Russia strikes back after oil price cap

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The fact of the day

L’EUthe G7 and Australia are rampant, Russia riposte. By a decree signed Tuesday by the hand of Vladimir Poutinethe Kremlin will prohibit from February 1 the sale of its oil to foreign countries that use the cap on the price of Russian black gold, set at the beginning of December at 60 dollars per barrel.

The objective of such a measure, taken by the West at the beginning of the month, is to deprive Moscow of significant revenues to finance its military intervention in Ukraine. But the price of a barrel of Russian oil is currently fluctuating around 65 dollars, barely more than the fixed ceiling, which limits the impact of the measure, according to many observers.

The Russian decree applies for a period of five months, until July 1, 2023. Russia is the world’s second largest exporter of oil and was, in 2021, the second supplier of black gold to the countries of the European Union.

sentence of the day

Freedom has a high price, but slavery costs even more”

The words are signed Volodymyr Zelensky. On Telegram, the Ukrainian president has published a series of photos on the conflict that has pitted his country against Russia for ten months. To accompany the pictures, the head of state split a lyrical text written in Ukrainian (and translated into English).

“In this battle, we have a powerful and effective weapon. The hammer and sword of our mind and our conscience. Courage and bravery. Virtues that push us to do good deeds and overcome evil,” said the leader.

“The truth lights our way. We know it. We protect her. Our truth is a struggle for freedom,” added Volodymyr Zelensky.

The number of the day

14. Like the number of millions of refugees since the start of the war in Ukraine ten months ago. The conflict has led to the largest influx of refugees into Europe since World War II: six million people fled Ukraine for neighboring countries, while 8 million people were internally displaced, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates in May.

Faced with the influx of Ukrainian refugees on its soil, Switzerland notably had to suspend its participation in a UN program to resettle vulnerable refugees, for lack of reception capacity, as indicated by the weekly Marianne.

Worldwide, the number of uprooted people has passed the 100 million mark.

The trend

The front line is active on the side of Bakhmout, in the Donetsk region, and in Luhansk over the past two days. In its daily update on the conflict in Ukraine, the British Ministry of Defense indicates that Russia “continues to launch frequent small-scale attacks in these areas”. Even if, “few territories have changed hands” in the area, notes London.

In Bakhmout, the city is shelled by Russian soldiers. Dozens, even hundreds of children are still stuck in Bakhmout, their parents unable or unwilling to leave, reports AFP journalists present on the spot. “These children have already become adults,” sighs Katherine Soldatova, a volunteer for an association.

Russia strikes back after oil price cap