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OPEC+ is choosing to remain in an unstable environment
Representatives of the thirteen members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), led by Riyadh, and ten allies, led by Moscow, agreed in October to decide to cut production by two million barrels per day. By the end of 2023, two participants in the meeting told AFP.
A press release confirmed the continuation of the current strategy taken at the support price.
“It’s not a big surprise”, commented Hans van Cleef, an analyst at ABN Amro, recalling that the alliance had already warned of “a slowdown in economic growth and therefore demand for crude oil”. The next meeting was set for June 4, 2023, but the group said it was open to meeting “at any time” in between to take “additional immediate steps” if necessary.
Draft resolution on Russian war crimes at UN?
According to a British newspaper GuardianA draft resolution at the United Nations in New York revolves around setting up a Nuremberg-style tribunal to try Russian leaders responsible for crimes of aggression in Ukraine.
Russia does not want to comply with the cap
Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said Russia is working on a way to ban oil exports to countries that control prices. Reuters. “Russia will not submit to a cap, even if Moscow has to cut its production,” he insists. The limit of $60 per barrel of Russian oil was decided on Friday and should be implemented on Monday or in the next few days.
Hungary says it is exempt from the oil price ceiling
Hungary’s foreign minister says on his Facebook account that his country has won negotiations not to impose an oil price ceiling on Russia, which should be implemented in the next few days. Information taken from Several Hungarian media outlets.
Update on Russian losses according to Ukrainian civil servants
According to the Ukrainian military, about 550 Russian soldiers were killed in 24 hours, for a total of 91,150 casualties since the start of the war. They also claim to have disabled five additional tanks without being able to verify the exact veracity of the upgraded numbers.
An auction in Paris raised 250,000 euros
The Auction of movie props, organized this Thursday in Paris on the initiative of director Michel Hazanavicius, raised 250,000 euros for Ukraine. Half of the funds will be earmarked for the government’s plan to rehabilitate the country.
Among the places offered for sale, Jacques Audiard’s César for Best Director was awarded for €25,000.
According to Ukraine, 9,400 civilians have been killed since the war began
According to Ukraine’s First Deputy Interior Minister Yevhen Yenin, “More than 9,400 civilians died and 6,800 were injured. Unfortunately, among them are children: since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 461 children have died,” he said. Through the Ministry’s website.
Americans believe that helping Ukraine
According to A study Annual Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, 57% of Americans believe the United States should continue sending aid to Ukraine. Also, 82% of respondents consider Russia as an enemy.
More than 500 areas are still without electricity
More than 500 Ukrainian localities in eight different regions are still without electricity, an Interior Ministry official said, after Russian strikes heavily damaged the national electricity grid in recent weeks.
In detail, “Kharkiv region is the most affected, where 112 villages have been quarantined; Donetsk and Kherson regions: more than 90; Mykolaiv region: 82; Zaporizhia Region: 76; Luhansk region: 43″, notes First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Yevgeny Yenin.
DuPont-Aignan wants to “pacify” Zelensky
Former sovereign presidential candidate, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, hopes to “make peace” between Ukraine and Russia and a “peaceful Zelensky” in the Grand Rendez-vous (Europe 1 / Les Echos / Cineuses) package. Whose purpose, according to him, would be “the instrument of destruction of Russia.”
Update the latest attacks
According to various local reports, eight Ukrainian regions have come under attack in the past 24 hours: Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Sumy, Mykolaiv and Dnipropetrovsk.
The Russian military tried to recruit the son of a former spy
The Guardian Russian military recruiters have visited the Moscow home of the son of former Russian spy-turned-whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned in Britain after fleeing his country. They would have tried to enlist him in the army. But Anatoly Litvinenko was not there, because he did not live there.
Does Vladimir Putin Know About War?
Director of US Intelligence Avril Haynes questioned Vladimir Putin’s information about the exact situation on the Ukrainian front. “He is more aware of the difficulties (than before) (…) but we don’t know if he has the complete picture of the military challenges,” he explained at the Reagan National Security Forum event. Held in California.
Hard everyday life in Severodonetsk
Alexander Striuk, mayor of the city of Severodonetsk (in the Luhansk region), says that living conditions are difficult for the civilians who stayed there. When winter sets in, they have no heat and almost no electricity, he explains in Telegram. It cannot be said that there are many mines hidden in the city. “The food supply is limited,” he says.
What is the impact on the Russian oil price ceiling?
OPEC+ oil producers meet at noon this Sunday, shortly before the Russian price ceiling comes into effect “or very soon” from this Monday. The question is what effect the move will have on the supply of Russian black gold to oil-producing countries, as the Kremlin has made it clear that it will not supply oil to those using this mechanism.
Prohibitions against people associated with the church
10 members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church are subject to economic sanctions (blocked assets, restriction of business activities, etc.), according to the Ukrainian security services. They are accused of supporting Moscow ReutersThese people would have agreed to work with the Russians in the occupied zones or “justified the invasion,” according to security services.
New attacks around Kubyansk
In a telegram, Oleg Sinegoubov, the governor of the Kharkiv region, reports that new attacks are taking place around the city of Kupyansk, very close to the front lines.
Towards a slower pace of conflict
Avril Haynes, director of US intelligence, believes the conflict will slow down in the next few weeks as the Russians and Ukrainians seek to reorganize for a new counter-offensive, which will undoubtedly be non-interventionist. , in his eyes, until winter.
Did Russian opinion turn less favorable to the war?
In its daily update, the British Ministry of Defense said a poll published by an independent Russian media outlet showed that public opinion in Russia is less and less favorable to the war in Ukraine. 55% of the respondents would support peace talks with Kyiv and only 25% would support the continuation of the conflict.
Austin condemns Russian “cruelty”.
Lloyd Austin, the US defense secretary, ruled that Russia was acting with “deliberate brutality” by putting “civilians and civilian targets” in its sights. The bombings have “killed children, destroyed schools, destroyed hospitals”, he denounced.
UN Human Rights
Volker Turk, the new UN chief for human rights. The High Commissioner (who succeeds Michelle Bachelet) is expected in Ukraine starting this Sunday on a four-day visit. He would go especially to Kiv, Kharkiv or Issyum, and he would meet the families of the civilians who disappeared.
Arrival of the first ship in Ethiopia
Volodymyr Zelensky announces that the first ship of the “Grain from Ukraine” project (Grain from Ukraine) has arrived in Ethiopia. It carries 25,000 tonnes of wheat.
Battle around Bakhmout
The battle around Bakhmaut, a town in Donetsk region that the Russians have tried in vain to win since the summer, has taken on even more symbolic significance for Moscow in recent days, as its victory comes after a series of humiliating defeats. retreated from Kharkiv (northeast) in September and Kherson (south) in November. According to a bulletin from the Ukrainian presidency this Saturday, the fight there will be “difficult” because “the Russians have time to prepare”.
Macron will speak to the head of the IAEA this Sunday, with Putin “soon”.
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