Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that the risk “of a third world war was real”. Moldova fears an extension of the conflict on its soil. The latest information live.
The Russian bombardments on kyiv, in the middle of a visit by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, were aimed at “humiliating the UN”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday.
“It says a lot about Russia’s true attitude towards international institutions, about Russian leaders’ efforts to humiliate the UN and everything the organization stands for,” Zelensky said in a video posted on his channel. Telegram.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, visiting Kyiv, “is safe” but “shocked” after the Ukrainian capital was hit by Russian strikes earlier in the evening, a security guard said on Thursday. word of the organization.
“We are safe,” Saviano Abreu wrote to journalists, later telling AFP on WhatsApp that “it’s a war zone but it’s shocking that it happened near where we were.” .
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres assured Thursday that the organization was doing “everything possible” to evacuate civilians stuck in the “apocalypse” of Mariupol (south), a Ukrainian city destroyed by fighting with the forces Russians.
“Mariupol is a crisis within a crisis. Thousands of civilians need vital aid. Many are elderly, need medical care or have reduced mobility,” Guterres said at a conference in joint press in kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
After the end of the war in Ukraine, “the aggressor will have to pay for the reconstruction” of this country, the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia, Veronika Remisova, told the UN on Thursday, judging that in the “long term” it will be necessary to “integrate” Russia into the community of nations.
“The aggressor will have to pay for reconstruction in the end, because the aggressor has destroyed cities, nations, lives, and he will have to pay for the damage caused,” she said during a press conference.
Participating in New York at a high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly for the implementation of a new urban agenda, Veronika Remisova, who is also Minister of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization, pointed out that his country was providing significant financial assistance to Ukraine.
Ukraine on Thursday evening described the Russian bombardments on kyiv as a “heinous act of barbarism”, in the midst of a visit by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to the Ukrainian capital.
“With this heinous act of barbarism, Russia once again demonstrates its attitude towards Ukraine, Europe and the world,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba tweeted.
The Ukrainian capital, kyiv, was the target of strikes on Thursday evening, in the middle of a visit by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and for the first time since mid-April, AFP journalists noted.
AFP correspondents saw on the spot a floor of a building on fire, broken windows, a strong police presence and rescue workers. The mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, confirmed on Telegram “two strikes” on one of the districts of the capital.
The UN Security Council has “failed to prevent and end” the war in Ukraine, its secretary general, Antonio Guterres, said Thursday at a press conference in kyiv.
“The Security Council has failed to do what was in its power to prevent and end this war,” Guterres said alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, saying it was “a source of great disappointment. , frustration and anger”.
Forty-five Ukrainians have been released following a new prisoner exchange with Russia, kyiv announced Thursday, as usual without revealing the number of Russians who have been handed over to Moscow.
“Another exchange of prisoners took place. Today, 45 of our men were released from Russian captivity,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Telegram.
They are 13 officers and 20 soldiers, including five wounded, as well as 12 civilians, she said.
Ukrainian investigators have identified “more than 8,000 cases” of alleged war crimes since the start of the Russian invasion, says Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Venediktova.
“We now have more than 8,000 cases,” she said in an interview with German media outlet Deutsche Welle.
Taking stock from the White House, US President Joe Biden said that “it is Vladimir Putin who is guilty (of the situation), not the sanctions”. He also announced that the United States has delivered 10 anti-tank weapons for each Russian tank and added “we are not attacking Russia, we are helping Ukraine to defend itself”.
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US President Joe Biden will ask Congress to release an additional $33 billion to respond to the war in Ukraine, including $20 billion in military aid, a senior US official said Thursday.
This huge “military and security assistance” amounts to “weapons and ammunition going to the Ukrainian people”, he added.
Ten Russian soldiers were indicted on Thursday for alleged crimes committed in Boutcha, the prosecutor general of Ukraine announced on his Telegram account.
“Ten soldiers from Russia’s 64th Motorized Rifle Brigade have been charged with cruel treatment of civilians and other violations of the laws and customs of war,” the prosecutor said.
According to the investigation, the Russian military, during their occupation of Boutcha in March, “took hostage civilians who were not taking part in the hostilities and were unarmed. The occupiers gave them neither food nor drink”. , detailed the prosecutor.
“There is an increase in radiation but it does not represent a danger for the moment,” said Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Joe Biden offers to transfer seized Russian assets to Ukraine.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on Moscow to “agree to cooperate” with the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into possible war crimes perpetrated in Ukraine. “When we see this horrific site, I see how important it is to have a full investigation and to establish responsibilities,” said Mr. Guterres, visiting Boutcha, a suburb of kyiv where the Ukrainians accuse the Russians of massacred civilians while they occupied the city in March. “I call on Russia to agree to cooperate with the ICC,” he added.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres travels Thursday to the suburbs of kyiv, to Boutcha, Irpin and Borodianka, theaters of abuses attributed to the Russian army, while Moscow continues its offensive in the east and south of Ukraine. For its part, the European Union on Wednesday accused Russia of “blackmail” after it had stopped the supply of gas to Poland and Bulgaria while the West continues its efforts to arm the Ukrainians against Russia.
The UN chief arrived in Ukraine from Moscow where he pleaded with Vladimir Putin for a ceasefire “as soon as possible”. But on the ground, the Russian forces are stepping up their offensive, particularly in the region of Kharkiv and Donetsk, in the east of the country, the staff of the Ukrainian forces said Thursday morning. kyiv accuses the Russian forces of having committed massacres in Boutcha, Irpin and Borodianka, after the discovery of dozens of corpses wearing civilian clothes in these localities occupied and then abandoned by the Russian army.
Canadian MPs on Wednesday passed a motion condemning Russia’s “acts of genocide against the Ukrainian people” and acknowledging that there is “clear and abundant evidence of systematic and massive war crimes and crimes against humanity.” . “The House of Commons has passed a motion regarding acts of genocide against the Ukrainian people,” the lower house of parliament announced on Twitter.
The text, tabled at the initiative of a member of the New Democratic Party (NDP, left), Heather McPherson, was adopted unanimously. The motion states that there “is clear and abundant evidence of systematic and massive war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the people of Ukraine by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin.” .