The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will participate in the European investigation of crimes in Ukraine

The Judicial Cooperation Agency Eurojust has announced that the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will participate in the European investigation into the main alleged crimes committed in Ukraine. For his part, the US Secretary of State, on a visit to Kiev, announced to President Zelensky the return of the US diplomatic presence in Ukraine. Carry on with our lives.

  • 8:40 pm: Russia says it destroyed six railway facilities in Donbass

The Russian Defense Ministry said it had destroyed six railway facilities that were used to deliver foreign weapons to Ukrainian forces in Donbas.

The Ukrainian military leadership announced earlier on Monday that Russia is trying to bomb the railway infrastructure in order to disrupt arms shipments from foreign countries.

  • 5:53 pm: London supplies Ukraine with anti-aircraft missile vehicles

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has announced that the UK will supply Ukraine with a “small number” of Stormer anti-aircraft missile launchers.

Speaking before parliament on Monday, he said the Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles promised by the Ukrainians “have been deployed and used for three weeks to defend themselves and their territory”.

  • 4:30 pm: The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will participate in the European investigation into crimes in Ukraine

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will participate in the European investigation into the main crimes allegedly committed in Ukraine, for the first time, the judicial cooperation agency Eurojust announced.

The agency said the joint investigation team, set up by Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine in March with the support of Eurojust, aims to facilitate investigations and prosecutions in the countries concerned as well as those that can be brought before the International Criminal Court. Declaration.

  • 3:49 pm: Five killed in raids on railway installations

The local prosecutor’s office said that at least five people were killed and 18 others wounded in Russian strikes on railway installations in the central-western Ukraine region of Vinnytsia.

“As a result of the enemy’s bombardment, five people were killed and 18 others were wounded,” the prosecution said in a statement, adding that the missile strikes in the morning targeted “the transportation infrastructure” near the small towns of Gmarinka and Kozyatin.

  • 3:31 pm: Russia expels 40 German diplomats in retaliation

Russia has announced the expulsion of 40 German diplomats, in response to similar action recently taken by Germany in the wake of the Russian attack on Ukraine.

The Russian diplomat said in a statement that the German ambassador in Moscow, who was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday, received a note stating that “40 employees of German diplomatic missions in Russia have been declared persona non grata.”

  • 1:46 pm: ‘Dispute’ over humanitarian corridor in Mariupol, says Kyiv

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk on Monday denied the creation of a humanitarian corridor in Mariupol aimed at evacuating civilians from the Azovstal plant.

“It is important to understand that a humanitarian corridor opens with the consent of both parties. A unilaterally declared corridor does not guarantee security and cannot in fact be a humanitarian corridor,” he said, writing on Telegram.

  • 12:00 p.m.: Russia warns the United States against delivering more weapons to Ukraine

The Russian ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, warned in an interview with Russian television, “We have confirmed the unacceptable nature of this situation where the USA is pouring weapons into Ukraine, and we have demanded that this practice stop.” Russian channel 24.

The ambassador said an official diplomatic note expressing Russia’s concerns was sent to Washington.

  • 11:49 am: Moscow announces a ceasefire in Mariupol

The Russian military declared a ceasefire in Mariupol to be in effect on Monday from 11:00 GMT. According to Moscow, the humanitarian corridor should allow the evacuation of civilians entrenched in the Azovstal plant, the last Ukrainian stronghold in this war-ravaged city.

Russian forces and their pro-Russian Ukrainian proxies pledge to “unilaterally cease hostilities at 2 p.m. Moscow time (1100 GMT), withdraw units to a safe distance and ensure the departure of” civilians “in the direction of their choice,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Azovstal, this huge mineral complex is symbolic because it represents the bitterness of the fighting between the Ukrainian and Russian armies in Mariupol, which has been bombarded by Moscow forces since the beginning of March, and today it is almost completely destroyed.

  • 10:45 am: In Norway, Greenpeace activists have intercepted the Russian oil tanker

Greenpeace activists were trying to block a Russian oil tanker in Norway on Monday as they chained themselves in chains to protest the war in Ukraine, environmental organization Greenpeace said.

