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The flames engulfed part of Greece for the fifth day in a row without interruption: over the past 24 hours, the authorities extinguished more than 400 fires across the country. Greece is facing the worst heat wave in decades with temperatures above 40 ° C, prompting the Greek prime minister to say he has turned the country into a powder keg. Another person died, resulting in two deaths.

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Russia has already been defeated. Reservist mobilization is a sign of desperation, says former Zelensky adviser

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“Russia has already failed to achieve its goals: take away the independence of Ukraine, kill the president, install a puppet regime, take over Kyiv and turn Ukraine into a Russian bay,” secretary Yulia Mendel, 35, told Lusa. Zelensky in the period from 2019 to 2021.

“In one fell swoop, [o Presidente russo, Vladimir] Putin thought that he would take the country, which makes no sense, because Ukraine is the largest territory of freedom in the post-Soviet space, and if someone comes to Kyiv, they will understand that we were never welcome in Russia and we knew that Russia fought in Donbas and annexed Crimea [em 2014] – therefore, it was an enemy – therefore, it would be impossible to obey Russia in any way,” he said.

Mendel, a Kyivian who believes Ukraine will win the war, has just published a book in the US about his experience as part of a team of “comic actor-turned-statesman and statesman-turned-military leader” titled The Fight for Our Lives is Mine. time with Zelensky, Ukraine’s battle for democracy and what it means for the world (“it means for the world”, in free translation), published by One Signal, endorsed by Simon & Schuster, but not yet published. published in Portugal.

“Yes, I believe that we will win this war – I must believe that we will win this war, because I believe in my country and will always believe in my country. We simply have no alternative, this is a battle for our very existence. We must stop him, fight back this brutal invasion. The world cannot be so unfair – justice and freedom must prevail, and we must believe in it, ”he said.

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Regarding the ongoing counter-offensive by Ukrainian forces, which have already reclaimed vast tracts of territory from the Russian army, Zelensky’s former adviser was categorical: “All Ukrainians believe that this counter-offensive can produce results; we have a lot of trust in our army and our volunteers and believe that they can bring peace to Ukraine and start rebuilding our territories and bringing back our people.”

“There are 1.2 million Ukrainians who are still under occupation. [russa], it’s a terrible thing. So, on the one hand, we are celebrating the counteroffensive, and on the other hand, our hearts bleed when we see all these mass graves and when we see signs of torture and corpses that the Russians tortured and killed – killed – children, families … “, – noted

“This is a terrible experience, and it is very scary to realize what we find [nos territórios recuperados]what will happen in the territories that are still under Russian occupation,” he added.

As for Putin’s announcement of a partial deployment of reserve soldiers – about 300,000, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu – Yulia Mendel called it a desperate measure.

“Putin’s announcement of partial mobilization is actually a sign of desperation, because he realized that he had achieved everything possible with the number of troops that he had been preparing for about ten months and that this was not enough – and, of course, it is scary that he is going to mobilize people from the occupied territories and send the Ukrainians to fight the Ukrainians. Let’s see how it goes…”, he commented.

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On the other hand, he pointed out, this announcement of the mobilization of reservists provoked in Russia what Zelensky’s former press secretary interpreted as a “positive sign.”

“A positive sign is that we see how part of the Russians are rising up and taking to the streets against the mobilization. Sure, it’s a bit cynical of them to agree to kill Ukrainians rather than go to the front lines and get killed, but at least it’s a sign of hope that the decisions of this 23-year-old dictator are opening cracks in his regime. which gives some hope,” he stressed.

“The bloodier it is, the more people he sends there, the bloodier this war will be,” which will provoke further protests from the Russian population, he added, as they have already set fire to several recruiting stations with Molotov cocktails. after the announcement of the mobilization of reservists, after the Russian security forces had already begun to detain more than a thousand protesters in about 40 cities of the country.

