Russia intends to keep what its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said about Hitler and Zelensky. On Tuesday, his agency called “ahistorical” statements by Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who the day before demanded an apology for Lavrov’s remarks that Hitler “has Jewish blood.” According to Moscow, Israel “supports the neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine.”
When asked in an interview with Mediaset’s Italian channel Rete 4 how Russia could “denazify” Ukraine if its president Vladimir Zelensky is Jewish, Lavrov assured that this origin was not an obstacle for him in defending neo-Nazis in Ukraine. To justify this, he advanced theories about Adolf Hitler’s alleged Jewish origins.
The Kremlin today categorically denied the information that Russia is going to declare war on Ukraine or declare general mobilization on the 9th, when the country celebrates Victory Day over Nazi Germany.
“No, this is nonsense,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at his daily press conference in response to a question about Western publications suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin could use the event to declare war on Ukraine.
The European Commission’s new sanctions proposal includes the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, and Colonel Azatbet Omurbekov, known as the “butcher of Bucha” for alleged involvement in the massacre of civilians in the Ukrainian city.
Member states are already discussing the proposal, which includes a gradual embargo on Russian oil and a list of dozens of soldiers allegedly involved in the Bucha massacre and the siege of the coastal city of Mariupol.
US President Joe Biden will discuss with G7 members this week the possibility of imposing additional sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine.
“We are always open to more sanctions (…) This week I will be talking to G7 members about what we are going to do or not do,” Biden told reporters on Wednesday when asked about the new round. sanctions announced by the European Commission (EC).
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced on Thursday a new £45 million (€3.2 million) humanitarian aid package for NGOs and UN agencies working in Ukraine.
“British aid provides support to the most vulnerable in Ukraine, in particular women and children, who face an increased risk of violence and sexual exploitation,” Truss said, according to a British government statement.
Truss added that “as one of the world’s largest donors of humanitarian aid,” London will ensure that those who bear the brunt of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “heinous war” have everything they need.
Other bright weapons attract more attention. The Javelin anti-tank missile has become the star of a series of memes. The Turkish drone TB2 has its own song with a catchy melody. Now nothing has surpassed the importance of artillery in the Ukrainian war; and it is likely that it will become even more relevant in the coming weeks.
An adviser to General Valeriy Zaluzhny, Ukraine’s supreme military commander, recently described how his troops stopped the Russian advance on Kyiv. “The anti-tank missiles slowed the Russians down,” he said, “but our artillery finished them off. That’s what destroyed their parts.” In the current fighting in the south and east of Ukraine, where both sides have entrenched themselves, artillery plays an even more important role. And the more sophisticated parts that Western countries have begun to supply to Ukraine could make a difference.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki assured Wednesday that Russia had “already lost” the war with Ukraine and said the Russians had failed to divide NATO after invading the neighboring country.
“The Russians have already lost. They did not take control of Ukraine. President (of Russia, Vladimir) Putin is not going to march through the streets of Kyiv, they are not going to have the territorial integrity and sovereignty of this country, and they have not divided NATO, ”Psaki said at a press conference.
Similarly, he said that “President Putin’s way of defining ‘victory’ in the war he started from the start was to take over Ukraine, swallow Ukraine into Russia, strip it of its territorial integrity and sovereignty, and it’s clear that this was not successful. “.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky praised the work of journalist Oleksandr Mayov, who died on Wednesday in combat in Izyum, Ukraine, and noted the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal metallurgical plant.
“Oleksandr Mayov, a well-known journalist, you must have seen his reports on Ukrainian TV channels. Always without vanity,” Zelensky said in a statement released by the Presidium of Ukraine.
Zelensky also recalled that Mayov, a native of the Lugansk region, “was the first Ukrainian journalist to visit our station in Antarctica in 2017.” “From the first day of the total war, he was at the forefront. Volunteer and soldier of the 95th Airborne Assault Brigade,” he said.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced this Wednesday that more than 1.1 million Ukrainian civilians, including nearly 200,000 minors, have been evacuated to Russia without the involvement of the Kyiv authorities since the start of the war.
“Over the past 24 hours, 10,617 people, including 1,421 children, have been evacuated to Russia from dangerous areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics and Ukraine without the participation of the Ukrainian authorities,” the head of the National Executive Committee said. Defense Control Center, Mikhailo Mizintsev.
