Civilians shot dead and Zelensky frustrated with Macron … the situation on the forty-ninth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Westerners discuss abuses committed by the Russian military, while Joe Biden no longer hesitates to talk about genocide, much to the ire of the Kremlin.

As the 50th day of the war in Ukraine approaches, Russian strikes continue to hit civilian populated areas. Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities are offering a glimpse of what Moscow’s losses in the conflict could be.

Another deadly day for civilians

Ukrainian authorities on Wednesday denounced new actions by Russia that may amount to war crimes. And in the Kherson region, in the south of the country, seven people were shot dead, according to the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office. “In an attempt to hide the crime, the residents of the house blew up the house in which the bodies of those who were shot were found,” the authorities said.

In Kharkiv, in northeastern Ukraine, the bombing also resulted in many deaths. The governor of the region confirmed this afternoon, Wednesday, that seven civilians were killed in shelling and 22 others were wounded within 24 hours. Later in the day, new strikes left four dead and at least ten wounded, according to the governor.

• Bodies of more than 1,500 Russian soldiers in the Dnipro morgue

The deputy mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro confirmed that more than 1,500 Russian soldiers were immediately present in the morgue.

“They are lying in mortuaries,” he said in an interview with Russian media, Nastucci Vremya, adding that he hoped “Russian mothers would come to pick up their sons.” And he continued: “No matter what you think, they are someone’s children. Their mothers raised them (…), they loved them, they took them to school on September 1,”, back to day school in Russia.

This very large number contrasts with data provided by Russia about its losses in the invasion of Ukraine. Thus, the last official report, published on March 29, states that 1,351 people were killed and 3,825 wounded.

• “Ukraine is a crime scene,” according to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

Karim Khan, the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, said Ukraine is currently considered a “crime scene”.

He said while traveling to Kyiv to meet the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

The International Criminal Court has opened an investigation into war crimes committed in Ukraine after 41 countries requested it, including France. For its part, Kyiv announced that investigations had already begun in 5,000 cases.

• The Kremlin considers it “unacceptable” for Biden to accuse Putin of genocide

While Joe Biden called Russia’s violations in Ukraine “genocide”, the Kremlin expressed its disapproval.

“Our disagreement is categorical and we consider such attempts to distort reality unacceptable, especially since they come from the President of the United States, a country whose actions are known in recent history,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented.

Note that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this Wednesday followed in the footsteps of his American counterpart, as he also used the term genocide to denounce Russia’s actions.

• For Zelensky, Macron’s refusal to denounce the “genocide” in Ukraine is “extremely painful”

In the face of recent statements by Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron wants to be careful. “It’s crazy what’s going on, it’s incredibly brutal (…) but at the same time I look at the facts and I want to try as much as I can to continue to be able to stop this war and rebuild the peace, so I’m not sure that escalation of rhetoric serves the cause” .

A walk that Volodymyr Zelensky did not appreciate. The Ukrainian president has already considered this refusal to use the word “genocide” by Emmanuel Macron “extremely painful.

“I will do my best to discuss this issue with Mr. Macron today. If not, then tomorrow when he finds the time,” he added.

Anthony Oduro from AFP

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