Ukraine on Sunday accused the Russian military of “deliberate assassination” in a town in the northwestern city of Bautista, and is now “terrifying” territories “liberated from invaders” that have provoked outrage in Europe and the United States. Calls for additional sanctions against Moscow.
The head of the European Council, in Berlin and London, also condemned the “atrocities” and “war crimes” that took place, especially in Boutcha, when the AFP found bodies on a street on Saturday and nearly 300 people were present. According to Ukrainian officials, the mass was buried in graves.
“We saw mass graves. We saw people with their arms and legs tied (…) bombed in the back of the head,” a spokesman for the Ukrainian president, Sergei Nikiforov, told the BBC they were “clear civilians.”
“The Bootsa massacre was deliberate. The Russians want to eliminate the Ukrainians as much as they can. To stop them. I now demand catastrophic new G7 sanctions, ”Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
The latter demanded a total embargo on energy, the closure of ports for all Russian ships or goods and the disconnection of all Russian banks from the international financial platform Swift.
His British envoy, Liz Truss, called for a “terrified” war crimes inquiry, while European Council President Charles Michael announced on Twitter that he was “shocked” that “the EU will help Ukraine and NGOs gather the evidence needed to prosecute.” International tribunals “.” EU sanctions and aid are yet to come, “he added.
Anthony Blingen, the head of US diplomacy, pledged US involvement in “documenting” potential “war crimes” so that those responsible would be “held accountable.” He described the violence in Botswana as “a stab in the stomach” by Russian forces.
“This terrible war crime cannot go unanswered,” said German Vice Chancellor Robert Habekov, as well as French and Italian Foreign Ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian and Luigi Di Maio.
Mykhaïlo Podoliak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, however, lamented that the West “should not provoke the Russians” to avoid a third world war, comparing the Boutcha massacre with the Srebrenica, in which thousands of Bosnians were killed by Bosnian Serbian republican forces. In 1995, during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“Do you like 21st century Srebrenica? (…) Satisfied? (…) Are you going to try again? Arrange another summit to shake your head anxiously?” Almighty, hundreds of current European politicians, eat well and now sleep peacefully in bed.
The world sees the total and indescribable horror of hostility in “Bootsa, Irfin, Costomel”, he laments, referring to “thousands” of victims, “killed” and sometimes “brutally”, “violated”.
Both Putsa and the nearby town of Irfin were unrecognized by the shelling, and fierce fighting ensued since Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24 and Russian troops tried to encircle Q.
The Russians retreated from Irfin, Putsa, Kostomel and the whole of Kiev, and from Chernivtsi in the north of the country, and re-established themselves east and south.
“We should not be too optimistic,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday. .
In addition, according to the Ukrainian president, the Russians are leaving “many dangers” Volodymyr ZhelenskyHe accuses them of “underestimating the territories they leave behind”.
In a statement on Sunday, the human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch condemned the abuse of civilians by Russian soldiers in Chernihiv, Karkiv and kyiv to the extent of “war crimes”. War ”(rape, abbreviated execution, violence, threats, robbery)
For his part, the director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Audrey Azole, condemned the March 13 killing of photographer and videographer Maxim Levine. On Saturday, the media called for a “commitment to security.”
Debates in Moscow
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths will leave for Moscow on Sunday before the war, with at least thousands killed and nearly 4.2 million Ukrainians, 90% of whom women and children deported. kyiv was forced to demand a humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine.
Until now, Russia has denied the visit of a senior UN official with Ukraine as its main target.
During the peace talks with Ukraine, its chief negotiator, Vladimir Medinsky, on Sunday praised Q’s “very realistic” position, saying it was ready to accept the neutrality and non-nuclear status of the country, as demanded by Moscow.
But he said he did not “share the confidence” of Ukrainian negotiator David Arakamiya. The latter pointed out that the discussions aimed at ending the hostilities on Saturday had made significant progress. “Ukrainian diplomatic and military ‘experts’ are slow to confirm agreements already reached at the political level,” Medinsky said.
Still at the diplomatic front, Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Dentias arrived in Odessa on Sunday, bringing humanitarian aid to the port in southwestern Ukraine, located in the Black Sea, just hours before the attack.
According to AFP journalists and residents, early Sunday morning, half a dozen explosions shook the walls of the historic city. Then a cloud of black smoke covered part of the horizon.
The strikes did not cause casualties, according to a regional order issued by the Ukrainian military. Russia’s Defense Ministry says a “high-precision missile fired from sea and land” destroyed “a refinery and three fuel and lubricant depots” near the city.
Cities under siege
In the southeast of the country, efforts by Russian troops to stabilize their positions have so far met with resistance from Ukrainians in Mariupol, where about 160,000 people are still believed to have been detained and at least 5,000 have been killed. Local authorities. The Ukrainian military announced Sunday that Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius, 45, was killed as he tried to flee the Russian-occupied port city.
As for Moscow, controlling Mariupol would ensure regional continuity from Crimea to the two pro-Russian separatist republics of Donbass, Donetsk and Lukansk.
Weeks later, the discharge began in small quantities. On Saturday, the deputy prime minister announced that some “1,263 people” had traveled their own way from Mariupol and Berdyansk to Zaporoshie, and that a dozen buses had departed from Berdyansk with 300 Mariupol residents. Irina Vareshchuk in the Telegram. Other evictions took place in the east of the country.
Russian forces continue to “partially block” Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city in the east.
The same source notes that Russia also plans to create battalions of “volunteer” settlers in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the mercenaries.