Watch live President Zelenskyy addressing Ukraine at the Security Council briefing
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the UN to hold Nuremberg-style trials to punish Russia for war crimes committed by its troops.
Referring to notorious figures from Nazi Germany, Zelensky told a meeting of the organization’s Security Council on Tuesday: “I would like to remind the Russian delegation that Ribbentrop did not escape justice after the war … Neither did Eichmann.”
The wartime president spoke via video link to the United Nations’ most powerful body for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. During his speech, he said the actions of Russian forces were “no different from those of terrorists” and claimed that women were raped by Russian troops in front of their children.
Mr Zelensky accused Moscow of committing some of the “worst war crimes since World War II” and claimed the Russians wanted to make Ukrainians their “silent servants”. Describing the horrors inflicted on civilians in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, he said women “sticked out their tongues” simply because “the attackers didn’t want to hear from them.”
Meanwhile, people in besieged Mariupolp are still only able to flee on foot or by private car as efforts to organize mass evacuations by bus to safer parts of Ukraine have failed, said Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
UK and EU on collision course as Brussels fails to provide ‘clear timeline’ for Russian gas boycott
The UK and EU are on a collision course over lucrative gas exports that fund Russia’s attack on Ukraine after Brussels ignored a request to set a “clear timetable” for supplies to stop.
The conflict will come to a head at this week’s G7 meeting, when Liz Truss will confront her fellow foreign ministers calling for much tougher sanctions that would send Moscow’s economy “back to Soviet times,” she writes Rob Merrick.
In Poland, the Foreign Secretary said she would urge Western allies to join Britain in banning Russian ships from ports, sanctioning more Russian banks and targeting the country’s gold.
Joe MiddletonApril 5, 2022 20:52
ICYMI: Liz Truss admits Western money is still flowing into Putin’s ‘war machine’
Liz Truss admits Western money is still flowing into Putin’s ‘war machine’
Joe MiddletonApril 5, 2022 8:30 p.m
3,846 people were evacuated through humanitarian corridors from Ukrainian cities
A total of 3,846 people were evacuated through humanitarian corridors from Ukrainian cities on Tuesday.
That’s slightly more than the 3,376 who fled on Monday, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in an online post.
Joe MiddletonApril 5, 2022 8:17 p.m
Ukraine has one of the highest HIV rates in Europe. Russia’s war could set back the fight against the virus by 20 years
Under fire and rockets, medics are risking their lives to treat Ukraine’s 250,000 people living with HIV, fearing the war could set back their efforts by decades, reports say Bel Trew from Odessa and Zaporizhia.
Joe MiddletonApril 5, 2022 8:09 p.m
The governor of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia said up to 20 people had died in Russian-held villages
The governor of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region said on Tuesday that in some villages recaptured by Russian forces, up to 20 people out of about 120 residents died during the occupation.
“They had a village of 120 people – 15, 17, 20 people died. If you compare that proportionally with Bucha, it’s the same loss, maybe even more,” Governor Oleksandr Starukh said on national television, referring to the killings of civilians in the city of Bucha in the Kyiv region.
He did not share what evidence they had or name specific villages. Russia denies attacks on civilians.
Joe MiddletonApril 5, 2022 7:51 p.m
Pet Rescue: Russia’s invasion is taking a tremendous toll on Ukraine’s animal and human population
Cats, dogs, hamsters and kangaroos are among the animals rescued as the effects of the conflict are being felt far beyond human populations, reports said Sophie Barbarani.
Joe MiddletonApril 5, 2022 7:35 p.m
As before, people from Mariupol can only flee on foot or by private car, says Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister
People can still only flee the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol on foot or by private car as efforts to organize mass evacuations by bus to safer parts of Ukraine have failed, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.
Buses cannot reach the first part of the Mariupol evacuation route, which is “nearly 80 km (50 miles) long – people either have to walk or find a way to make this journey in a private car,” she said on national television .
The besieged city has been ravaged by Russian airstrikes and is currently suffering severe food, water and medicine shortages for the tens of thousands still trapped.
Read Bel Trews harrowing account of the survivors of the Mariupol siege below:
Joe MiddletonApril 5, 2022 7:23 p.m
The Russian invasion could set back Ukraine’s fight against HIV by two decades
The shelling is so intense that on bad days it turns the sky orange. Despite this, Iryna Bondarenko and her team get in their cars and drive through the blasts to deliver life-saving medicines and services to people living with HIV in Ukraine.
They work with the Alliance for Public Health (APH), Ukraine’s largest health-focused NGO, which has continued to support thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS across the country since the Russian invasion began.
It’s vital work as Ukraine has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world: more than 250,000 people are currently living with the virus.
Almost half of them live in cities and regions that are currently being heavily bombed, and therefore there are fears that the war will only worsen the epidemic in Ukraine and even “undelete progress against the virus by twenty years” if Treatment and testing will be restricted and medical care choked off.
Aisha RimiApril 5, 2022 7:05 p.m
Observe: Boris Johnson makes direct appeal to Russian people to seek the ‘truth’ and ‘facts’
Aisha RimiApril 5, 2022 6:55 p.m
Boris Johnson speaks Russian as he urges citizens to find out the truth about ‘atrocities’ in Ukraine
Boris Johnson has spoken in Russian in a video appeal to the nation to find out the truth about Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine for himself.
In a video message addressed to the Russian population, he highlighted the alleged massacre in the city of Bucha and encouraged them to educate themselves on the reality of Russia’s brutal offensive.
The British Prime Minister said the Russian people only need an online VPN connection to access independent information from around the world.
Tom BatchelorApril 5, 2022 6:41 p.m