the city of Sievierodonetsk is now cut off from the rest of the country

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1:34 p.m. : To better understand what Gazprom’s announcement implies, I suggest you read (or reread) this paper by our journalist Pierre-Louis Caron, which explores the alternatives to Russian gas and oil. In the event of a break in Russian deliveries, or an embargo on a European scale, solutions exist but they risk being costly and restrictive. The Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which has supplied Germany with natural gas from Russia since 2011 via the Baltic Sea, photographed on April 27, 2022. (STEFAN SAUER / DPA) (STEFAN SAUER / DPA)

1:33 p.m. : Russia cuts daily gas deliveries via Nord Stream pipeline by 40%. The Russian giant Gazprom has just announced that it is reducing its daily gas delivery capacity to Germany by more than 40% via this gas pipeline, because the necessary equipment has not been delivered by the German group Siemens. “Gas deliveries (…) can only be guaranteed up to a volume of 100 million m3 of gas per day instead of the planned 167 million m3 per day”announced the group in a press release published on Telegram messaging.

1:31 p.m. : “What we see is the brutality and ferocity with which this war is being fought by the troops, usually mercenaries, used by the Russians.”

Pope Francis castigates the “ferocity” Russian troops facing a Ukrainian people “courageous”while affirming that the war has “could have been provoked”. In an interview with European Jesuit journals conducted last month and published today by the Italian journal La Civilta Cattolicathe sovereign pontiff however refused to “reduce” the ongoing conflict “a distinction between the good and the bad”.

12:08 : It’s time to take stock of the news.

Very hot ahead in France. The country will experience temperatures well above 30°C this week. The government will launch a “program for the renaturation of cities and these city centers” up to 500 million euros, announced his spokesperson.

• Emmanuel Macron goes to Romania, at the gates of Ukraine, to greet the 500 French soldiers who are deployed on a NATO base, while the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, urges Westerners to send him weapons “modern” to reduce the human cost “creepy” inflicted by Russian troops. Follow our live.

• Guest of France 2 this morning, Bruno Le Maire called on the voters to give a clear majority to Together! “The absolute majority is what will prevent the National Assembly from becoming a real trench warfare”, said the Minister of Economy and Finance. Follow our live.

The owner of the Jacquie et Michel pornographic site, Michel Piron, and four other people have been placed in police custody as part of an investigation opened in Paris for “rape” and “pimping”.

This is the start of the baccalaureate exams with the French and history-geography exams for students in the vocational stream. Candidates for the general baccalaureate will start tomorrow.

11:55 a.m. : The European Union wants “to reinforce” its energy cooperation with israel, in response to the “blackmail” of Russia, says the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who is visiting the country. “The Kremlin has used our reliance on Russian fossil fuels to blackmail us,” she charged. “We are currently exploring ways to strengthen our energy cooperation with Israel”she explained, citing a project for an undersea electric cable linking the Jewish state, Cyprus and Greece and a gas pipeline in the eastern Mediterranean.

11:53 : “I think we have to give this signal to Ukraine, be open to this candidacy.”

Clement Beaune, minister responsible for Europe, felt that the EU should “to be open” at Ukraine’s request for candidacy. He recalled that the accession process is long and, according to him, the urgency is to stop the war. The European Commission must deliver its opinion by the end of the week on the applications for candidate status submitted by Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. At the end of June, a summit of European heads of state will decide on the question. Their vote must be unanimous.

11:47 : Expected in Romania today and tomorrow in Moldova, there is no question for the moment for the President of the Republic to go to Ukraine. The Elysée does not speak of a possible visit of the French president to kyiv and specifies that “nothing is done” at this stage. For several weeks, Emmanuel Macron has been hammering that he will only go there with concrete things.

11:46 : “Very marked by The Clash of Civilizationsthe book by the American Samuel Huntington, Cyrille has adopted this vision of a radical opposition to Western culture.”

In the eyes of the patriarch, the “Russian world” has the West as its adversary, deemed decadent. In a sermon dating from the month of March, Cyril had thus castigated the “gay pride parades”. Cyrille also praises the separatists of Donbass, where he exists according to him “a fundamental rejection of the so-called values ​​that are proposed today by those who claim world power”.

11:44 am : Cyril, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church and apostle of the war in Ukraine, supports the military invasion and defends the idea of ​​a unified Russian world against the West. But this conflict on the ground of spirituality sows trouble within the Ukrainian parishes.

