moscow’s ally called on Belarus to “stop facilitating Russian intervention.”
This article was automatically published. Sources: ats / afp
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