In total, 1,114,318 civilians, including 199,348 minors, have been evacuated from the territory of Ukraine since the transfer of Russian troops by order of President Vladimir Putin on February 24.
The Belarusian army began this Wednesday to conduct previously unscheduled military exercises. The Minsk government assured that these maneuvers do not pose any threat to either Europe or neighboring countries. But in Kyiv they do not agree and fear that Russia could use the armed forces of its ally in its military campaign against Ukraine.
The Ministry of Defense of Belarus announced the sudden start of the maneuvers in its Telegram account. Its purpose, he explained, is to test the combat effectiveness of the army.
Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia said Russian troops were on the grounds of the Azovstal steel plant in besieged Mariupol, hours after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied storming the steel plant.
“For the second day, attempts to storm the plant continue. Russian troops are already on the territory of Azovstal,” he said, quoting the commander of the Azov regiment, without going into details, Radio Liberty and the news agency reported. News of the Union.
Peskov indicated this Wednesday that instead of attacking, the Russian army proceeded to “blockade” the area, according to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who said the Ukrainian military had been “safely locked down.” He also pointed to “attempts to open fire” in the area by third parties, according to the Interfax news agency.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky this Wednesday held a telephone conversation with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and thanked him for the UN’s efforts to evacuate civilians at the Azovstal steel plant to the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
Zelensky also informed him about the successful completion of the first stage of the evacuation, during which at least 121 people left the metallurgical plant, and expressed hope for the successful continuation of the operation in the coming days.
“The whole world learned about the role of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in this matter. This showed that international organizations can be effective,” the President stressed in a statement by the Presidium of Ukraine.
Ukraine lost contact with the defenders of the Azovstal steel plant, the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in the port city of Mariupol, on Wednesday as Russian attacks intensified as Russia continues its slow advance in Donbas.
“We have lost contact, there is no connection to find out what is happening, whether they are safe or not,” the mayor of the punished city, Vadim Boychenko, complained on Ukrainian television.
From the very beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, military analysts have wondered why the Russian army is not using its full offensive potential. However, yesterday, if he didn’t, he was very close.
The very day that the EU announced a total embargo on Russian oil was one of the darkest for Ukrainian defense. His army was vulnerable from the air, exhausted by the containment of the offensive in the Donbass, and lost at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, where hand-to-hand fighting took place last night and the fate of soldiers and civilians trapped, including about thirty children. seemed lost forever.
Russia announced a temporary ceasefire in the Azovstal area to evacuate civilians This Wednesday, Russia announced a temporary ceasefire in the area of the Azovstal steel plant in besieged Mariupol to allow the evacuation of hundreds of civilians who are still resisting in institutions, according to Ukrainian authorities.
Humanitarian corridors will operate from 8:00 to 18:00 local time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, sources in the humanitarian affairs group of the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“During the specified period of time, the troops of the Armed Forces of Russia and the Donetsk People’s Republic will stop all hostilities,” and “the units will withdraw to a safe distance,” Moscow said.
More than 300 civilians arrived in the Ukrainian city of Zaporozhye on Wednesday after being evacuated from the besieged port city of Mariupol and its environs as part of a new operation coordinated by the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
These evacuations are in addition to the evacuation of more than a hundred people that took place on Tuesday, mostly civilians who had taken refuge at the Azovstal steel plant.
“Today we were once again able to secure safe passage for civilians trapped in Mariupol and other areas, thanks to close cooperation between the UN and the ICRC,” Osnat Lubrani, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, tweeted.
Many of these people arrived wearing nothing but the clothes they were wearing at the time, Loubrani said, signaling that the United Nations would support them and try to continue these humanitarian efforts.
The United Nations showed this Wednesday in its latest balance of casualties from the war in Ukraine that 3,238 civilians have died and 3,397 more have been injured since Russian tanks first crossed the border on Feb. 24 on the orders of President Vladimir Putin. .
Among the dead, 227 were minors and another 322 were injured. Most of the deaths were recorded in the territory controlled by the government of Ukraine -1599-, while in the self-proclaimed republics located in the Donbass, 493 civilians died.
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