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EU freezes Iranian assets, Ukraine on alert on northern front

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The use of Iranian drones by Russia has prompted the European Union to take sanctions against Iran. The Czech Presidency of the EU unveiled them on Thursday, announcing a freezing of the assets “of three individuals and an entity responsible for the delivery of drones”. These include the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammed Hossein Bagheri and the company Shahed Aviation Industries, linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guards.

“The EU is also ready to extend sanctions to four other Iranian entities that have already appeared on a previous sanctions list,” warned the Czech Presidency. A response hailed by the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, who denounced Iran’s role in “helping Russia kill Ukrainians and damage our energy infrastructure”. The story is radically different from the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, who described as “far-fetched assumptions” the accusations that Russia would use Iranian drones.

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There is [pour les Russes] no way to win this war today

For Alexander Zlodeev, a former member of the Wagner group, Russia is not in a position to win against the Ukrainian forces. Interviewed by France Inter, the one who left the paramilitary group in 2017 believes that “even with Wagner’s men”, the Russians have “no way to win” the war. “For us to win, we would have to multiply the number of Wagner fighters by the hundreds,” he specifies. “But since the time Wagner was created, many of the most experienced fighters have been killed. Today there is no one. »

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15.000, the number of people evacuated by Russia from the Kherson region. They were directed towards the left bank of the Dnieper river, “in peace”, indicated on Telegram a pro-Russian official, Kirill Stremoussov. “Believe me, everything will be fine. The Kherson region is already forever liberated from Nazism,” he added, assuring that the Ukrainian regions of Dnipro, Odessa and Mykolaiv would “soon” be liberated. kyiv calls the operation a “deportation” of civilians to Russia.

The trend of the day

The deployment of the “joint grouping” between Russia and Belarus is starting to take place: up to 9,000 Russian soldiers and 170 tanks are expected in Belarus. A “growing threat” that worries Ukraine. “The aggressive rhetoric of the military and political leaders of Russia and Belarus is intensifying,” said Oleksiy Gromov, an official of the Ukrainian military staff.

“The threat of a resumption of the offensive on the northern front by the Russian armed forces is growing. He envisages an enemy offensive “west of the Belarusian border to cut off the main supply routes for foreign arms and military equipment”. The precious goods indeed arrive from the west of Ukraine, in particular via Poland.

The Belarusian intelligence services meanwhile pointed to “daily attempts to violate the airspace of Belarus”, adding that “unfortunately, the situation is developing very seriously in (the) southern direction”. An escalation could force Ukraine to mobilize more troops in the area, and therefore potentially force it to revise its plans on other fronts.

Source: 20minutes

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