As for Putin’s speech Wednesday, in which he made a veiled threat to use nuclear weapons and said, “That’s not a bluff,” a former Zelenskiy adviser said she didn’t know “what to think about whether Putin is really considering starting a Third World War.” “

“I think the world is trying to do everything not to repeat this kind of past experience (the use of nuclear weapons), but in fact there are already some parallels with the Second World War, such as the practices of genocide and the crisis of artificially created famines… That is why Ukraine is fighting for our lives and asks the world to increase its aid, citing war, sanctions, resources, weapons, training, humanitarian aid and refugee aid.”

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Yulia Mendel ends her book with “special gratitude to all those who understand that Ukraine is not a country of the past.”

“We are the future. We broke the fetters of the post-Soviet space and became a territory of freedom. And now everyone knows,” he wrote.

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Joe Biden promises ‘fast and hard’ response if Russia annexes Ukraine

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US President Joe Biden warned on Friday that Russia would pay “quickly and seriously” if it uses “fake” referendums to annex territories belonging to Ukraine.

“The Russian referendums are a farce, a false pretext for trying to annex parts of Ukraine by force, a blatant violation of international law,” Biden said in a statement.

“We will work with our allies and partners to impose rapid and severe additional economic costs on Russia,” he added.

The referenda started this morning in Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions and will last five days.

Ukrainian authorities say people are voting under threat of punishment.

On the other hand, the chairman of the Russian parliament (Duma) justified the referenda as “the right to self-determination of peoples enshrined in the UN Charter“, Viacheslav Volodin urged in a message posted on Telegram.

The European Union has also already said that it will reject the result of the referendum on the annexation of territories, whatever it may be.

“The whole world has heard Putin’s latest statement about his plans to hold fake referendums as a prelude to an illegal annexation that will never be recognized,” said the head of European diplomacyJosep Borrell in New York.

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EU condemns Russia’s “lie” at the UN

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“The Kremlin is waging a hybrid war that combines gun violence with the poison of lies,” said Michel, who accused Moscow of using all sorts of lies to justify its invasion.

Thus, the President of the European Council insisted that the Russian government was mobilizing against an “invisible enemy” that allegedly threatens it, while the reality is that “no one threatened, attacked or invaded Russia” and “no one in Europe wanted to conflict.” “.

Michel also criticized Russia’s argument that it had to intervene in Ukraine to prevent an alleged genocide against the Russian-speaking population, which the Kremlin has repeated many times and that this is something made up for the European Union.

The Belgian politician also criticized Russia’s insistence on talking about a “special military operation” rather than a war: “This is a war, an unprovoked, illegal, unjustified aggression that is aimed at forcibly changing internationally recognized borders, and this is unacceptable.”

According to Michel, the recent partial mobilization of reservists, announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, only confirms this.

The President of the European Council defended the sanctions imposed by the Twenty-Family as something “inevitable” aimed at stopping the Kremlin, and stressed that the group was in no way responsible for the food and fertilizer crisis facing the world, as Moscow claims.

“This is not true. Even before the war, Russia unilaterally decided to reduce the level of its exports of grain and fertilizers,” Michel emphasized, recalling that it was Moscow that imposed a naval blockade of the Black Sea, which did not allow grain to leave the country for months Ukraine.

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The Belgian politician called on the whole world to unite in order to prevent the “destructive actions” of one country – Russia – from spoiling all the work of responding to major global problems.

According to him, the European Union is not asking anyone to choose between east and west or between north and south, but it is necessary to take a stand, and Europe’s position is to defend respect for borders and cooperation in the face of aggression and threat.

Michel warned of growing international divisions and said that Europe wants to be a leader, but through cooperation, listening to the rest of the world and not preaching to anyone.

The high-level week of the United Nations General Assembly began on Tuesday at UN Headquarters in New York and will run until next Monday with the presence of dozens of heads of state and government, including Portuguese Prime Minister António. Costa.

This is the first General Assembly since the beginning of the war in Ukraine and the first in person since the beginning of the pandemic.

The event is titled “Tipping Point: Transformative Solutions to Interconnected Problems” and will focus on the war in Ukraine and the global food, climate and energy crises.

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