Final war between Ukraine and Russia: Zelensky says Russians must hold their own against Putin now as fighting intensifies in the east

Related video: Russian tank opens fire on civilian cyclist in Bucha

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the Russians to oppose Vladimir Putin and demand an end to the war in Europe that has been going on for six weeks.

“…when it comes to peace, if you are even a little ashamed of what Russian troops are doing in Ukraine, then now is a key moment for such citizens of Russia: you must demand – exactly demand – an end to it War,” said the Ukrainian war leader in his video address.

“National Socialism has no future, mass killings have no future. Anyone in Russia who doesn’t demand an end to this shameful war and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine has no future,” Zelenskyi said.

This comes at a time when the besieged country is preparing for a tough battle on the industrial eastern front, as Russian troops are likely to step up their offensive in the Donbass region.

Local authorities are urging people to evacuate in time.

And drone footage from the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has confirmed reports that Russian troops have been digging trenches near the site.

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Ukraine is urging the West to introduce a full Russian energy ban

As NATO leaders met in Brussels for a second day of negotiations, Ukraine reiterated its plea for the West to introduce a full oil and gas embargo on Russia.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also called for more air defense systems, missiles, military vehicles and aircraft from NATO members.

“We will continue to insist on a complete oil and gas embargo,” Mr. Kuleba said in an interview with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Rory SullivanApril 7, 2022 07:24

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New EU sanctions against Russia could be agreed on Thursday or Friday

The EU could impose a fifth round of sanctions against Russia as early as today, the bloc’s top diplomat said.

“Maybe this afternoon or tomorrow at the latest,” said Josep Borrell when he came to a NATO meeting.

The sanctions are said to include a ban on Russian coal.

Rory SullivanApril 7, 2022 7:16 am

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UN Assembly votes to suspend Russia from Human Rights Council

The UN General Assembly will vote today on a US-led resolution calling for Russia’s suspension from the global human rights body – the UN Human Rights Council – following reports of Russia’s atrocities against civilians, which have left hundreds dead when its Troops withdrew from the region.

“We believe members of the Russian armed forces committed war crimes in Ukraine and we believe Russia must be held accountable,” said US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

“Russia’s participation in the Human Rights Council is a farce,” the US envoy said when calling for Russia’s removal from the 47-member council.

Images from the Ukrainian city of Bucha showed streets littered with the bodies of what appeared to be civilians, sparking a wave of global anger.

Arpan RaiApril 7, 2022 6:45 am

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Noam Chomsky says Ukraine will continue to be devastated: ‘It’s monstrous’

Renowned linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky has warned that Ukraine will suffer further devastation in the ongoing war.

“This is outrageous for Ukraine… Why did he do that? There are two ways of looking at this question. One way, the fashionable way in the West, is to probe the recesses of Putin’s twisted mind and try to figure out what’s going on in his deep psyche,” Mr Chomsky said The new statesman.

“The other way would be to look at the facts: For example, in September 2021, the United States issued a strong political statement calling for increased military cooperation with Ukraine and continued deployment of advanced military weapons, all part of the reinforcement Program for Ukraine’s NATO accession,” said the political and social analyst.

He added: “You can make your choice, we don’t know what is right. What we do know is that Ukraine will continue to be devastated. And we could move to an incurable nuclear war if we don’t use the existing possibilities for a negotiated solution.”

Arpan RaiApril 7, 2022 6:15 am

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“No time for false consolation” at a meeting between Truss and NATO colleagues about Ukraine

There is “no time for false consolation” about dampening Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, Secretary of State Liz Truss said, as she expected to urge the coalition to keep up the pressure on Moscow.

Ms Truss said the new UK sanctions announced on Wednesday against Russian banks and oligarchs were among the toughest yet.

Ministers from NATO countries will meet in Brussels on Thursday, followed by a press conference with Mr. Stoltenberg.

Geraldine Scott has the full report here:

Arpan RaiApril 7, 2022 5:59 am

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A lone Ukrainian tank was filmed attacking a Russian tank convoy

A lone Ukrainian tank has been captured ambushing several Russian armored vehicles less than 50 miles from Kyiv in dramatic drone footage.

The T-64 tank, maneuvering into position between buildings and firing at the Russian vehicles, manages to set fire to one of the Russian vehicles, which quickly led to return fire from Vladimir Putin’s troops.

Holly Bancroft has the full report here:

Arpan RaiApril 7, 2022 5:29 am

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US Senate considers legislation to end trade ties with Russia

A bill to end normal trade relations with Russia and ban its oil imports is up for discussion in the US Senate on Thursday.

If approved, the trade suspension measures will allow Joe Biden to impose higher tariffs on Russian imports.

The bill banning Russian oil would give way to restrictions Mr. Biden has already put in place through executive action.

Russian President Vladimir Putin should be held accountable for war crimes against Ukraine, said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Arpan RaiApril 7, 2022 5:22 am

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Mariupol counts its dead, officials speak of more than 5,000 dead

The civilian death toll in Ukraine’s Mariupol could top 5,000, the mayor of the city suffering a brutal Russian siege said on Wednesday.

Mayor Vadym Boichenko said that of more than 5,000 civilians killed during weeks of Russian attacks including street fighting, at least 210 were children.

Police officers are working to identify civilians killed during the Russian occupation in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, before sending the bodies to the morgue on Wednesday April 6, 2022.

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Russian forces bombed hospitals, including one that burned 50 people, Mr Boichenko said.

Arpan RaiApril 7, 2022 4:19 am

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Russia should be kicked out of the G20 – US official

Russia should be expelled from the Group of 20 major economies forum, and if Russian officials appear on the platform, the United States will boycott “a series of G20 meetings,” US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Wednesday.

“President Biden has made it clear, and I certainly agree with him, that Russia cannot continue as before in any of the financial institutions,” Ms. Yellen said.

“He has asked for Russia to be removed from the G20 and I have made it clear to my colleagues in Indonesia that we will not attend a number of meetings when the Russians are there,” the senior US official said.

The G20 coalition has been a key international platform since 2008 to discuss global issues such as international trade, cross-border debt and, more recently, Covid-19. The club includes countries like China, India and Saudi Arabia, which have refused to directly or indirectly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The US Treasury Secretary conceded that it was unlikely that Russia could be expelled from the International Monetary Fund because of its rules.

Arpan RaiApril 7, 2022 4:03 am

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Blinken says Ukraine will win: ‘Will not submit to Putin’s will’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Ukraine will ultimately win against the Russian military invasion but will suffer “tremendous death and destruction.”

Asked if Ukraine will win, Mr Blinken said: “Well ultimately yes, because what is success, what is victory? It upholds the sovereignty and independence of their country. And there is no scenario where that will not happen over time.”

However, he added that “it may take some time”.

“… and in the meantime [there will be] tremendous death and destruction. But what is so powerful here is that Ukrainians have made it very clear that they will not submit to Vladimir Putin’s will,” the senior US official said.

Ukraine still has a lot of strength left, Mr Blinken said, adding that the country’s citizens “have something else that is ultimately stronger, and that is a fierce determination and will to build their country with the support of many countries on the planet.” whole world to defend.”

Arpan RaiApril 7, 2022 3:50 am

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