Ukraine: talks on hold, global haro on Putin’s nuclear threat
Vladimir Putin’s alerting of his country’s nuclear deterrent forces sparked a global outcry and even the EU’s promise to supply fighter jets to Ukraine, which is fiercely resisting on the fourth day of a Russian invasion. After intense fighting, particularly in Kharkiv (1.4 million inhabitants), Ukraine’s second largest city in the north-east of the country, of which the Ukrainian forces declared that they had regained control after the entry of Russian armored vehicles during the night , the fragile hope of a truce was born after the announcement of Russian-Ukrainian talks on the Belarusian border.
For its part, Brussels announced on Sunday that it would release 450 million euros to finance arms deliveries to Ukraine, close all of its airspace to all Russian planes and ban state media from the EU. Russians RT and Sputnik and their “lies”. Regarding the hypothetical talks, the Ukrainian presidency did not specify the date, Russia initially affirming that they would take place on Sunday. According to Kiev, the meeting was to take place on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, “in the region of the Pripyat River”, near Chernobyl. Moscow mentioned the region of Gomel, on the other side of the border of Belarus, a country which serves as a rear base for its soldiers.
READ ALSO :Ukraine: Kiev introduces a curfew and hunts down saboteurs
On the ground, the flood of refugees fleeing Ukraine is swelling. Since Thursday, some 368,000 refugees have fled to neighboring countries and their numbers “continue to increase”, announced the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The EU said it expected more than 7 million displaced people. Ukraine reported some 200 civilians killed and dozens of military personnel killed in action, but did not release an exact toll on Sunday.
Resignation of the director of the Institut Montaigne, suspected of having drugged a collaborator
The Institut Montaigne announced Sunday evening the resignation of its director Laurent Bigorgne, who will be tried before the Paris Criminal Court, suspected of having drugged an employee during a party without his knowledge. Laurent Bigorgne, who has led the liberal think-tank since 2011, submitted his resignation this Sunday, which “was accepted by the members of the Steering Committee during an exceptional meeting”according to a press release from the Institut Montaigne.
Invited to the home of Laurent Bigorgne, one of his collaborators, aged about forty, filed a complaint overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, after an early evening spent in his company. According to The Parisian, she reportedly told police that she suddenly felt ill after drinking a glass of champagne and went straight to a hospital where she was told she had symptoms of drug abuse. According to a toxicological report from the complainant, she was positive for MDMA, a synthetic drug from the amphetamine family also called ecstasy. He, according to the complainant, would have taken cocaine.
READ ALSO :From the Duhamel affair to the resignation of the director of Sciences Po: portrait of the oligarchy
Created in 2000, the Institut Montaigne is a think tank of liberal inspiration, which brings together business leaders, senior civil servants, academics, and which regularly submits studies and reports, in particular addressed to the public authorities. Laurent Bigorgne is a prominent economist who regularly speaks in the media. He was part of a committee of 34 senior civil servants, political figures and the economic world appointed at the end of 2017 by the then Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, to draw up the reform of the administration.
Floods: tens of thousands of Australians evacuated
Tens of thousands of Australians were told to evacuate their homes on Monday as torrential rains caused record flooding and forced some residents to take shelter on their roofs. The death toll stood at eight on Monday and the Australian Meteorological Agency warned that other powerful thunderstorms and intense rain would bring “Potentially deadly flash floods” across much of the central Pacific coastal region.
In the rural town of Lismore, Danika Hardiman woke up Monday morning to find the mud-colored waters had reached the balcony on the second floor of her flat. With the city’s levees having already caved in, 43,000 residents were ordered to evacuate immediately. Faced with the saturation of the emergency services crumbling under calls, some residents, including the mayor of Lismore Steve Krieg, turned to social networks to ask for help. The water level in Lismore has yet to reach the expected level of 14 metres, but it is already the worst flooding in the town’s history. Millions of people have been ordered to stay at home and nearly 1,000 schools have been closed across the state of Queensland.
READ ALSO :Floods, heat waves, fires: how global warming intensifies them
A 70-year-old man was rescued by bystanders after the boat he lives in was swept away by the Brisbane River before crashing into a ferry pier and rapidly sinking. Passersby held each other by the arm, one of them told ABC, to create a human chain and fish the man out of the river. The rain began to ease in Brisbane on Monday, but authorities expect the severe weather to continue this week as the “rain bomb” continues to move south along the Australian coast.