WHO asks to enter Mariupol to bring medical assistance
The World Health Organization (WHO) has requested humanitarian access to the Ukrainian city of Mariupol to provide medical assistance and condemned the damage to medical facilities in Ukraine.
“WHO has managed to deliver life-saving equipment to many affected areas, but it is true that some are still very difficult,” said the director of the European office of the United Nations health agency, Hans Kluge, noting that “the priority , of course, it is Mariupol “.
Until now WHO “was able to deliver 185 tons of medical supplies in the worst affected areas of the country, reaching half a million people, “said Kluge.
WHO reported having registered 91 confirmed attacks against the Ukrainian health system, including hospitals, ambulances and medical personnel. “This is clearly a violation of international humanitarian law,” complained the European head of the organization.
Argentina will vote in favor of suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council
This was confirmed by the spokesperson for the Presidency, Gabriela Cerutti Argentina will vote today in favor of suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council as a punitive response to the invasion of Ukraine, in the framework of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization.
In a press conference at the Government Palace, The spokesperson said that “the Argentine government has a tradition of repudiating human rights violations” and that, with this vote, “does nothing but continue to be consistent with that decision”.
The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) will vote today at 11 (Argentine time) in an emergency session on the request of Western countries to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council.
For Russia to be suspended by the Human Rights Council, based in Geneva and chaired by Argentina, a majority of two thirds of the countries is required.
Belarus declares that it is participating in the negotiations with Ukraine
The President of BelarusAleksandr Lukashenko, he asked to participate in the negotiations on the war in Ukraine. Volodimir Zelensky’s government refuses as it points out that Belarus allowed the Russian army to launch its offensive against Kiev from its territory.
“We see this as a war on the doorstep of our country.. And it has serious effects on the situation in Belarus. And for this there should be no agreement behind BelarusLukashenko said during a meeting of his security council.
According to the head of state, Russia understands his position but not the West, which has sanctioned Belarus for its alliance with Moscow.
Russia has asked Finland to return the works of art confiscated as part of the sanctions against Moscow
Russia has asked Finland to return several works of art from Russian museums that were in transit through the Scandinavian country after being loaned to other countries, e which were confiscated by Finnish customs as part of the sanctions against Moscow. Some would belong to the Hermitage Museum.
“The Finnish ambassador to Moscow, Antti Helantera, was summoned on April 7 to the Russian foreign ministry,” Moscow diplomacy said in a statement.
Finland today announced the seizure of these works, worth over $ 43.6 billion. For its part, Russian diplomacy has denounced that this is an “arbitrary legal” decision.
“The return of cultural goods legally abroad in the context of cooperation between museums cannot be subject to restrictions they insisted from Russia. Moscow hopes that the Finnish authorities will make a decision as soon as possible to ensure the return of the works of art from the museums to Russia. “
The works were returning to Russia via Finland after being loaned to museums in Italy and Japan.
The European Parliament has passed an embargo on imports of Russian oil, coal, nuclear fuels and gas
The European Parliament has called for a “full and immediate” embargo to be imposed on imports of “Russian oil, coal, nuclear fuels and gas”.in a non-binding resolution adopted on Thursday which obtained 513 votes in favor of MEPs, 22 against and 19 abstentions.
“This is a very important moment and a significant milestone. Parliament’s position is clear and sends the strongest message of support to those on the front line,” said Parliament President Roberta Metsola after the non-binding vote on resolution.
The European Commission on Tuesday proposed to tighten sanctions by stopping purchases of Russian coal, which they represent 45% of total EU coal importsand close European ports to Russian ships.
The modalities of this fifth package of sanctions are currently under discussion among the representatives of the Member States.
Parliament asks to go further, but a possible oil embargo (25 per cent of total European oil imports) and Russian gas (45 per cent of the total) divide the member states.
The issue will be discussed at a meeting of European foreign ministers on Monday.
With this resolution, MEPs also call for “an intensification of arms supplies to Ukraine”something Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, recalled on Thursday during a visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Russia accused Ukraine of changing its proposals in the Istanbul negotiations
Russia accused Ukraine of having it modified some of its proposals which took place during the negotiations which took place in Istanbul at the end of March and which were welcomed by Moscow.
“This inability to find a negotiated solution once again it shows kyiv’s true intentions, which seems to work so that the negotiations prolong or fail“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a video, in which accused the Ukrainian authorities of being “controlled by Washington and its allies”.
