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UK: five deaths and 2,235 cases in 24 hours

The UK has recorded five COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, as well as 2,235 new cases, according to the latest UK government data.

Over the past seven days, from May 17 to today, there have been an average of six deaths and 2,531 cases per day per day, which corresponds to a 43.2% decrease in deaths but an 11.3% increase in deaths. the previous seven days.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 127,721 COVID-19 deaths out of 4,462,538 confirmed cases in the country.

Since the start of vaccination in December, 37,943,681 people have been immunized with the first dose of covid-19 vaccine, which is 72% of the adult population, according to the latest data.

The second dose was received by 22,643,417 people, about 43% of the adult population.

France, with fewer than 10,000 new cases, 70 new deaths every day

French authorities have registered 9,704 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from the previous days as there was also a decrease in the number of hospitalized patients, but a total of 70 new deaths.

On its daily data portal, the French CEO announced today that 5,603,666 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

The number of new official deaths has also declined, with 70 deaths attributable to the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, fewer than the 89 cases reported Saturday.

In total, since the beginning of the pandemic, the French authorities have accounted for 108,569 deaths due to the disease.
The situation in hospitals has also improved, continuing the trend observed since mid-April.

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Today 19,720 patients have been hospitalized, which is 45 less than on Saturday. This is far from the figure that was recorded at the peak of the second wave in November (33,500) or the third, in April (31,000).

Likewise, the number of patients in intensive care units has also decreased, and now there are 3,515 patients in this situation, which is 29 less than on Saturday.

In terms of vaccination against covid-19, France has administered at least one dose of 23,081,274 people, which is 34.5% of the population.

French health authorities have completed a two-dose immunization protocol for 9,706,333 people, which is about 14% of the population.

According to a report by the French agency AFP, the covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 3,456,282 deaths worldwide as a result of more than 166.2 million infections.

The disease is transmitted by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), discovered at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.

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Vladimir Putin has delayed the invasion of Ukraine at least three times.

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Putin has repeatedly consulted with Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about the invasion, Europa Press told Ukraine’s chief intelligence director Vadim Skibitsky.

According to Skibitsky, it was the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which is responsible for counterintelligence and espionage work, that put pressure on Gerasimov and other military agencies to agree to launch an offensive. .

However, according to the Ukrainian intelligence services, the FSB considered that by the end of February sufficient preparations had already been made to guarantee the success of the Russian Armed Forces in a lightning invasion.

However, according to Kyiv, the Russian General Staff provided the Russian troops with supplies and ammunition for only three days, hoping that the offensive would be swift and immediately successful.

The head of Ukrainian intelligence also emphasized the cooperation of local residents, who always provided the Ukrainian authorities with up-to-date information about the Russian army, such as the number of soldiers or the exact location of troops.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine caused at least 6.5 million internally displaced persons and more than 7.8 million refugees to European countries, which is why the UN classifies this migration crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945). gg.). ).

At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,755 civilian deaths and 10,607 wounded since the beginning of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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Life sentence for former Swedish official for spying for Russia

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A Stockholm court on Monday sentenced a former Swedish intelligence officer to life in prison for spying for Russia, and his brother to at least 12 years in prison. In what is considered one of the most serious cases in Swedish counterintelligence history, much of the trial took place behind closed doors in the name of national security.

According to the prosecution, it was Russian military intelligence, the GRU, who took advantage of the information provided by the two brothers between 2011 and their arrest at the end of 2021.

Peyman Kia, 42, has held many senior positions in the Swedish security apparatus, including the army and his country’s intelligence services (Säpo). His younger brother, Payam, 35, is accused of “participating in the planning” of the plot and of “managing contacts with Russia and the GRU, including passing on information and receiving financial rewards.”

Both men deny the charges, and their lawyers have demanded an acquittal on charges of “aggravated espionage,” according to the Swedish news agency TT.

The trial coincides with another case of alleged Russian espionage, with the arrest of the Russian-born couple in late November in a suburb of Stockholm by a police team arriving at dawn in a Blackhawk helicopter.

Research website Bellingcat identified them as Sergei Skvortsov and Elena Kulkova. The couple allegedly acted as sleeper agents for Moscow, having moved to Sweden in the late 1990s.

According to Swedish press reports, the couple ran companies specializing in the import and export of electronic components and industrial technology.

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The man was again detained at the end of November for “illegal intelligence activities.” His partner, suspected of being an accomplice, has been released but remains under investigation.

According to Swedish authorities, the arrests are not related to the trial of the Kia brothers.

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Ukraine admitted that Russia may announce a general mobilization

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“They can strengthen their positions. We understand that this can happen. At the same time, we do not rule out that they will announce a general mobilization,” Danilov said in an interview with the Ukrainska Pravda online publication.

Danilov believed that this mobilization would also be convened “to exterminate as many as possible” of Russian citizens, so that “they would no longer have any problems on their territory.”

In this sense, Danilov also reminded that Russia has not given up on securing control over Kyiv or the idea of ​​the complete “destruction” of Ukraine. “We have to be ready for anything,” he said.

“I want everyone to understand that [os russos] they have not given up on the idea of ​​destroying our nation. If they don’t have Kyiv in their hands, they won’t have anything in their hands, we must understand this,” continued Danilov, who also did not rule out that a new Russian offensive would come from “Belarus and other territories.” .

As such, Danilov praised the decision of many of its residents who chose to stay in the Ukrainian capital when the war broke out in order to defend the city.

“They expected that there would be panic, that people would run, that there would be nothing to protect Kyiv,” he added, referring to President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine caused at least 6.5 million internally displaced persons and more than 7.8 million refugees to European countries, which is why the UN classifies this migration crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945). gg.). ).

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At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The Russian invasion, justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security, was condemned by the international community at large, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions on Russia.

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,755 civilian deaths and 10,607 wounded since the beginning of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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