France cannot play a role of mediator in Ukraine, according to Moscow
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that it was difficult for France to mediate in the Ukrainian conflict. In addition, the head of the Russian occupation of the Ukrainian region of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, went to Bakhmout, where the Ukrainian forces seem to have lost ground in the city center. Follow hour by hour the latest developments in the war in Ukraine.
1:26 p.m .: Moscow says Paris cannot mediate on Ukraine
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a press briefing with journalists that it was difficult for France to mediate in the Ukrainian conflict when French President Emmanuel Macron sided with Ukraine.
12:12 p.m .: 19 years in prison for an anti-military mobilization action
A Russian court sentenced to 19 years in prison a former soldier and a former rescuer who had thrown Molotov cocktails at a town hall to protest against the mobilization to fight in Ukraine.
This is the heaviest sentence imposed so far for this type of attack against official buildings, which have multiplied across Russia since the start of the offensive against Ukraine.
The two men, Roman Nasryev and Alexeï Nuriev, were convicted by a military court in Yekaterinburg (Urals), in particular for “act of terrorism” in an organized gang, indicated the Tass press agency.
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11:54 a.m .: the head of the Russian occupation of Donetsk visits Bakhmout
The head of the Russian occupation of Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Denis Pushilin, visited central Bakhmut, the epicenter for months of fighting in Ukraine and where the Russians appear to be advancing, according to a video released on Monday.
Denis Pushilin posted on Telegram these images in which he is seen in combat gear on a square covered in debris which, according to the visible buildings, appears to be Freedom Square, in the center of Bakhmout.
“Here is our Artiomovsk (Russian name for Bakhmout) being liberated by (the Russian paramilitary group) Wagner. it in this short undated video.
With AFP and Reuters