LIVE – War in Ukraine: news from Thursday 15 December | TF1 NEWS

LIVE - War in Ukraine: news from Thursday 15 December |  TF1 NEWS

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AIR DEFENSE

In his daily address on Wednesday evening, Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed “significant progress on the issue of air defense”. “We are constantly strengthening our air defense and our anti-drone defense. And we are doing everything to get more modern and powerful systems for Ukraine,” he said.

“There is no calm on the front line. There is nothing easy and simple. Every day and every meter is recovered in an extremely hard way,” he added. “Defending in such conditions is not just heroism, it is something more.”

The Ukrainian president also announced that “agreements that will strengthen our defense capabilities and give Ukraine more operational capabilities” were currently in preparation.

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RUSSIAN ATHLETES

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has told International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach of his “disappointment” over recent talks about the possible reintegration of Russian and Belarusian athletes into international competitions, the Ukrainian Presidency announced on Wednesday. .

“Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his disappointment with the presence of the President of the Russian Olympic Committee at the Olympic Summit on November 9 and the discussions on the reintegration of Russian and Belarusian athletes into international competitions under a neutral flag”, can we read in a presidential statement.

DRONES

Ukraine claimed on Wednesday to have destroyed an entire swarm of drones launched in the early morning by Russia against kyiv, the latest attack from Moscow which seeks to systematically destroy energy infrastructure.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the effectiveness of his anti-aircraft forces, saying all 13 Iranian-made Shahed drones had been shot down.

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BRUSSELS

EU leaders, gathered for a summit in Brussels on Thursday, will try to find a common response to help their industry face the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine and the race for American subsidies.

“The supply of cheap Russian energy was part of the economic model of many European industries. This model was shattered following the Russian-led attack on Ukraine, (…) it will not come back “, warned the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Wednesday.

Moscow has reduced its pipeline gas deliveries to the EU by 80% since the start of its military offensive in February. If the European supply is assured for this winter, thanks in particular to imports of liquefied natural gas, its cost has exploded, to the point of threatening the survival of entire sectors in the chemical or steel industries.

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