Ukraine steelworks troops surrender as Russian soldier says sorry

US President Joe Biden receives Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at the White House Russia said Thursday that 1,730 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered this week at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, showing some emerging on crutches after a desperate battle that has become emblematic of the nearly three-month-old war. … Read more

NATO assures Ukraine open-ended military support against Russia

On the ground in Ukraine, Russia announced air strikes in the east, as well as in Lviv, near the Polish border in the west NATO on Sunday pledged open-ended military support for Ukraine, as Finland hailed its “historic” bid to join the alliance and with Western claims that Russia had suffered heavy losses in its … Read more

After Syria trip, ICRC head says Assad ‘aware of pressure of international environment’

Issued on: 05/13/2022 – 18:48 Eleven years after the start of the conflict in Syria, the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of the war in Ukraine have made the economic situation in the war-torn country even worse. FRANCE 24 interviewed Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who recently met President … Read more

White diamond auctioned for over $20 million, falls short of record

Issued on: 05/12/2022 – 08:07 The Rock, the biggest white diamond ever auctioned, sold for 21.7 million Swiss francs ($21.9 million) on Wednesday, far short of the record for such a jewel. The 228.31-carat stone, larger than a golf ball, was sold in Geneva by Christie’s auction house. There had been high hopes that The … Read more

Biggest white diamond ever auctioned fetches $18.8 million

The Rock, the biggest white diamond ever auctioned, sells for a hammer price of 18.6 million Swiss francs ($18.8 million), far short of the record for such a jewel. IMAGES The Rock, the biggest white diamond ever auctioned, sold for a hammer price of 18.6 million Swiss francs ($18.8 million) on Wednesday, far short of … Read more

UN sends rescue convoy as Ukraine denies Russian truce at steel plant

Russia “violated” a truce it had promised at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, Ukrainian commander Svyatoslav Palamar says in a video posted on Telegram, adding that Russians “broke into the territory of the plant three days ago”. The United Nations on Thursday said a new convoy was en route to evacuate civilians from the “hell” … Read more

EU eyes Russian oil import ban as Moscow strikes western Ukraine

European Council President Charles Michel offers Europe’s support to Moldova during a visit to the country bordering Ukraine that has seen a string of attacks in the Moscow-backed separatist region of Transnistria. SOUNDBITE The European Commission proposed a gradual ban on Russian oil imports Wednesday to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, as Russian … Read more

‘Heavy fighting’ in east as Kyiv tries fresh Mariupol evacuation

Ukrainian authorities were hoping Monday to evacuate more civilians from the besieged southern port city of Mariupol, as Russia’s offensive in the east of Ukraine continued with “active and heavy” fighting. Kyiv said more than 100 civilians were evacuated over the weekend from the sprawling Azovstal plant, the last holdout of Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, … Read more

‘Heavy fighting’ in east as Kyiv tries fresh Mariupol evacuation

Ukrainian authorities were hoping Monday to evacuate more civilians from the besieged southern port city of Mariupol, as Russia’s offensive in the east of Ukraine continued with “active and heavy” fighting. Kyiv said more than 100 civilians were evacuated over the weekend from the sprawling Azovstal plant, the last holdout of Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, … Read more

Mariupol evacuates ‘exhausted psychologically, physically’

Issued on: 04/07/2022 – 21:59 Seven buses and dozens of cars transporting evacuees, mostly from the devastated, besieged southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, reached the city of Zaporizhzhia in an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) convoy on Wednesday. Lucile Marbeau, spokesperson for the ICRC’s regional delegation, spoke to FRANCE 24 from eastern Ukraine’s … Read more