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Le Monde: Exclusive Details Of New DSK ‘Gang Rape’ Investigation

LE MONDE ( France)

LILLE - Dominique Strauss-Kahn's legal troubles have taken a troubling new turn. The former director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and onetime French presidential hopeful has been cited in a new ‘gang rape" investigation, a prosecutor in the northern French city of Lille announced Monday.

The preliminary investigation concerns events that took place in December 2010 at the Hotel W in Washington D.C., when Strauss-Kahn was still heading the IMF. A woman named Marion who was present at Hotel W claims she was forced to have sexual relations with Strauss-Kahn.

"I kept saying I didn't want to I didn't yell, but I said it clearly several times, out loud," she told police, according to a transcript obtained by Le Monde. "I tried to get away but Dominique Strauss-Kahn held me with his weight."

She related these events to Lille police in a deposition in an ongoing case in which Strauss-Kahn already faces preliminary charges for "aggravated pimping in an organized gang." She has not pressed charges.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyer reacted swiftly to the announcement, telling Le Monde that "Dominique Strauss-Kahn has never had any forced relationship with his partners and has never, under any circumstance, acted violently."

Witnesses have given contradictory accounts of the events. The woman says another man helped Strauss-Kahn pin her down, but both denied it. A friend of Marion's who was also present told police she "did not hear her say no" and that "if she had cried out, I would have heard her and I would have intervened."

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

A Profound And Simple Reason That Negotiations Are Not An Option For Ukraine

The escalation of war in the Middle East and the stagnation of the Ukrainian counteroffensive have left many leaders in the West, who once supported Ukraine unequivocally, to look toward ceasefire talks with Russia. For Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Piotr Andrusieczko argues that Ukraine simply cannot afford this.

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KYIVUkraine is fighting for its very existence, and the war will not end soon. What should be done in the face of this reality? How can Kyiv regain its advantage on the front lines?

It's hard to deny that pessimism has been spreading among supporters of the Ukrainian cause, with some even predicting ultimate defeat for Kyiv. It's difficult to agree with this, considering how this war began and what was at stake. Yes, Ukraine has not won yet, but Ukrainians have no choice for now but to continue fighting.

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These assessments are the result of statements by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, and an interview with him in the British weekly The Economist, where the General analyzes the causes of failures on the front, notes the transition of the war to the positional phase, and, critically, evaluates the prospects and possibilities of breaking the deadlock.

Earlier, an article appeared in the American weekly TIME analyzing the challenges facing President Volodymyr Zelensky. His responses indicate that he is disappointed with the attitude of Western partners, and at the same time remains so determined that, somewhat lying to himself, he unequivocally believes in victory.

Combined, these two publications sparked discussions about the future course of the conflict and whether Ukraine can win at all.

Some people outright predict that what has been known from the beginning will happen: Russia will ultimately win, and Ukraine has already failed.

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