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While Russian forces are accused of war crimes in the suburbs of kyiv, the international community has overwhelmingly condemned these massacres. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the UN Security Council to hold Russia “responsible” for war crimes. Follow the latest information live.

10:19 p.m.

Explosions took place this evening in the city of Radekhiv, 70 kilometers from Lviv, the big city in western Ukraine, announced a local official, calling on the population to take shelter.

8:25 p.m.

Three hospitals in Mykolaiv, in southern Ukraine, “were hit by bombardments” on Sunday and Monday, said the non-governmental organization Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), present on the spot.

8:12 p.m.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has addressed Russians directly, telling them in a video that they deserve to know “the truth” about the atrocities committed in Ukraine after the Russian invasion.

8:08 p.m.

The head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov considered that the discovery of corpses in the Ukrainian city of Boutcha was a “provocation” aimed at derailing the ongoing negotiations between kyiv and Moscow.

7:22 p.m.

Ukrainian children who arrived in France following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia will be able to be accommodated in a crèche free of charge, announces the National Family Allowance Fund (Cnaf).

5:46 p.m.

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. UN, Vassily Nebenzia. “We did not come to Ukraine to conquer territories,” he also said, again contesting accusations of atrocities against the Russian army.

5:25 p.m.

The Ukrainian president broadcasts images of those killed in Ukraine to the UN Security Council.

5:14 p.m.

Slovenia has in turn decided to expel 33 Russian diplomats to express its “strong protest” and “shock” after the discovery of numerous corpses in the liberated Ukrainian city of Boutcha, where kyiv accuses the Russians of massacre.

5:01 p.m.

Volodymyr Zelensky is calling on the UN to hold Russia “responsible” for “the worst war crimes” since World War II, he said.

5:01 p.m.

The Ukrainian president calls for the exclusion of Russia from the UN Security Council.

4:59 p.m.

Volodymyr Zelensky urges the UN to act “immediately” in the face of the “war crimes” committed by Russia in his country, otherwise the United Nations would have to “simply close”.

4:37 p.m.

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, a senior Security Council official told the Security Council. responsible for the organization.

4:27 p.m.

Ukrainian President Zelensky will address the UN Security Council.

4:19 p.m.

Mariupol has “exceeded the stage of a humanitarian disaster”, the mayor of this city in south-eastern Ukraine, besieged by the Russian army, told AFP, describing the situation of some 120,000 as “unbearable”. residents still in place.

4:08 p.m.

The American central bank (Federal Reserve, Fed) stands “ready to act more strongly” if necessary, assured one of its governors, judging it “essential” to slow down inflation which is at its highest for 40 years in the United States. United States.

3:33 p.m.

The head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken denounced a “deliberate campaign to kill, torture, rape” in Boutcha, a Ukrainian city where dozens of corpses were discovered after the withdrawal of Russian troops.

2:31 p.m.

Russia is preparing to take “control of the whole” of Donbass, according to Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General. “I fear that we will witness more atrocities. The Russians still control part of the Ukrainian territory. When it is taken over, we risk discovering more mass graves, more atrocities, more war crimes, and that underlines the “Importance of investigations to establish all the facts so that those responsible are brought to justice”, he declared during a press conference in Brussels.

1:27 p.m.

Spain in turn expels “about 25” Russian diplomats.

12:58

The French anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office announces the opening of 3 new investigations for “war crimes”. The facts referred to were allegedly committed in Mariupol (southern Ukraine), Gostomel (kyiv region) and Cherniguiv (north), said the Pnat, competent for this type of offense. The latter had already opened an investigation after the death of Pierre Zakrzewski, a Franco-Irish journalist, on March 14 near the Ukrainian capital.

12:10 p.m.

The images coming out of Boutcha, a Ukrainian city where dozens of bodies were discovered after the withdrawal of Russian troops, “point to deliberately targeted civilians”, said Tuesday a spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. the man. “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 international humanitarian law prohibits deliberate attacks on civilians, which amounts to a crime of “We have to investigate, but if we can understand that a building, for example, is hit in a military context, it is difficult to imagine what would be the military context of an individual lying in the street with a bullet in the head or to have their bodies burned,” she said. Ms. Throssell said that the High Commission itself had no one on site in this town near kyiv at the moment.

11:17 a.m.

Italy has decided to expel 30 Russian diplomats for “national security” reasons, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio told Italian news channel RaiNews24 on Tuesday in Berlin.

This decision by Italy follows similar measures taken on Monday by Germany and France and Tuesday morning by Denmark.

10:43 am

Denmark will expel 15 Russian diplomats for spying, Denmark’s foreign minister announced on Tuesday, a day after Russian diplomats were expelled from France and Germany for similar reasons.

“We have established that the 15 expelled intelligence agents carried out espionage activities on Danish soil,” Jeppe Kofod told the press, saying he wanted to “send a clear signal to Russia: espionage on Danish soil unacceptable”.

7:11

Japan, usually very resistant to welcoming refugees, welcomed on Tuesday 20 Ukrainians who fled the war and who arrived at Tokyo airport on board a Japanese government plane. These people, who were in Poland following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, arrived with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi who was visiting Warsaw.

Mr. Hayashi made a trip of several days to Poland, which hosts a large part of the approximately 4.2 million Ukrainian refugees. Japan generally accepts only a few dozen refugees a year out of thousands of applicants, and its borders are currently closed to almost all foreign visitors as part of the fight against Covid-19. “We have learned that several people sincerely wish to be evacuated to Japan, but have difficulty traveling on their own,” government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

6:15 a.m.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will speak on Tuesday before the UN Security Council, after the discovery of massacres attributed to Russian forces near kyiv, and in particular in Boutcha where he went on Monday. The leader, who denounced “war crimes” and “genocide” after the update of dozens of corpses wearing civilian clothes in Boutcha and other localities near the Ukrainian capital, will intervene before the Security Council for the first time since the invasion of his country by Russia, indicated the United Kingdom which currently chairs this body of the United Nations.

In a video broadcast overnight from Monday to Tuesday, Mr. Zelensky confirmed this intervention, which we do not know if it will take place live or delayed. “The time will come when every Russian will learn the whole truth about who among their compatriots killed. Who gave the orders,” he said in the video, calling for tougher sanctions against Moscow and more armaments to his country. Earlier Monday, he had gone to Boutcha where dozens of corpses were found in this small town located about thirty kilometers northwest of kyiv, after the withdrawal of Russian forces.

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