The oil tanker Ust Luga, currently stationed near the Exxon Mobil oil terminal, about 70 kilometers south of Oslo, according to the specialist Marine Traffic website, will carry the crude to Norway. The activists of the NGO intend, through this measure, to prevent the unloading of a shipment estimated at 95 thousand tons of oil. Frod wrote: “Oil is not only the cause of the climate crisis, but also the cause of wars and conflicts. I am shocked that Norway acts as a free port for Russian oil, which we know finances (Vladimir) Putin’s war.” Pleym, director of the Norwegian branch of Greenpeace.

The NGO urged the Norwegian authorities to ban imports of Russian fossil fuels and said that the Norwegian subsidiary Esso, which is owned by Exxon Mobil, should terminate existing contracts to import Russian hydrocarbons. According to the spokesperson for Esso Norway, citing the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, these contracts were signed before the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and the oil company does not envisage further purchases in Russia.

  • 9:41 am: Vladimir Putin wishes Emmanuel Macron ‘success’ after his re-election

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his congratulations to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who was re-elected the day before, wishing him “success” in his new term, despite the escalating tensions linked to Ukraine, according to the Kremlin.

“I sincerely wish you success in your public work, as well as good health,” Vladimir Putin wrote in a telegram sent to Emmanuel Macron.

  • 9:20 a.m.: Ukraine “could win the war” if it had the right equipment, says the Pentagon chief.

On Monday, after returning from a trip to Kyiv with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said Ukraine could win the war against Russia if it had the right equipment and enough support.

“The first thing you win is the belief that you can win,” Lloyd Austin told reporters about the Ukrainians. “They are convinced they can win.” “They can win if they have the right equipment and the right support,” he added.

  • 8:49 a.m.: Two Ukrainian drones were shot down, according to Moscow

Russia shot down two Ukrainian drones near the border with Ukraine on Monday, local authorities said.

The governor of the Kursk region on Telegram, Romain Starovoit, said that “the anti-aircraft defense shot down two Ukrainian drones today at 4:15 am (01:15 GMT)” in the Rylsk region bordering Ukraine, explaining that there were no casualties. or material damage.

  • 8 a.m.: A fuel depot burns in southwestern Russia

On Monday, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that a large fuel depot in the Russian city of Bryansk, about 150 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, was on fire.

“A fire broke out at the Transneft Bryansk Druzhba fuel depot in Bryansk,” a city of 400,000 people used as a logistics base for the Russian military offensive, Russian news agencies quoted this source as saying.

“According to preliminary information, there are no victims,” ​​the authorities added. The cause of this fire has not been determined.

  • 5:31 am: Anthony Blinken announces to Volodymyr Zelensky the return of the US diplomatic presence in Ukraine.

US officials confirmed that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Kyiv on Sunday, the first visit by US leaders to Ukraine since the outbreak of hostilities by Russia.

During their visit, the two officials announced the gradual return of the US diplomatic presence in Ukraine, and additional direct and indirect aid of more than $700 million. The two ministers returned to Poland on Monday morning when US officials first confirmed the visit.

  • 2:08 am: Brussels prepares ‘smart sanctions’ against Moscow on oil imports

The British daily The Times reported Monday, April 25, citing European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis that the European Union is preparing “smart sanctions” against Russian oil imports.

“We are working on a sixth sanctions package and are thinking about resorting to some kind of oil embargo. When we impose sanctions, we must do it in a way that increases pressure on Russia while minimizing collateral damage that could be inflicted on us,” Valdis Dombrovskis told The Times.

  • 12:15 am: Volodymyr Zelensky congratulates Emmanuel Macron on his re-election

On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on his re-election. Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted: “Congratulations to EmmanuelMacron, a true friend of Ukraine, for his re-election!” “I wish him more success for the good of the (French) people. I appreciate his support and am convinced that we are advancing together towards new common victories. Towards a strong and united Europe!” he added.

With Agence France-Presse and Reuters

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