The New York Times verified a video of Ukrainian soldiers shooting wounded Russian soldiers
the American newspaper The New York Times verified a video released this week in which see how Ukrainian soldiers shoot wounded Russian soldiers which had been captured after an attack.
On its Twitter account, the NYT indicates that the video “appears to show a group of Ukrainian soldiers killing captured Russian soldiers on the outskirts of a city west of Kyiv.”
The media point out that the facts they were documented around 30 March about 11 kilometers southwest of the city of Bucha during the withdrawal of Russian troops from the area near the Ukrainian capital.
“I come to ask for three things: arms, arms and weapons”, the Ukrainian foreign minister told NATO
Foreign Minister of UkraineDmitro Kuleba, he asked NATO members to provide more weapons to his country as soon as possible to fight and defeat the invading Russian forces.
“I come to ask for three things: weapons, weapons and weapons. The faster they are delivered, the more lives will be saved and destruction prevented, ”Kuleba said upon his arrival at NATO headquarters in Brussels for a meeting with foreign ministers of NATO countries.
“Ukraine has the right to defend itself. We will listen to the needs that Dmytro Kuleba will present to us and we will talk about how to respond “, said the Secretary General of the Transatlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg.
This was assured by the Ukrainian minister they needed “planes, armored vehicles and anti-aircraft defense” to face the Russian army.
“We know how to fight. We know how to win, but without a sustainable and sufficient supply of all the weapons Ukraine requires, this victory will require enormous sacrifices,” he explained.
“I ask all allies to put aside their hesitation, their reluctance to provide Ukraine with everything it needs – he insisted -. It is clear that Germany can do more, given its reserves. We are working. with the German government to provide additional weapons.
Truce announced to enable ten humanitarian corridors in eastern Ukraine
This was stated by the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Russia has agreed to respect a truce along 10 humanitarian corridors for evacuationr this Thursday to civilians in combat zones in three regions of eastern Ukraine.
Russia should launch a wide-ranging offensive to take control of eastern Ukraine. -where are the self-proclaimed republics of Lugansk and Donetsk- in the coming days and weeksand Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk on Wednesday called on residents of the eastern regions to leave their homes before the operation.
Vereshchuk said civilians from Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhia could be evacuated to the cities of Zaporizhia and Bakhmut.
The official added in Telegram’s messaging application that it will be possible for civilians to drive from the cities of Mariupol and Enerhodar to Zaporizhia and by car or bus from Berdyansk, Tokmak and Melitopol.
In Bajmut, which is located in Donetsk, residents of Severodonetsk, Lisichansk, Popasna, Girske and Rubizhne, all cities of Lugansk, will be evacuated, the deputy prime minister said.
Russia has banned Google advertising for spreading fake news
The Russian telecommunications regulatorRoskomnadzor announced it Google banned from advertising in Russiaafter accusing his video platform, YouTube, of spreading false news on Russian forces in Ukraine.
“YouTube has become a key platform for spreading false news about the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine, discrediting the Russian military,” said the Russian watchdog.
The agency also criticized the video site for posting content from Ukrainian “extremists” and accused Google of censoring Russian state media, whose YouTube channels have been shut down.
As a result, the Roskomnadzor ruled that Google will no longer have the right to “advertise Google LLC” and its platforms in Russia.
Right away, Russian search engines will have to report that Google and its subsidiaries are in breach of the law local when searching for their names.
Pope Francis received the new Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican
Pope Francis received the new Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican, who presented him with his credentials in the context of the war. Meanwhile himthe Holy See ratified its recognition of the right to “legitimate defense” of kyiv against the attacks of Moscow.
Andrei Yurashwho spent about half an hour with the Pope, had already met Francis on April 2, when he went to the residence of Santa Marta together with a group of Urcani children before the pontiff’s trip to Malta.
Yesterday, Francisco unfurled a Ukrainian flag during the general audience where he also denounced the “new atrocities” that are taking place in the context of the conflict, after Ukraine reported the killings of civilians in Bucha and other cities on the outskirts by kyiv.
Furthermore, over the weekend, the Pope said he was “willing to do whatever is necessary”, even if he would not have gone to Ukraine personally.
While Francisco met Yurash, Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin ratified the recognition of Ukraine’s right to “self-defense”.
“I believe there is a right to self-defense. And it is basically the basic principle on which Ukraine is resisting Russia,” the cardinal said.