War in Ukraine.  Zelensky calls China, UN investigation in Olenivka... Evening update

War in Ukraine. Zelensky calls China, UN investigation in Olenivka… Evening update

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would like to be given the opportunity to talk “directly” with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to end the war in Ukraine, reported on Thursday, August 4, 2022 the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

Volodymyr Zelensky urged the Chinese leader to use his political and economic influence in Russia to end the conflict in an interview with the Hong Kong English-language daily.

“(China) is a very powerful state. This is a huge savings. It will influence Russia politically and economically. China is also a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.estimated the Ukrainian president, according to the newspaper.

UN to launch investigation into Olenivka prison

The United Nations will investigate the attack on the Olenivka prison in eastern Ukraine under the control of pro-Russian separatists, at the request of Kyiv and Moscow, the UN secretary general said on Wednesday.

About fifty Ukrainian prisoners of war died in the bombing of this prison located in the separatist territory on July 29. Russia and Ukraine blamed each other for this strike.

Antonio Guterres determined that the methods of the fact-finding mission were prepared, in consultation with Kyiv and Moscow.

US support for NATO membership of Finland and Sweden

The US Senate approved on Wednesday, August 3 the participation of Finland and Sweden in NATO, one day after the approval of the French Parliament.

The text was voted with 95 votes and one vote against. Stockholm and Helsinki officially signed the protocol to join the alliance last month, after reaching an agreement with Ankara for the latter to withdraw its veto.

The integration of Finland and Sweden is the most important enlargement of NATO since the mid-1990s. An increase in the Scandinavian countries is motivated by the fear of an attack from Moscow similar to that suffered by ‘Ukraine .

The action of the two Nordic countries must be approved by the thirty member countries of NATO before implementation.

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