Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited the newly recaptured town of Izium, located close to Ukraine’s strategic and second-biggest city, Kharkiv. Meanwhile, oil, gas, coal and refining companies are planned to be required to pay an extra “solidarity contribution” to cope with the increasingly serious energy crisis in Europe.
Zelenskyy visits Izium
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited the newly recaptured town of Izium, located close to Ukraine’s strategic and second-biggest city, Kharkiv.
Russian propaganda stumbles
The hasty withdrawal of Russian troops from the Kharkiv region and the retaking of six thousand square kilometres of land by Ukraine is not an easy thing to hide, even for the Russian propaganda. As reported by Reuters, following this major defeat Moscow offered to begin peace talks. Kyiv declined.
Energy companies to share their profits
Oil, gas, coal and refining companies will be required to pay an extra “solidarity contribution” to cope with the increasingly serious energy crisis in Europe. The EU Parliament gathered to establish a plan, responding to voices from the Baltic States and Poland, which had long warned about the impending crisis.
Poland’s wartime losses
The Polish Parliament has just passed a bipartisan resolution which supported demanding war reparations from Germany. Meanwhile, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage announced the Poland-wide ‘Empty Frames’ campaign. It is meant to raise awareness about Polish cultural heritage and artistic works which were stolen by both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during WWII.
The Queen’s final journey
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin has made its journey from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey where it will lie in state until September 19 when the funeral will take place. The public will be able to visit the coffin during this period and pay their respects to Her Majesty.
Big Tech firms targeted by courts
Leading Big Tech companies that monopolised social media and internet technology are facing court rulings over users’ privacy violations and fair competition. The Alphabet conglomerate that owns Google, Meta which runs Facebook, and other leaders like Amazon and Apple are being targeted by national and international courts.
Champions League continues
Another series of matches in the group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League takes place tonight. Poland’s striker Arkadiusz Milik could start in tonight’s game against Benfica, as he’s making an impact in his new club, Juventus.