news of the day
Emmanuel Macron said Monday “for” the European Union to decide on new sanctions against Russia, after the discovery of hundreds of civilian bodies in the Kiev region.
“What happened in Boutcha imposes a new set of sanctions and very clear measures,” the French president told France Inter. “So in the coming days we will coordinate with our European partners, especially Germany,” he added, referring to individual sanctions and measures against “coal and oil”.
phrase of the day
“Murderers, torturers, rapists, looters…”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced Russian troops he said were “murderers, torturers, rapists, looters” after the mass murder of civilians discovered in Boutcha.
The images of dozens of corpses in mass graves or strewn streets around the Ukrainian capital this weekend, after the Russian withdrawal, westerners rioted, such as the head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, who spoke of “stomaching”.
The number of the day
18,300. This is the number of Ukrainian soldiers killed since the start of the conflict, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The latter, which regularly publishes a balance of Russian military losses, estimates that 18,300 are the number of Kremlin soldiers killed since the invasion began. According to Kiev, 134 Russian helicopters and 147 planes were also shot down. The war figures are difficult to estimate and are a major problem in the conflict, they should therefore always be taken with great caution. For the time being, no independent count could be made.
The trend of the day
In line with statements by President Emmanuel Macron, the EU is “urgently” discussing new sanctions against Moscow, also demanded by Germany, after the massacres in the Kiev region, EU High Representative Joseph Borrell said Monday. The EU “condemns in the strongest terms the reported atrocities committed by Russian forces in several occupied Ukrainian cities, which have now been liberated,” it added in a statement.
The unanimity of the Twenty-seven is necessary for new measures to be taken. If a consensus is found during the ambassadors’ meeting, it must be validated by the capitals. Will European leaders finally strike hard after the recent events in Ukraine? This is all hope for the coming days.