May 16, 2022

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Bombing, killing, massacres of civilians and mass graves. The war in Ukraine continues to show the increasingly devastating effects of the Russian invasion. As well as the exchange of affirmations, denials and mutual accusations between Kyiv and Moscow. Certainly there are victims, most of them civilians. The West responds with increased financial and military aid, and Kiev and tougher measures against Moscow. Joe Biden’s decision, which was reported to Ukrainian Prime Minister Dennis Shmyal on a visit to Washington, is today that the United States will soon ban Russian ships or vessels linked to the Moscow government from American ports. Meanwhile, the bodies of more than a thousand civilians were found in the morgues of the Kyiv region, according to the testimony of a Ukrainian official to AFP. Speaking from Borodianka, northwest of Kyiv, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanichina said, “Only 1,020 civilian bodies (in the morgues) are from the Kyiv region. Nine other civilian bodies were found in the city, some of them bearing signs of torture.” The city of Kharkiv is still under intense bombardment.

The situation in Mariupol is tragic. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Ukrainian military “had and still had the possibility to lay down their weapons and leave the city through the designated corridors”, commenting on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s proposal to exchange captured Russian troops in exchange for a safe humanitarian supply. Passage of the Ukrainian army. “This possibility existed even before President Zelensky made his statement,” he said.

The version of the head of the sunflower state is different, according to which Moscow offered to exchange Russian prisoners and send high-ranking officials to Mariupol to negotiate the evacuation of nearly 1,000 civilians and 500 wounded, but “so far” Russia has rejected the proposal. But the region said Russian Defense Minister Serge Shoigu, declaring that Moscow’s control of Mariupol was undermined by the Ukrainians who planted bombs in key infrastructures and in foreign boats in the port.

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However, according to the testimonies, the last line of resistance still stood, as about two thousand Ukrainian soldiers were holed up at the Azovstal steel plant. But Putin called off the attack on the area and promised to save the lives of those trapped who would surrender. The Ukrainian Prosecutor General announced the investigation of 7,661 alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces, including 548 against children. And a mass grave more than 30 meters wide was reported in Mangosh, on the outskirts of Mariupol, which was dug up by Russian soldiers who allegedly brought to the place “by truck” many of the bodies of residents collected in different parts of the city, according to the Ministry of external. Mayor Vadim. Boychenko. Furious explosions were reported in Kharkiv, where there are still a million people. Bombs are also on Mykolaiv. Instead, the governor of the eastern Luhansk region, Serhiy Gaidai, said that Russian forces control 80% of the oblast’s territory.

Meanwhile, Latvia considered Russia’s actions in Ukraine genocide, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkovic said on Twitter. Today, Estonia also officially recognized Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide. While the United Kingdom extended to 4 officers of the Russian Armed Forces, the Deputy Director of Internal Intelligence of Moscow (FSB) and 18 individuals and companies from the military-industrial complex belonging to Vladimir Putin’s state (including the company that produces Kalashnikovs) the list of those who were punished in response on the invasion of Ukraine. This was announced by the government of Boris Johnson through a memorandum from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in which it specified that among the officers was Lieutenant-Colonel Izbek Omorbekov, who was referred to by some Western sources as the commander of the department accused of the so-called “Busha massacre” near Kyiv.

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Meanwhile, the chapter on financial and military aid to Ukraine has been strengthened. The US Treasury announced a new financial aid package of $500 million. Lithuania has announced the delivery of heavy mortars and Germany will begin a so-called “circular exchange” of heavy weapons to Ukraine: Slovakia is about to send a large shipment of its T-72 battle tanks to Kyiv’s forces, and at that point, Berlin will send armored fighting vehicles to Slovakia in return. . The G7 finance ministers announced their commitment with the international community to provide more support of more than $24 billion for 2022 and beyond.

The refugee budget is updated. The United Nations estimates that more than 7.7 million people internally displaced in Ukraine as a result of the war have fled their homes and remain inside the country. Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez and Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen have arrived in Kyiv, where they will meet with the Ukrainian head of state. The Holy See made a new appeal from the Pope for a truce during Orthodox Easter, as requested by UN Secretary-General Guterres.