SITUATION UPDATE – Ukrainians unearthed a mass grave in the east of the country. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, pleaded on Thursday in favor of the appearance of Vladimir Putin before international justice.
Ursula Von der Leyen wants Vladimir Putin to stand trial, the Kremlin leader and Xi Jinping want an alliance against the West, and Ukraine wants to join the common market. Le Figaro provided an update on Friday, September 16 on the latest information related to the war in Ukraine.
“450 graves» discoveries near Izioum, a city recaptured from the Russians
“450 gravesdiscovered near Izioum, a city recaptured from the Russians, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency announced on Friday. The other day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that a “pauper’s gravediscovered in Izyum, a city recaptured from the Russians a few days ago after the successful Ukrainian counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region (east).
“We want the world to know what caused the Russian occupation“, he said without giving details of the number of people buried or the causes of their deaths. The investigation began,hopefully we will have more verified and clear information tomorrowZelensky added in his daily video address.
Von der Leyen wants to bring Putin to justice
The President of the European Commission pleaded on Thursday in favor of the appearance of Russian President Vladimir Putin before international justice for war crimes committed in Ukraine, in an interview with a German media. “Putin needs to lose this war and answer for his actions, that is important to me“said Ursula von der Leyen on the daily television channel PICTURE.
There is no doubt that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine since the start of the Russian offensive at the end of February,”that is why we support the collection of evidencewith a view of the proceedings before the International Criminal Court, added the head of the European executive, who visited Kyiv during the day.
Putin and Xi show solidarity with the West
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday showed their willingness to support each other and strengthen their ties amid a crisis with the West, in their first meeting since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The two leaders met on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, at a time when relations between their countries and the United States are at an all-time high.
In this context, the rapprochement between Beijing and Moscow, whose relations are not free from friction, stands in front against the United States, which they consider to be against their interests. “China is ready to work with Russia to shoulder their great power responsibilities, play a leading role and inject stability and positive energy into a troubled world.said Xi Jinping at the start of the live-streamed interview.
The White House has approved $600 million in additional military aid to Ukraine
The White House has approved up to $600 million in additional military aid to Ukraine, according to a statement Thursday. This assistance consists of equipment and services, but also training, according to the American executive, without giving further details, especially of the weapons provided.
In a press release, the American executive indicated that the Pentagon was authorized to take its stocks to deliver equipment and services to Ukraine, as well as training, without further details. For its part, the Pentagon determined that this new tranche of military aid to Ukraine will primarily include precision missiles for the Himars artillery systems that have already been sent to Kyiv, as well as shells compatible with other systems that available to Ukrainian forces.
arm Ukraine,morally acceptable“Under the conditions, the pope believes
Arming Ukraine can be acceptable”if the moral conditions are fulfilled“, said Thursday Pope Francis, who although considered necessary to “dialog“other”allin a veiled allusion to Moscow. When asked on his return from a three-day visit to Kazakhstan about the need to provide arms to kyiv, the sovereign pontiff expressed the idea of ”MORALS“.
“It is a political decision that can be moral, morally acceptable, if the conditions of morality are met“, he said in a press conference on the plane that brought him back to Rome.”But it can be immoral if done with the intention of causing more wars or selling more weapons, or getting rid of obsolete weapons. Motivation is what largely qualifies the morality of this act“, he added. “Self-defense is not only in accordance with the law but it is also an expression of love for the country. Who does not protect himself, does not love, but who protects, lovesadded François, who repeated calls for peace and strongly condemned the arms industry.
Berlin will deliver weapons to kyiv but not the requested tanks
Armored vehicles can besoonDelivered to kyiv, but not at this stage the combat tanks claimed by Ukraine, announced the German Defense Minister on Thursday. “It is encouraging to see the successes that have been achieved in Ukraine in recent days, mainly thanks to German weapons“, stated Christine Lambrecht in front of the press.
The counter-offensive led by kyivshows how important it is to quickly provide Ukraine with other military equipment“, he added. Thus the Minister announced the delivery of two new Mars-II multiple rocket launchers, as well as 200 rockets. Ukraine will also receive 50 Dingo-type all-terrain transport vehicles. On the other hand, Germany does not intend at this stage to deliver Leopard-2 combat tanks, which Ukraine insisted on.
Ukraine wants to join the European common market
Ukraine has forPRIORITIESto join the common market of the European Union, where goods, services and capital will be free to move between countries, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday. “The priority issue for us is Ukraine’s integration into the EU common market as we move towards EU member state status.said Volodymyr Zelensky at a joint press conference in Kyiv with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Ukraine lost about 15% of its grain storage capacity
About 15% of Ukraine’s grain storage capacity has been lost since the start of the war with Russia, according to a US report on Thursday that highlighted the adverse effects on global food security.
Since the start of the war, access to silos and other storage space representing about 8.5 million tons of grain has been lost in Ukraine, according to estimates by the Washington-backed Conflict Observatory. Of Ukraine’s approximately 58 million tons of storage capacity, the Russians control 6.24 million and 2.25 million have been destroyed, the report said.
Siberian Force 2 pipeline in Chinareplace» Nord Stream 2, announced in Moscow
The Siberian Force 2 gas pipeline, which has been discussed for years between Moscow and Beijing, “replaceNord Stream 2, which will connect Russia to Europe but whose commission has been abandoned since the conflict in Ukraine, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Thursday. Asked in an interview on the Rossiya-1 television channel about a replacement in Russia’s energy strategy of the European Nord Stream 2 with the Asian Siberian Force 2, Alexander Novak answered: “yea“.
Earlier in the day, the Minister, on the sidelines of a trip to Uzbekistan, confirmed that Russia and China will soon sign agreements related to the delivery of “50 billion cubic meters of gas» annually through the future Force de Sibérie 2 gas pipeline. This volume will represent almost the maximum capacity of Nord Stream 1 – 55 billion m³ in total -, which has been closed since September 2.