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NATO, whose summit in Madrid ends Thursday, a promise to support Ukraine as long as necessary in the face of the “cruelty” of Russia. On the sidelines of the meeting in the Spanish capital, London and Washington have reinforced their military and economic aid to kyiv. Follow our live.
5:36 a.m.: British MPs slam London’s failure to tackle Russian ‘dirty money’
If, even before the Russian offensive launched in Ukraine on February 24, the British government of Boris Johnson showed firmness in the face of questionable Russian money, the Foreign Affairs Committee considers, in an interim report published Thursday, that this speech was not followed by sufficiently strong and concrete measures.
“For far too long, successive governments have allowed pests and kleptocrats to wash their dirty money in London’s laundromat,” Conservative Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat said in a statement.
4:23 a.m .: Prague to take over EU presidency on Friday
The Czech Republic takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union on Friday 1 July. This presidency, which the Czechs inherit from France, “is not planned for good weather, it is planned for bad weather”, warns Pavel Havlicek, of the Association for International Affairs, based in Prague.
Prague has promised to put aid to Ukraine at the center of its presidency, from the refugee crisis to the reconstruction of the country at war, but also European energy security.
2:10 a.m .: the bombing of the Mariupol theater: “clearly a war crime” for Amnesty
“Until now we were talking about a supposed war crime (for the March 16 bombing of the Mariupol theater). Now we can clearly say that it was one, committed by the Russian armed forces,” said told AFP Oksana Pokaltchouk, the director of Amnesty International in Ukraine, during an interview in Paris.
Two explosions destroyed much of the theater, rewarded by “something very big: two 500-kilogram bombs” from an “air strike”, it must have, the nature of the crippling damage, according to experts consulted by the NGO, the hypothesis put forward by Moscow of an explosion inside the site caused by the Ukrainian forces. Or at that time, the sky of Mariupol was “under Russian control” and there were “no Ukrainian planes”, explained Oksana Pokaltchouk.
Only good news from the report, the number of killed would be much lower than estimated, when the municipality of Mariupol had reported about 300 dead.
1:19 am: new American and British aid
The Westerners’ promise of support for NATO, whose summit ends on Thursday, materialized with the announcement, on Wednesday evening, by London of the release of one billion pounds (1.16 billion euros ) additional aid to Ukraine, including air defense systems and drones.
For its part, the US Treasury announced the transfer of a tranche of 1.3 billion dollars (1.24 billion euros) of economic aid to Ukraine, as part of an initial support of 7 .5 billion (7.18 billion euros) promised to kyiv by the Biden government in May. “With this economic assistance, we reaffirm our strong commitment to the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against Putin’s aggression and work to sustain their economy,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement. communicated.