Zelenskyy accuses the Russian army of killing and “torturing” civilians in Bucha
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of covering up its war crimes in the current conflict. “They are already launching a false campaign to cover up their guilt for the mass killing of civilians in Mariupol,” Mr Zelenskyi said ahead of his speech for the first time before the UN Security Council today.
He added, “They will conduct dozens of staged interviews, re-edit footage and target people to make it appear as if they were killed by someone else.”
This comes shortly after the Polish Prime Minister criticized French President Emmanuel Macron for negotiations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, global condemnation of the atrocities committed in Bucha continued to pour out, as Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the killings were the “tip of the iceberg” of Russian war crimes. The US has described the killings as part of Russia’s plans.
Moscow denies responsibility for wartime killings.
Reputation: Zelenskyy swears justice for “every crime” committed by Russian troops against Ukrainian civilians
Zelenskyy swears justice for “every crime” committed by Russian troops against Ukrainian civilians
Sam HancockApril 5, 2022 07:12
Hi there, Sam Hancock Here I am now taking over our live reporting from the Ukraine.
Stay tuned for the latest updates, analysis and videos from the war as Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy prepares to address the UN Security Council for the first time since the conflict began.
Sam HancockApril 5, 2022 07:11
Low-level fighting likely in Ukraine despite counterattack, claims Britain
Ukrainian troops have forced Russia to withdraw from some areas, denying Russia the ability to secure its targets, Britain’s MoD said in a latest intelligence update.
“Ukrainian forces have recaptured important terrain in northern Ukraine after denying Russia the ability to secure its targets and forcing Russian forces to withdraw from the areas around Chernihiv and north of Kyiv,” the ministry said.
It warned that “low-level fighting is likely to continue in some parts of the newly conquered regions, but will ease off significantly later this week as the remaining Russian forces withdraw.”
“Many Russian units withdrawing from northern Ukraine are likely to require extensive re-equipment and refurbishment before they can be re-deployed to operations in eastern Ukraine,” the ministry said, citing the latest intelligence updates.
Arpan RaiApril 5, 2022 6:58 am
Zelenskyj addresses the UN Security Council
Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address the UN Security Council for the first time today. He is expected to focus on the killings by Russian forces in Bucha, Ukraine.
Mr. Zelensky will address the most powerful body in the United Nations via video call, following briefings from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, his political chief Rosemary DiCarlo and UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths, as the team seeks to secure an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.
The delegation will travel to Ukraine after meeting senior Russian officials in Moscow.
Arpan RaiApril 5, 2022 6:27 am
Russia has asked to end the use of landmines in the Ukraine war
Russia has been urged by senior officials in a global campaign not to use landmines in its war with Ukraine.
“Anti-personnel mines only cause casualties, they don’t solve problems,” said Alicia Arango Olmos, Ambassador of Colombia to the United Nations in Geneva.
“So please, Russians, please stop using it because many of the people who have been victims of landmines have nothing to do with what is happening between Ukraine and Russia,” said Ms. Arango Olmos, who is also known as the President of the States Parties is the 1997 Convention Banning the Production and Use of Landmines.
Ukrainian explosive ordnance disposal teams found banned anti-personnel mines in the eastern Kharkiv region on March 28, officials said. This was confirmed the next day by Human Rights Watch.
It added that Russia is known to have the type of mines discovered in Kharkiv, while Ukraine does not.
Ukraine is one of the 164 states parties to the UN convention, Ms Arango Olmos said at a press conference Monday marking the International Day for Awareness and Assistance in Demining.
Arpan RaiApr 5, 2022 5:15 am
Chinese, Ukrainian foreign ministers hold first call over crisis: ‘Wars will end eventually’
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba thanked China for showing solidarity over civilian deaths after a phone call with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing this morning.
This is the first high-level interaction between Ukraine and Russian ally China since the February 24 invasion, which Moscow has described as a “military special operation.”
“I am grateful to my Chinese counterpart for showing solidarity with the civilian victims,” Mr. Kuleba said.
He added: “We both share the belief that ending the war against Ukraine serves the common interests of peace, global food security and international trade.”
The call comes after Ukraine urged Beijing to use its ties with Russia to help end the conflict, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang assured Ukraine that Beijing takes an “objective position” and will play a “constructive role” in this regard.
“Wars end eventually. The key is to reflect on the pain of maintaining lasting security in Europe and establishing a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism,” Wang said.
Arpan RaiApril 5, 2022 4:48 am
All Russian crimes documented, says Zelenskyj
Ukraine will pursue war crimes allegations against Russian troops occupying parts of the besieged country, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, adding that his government was doing “everything possible”.
“We are already doing everything to identify all Russian military involved in these crimes as soon as possible,” he said.
Ukraine will do this with the help of the European Union and international institutions, in particular the International Criminal Court, said the Ukrainian head of state.
“All the occupiers’ crimes are documented. The necessary procedural basis will be created to bring the guilty Russian military officials to justice for any crime they commit,” he said, adding that investigators will do whatever is necessary to find the perpetrators behind the crimes and to identify.
Zelensky said the status of the investigation was discussed with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.
Arpan RaiApril 5, 2022 4:22 am
Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia is covering up war crimes
Russian occupiers are launching a “false campaign” to claim they are not responsible for alleged mass killings in different parts of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
“They are already launching a false campaign to hide their guilt in the mass killings of civilians in Mariupol. They will conduct dozens of staged interviews, re-edit footage, and target people to make it look like they were killed by someone else,” Zelensky said in his nightly address, explaining that Russian forces have a “different attitude toward them.” crime” in different regions.
“They used the same tactics when the occupiers shot down a Malaysian Boeing over Donbass. They blamed Ukraine. They even came up with various conspiracy theories. They even went so far as to claim that the bodies were “thrown” on board the plane before it crashed,” Zelenskyi said, urging Western nations to impose more sanctions on the Russian government.
The penalties “must finally be strong,” said Zelenskyj.
Arpan RaiApril 5, 2022 4:13 am
After Bucha massacre, Ukraine says no place for Russia in UNHRC
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the besieged country will collect all possible evidence to prove Russia’s “war crimes”.
The top minister spoke to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the events in Bucha and urged Russia to be removed from the UN Human Rights Council.
“No place for Russia in the UN Human Rights Council,” Mr Kuleba said on Twitter. “Ukraine will use all available UN mechanisms to gather evidence and bring Russian war criminals to justice,” the Ukrainian minister said.
The bodies of 410 civilians were found in towns around Kyiv, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova confirmed, after parts of the region were recently retaken from Russian control.
This has prompted a chorus of calls for tougher measures against Russia, with some calling for the country’s suspension from the UN human rights body, the Human Rights Council.
Arpan RaiApril 5, 2022 3:48 am
Facebook and Instagram temporarily block Bucha hashtags
Facebook and Instagram have briefly restricted hashtags related to civilian deaths in Ukraine’s Bucha, Meta officials said Monday.
Meta’s automated systems, which look for violent images on Facebook and Instagram, blocked hashtags like #bucha and #buchamassacre, company spokesman Andy Stone said.
“This happened automatically because of the graphic content people were posting with those hashtags. When the issue was brought to our attention yesterday, we acted quickly to unblock the hashtags,” Mr Stone wrote on Twitter.
This is in line with Facebook and Instagram policies that allow the posting of graphic or violent content if it aims to raise awareness and talk about potential human rights abuses.
Arpan RaiApril 5, 2022 3:42 am