What to remember from Thursday, April 7

With fears of a new Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council has been suspended and the European Union and the Group of Seven imposed a new round of economic sanctions on Moscow. Here’s what to remember from Thursday, April 7th.

Suspension of Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council

It is a historic decision. The United Nations General Assembly suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council. The United Nations because of the invasion of Ukraine. resolution “illegal”The Russian Foreign Ministry replied.

Of the 193 member states, 93 voted in favor, 24 opposed, and 58 abstained. But the abstention was not taken into account in the required two-thirds majority among the only votes for and against. This is the second comment in the history of the United Nations after the overthrow of Libya in 2011.

EU agrees to ban Russian coal

Fifth round of sanctions against Moscow. The French presidency of the Council of the European Union announced that representatives of the 27 countries decided to impose a ban on Russian coal and to close European ports to Russian ships. This package “very big” It also provides for a ban on exports to Russia, especially high-tech goods, amounting to 10 billion euros, and the imposition of new sanctions on Russian banks, according to the same source.

The Group of Seven also announced new sanctions. We prohibit new investments in key industries of the Russian economy, including energy.Its members (Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union) say in a statement, they also announced Additional sanctions against the Russian defense sector and against “the elites” who support the war. On the American side, they officially abolished the trade status of Russia and Belarus, paving the way for punitive tariffs against these two countries.

Civilians evacuated under bombardment in eastern Ukraine

Fearing an attack on these eastern regions, the Ukrainian authorities again called on the civilian population to leave. “The next few days may be the last chance to leave. All the free towns of the Lugansk region are under enemy fire” and Russian forces “Cut all possible avenues”, its governor, Sergio Gaidai, warned on Facebook. he is He stressed that Ukrainian officials will not allow a presence in the East “Mariopol II”.

Russian forces bombarded the city of Severodonetsk, the most Ukrainian-controlled area in the east. AFP journalists saw civilians being evacuated by buses, while explosions rang out regularly in its suburbs. The director of Ukrainian Railways, Alexander Kamyshin, announced that evacuation trains were disrupted due to Russian strikes on the only railway line that remained under Ukrainian control.

After Butch, heavy budgets Borodianka, near kyiv and Mariupol

Ukrainian rescuers have recovered 26 bodies from the rubble of two bombed-out apartment buildings in Borodianka, northwest of Kyiv, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova announced. It said on Facebook that it was the “most devastated city in the region” in the capital. The situation is there “more terrible” What happened in Bucha, where massacres were committed against civilians, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In Mariupol, a coastal city besieged and destroyed by the Russian army since the end of February and in which about 100,000 residents still hide, “The new mayor” This was announced by the pro-Russian forces“About 5000 people” among the civilian population. The Ukrainian authorities imposed much heavier duties.

Ukraine asks NATO for weapons ‘now’ or ‘it will be too late’

Ukraine needs weapons from NATO countries “right Now” to repel the Russian attack, or “It will be too late.”Its foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, announced during a NATO meeting in Brussels. “I have no doubt that Ukraine will have the weapons needed to fight. The question is when.”He insisted after meeting with his counterparts from NATO countries. He demanded the same urgency to stop purchases of oil and gas from Russia.

The Kremlin admits “Big losses” within the Russian army

during the interview On the British Sky News channelAnd the Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, He confessed “Big losses” Inside the Russian army deployed in Ukraine, without specifying their size. “It is a great tragedy for us.” Russia has been very silent about the scale of its losses since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. The latest official report, sent on March 29, reported 1,351 deaths and 3,825 injuries.

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