The story of this 48th day of war in Ukraine

The major battle of Mariupol is not yet relevant as the statements of the leaders doubled on Tuesday.

The battle of Mariupol has not yet begun. 48 days after the start of the war in Ukraine, the two sides are preparing for a confrontation in this coastal city in the east of the country.

On Ukrainian soil, the restoration of territory by Kyiv’s forces brings with it the discovery of civilians killed by the Russian army. The soldiers of the master of the Kremlin are remarkably accused of committing the worst violations by President Volodymyr Zelensky. Back to this new day of war in Europe.

• The increasing number of civilian casualties

And in the eastern suburbs of Kyiv, the bodies of six people who had been shot were found in the basement of one of the houses. In the east of the country, in Severodonetsk, about 400 civilians have been buried since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

With the withdrawal of Russian forces now focused on the east of the country, Ukrainians are gradually returning home. According to Ukrainian Border Guard spokesman Andrei Demchenko, more than 870,000 Ukrainians have returned home since the start of the war. If at first it was mainly about men, now there are also women, children and the elderly.

• Zelensky denounces “hundreds of rapes” committed by the Russian army

Volodymyr Zelensky denounced the “hundreds of rapes” observed in areas formerly occupied by the Russian army, “including underage girls and very young children.”

“In the areas liberated from the occupiers, the recording and investigation of war crimes committed by Russia continues. New mass graves are found daily,” the Ukrainian president told the Lithuanian parliament via a video link. “Thousands and thousands of victims. Hundreds of cases of torture. We still find bodies in pipes and basements,” he added.

Testimonies reported by the media confirm the concerns of the NGOs, which point to indications of rape being used as a “weapon of war”.

• Putin describes the Bucha massacre as “fake”

The Russian president said the massacre of suspected civilians in the town of Bucha, near Kyiv, was “fake”. Moscow denies any such abuse in Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin emphasized that his army’s offensive in Ukraine continues “quietly” and losses are minimized, refusing to set a timetable because May 9 is Victory Day in Russia, which was issued after the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

• As for Macron, Putin “has decided he will not stop”

Emmanuel Macron said his Russian counterpart “has decided he will not stop” in Ukraine because he “needs a military victory for himself,” although he “realized that Ukraine would not surrender.”

In this context, the French president estimated in an interview published by the British newspaper The Guardian, in this context, that the city of Mariupol (east), which the Russian army focuses on, “may be a fixing point because it is a symbol of Ukraine that rejects it.” weekly the point.

The Ukrainian presidential adviser, Michalo Podolak, considered that negotiations with Moscow to reach a Russian-Ukrainian peace agreement were “very difficult.”

• The United States accuses Russia of considering the use of “chemical agents” in Mariupol

On Tuesday, the United States released “credible information” about the possible use of “chemical agents” by Russia in its attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

According to the head of US diplomacy Anthony Blinken, “Russian forces could use various riot control agents, including tear gas mixed with chemical agents” against “Ukrainian fighters and civilians as part of their aggressive campaign to seize Mariupol.”

He finally declared that “we are sharing this information with Ukraine” and “we are in direct contact with our partners to determine what is happening now, it is a real concern.”

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