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L’EQUIPE(France), BBC NEWS (UK)

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LAUSANNE - It is one of the most eagerly awaited announcements in soccer. But on Thursday, no country won the right to host the 2020 edition of the European Championship after UEFA, the continent's governing soccer board, chose for the first time to spread the event across a dozen cities in multiple countries.

The idea had been pushed for several months by UEFA president and France’s legendary captain Michel Platini, reports L’Equipe.

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Michel Platini Source: Flickr

It means there will be no one country hosting the tournament despite the fact that Turkey was officially campaigning to host the competition.

England’s Football Association has already put forward London’s Wembley Stadium to European governing body UEFA as a possible venue for the final, adds BBC News.

The names of the hosting cities will be announced in the Spring of 2014.

The Euro 2016 will be held in France, which won the comptetition in 1984 and 2000.

Spain won the latest edition in July 1st 2012, which was co-organized by Poland and Ukraine.

UEFA hosting Euros all across one continent is still more sane than hosting a World Cup in Qatar.

— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) December 6, 2012

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Why Ukraine-Russia Peace Talks Are Now More Impossible Than Ever

The reconquest of Kherson seemed like a turning point in the Ukraine war. But while Kyiv and the West can see it as an encouraging sign for the long-term fate of the war, it makes negotiations a veritable non-starter now. A cold, hard analysis from French geopolitical expert Dominique Moïsi.

photo of two people at a memorial in Kherson with Ukraine flag draped over them

Local residents stop at a makeshift memorial in Kherson

Dominique Moïsi

-Analysis-

The liberation of Kherson two weeks ago brought Ukrainian forces closer to Crimea and pushed the Russian army further from Odessa. It was a strategic and symbolic turning point. The images that emerged evoke the liberation of Paris in August 1944. Although it is a show of strength from Ukraine and a sign of Russian weakness, it does not mean that the time has come for negotiations to begin.

Far from it, in fact.

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Up until the Ukrainian army retook Kherson, it was still possible to imagine that Russia and Ukraine might reach a compromise on territory, redrawing the borders as they were on Feb. 23, 2022. That is no longer the case today. For Kyiv, there is no longer any question of going back to February 2022, but rather to January 2014: before Moscow seized Crimea by force.

In nine months of war — with nearly 100,000 victims on both sides — millions of Ukrainians have been displaced, towns and cities have been systematically targeted and infrastructure has been destroyed.

Russia has committed multiple war crimes, perhaps even crimes against humanity. Unable to compete on the ground with the Ukrainian forces — who outnumber the Russians, are better equipped (thanks to Western aid) and above all are more motivated — Moscow has had no other choice than to try and bring the Ukrainian people to their knees through hunger and cold, while hoping to sow division among Kyiv’s allies.

So far, this strategy has had the opposite of the desired effect. Now that Ukraine has retaken Kherson, and after the G20 summit in Bali, Russia is more isolated than ever on the global stage.

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