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Macron’s declaration, conquest of Kherson, exclusion of SWIFT

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Macron speaks at 8 p.m.

Less than a week after a serious speech, in which he promised that “the sanctions imposed on Russia will be commensurate with the aggression of which it is guilty”Emmanuel Macron will address the French people again this Wednesday, March 2, in accordance with his commitment made last week to “keep the French informed of the evolution of the situation” .

The President of the Republic announced this speech on his Twitter account this morning. The Head of State is currently holding a Defense Council. According to TF1, this speech would be limited to the war in Ukraine and Emmanuel Macron should not announce his candidacy for the presidential election during this speech.

Russia claims conquest of Kherson

With more than 300,000 inhabitants, the city of Kherson in the south of the country, is the 16th most populated Ukrainian city. Coveted by Russia since the beginning of the conflict, this strategic and border point of Crimea would now be occupied by Russian forces. “Russian army units have taken full control of the regional capital of Kherson,” said Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian armed forces.

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An assertion that opposes that, earlier in the morning of the mayor of the city Igor Kolykhayev: “We are still Ukraine. We are still resisting. » The latter, however, conceded that the adversary army had taken possession of the railway war and the port. “Today, I will try to find solutions to gather the dead, to restore electricity, gas, water and heating in places where it has been cut off. But I warn you: to succeed in doing this today would be to perform a miracle” announced the aedile.

At least 4 dead in Kharkiv

2nd largest city in the country in terms of population, Kharkiv is again under attack this Wednesday. The Ukrainian army announced on Telegram that “Russian airborne troops attacked Kharkiv”. A hospital was reportedly attacked during the night. This morning, the security services and a university were allegedly the target of Russian bombardments. Ukrainian relief has announced a disastrous assessment: “So far, ten people have been rescued from the rubble, the preliminary toll is four dead and nine injured. »

Seven Russian banks excluded from SWIFT

The economic sanctions promised by European countries against Russia are materializing. The 27 Member States of the European Union announced yesterday their decision to exclude 7 Russian banks from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) network. This system, bringing together the main global banks, makes it possible to guarantee payments on an international scale. This measure was to come into force on Wednesday.

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A sanction ultimately less severe than expected? The Vnesheconombank (VEB), considered an important financial support for Russia, was excluded from the system. However Sberbank and Gazprombank remain members of the SWIFT network. The absence of the second is explained by the fears of several countries, including Germany, of no longer being able to be supplied with gas. As for the first, considered the first bank in the country, it has multiple branches in many European countries and the European Central Bank warned on Monday of the risk of bankruptcy of several subsidiaries within the union.

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