Invasion of Ukraine: US warned that Russia will focus offensive east and south of Ukrainian territory

The Ukrainian president denounced the war crimes of the Russians on the spot

Ukraine, which regained control of the entire Kyiv region at the hands of Putin’s army this weekend, has discovered Russian barbarism: a “deliberate massacre” in the city of Bucha, 30 kilometers northwest of the capital. and hundreds of civilian bodies killed in other recovered towns.

The newspaper The New York Times published satellite images contradicting the Russian version of the Bucha massacrea Ukrainian city where he appeared this weekend dozens of civilian corpses, some handcuffed or in mass graves.

Russia denied that its soldiers had executed civilians prior to their withdrawal in Bucha, and today its ambassador to the United Nations, Vasili Nebenzia, he assured that his soldiers left that city and only a few days later the corpses appeared in the streets. “It was a montage,” she said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian president Volodimir Zelensky visited bushingthe small town about 50 kilometers from Kiev recently recovered by Ukrainian troops and where the Russian army is accused of committing a “slaughter“Against the civilian population.

Tuesday April 5th (Ukrainian time, GMT +3)

08:28: The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky accused Russia of “distorting the facts” in the context of the Bucha massacre and assured that “they will not be able to deceive the whole world”as there is “ample evidence” that Russian troops destroy cities and kidnap, torture and kill civilians.

“The time will come when all Russians will learn the whole truth about which of their fellow citizens they killed. Who gave orders. Who has turned a blind eye to the murders “he pointed out in his usual evening speech, according to the official website of the Ukrainian presidency.

Zelensky recalled that there are more than 300 people “killed and tortured” in the city of Bucha, a number which, according to the Ukrainian president, “could be greater” if the entire city is thoroughly examined. “And this is just a city,” he added.

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

In this sense, he said that Moscow “is already launching a false campaign to hide its guilt in the mass murders of civilians in Mariupol”, so “they will try to hide the traces of their crimes”, which they did not do when they were withdrawn from Bucha.

“They’ll do dozens of stage interviews, re-edit the recordings and specifically kill people to make it look like they’ve been killed by someone else.”he stressed, adding that “everything possible is being done to identify the Russian military involved in these crimes”.

07:28: Canadian authorities have decided to impose new sanctions against nine Russian citizens and nine other Belarusians for “violating” Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly reported.

“What the world witnessed this weekend in Bucha is repulsive. Canada will not stand by while the senseless killing of innocent civilians by Russian forces in Ukraine continues. “defended Canberra in a statement.

In this way, Joly pointed out that “these close associates” are “accomplices” of the “terrible” events that “unfold before our eyes”. “We will not stop putting pressure on the Russian regime until its troops have left Ukrainian soil,” she added.

According to the Canadian government statement, the country has sanctioned more than 700 people and entities since the invasion of the country. The latest Canadian sanctions will force an asset freeze and a ban on the people on that list.

Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly
Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly

07:14: The Australian government announced Tuesday that the export of luxury goods to Russia will be banned as part of the expansion of sanctions directed at Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine.

The Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, pointed out in a statement that these are penalties: they include wine and parts for luxury vehicles– addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin and “his wealthy facilitators”adding that they are not aimed at “normal Russian consumers”.

“This ban follows our targeted financial sanctions against President Putin, members of his government, Russian oligarchs, propagandists and disinformation agents, as well as Russian military leaders.”he said.

Finally, he ruled that the Australian government “reaffirms its unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as for the Ukrainian people”.

1:00: The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky said in his late night video speech that he will address the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday. He also stated this in Kiev is interested in having the most open and transparent investigation into the murder of civilians in Ukraine.

He added it at least 300 civilians were killed in Buchaand hopes that in Borodyanka and other cities the number of victims will be higher: “I would like to emphasize that we are interested in the most complete and transparent investigation, the results of which will be known and explained to the entire international community.”

00.15: Amnesty International (AI) called on Monday to investigate all alleged war crimes committed by Russia during its invasion of Ukraine, including the alleged Bucha massacre near Kiev.

“Bucha’s reports show a broader pattern of war crimes, including extrajudicial executions and torture in other occupied areas of Ukraine.”This was stated in a statement by Agnes Callamard, general secretary of AI. voiced Callamard his suspicion that “the violence suffered by civilians in Bucha at the hands of Russian soldiers is not unique”.

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