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War in Ukraine: what to remember on the 206th day of the Russian invasion

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The war in Ukraine continues. The Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia was reconnected to the network this Saturday, announces the IAEA. On the side of Izioum, the discovery of around 450 bodies summarily buried around the city provoked indignation. Emmanuel Macron condemns “with the greatest firmness the atrocities” committed “under Russian occupation”.

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After being disconnected from the network, the Zaporizhia power plant was reconnected to it on Saturday. This was indicated by the IAEA, which stressed that the risk of accident had increased since the plant had been cut off from the network. In Izioum, the discovery of 450 bodies around the city caused international outrage. The Czech Republic calls for the creation of an international tribunal for war crimes.

The Zaporizhia power plant is reconnected to the network

Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been reconnected to the country’s electricity grid, the IAEA said on Saturday, after the site was deprived of a source of electricity, which increased the risk of an accident. “The repaired 750 kilovolt (kv) line supplies Europe’s largest nuclear power plant (…) with the electricity needed to provide reactor cooling and other safety functions,” the agency said. atomic energy” in a press release.

The Czech Republic calls for the creation of an international tribunal for war crimes

The Czech Presidency of the EU on Saturday called for the creation of an international tribunal for war crimes, after the discovery of hundreds of bodies near Izium, a city recaptured from the Russians in Ukraine. “In the 21st century, such attacks on the civilian population are unthinkable and heinous,” Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said on Twitter on Saturday.

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“We must not ignore it. We are for the punishment of all war criminals”, he added, “I call for the rapid creation of a special international tribunal”. Ukrainian authorities reported on Friday “450 bodies of civilians bearing traces of violent death and torture” buried in a wood on the outskirts of Izium.

“There are several bodies with their hands tied behind their backs and one person is buried with a rope around their necks. Obviously these people were tortured and executed,” regional governor Oleg Synegoubov said on Telegram.

Biden warns Putin against using chemical weapons in Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has once again warned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin against the use of chemical or nuclear weapons in Ukraine, at a time when the Ukrainian army is leading a major counter-offensive in the country. “It would change the course of the war in a way not seen since the Second World War,” warned the American leader during an interview with CBS, the first excerpts of which were released Friday evening.

“Don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it,” Joe Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin, promising a “substantial” response from the United States if this step were to be taken. Russia “would become even more of a pariah in the world, more than it ever has been,” he warned.

Despite this, Vladimir Putin assured Friday that his offensive would continue in Ukraine. “The plan does not require change… We are in no rush,” he said.

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Macron condemns “in the strongest terms the atrocities” committed “under Russian occupation” in Izioum

Emmanuel Macron condemned Friday “with the greatest firmness the atrocities committed in Izioum, Ukraine, under Russian occupation”, after the discovery of hundreds of bodies summarily buried near this city taken back from the Russians, according to kyiv. “Their perpetrators will have to answer for their actions. There is no peace without justice,” added the French president in a tweet. The EU said it was “deeply shocked”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday denounced the crimes of an army of “torturers” after the discovery of hundreds of bodies summarily buried in a region taken back from the Russians, including those of people “tortured and executed”, according to local authorities. “99%” of the bodies exhumed on Friday in a forest on the outskirts of Izium, a town in eastern Ukraine recaptured from the Russians last week, “showed signs of violent death”, the governor said in the evening. regional Oleg Synegoubov.

“There are several bodies with their hands tied behind their backs and one person is buried with a rope around their neck. Obviously these people were tortured and executed,” he said on Telegram. According to him, a total of “450 bodies of civilians bearing traces of violent death and torture” were buried on this site. “There were also children” among the bodies exhumed during the day by the “200 agents and experts” working on the site, he added.

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