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War in Ukraine – new military aid to Ukraine, strengthening of sanctions against Russia: Westerners toughen their positions on Wednesday, April 6 after the discovery of several bodies in Bucha, near the Ukrainian capital, where Russian bombing continues in several areas of strategic importance. Regions.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called in recent days for tougher sanctions and a ban on Russia’s participation in the international community. On Tuesday, he urged the United Nations to take “immediate” action against Russia in light of the “war crimes” it has committed in Ukraine, calling in particular for its exclusion from the Security Council, which is one of the five permanent members with the right to do so. veto.
See below for the latest developments on the ground on the 42nd day of the war in Ukraine:
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.
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 “by coercion or kidnapped” as the West says.
He also said, “We did not come to Ukraine to invade the territory,” once again defying accusations of atrocities against the Russian army.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that Russia is strengthening itself to “control the entire Donbass region” in eastern Ukraine, and 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, because they had suffered a lot of losses, and restock for a new, highly concentrated offensive in the Donbass region.
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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.
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. This evidence is deeply disturbing, Elizabeth Throssell told a regular United Nations press conference in Geneva.
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.
Mariupol “has passed the stage of the 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.
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.
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