Sanctions on Moscow and pressure in the Donbass region .. The point is this Wednesday

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”. 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 released a video showing very raw images of people killed in Ukraine.

Explosions in Lviv

The explosions occurred on Tuesday evening in the small town of Radikhev, 70 kilometers from Lviv, the largest city in western Ukraine, a local official said, calling on residents to take shelter. Near the Polish border, Lviv has become a city of refuge for the displaced.

600,000 people “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 kidnapping,” 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 Donbas region” in eastern Ukraine, and to achieve a “land bridge with Crimea”, annexed by Moscow in 2014. Russian forces have left the Kyiv region and northern Ukraine. Vladimir Putin is moving a large number of troops east to Russia. He explained that they would rearm, receive reinforcements in numbers, because they had suffered a lot of losses, and restock for a new, highly concentrated offensive in the Donbass region.

cluster munitions

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 evidence points to the fact that the victims were deliberately targeted and killed directly. Elizabeth Throssell said the evidence is deeply troubling. For his part, the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, estimated, on Tuesday, the discovery of bodies in Bucha as a “provocation” aimed at obstructing the ongoing negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow.

The “unlivable” situation in Mariupol

Mariupol has “passed the stage of a humanitarian catastrophe”, the mayor of this southeastern Ukrainian city said on Tuesday, describing the “unbearable” situation for about 120,000 residents still on the ground. For its part, the Russian army announced, on Tuesday, that it had shot down two Ukrainian helicopters that were seeking to evacuate the leaders of a national battalion from Mariupol.

New penalties

On Wednesday, the United States, in coordination with the European Union and the Group of Seven, will adopt new sanctions against Russia aimed in particular at banning “any new investment” in this country, according to an informed source. For its part, the European Commission proposed Tuesday to the 27 countries to stop their purchases of Russian coal, which represents 45% of European Union imports, and to close European ports to Russian ships or ships operated by the Russians.

Nearly 200 Russian diplomats have been expelled

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