Vladimir Putin furious, he once again threatens Europe: “It will cease to exist”

In an interview, the top Polish politician says that supplying nuclear weapons to Ukraine would be justified. Russia reacts and warns of the long-term consequences, “Europe will cease to exist”, as the Nieuwsblad relates.

kyiv calls to “hold on”

Russia called on the Ukrainians to end their “absurd resistance” in Severodonetsk and proposed a “humanitarian corridor” to evacuate civilians on Wednesday, with no response from kyiv, which urged on the contrary to “hold on”.

“A humanitarian corridor will be opened […] June 15” from 05:00 GMT to 17:00 GMT, the Russian Defense Ministry said, assuring that it would guarantee “the safe evacuation of all civilians, without exception”.

According to the head of the administration of Severodonetsk, Oleksandr Striouk, “540 to 560 people” have taken refuge in the underground passages of the vast Azot chemical plant, emblematic of this industrial city in eastern Ukraine. This situation is reminiscent of that of the Azovstal steelworks, which for weeks was the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the port of Mariupol, on the Sea of ​​Azov.

The Russian ministry called on the Ukrainians to raise the white flag to signal that they accept this proposal and to end “absurd resistance”.

But far from accepting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged his compatriots on Tuesday evening to “hold on” in the Donbass, a “vital” region in his eyes and on which the continuation of the war launched by Moscow on February 24 against its country.

“It is vital to stay in the Donbass,” Mr. Zelensky said in his daily address to the nation broadcast on Telegram, “the defense of the region is essential to give an indication of who will dominate in the coming weeks.”

Severonetsk and Lyssytchansk, two twin cities of around 100,000 inhabitants, have been at stake for several days in a fierce battle. The fall of these two cities would allow Russian forces to target Sloviansk, in the Donetsk region, some 70 km to the west. And beyond that, it will allow Moscow to take control of all of Donbass, a mainly Russian-speaking mining region partly held by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

“You have to hold on,” said Mr. Zelensky, “the more the enemy suffers losses there, the less strength he will have to continue his aggression.”

According to the NGO Norwegian Refugee Council, some 500 civilians have taken refuge in the Azot factory in Severonetsk, “almost completely cut off from all supplies”.

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