On the forty-ninth day of the war, tensions did not subside in the country, especially in the east, where the Ukrainians were waiting for an imminent attack by the Russian army.
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office announced, on Wednesday, that seven people were killed on Tuesday in a village house in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine by Russian soldiers.
The official said: “According to the investigation, the Russian soldiers shot six men and a woman in the village of Pravdin. In order to cover up the crime, the occupants blew up the house in which the bodies of the people who had gunshot wounds were located.” press release.
The regional governor said, on Wednesday, that seven people were killed in Russian strikes in the Ukrainian region of Kharkiv (northeast) during the past 24 hours.
“Seven people were killed” and 22 others were injured, Governor Oleg Senegubov told Telegram, adding that a two-year-old boy who was injured two days earlier in the bombing died of his injuries in hospital on Tuesday.
Finland has published a major report on its strategic situation after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, setting the stage for a debate on a possible now-historic nomination for NATO by the summer.
The heads of state of Poland and the Baltic states will travel to Kyiv by train on Wednesday to “support” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the face of the Russian offensive, the presidencies of those two countries said.
“Our goal is to support President Zelensky and the defenders of Ukraine at a crucial moment for this country,” Jacob Komoc, an advisor to the Polish president, told the Philippine News Agency.
He said the details of the visit were not known for security reasons, only saying that presidents could visit “the most symbolically important places”.
On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered to Russian forces in the besieged city of Mariupol for weeks.
“In the city of Mariupol, in the area of the Ilyich Metal Plant (…) 1,026 Ukrainian soldiers of the 36th Marine Corps voluntarily laid down their arms and surrendered,” the ministry said in a statement.
Ukraine will not open any humanitarian corridors on Wednesday, a government official said, accusing the Russians of “violating the rules of international law” making the situation “dangerous”.
“Unfortunately, we will not open humanitarian corridors today. In the Zaporizhia region (south) the occupiers closed buses and in the Lugansk region (east) they violated the ceasefire,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk said. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk.
“Not only do the occupiers fail to respect the standards of international humanitarian law, but they also cannot properly control their men on the ground. All of this creates such a level of danger on the roads that we are forced to refrain from today’s humanitarian corridors.”
Joe Biden has confirmed his accusation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of committing a “genocide” in Ukraine, just hours after he used the word for the first time to describe the situation in the country invaded by Moscow.
“Yes, I called it a genocide,” the US president answered reporters during his trip to Iowa.
“It is increasingly clear that Putin is simply trying to erase the idea of being Ukrainian,” he added.
Until then, the US administration had not uttered the word used by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Joe Biden said that if “lawyers, at the international level,” decided to describe the genocide, “it sounds fine to me.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered Tuesday night in Moscow to “exchange” Ukrainian MP and businessman Viktor Medvedchuk, a close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin and who was recently arrested, for the Ukrainians detained in Russia.
“I am proposing to the Russian Federation to replace this man with our boys and girls who are currently in captivity in Russia. That is why it is important that our law enforcement and our military take into account this possibility as well.