The situation on the ground, international reactions, sanctions: a point about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Zelensky urges UN action
Volodymyr Zelensky urged the United Nations on Tuesday to act “immediately” in the face of Russia’s “war crimes” in his country, otherwise the United Nations would have to “simply shut it down”.
Pictures, pictures: Zelensky’s touching visit to Bucha
The Ukrainian president also called for Russia to be excluded from the UN Security Council and to reform the UN system, so that “the veto does not mean the right to die.”
He broadcast a video clip showing very raw images of people killed in Ukraine, and their violence provoked an angry reaction from the current head of this body.
600,000 people were “evacuated” to Russia
Russia’s ambassador to the Security Council told the Security Council on Tuesday that Russia had evacuated “600,000 people” from Ukraine, who had not left “under pressure or kidnapped,” as the West says.
He also said, “We did not come to Ukraine to invade the territory,” once again rejecting accusations of atrocities against the Russian army.
Russia strengthens towards Donbass
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that Russia is strengthening itself in order to “control the entire Donbass region” in eastern Ukraine, and achieve a “land bridge with Crimea”, annexed by Moscow in 2014.
To read: Three new investigations have been opened in France for “war crimes” in Ukraine
“Russian troops have left the Kyiv region and northern Ukraine. Vladimir Putin is moving a large number of troops to the east in Russia. They will rearm, receive reinforcements in numbers, because they have suffered a lot of losses, and resupply to launch a new, highly concentrated offensive in the Donbass region.
A Security Council official said on Tuesday that the United Nations had “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.
“Allegations that Ukrainian forces used such weapons are under investigation,” added Rosemary DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
Bouche: “Deliberately” targeting civilians
A spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said, on Tuesday, that the images that emerged from the Ukrainian city of Bucha, where dozens of bodies were found after the withdrawal of Russian forces, “indicate that civilians were deliberately targeted.” .
“All indications point to the fact that the victims were deliberately targeted and killed directly. And this evidence is deeply disturbing,” Elizabeth Throssell said during a regular United Nations press conference in Geneva.
The “unlivable” situation in Mariupol
The city of Mariupol “has passed the stage of a humanitarian catastrophe”, the mayor of this city in southeastern Ukraine besieged by the Russian army told AFP on Tuesday, describing the situation of about 120,000 as “unbearable”, and residents are still in their places.
European Union: new sanctions under discussion
The European Commission proposed, on Tuesday, that the 27 countries should tighten sanctions on Moscow, by stopping their purchases of Russian coal, which represents 45% of European Union imports, and closing European ports to Russian or Russian ships.
Representatives of the 27 countries are due to discuss Brussels’ proposals on Wednesday before a meeting of European foreign ministers on Monday.
Putin threatens revenge
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the “pressure” being exerted on Gazprom in Europe, stressing that the nationalization of Russian assets is a “double-edged sword”.
Nearly 200 Russian diplomats have been expelled
After France and Germany on Monday, Italy, Spain and Slovenia in particular expelled Russian diplomats en masse on Tuesday, marking a further deterioration in relations with Moscow following the discovery of massacres attributed to Russian forces near Kyiv.