At the dawn of the 57th day of the Russian attack on Ukraine, hundreds of people, including children, are still entrenched in the steel mills of Azovstal, the last island of resistance in the besieged city of Mariupol. Along with civilians, the soldiers of the Azov battalion somehow resist the incessant bombardment of the Russian Air Force.
The Russian army continues its offensive, Thursday, April 21, 2022, in this port located on the Sea of Azov, at the southern tip of the Donbass, but also in the Luhansk Province. According to the governor of this territory, Sergei Godich, Russian forces now control 80% of the region.
The point is on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
In the southwest of the country, the coastal city of Mykolaiv was heavily bombed during the night from Wednesday to Thursday. Several photos, including this video, were published by the Australian media News Tickerbears witness to the violence of this bombing of buildings in the city center.
Ukraine offers Russia talks in Mariupol
Ukrainian negotiators on Wednesday proposed holding private talks, without preconditions, with Russia in Mariupol, with the aim of allowing the evacuation of civilians and soldiers.
Via Twitter, Mykhailo Podolyak expressed his desire for talks, whatever their format – one-on-one or with larger delegations.
For his part, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, separately asked Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to receive him to discuss measures aimed at restoring peace.
Severe accusations of the Red Cross over the fate of Ukrainian refugees
A Ukrainian official criticized, on Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross for not cooperating with her country regarding the fate of Ukrainian refugees in Russia, suspected of this. “partner in crime” from “Deportations”. The ICRC strongly rejected these accusations.
“The International Committee of the Red Cross is not fulfilling its mission” With regard to the evacuees, she said, with force against Russia by the Russian army, Lyudmila Denisova, responsible for human rights in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, launched on Ukrainian television. “I suspect they are accomplices.” From Russia, she continued on Wednesday with an official with the Ukrainian branch of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Ukrainian authorities regularly accuse the Russian military of forcibly bringing Ukrainian civilians to Russia.
$24 billion to support Ukraine
Finance ministers from G7 member states on Wednesday, along with the international community, announced an additional $24 billion to support Ukraine in 2022 and beyond, adding that they are ready to do more if needed.
The ministers expressed their regret at Russia’s participation in many international forums, including the meetings of the Group of Twenty, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. International organizations and multilateral forums should not conduct any business with Russia in the usual way‘,” it is written in a press release.
Some ministers left the plenum or closed their screens to protest the Russian presence.
Russia’s Transkapitalbank and network of oligarchs listed as sanctioned by Washington
The US Treasury announced, on Wednesday, the imposition of sanctions on the Russian bank Transkapitalbank and the extensive network surrounding the oligarch Konstantin Malofeev, which was allegedly used to circumvent the sanctions targeting Moscow.
Actions against Transkapitalbank are aimed at preventing this private institution from accessing global financial networks by preventing US institutions and individuals as well as those with activities in the United States from doing business with it.
The US Treasury also blacklisted a large network of about 40 people (including Mr. Malofeev) and entities accused of facilitating sanctions evasion, as well as several Russian companies involved in cryptocurrency mining.
The US State Department has denied entry visas to more than 650 people, mostly Russians, but also Belarusians and Ukrainian separatists.