World: War in Ukraine: why access to the Château de Vincennes is restricted for the Russians

Two of Putin's top Russian pilots were killed by US-supplied HIMARS, report says

  Two of Putin's top Russian pilots were killed by US-supplied HIMARS, report says One of the Russian pilots' fathers revealed that he believed his son's death was caused by HIMARS, a long-range weapons system from the US.Throughout the buildup to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, NATO countries, including the US, insisted they would not send troops to the region amid concern that the presence of their personnel on the ground would lead to a dangerous escalation of the conflict.

Une directive interne prise par le ministère des Armées à la suite de l'invasion de l'Ukraine interdit les ressortissants russes de venir visiter le château de Vincennes dans le Val-de-Marne, qui abrite également des archives du ministère. Des © Gardel Bertrand / Hemis.fr / Hemis.fr / Hemis via AFP An internal directive taken by the Ministry of the Armed Forces following the 'Invasion of Ukraine prohibits Russian nationals from coming to visit the Château de Vincennes in Val-de-Marne, which also houses archives of the ministry. "Requests relating to journalistic functions" can however always be made.

Russian nationals can no longer visit the Château de Vincennes in Val-de-Marne, which also houses archives of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, from an internal directive taken following the Invasion of Ukraine , learned AFP on Monday from concordant sources. The Château de Vincennes, located southeast of Paris , contains one of the centers of the historic defense service (SHD), whose libraries and archives are accessible to the public under certain methods.

Pentagon says Russia has suffered as many as 80,000 casualties in Ukraine and lost thousands of armored vehicles

  Pentagon says Russia has suffered as many as 80,000 casualties in Ukraine and lost thousands of armored vehicles An official said the figures are "pretty remarkable considering that the Russians have achieved none" of Putin's objectives from the start of the war.Roughly 70,000 to 80,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded during the first five and a half months of the war, Colin Kahl, the undersecretary of defense for policy, said during a press briefing Monday, adding that the figure is "pretty remarkable considering that the Russians have achieved none of Vladimir Putin's objectives at the beginning of the war.

Two Russian women prohibited from entry

on July 30, two Russian women were refused entry. "A guardian placed at the metal detector has asked to see my passport," said one of the two young women, 31 years old. The goalkeeper then refused him access. Confused, this Russian tried to enter again, chatting with another goalkeeper. But he also does not allow him to enter. Asking them about their refusal, the guards finally dropped: "Because you are Russian," she said to AFP.

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"I was upset", confides the young woman, a journalist by profession, who fled Russia "because of the war" and arrived in France "five months". Questioned by AFP, the Ministry of the Armed Forces explained that it had, "following the invasion of Ukraine", "restricted access to the ministry's military holdings to Russian nationals". However, he stressed that "requests for journalistic functions" could be made.

Ukraine's Black Sea deal also helps Russian farmers, economy .
With much fanfare, ship after ship loaded with grain has sailed from Ukraine after being stuck in the country's Black Sea ports for nearly six months. More quietly, a parallel wartime deal met Moscow’s demands to clear the way for its wheat to get to the world, too, boosting an industry vital to Russia’s economy that had been ensnared in wider sanctions. While the U.S. and its European allies work to crush Russia's finances with a web ofWhile the U.S. and its European allies work to crush Russia's finances with a web of penalties for invading Ukraine, they have avoided sanctioning its grains and other goods that feed people worldwide.

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