10:06 : The Ukrainian soldiers continue to resist, but are penalized by a lack of ammunition. They can only count on the military aid provided by Westerners, as this report from the 8 p.m. newspaper of France 2 shows.

11:26 : It’s time to take stock of the news.

Very hot ahead in France. The country will experience temperatures well above 30°C this week, a particularly early heat wave, yet another foretaste of a warming planet. Consequently, the government calls on the prefects for mobilization and the heads of schools to be attentive for this week of the baccalaureate, in particular.

• Emmanuel Macron goes to Romania, at the gates of Ukraine, to greet the 500 French soldiers who are deployed on a NATO base, while the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, urges Westerners to send him weapons “modern” to reduce the human cost “creepy” inflicted by Russian troops. Follow our live.

• Guest of France 2 this morning, Bruno Le Maire called on the voters to give a clear majority to Together! “The absolute majority is what will prevent the National Assembly from becoming a real trench warfare”, said the Minister of Economy and Finance. Follow our live.

The Gard has experienced several major outbreaks of fire. More than 200 hectares of vegetation burned. “The fires are under control and there has been no recovery on the various construction sites in progress”, the fire department said. Nearly 600 firefighters were mobilized.

This is the start of the baccalaureate exams with the French and history-geography exams for students in the vocational stream. Candidates for the general baccalaureate will start tomorrow.

07:51 : Since the beginning of the war, the railroad convoy which connects the east of Ukraine every day takes civilians out of the hell of war. Daily, the Pokrovsk-Lviv connection allows civilians who could not or wanted to leave earlier, to leave the Donbass. Discover our report made on the spot.

The train at the platform, at Pokrovsk station (Ukraine), carries hundreds of civilians who evacuate the Donbass, June 12, 2022. (THIBAULT LEFEVRE / RADIO FRANCE)

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07:50 : Emmanuel Macron is expected in Romania to greet the 500 French soldiers who have been deployed on a NATO base since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. He will then travel to Moldova, before a possible trip to kyiv. Highly anticipated for weeks, this visit to Ukraine could soon take place in the company of the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, according to media in Berlin and Rome. Information not confirmed by the Elysée, which specifies that “nothing is done” at this stage.

07:49 : This appeal launched by President Zelensky comes at a time when the allies are already supplying ammunition, spare parts and light armament to kyiv. “We just need enough weapons to ensure all this. Our partners have them”, hammered the leader. Ukraine has exhausted its Russian and Soviet-made weaponry and now depends exclusively on arms supplied to it by foreign allies, including Western artillery, according to US experts.

07:47 : “The Battle of Donbass will surely go down in military history as one of the most violent battles in Europe.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Westerners to send him weapons “modern” to help his country in its war against Russia. “The human cost of this battle (of Sievierodonetsk) for us is very high. It is just terrifying”he added, stressing the desperate need to receive these armaments, while kyiv reports 100 to 300 of its men killed every day.

06:07 : Two UN leaders have called on member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) not to impose restrictions on food exports. Objective: to avoid the risk of a serious food crisis that the invasion of Ukraine by Russia poses to the whole world.

09:00 : We begin with the traditional update on the news.

Very hot ahead in France. The country will experience temperatures well above 30°C this week, a particularly early heat wave, yet another foretaste of a warming planet. Consequently, the government calls on the prefects for mobilization and the heads of schools to be attentive for this week of the baccalaureate in particular.

• Emmanuel Macron goes to Romania, at the gates of Ukraine, to greet the 500 French soldiers who are deployed on a NATO base, while the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, urges Westerners to send him weapons “modern” to reduce the human cost “creepy” inflicted by Russian troops.

• After having tied the game in the first round of the legislative elections, Nupes and the presidential coalition Together! begin a week of duels before the second round on Sunday. Guest of France 2 on Monday evening, Jean-Luc Mélenchon claimed first place and accused Beauvau of “tampering”because he believes that the Ministry of the Interior “reclassifies Nupes candidates to various left”.

The Gard has experienced several major fires, one of which destroyed 60 bungalows in one of the largest campsites in Europe, Grau-du-Roi, and nearly 200 hectares were burned.

Beaten by Croatia in Saint-Denis (1-0), the France team chained a fourth poor performance in a row on Monday evening, abandoning its title in the League of Nations.

This is the start of the baccalaureate exams with the French and history-geography exams for students in the vocational stream. Candidates for the general baccalaureate will start tomorrow.

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