Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of trying to organize a fake independence referendum in the occupied Kherson and Zaporozhye regions in the south of the country. In the Mariupol region, satellite images raise fears of mass massacres of civilians, more important than Bucha, where “the United Nations documented the killing of 50 civilians.” Carry on with our lives.
11:48 am: British police have received around 50 reports of war crimes
British police said they had received around 50 reports of possible war crimes in Ukraine, as part of a witness call launched to fuel the investigation at the International Criminal Court.
The Metropolitan Police in London said: “The majority of these reports, which have come from people across the UK, relate to events in Ukraine ‘in the context of the conflict that began in February’, specifically what appear to be attacks on civilian civilians.” Declaration.
Dominic Murphy, head of operations at Police Counter-Terrorism Command, says he expects the number of reports to increase “in the coming weeks as more and more people who have fled Ukraine arrive in the UK”.
🚨 | We continue to appeal to anyone in the UK who has direct evidence of possible war crimes in the #Ukraine To contact the War Crimes Team.
DCS Dominic Murphy: “We’re here and we can help.”
Find out how to get in touch ⬇️ https://t.co/sh6XK8XB93
—Metropolitan Police (metpoliceuk) April 22 2022
11:20 am: UN documents Bucha killings, accuses Russian military of possible war crimes
UN human rights investigators documented “50 civilian deaths, including summary executions”, in the town of Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv. So said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, during a regular UN press conference. The United Nations also accuses the Russian military of committing actions that “may amount to war crimes” in Ukraine since the invasion began on February 24, including indiscriminate bombing that killed civilians and destroyed schools and hospitals.
10:38 am: Russian military aims to “complete control of Donbass and southern Ukraine.”
Russia aims to take full control of southern Ukraine and the Donbass region, and have a land bridge to Crimea that is annexed by Moscow, a general and a senior Russian military official said.
“Since the beginning of the second phase of the special operation, which began two days ago, one of the goals of the Russian army has been to establish full control over Donbass and southern Ukraine. This will ensure a land passage to the Crimea, too,” Russian news agencies quoted General Rustam Minkayev, deputy commander of the forces in Russia’s Central Military District said, “This is straining the vital infrastructure of the Ukrainian economy.”
8:52 am: Ukrainian authorities fear nearly 9,000 deaths in possible mass graves in Mariupol
Gulliver Cragg, France 24’s special correspondent in Ukraine, talks from Kyiv about satellite images that show what appear to be 200 mass graves in Manhush, a town a few kilometers from Mariupol. There is still no certainty, but they are inclined to confirm the words of Mayor Vadim Boychenko, who speaks of massacres of civilians. According to the Ukrainian authorities, these graves could contain up to 9,000 bodies.
8:32 am: How much $800 million in military aid has the United States given Ukraine?
Joe Biden pledged $800 million in military aid to Ukraine. Since the start of the Russian army offensive, the United States has paid nearly four billion dollars to Kyiv. In this new contribution, Ukraine will receive howitzers, ammunition, kamikaze drones …
8:26 a.m.: No evacuation corridor for civilians on Friday, city of Kyiv announces
A Ukrainian government official said that an evacuation corridor for civilians could not be organized on Friday in Ukraine, considering the situation on the roads “dangerous”. “Because of the danger to our roads, there will be no humanitarian corridors today,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Verychuk said in Telegram messages.
7:54 am: Satellite images raise fears of massacres of civilians in Mariupol
While Vladimir Putin has declared the city of Mariupol under Russian control, satellite images from the US company Maxar raise fears of greater massacres than in Bucha. In these photos, we can see what appear to be mass graves in the town of Manush near Mariupol. “The passengers were said to have buried between 3,000 and 9,000 residents,” Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko told Telegram. According to him, since the beginning of the siege, at least 20 thousand people were killed by Russian bombing.
7:30 am: Biden secures ‘Western unity’ behind Ukraine
US President Joe Biden announced $800 million in new military aid to Ukraine. In messages posted on Twitter, he affirmed US and Western support for Kiev: “With Russia continuing to engage in atrocities against Ukraine, (Vladimir) Putin is betting on our indifference. He’s betting that Western unity will crack. Once again, we’ll go to prove him wrong.”
As Russia continues to stamp out atrocities against Ukraine, Putin is betting we’ll lose interest. He is betting that Western unity will be cracked.
Once again, we will prove him wrong.
– President Biden (POTUS) April 21, 2022
3:23 am: Germany will donate €37 million for the reconstruction of Ukraine
Germany will pay an additional 37 million euros to Ukraine for post-war reconstruction assistance, German newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine reported, citing sources from the German Development Ministry.
According to the record, about 22.5 million euros will be spent on rebuilding the power grid in Ukraine and 14.4 million euros on rebuilding apartments attacked by Russian forces and purchasing medical equipment.
“My department has reallocated funds for this purpose through an emergency programme,” Development Minister Svenja Schulz said.
Three in the morning: Ukraine accuses Russia of preparing a fake referendum in Kherson and Zaporizhia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of trying to organize a fake independence referendum in the occupied Kherson and Zaporozhye regions in the south of the country.
In a video message Thursday evening, Volodymyr Zelensky asked residents of the occupied territories not to provide any personal data, such as passport numbers, that Russian forces might request.
“It is not just a census. (…) It is not for the sake of giving you humanitarian aid of any kind. It is, in fact, to tamper with the so-called referendum on your land, if the order to organize this comedy comes from Moscow,” the Ukrainian president warned .
1:11 a.m.: Life of trapped residents in Mariupol is in Putin’s hands, says mayor
“It is important to understand that the lives of people who are still in the hands of one person, that is Vladimir Putin. He will also stain his hands with the blood of all people who will die from now on.” Vadim Boychenko told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.
The Russian president said the port city on the shores of the Azov Sea was “liberated,” although several hundred Ukrainian fighters are still hiding in the Azovstal steel plants. “It is not a planned liberation, it is a destruction,” said Vadim Boychenko, estimating that 90% of Mariupol has been damaged or destroyed since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
12:18 a.m.: Exhumation at ‘atrocities’ investigation center
Makeshift graves have been discovered near a hospital in the devastated town of Borodianka, near Kyiv, and their secrets have been revealed to experts investigating war crimes charges against Russian forces. The authorities said that 9 civilian bodies, many of them shot dead, had been exhumed from these graves.
Officials said investigators collected more than 1,000 bodies of civilians from streets, squares or makeshift cemeteries around the Ukrainian capital, some with their hands and feet tied or shot in the back of the neck.
This investigation is part of the documentation of what Oleksandr Pavlyuk, head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, called the “atrocities” committed following the invasion of Russian forces, who were then forced to withdraw from the region.
With Agence France-Presse and Reuters