War in Ukraine | Russia cut off power in Finland

In a move that looks like first retaliation against Finland’s plan to join NATO, Russia, through distribution company RAO Nordic, will cut off power to its neighbor starting Saturday at 1 am local time.

Posted yesterday at 11:23 pm

Andre Duchesne

Andre Duchesne
The Press

First in 20 years, the situation arose due to unclear payment problems mentioned by RAO Nordic. On the Finnish side, the Fingrid distribution network indicated that this decision did not jeopardize the ability to distribute all necessary electricity throughout the country.

The decline could be offset by increasing electricity imports from Sweden, a neighboring country to the west, and by increasing local production.

In the typical period, the purchase of electricity in Russia represents approximately 10% of Finland’s consumption.

Note that on Thursday, Finland and Sweden expressed their desire to join the NATO ranks. Finland, which shares a 1,340 -kilometer border with Russia, is expected to officially announce on Sunday its intention to join the transatlantic mutual defense body. However, the question should be discussed at the beginning of the week by parliamentarians.

In response, Russia indicated that it would take “military-technical” measures to deal with the “threat to its national security”.

Zelensky revived Putin

As he has done on several occasions since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, on Friday extended his hand to his counterpart, Vladimir Putin, reiterating his assent to talk face to face.

In an interview on Italian channel Rai 1, Mr. Zelensky declared: “As president, I am ready to talk to Putin, but only to him. Without intermediaries. And by using a canvas of dialogue, and not by ultimatums. »

The Ukrainian leader, however, warned that he would not make any territorial concessions to Russia. The basis of the discussion should be the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, he said.

Failure of a Russian crossing


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Aerial view of destroyed Russian weapons on the banks of the Donets River in eastern Ukraine

In the field, at 79at day of the battle, Russian forces failed when they tried to cross the Donets, a river, in the Severodonetsk sector, in the Donbass. Distributed by Ukrainian officials, the information was verified, with supporting photos, by British intelligence services, reports The keeper. The British believe the Russian military has lost the armor and pontoon elements that will be used in crossing the river. The Ukrainians also claimed to have caused damage to another Russian ship, the Vsevolod Bobrov, in the Serpents’ Island region, facing Odessa. Russian forces also continue to board the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, where nearly a thousand Ukrainian fighters, including many wounded, are still detained.

Cereals: towards a crisis?

Not resolving the war in Ukraine also raises more and more concerns about the “food security” of some countries, we note. On Friday, Adalbert Jahnz, spokesman for the European Commission, warned that Ukraine’s inability to send the fruits of its harvest abroad poses a “huge challenge”. According to him, 40 million tons of cereals are currently stored in Ukraine and will need to have space by the end of July, because stocks of the next harvest will no longer be stored. Approximately 75% of Ukrainian wheat is destined for export, one-third to Europe, one-third to China and one-third to Africa. Italy plans to hold a ministerial summit on the issue in June.

A senator stopped US aid


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Rand Paul, Republican Senator from Kentucky

In Washington, Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky opposed the Senate’s unanimous support for sending $ 40 billion in aid to Ukraine. President Joe Biden’s initiative is widely supported by both Democrats and Republicans. Rand Paul, however, blocked the unanimous agreement in the Senate needed to expedite the process by demanding guarantees that an inspector general would make sure the money was properly spent. On Twitter, he received the support of Donald Trump’s son. The Senate will try again to pass the measure next week.

Moscow expelled ten Romanian diplomats

Moscow announced on Friday the expulsion of ten Romanian diplomats and a Bulgarian. The Kremlin is acting in retaliation for a decision announced on April 5 by Bucharest to expel ten Russian diplomats “whose activities are contrary to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations”. Russia condemned Romania for “baseless attempts […] to blame war crimes in Ukraine on Russia ”.

Sa The keeperNBC News, The Washington PostAgence France-Presse, Franceinfo and the Associated Press

What to know

  • Russia cut off power supply to Finland.
  • President Volodymyr Zelensky wants to speak face to face with Vladimir Putin.
  • Russian soldiers failed to cross a river.
  • War threatens to jeopardize food security.

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    In a video released on Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that since the war began, 570 health facilities, including 101 hospitals, had been destroyed by the Russians. “It’s barbarism,” he added.

    Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS

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