Situation on the ground, international reactions, sanctions: the point about the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Zelensky urges UN to take action
Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged the UN to act “immediately” against the “war crimes” committed by Russia in his country, otherwise the United Nations would “just shut down”.
In pictures, in pictures: Zelensky’s poignant visit to Boutcha
The Ukrainian president also called for Russia’s exclusion from the UN Security Council and for a reform of the United Nations system so that “the right to veto does not mean the right to die”.
He broadcast a video with very raw images of people killed in Ukraine, the violence of which provoked an outraged reaction from the current president of this body.
600,000 people “evacuated” to Russia
Russia has evacuated “600,000 people” from Ukraine who have not left “forcibly or abducted,” as the West says, Russia’s ambassador to the Security Council told UN Vensily Nebenzia on Tuesday.
“We did not come to Ukraine to conquer territories,” he also said, again disproving allegations of atrocities against the Russian military.
Russia strengthens towards Donbass
Russia is strengthening itself to “take control of all of Donbass” in eastern Ukraine and achieve “a land bridge with Crimea” annexed by Moscow in 2014, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
“Russian troops have left the Kiev region and northern Ukraine. Vladimir Putin is moving a large number of troops east into Russia. They will rearm, receive reinforcements in numbers, having suffered many losses, and resupply for a new highly concentrated offensive in the Donbass region,” he said.
The UN “has received credible allegations that Russian forces have used cluster munitions in populated areas at least 24 times since the invasion in late February,” an official told the organization’s senior manager to the Security Council on Tuesday.
“Allegations that Ukrainian forces used such weapons are also being investigated,” added UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo.
Boutcha: civilians “deliberately” target
The images coming from Boutcha, a Ukrainian city where dozens of bodies were found after the withdrawal of Russian troops, “point to the deliberate attack on civilians,” said a spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. †
“All signs indicate that the victims were deliberately attacked and killed directly. And this evidence is deeply disturbing,” Elizabeth Throssell said at a regular UN press briefing in Geneva.
“Unlivable” situation in Mariupol
Mariupol has “passed the stage of humanitarian disaster,” the mayor of this city in southeastern Ukraine, besieged by the Russian army, told AFP on Tuesday, describing the situation of some 120,000 people as “unbearable”. †
EU: new sanctions under discussion
The European Commission proposed to the Twenty-seven on Tuesday to tighten sanctions against Moscow by halting their purchases of Russian coal, which represent 45% of EU imports, and by closing European ports to Russian boats or to be exploited by Russians.
The Brussels proposals will be discussed by representatives of the Twenty-seven on Wednesday, before a meeting of European foreign ministers on Monday.
Putin threatens retaliation
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday denounced the “pressure” being put on Gazprom in Europe, emphasizing that nationalizing Russian assets was “a double-edged sword”.
Nearly 200 Russian diplomats expelled
After France and Germany on Monday, Italy, Spain and Slovenia in particular, in turn, expelled Russian diplomats en masse on Tuesday, marking a further deterioration in relations with Moscow after the discovery of massacres blamed on Russian troops near Russia. Kyiv.