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War in Ukraine: what to remember from the 41st day of the Russian invasion

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged the UN to act “immediately” in the face of “war crimes” committed by Russia in his country, otherwise the United Nations would have to “simply close”. Russia has evacuated “600,000 people” from Ukraine, who did not leave “under duress or kidnapped”, according to the Russian ambassador.

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On the 41st day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged the UN to act “immediately” in the face of “war crimes” committed by Russia in his country, without which the Nations united would have to “just close”. Russia has evacuated “600,000 people” from Ukraine, who did not leave “under duress or kidnapped” as the West says, the Russian ambassador to the Security Council told the Security Council on Tuesday. UN, Vassily Nebenzia.

Zelensky before the UN Security Council

Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged the UN to act “immediately” in the face of “war crimes” committed by Russia in his country, otherwise the United Nations would have to “simply close”. The Ukrainian president also called for Russia to be excluded from the UN Security Council and for a reform of the United Nations system, so that “the right to veto does not mean the right to die”. He broadcast a video showing very raw images of people killed in Ukraine, whose violence provoked an indignant reaction from the current president of this body.

600,000 people “evacuated” to Russia

Russia has evacuated “600,000 people” from Ukraine, who did not leave “under duress or kidnapped” as the West says, the Russian ambassador to the Security Council told the Security Council on Tuesday. UN, Vassily Nebenzia. “We did not come to Ukraine to conquer territories,” he also said, again contesting accusations of atrocities against the Russian army.

Explosions in the Lviv region

Explosions took place Tuesday evening in the town of Radekhiv, 70 kilometers from Lviv, the big city in western Ukraine, said a local official, calling on the population to take shelter. “Explosions in the Radekhiv region. Everyone stays safe,” Maksym Kozitsky, head of the regional military administration, wrote on Telegram. An AFP journalist in Lviv heard anti-aircraft sirens there.

Two Ukrainian helicopters shot down in Mariupol

The Russian army said on Tuesday it shot down two Ukrainian helicopters seeking to evacuate leaders of a nationalist battalion defending the besieged port of Mariupol, while again calling on these defenders to lay down their arms. “This morning, April 5, around Mariupol, a new attempt by the kyiv regime to evacuate leaders of the nationalist Azov battalion was aborted. Two Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopters, trying to reach the city from the sea, were shot down by man-portable anti-aircraft systems,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Boucha: Ukrainian civilians targeted “deliberately”

The images from Boutcha “point to deliberately targeted civilians”, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday. “All signs point to the fact that the victims were deliberately targeted and killed directly. And this evidence is very disturbing,” said Elizabeth Throssell, during a regular UN press briefing in Geneva, stressing that the international humanitarian law prohibits the deliberate attack on civilians, which amounts to a war crime.

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For his part, the head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov estimated on Tuesday that the discovery of corpses in Boutcha was a “provocation” aimed at derailing the ongoing negotiations between kyiv and Moscow.

Use of cluster munitions

The UN “has received credible allegations that Russian forces have used cluster munitions in populated areas at least 24 times” in Ukraine since the invasion at the end of February, an official told the Security Council on Tuesday. senior manager of the organization. “Allegations that Ukrainian forces used such weapons are also under investigation,” added UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo.

Joe Biden calls for ‘war crimes’ trial

Joe Biden has said he wants a “war crimes trial” and wants to take “additional sanctions” against Russia, in response to the events in Boutcha. “He must be accountable,” said the American president about his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, repeating that he considered him a “war criminal”.

Russia wants to take control of Donbass

Russia is strengthening itself to “take control of the whole of Donbass”, in eastern Ukraine, and achieve “a land bridge with Crimea”, annexed by Moscow in 2014, said Tuesday the secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg. “We are in a crucial phase of the war,” he warned during a press conference on the eve of a meeting of Alliance foreign ministers.

Putin denounces pressure on Gazprom in Europe and threatens reprisals

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday denounced the “pressure” exerted against Gazprom in Europe, stressing that nationalizing Russian assets was “a double-edged sword”. “The situation in the energy field is worsening because of gross measures, which are not related to the market, in particular the administrative pressure on our company Gazprom in several European countries”, he said on television, after Germany announced the day before taking temporary control of a German subsidiary of the gas giant.

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Beijing demands talks

Beijing reiterated its call for peace talks to resolve the conflict in Ukraine during a meeting between the Chinese and Ukrainian foreign ministers, as Russian forces are accused of committing massacres. The international community has intensified its condemnation of Moscow in recent days after the discovery of corpses in the kyiv region attributed to the Russian army, which denies any involvement.

Von der Leyen and Borrell in kyiv this weekend

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will travel to Kyiv “this week” accompanied by EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, her spokesperson announced on Tuesday. “President @vonderleyen and High Representative @JosepBorrellF will travel to Kyiv this week to meet President @ZelenskyyUa ahead of the #StandUpForUkraine event on Saturday in Warsaw,” spokesperson Eric Mamer said on his Twitter account. This event is intended to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees.

Nearly 200 Russian diplomats expelled from Europe in two days

After France and Germany on Monday, Italy, Spain and Slovenia in particular in turn expelled Russian diplomats en masse on Tuesday, marking a further deterioration in relations with Moscow after the discovery of massacres attributed to Russian forces near from Kyiv.

Five bodies discovered in Motijine, west of kyiv

The bodies of the mayor of the village of Motijine, that of her husband, their son and two other men were discovered in this locality west of kyiv, AFP journalists noted on Monday. The police showed reporters four bodies, including that of the mayor, half-buried in a pit dug in a pine forest bordering the house of the village mayor, and the body of another man lying at the bottom of it. a small well in the garden. According to the police, the five people had their hands tied behind their backs.

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