On the 76th day of the war in Ukraine, Russian forces continue their bloody offensive in the east and south of the country. Follow the information in real time.
The bodies of 44 civilians were found on Tuesday in the rubble of a building destroyed in March in the Russian-controlled city of Izyum in eastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, Ukrainian authorities said. “44 bodies of civilians were found in Izyum (…) under the rubble of a five-storey building destroyed by Russia during the first decade of March,” the governor of the Kharkiv region said on a telegram, Oleg Senegubov.
He added, according to what was reported by Ukrainian media, that the city’s residents removed the rubble “in the absence of bombing” while the area remains the center of the intensification of battles. He did not specify the circumstances in which the bodies were collected or who collected them. Russian forces occupied the town of Izyum and its surroundings on April 1, after several weeks of heavy fighting.
For its part, the Kharkiv Region Prosecutor’s Office announced that it had opened an investigation into “violation of the laws and customs of war and premeditated murder,” explaining that 14 bodies had been identified. “According to the investigation, the Russian army systematically bombed the city of Izyum from 7 to 10 March 2022,” the statement of the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office said.
US intelligence chief Avril Haines has announced that Vladimir Putin will “probably” impose martial law in Russia to support the war effort.
Vladimir Putin does not intend to limit his desire to occupy Ukraine’s Donbass region alone, but he wants to take the conflict to Transdniestria, a region of Moldova that seceded in 1990, the head of US intelligence, April Haines, announced Tuesday.
“We believe that President Putin is preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine, during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond Donbass,” Haines said at a congressional hearing. She added that US intelligence believed that the Russian military wanted “to extend the land bridge (in southern Ukraine) to Transdniestria”. She added that if “Russian forces can achieve this goal in the coming months, they will not be able to reach Transdniestria and annex Odessa without issuing a general mobilization decision.”
And she warned that the Russian president “is likely counting on weakening the resolve of the United States and the European Union when food shortages and high energy prices worsen.” Mrs. Haines added that Mr. Putin’s ambitions go beyond the capabilities of the Russian military, and this “may mean that in the coming months we will move on a more unexpected path and possibly escalation”.
Germany will reopen its embassy in Kyiv.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced that more than 8 million people were displaced within Ukraine as of May 3, more than two months after Russia invaded the country.
“More than a thousand” Ukrainian soldiers, including “hundreds of wounded”, remain at the Azovstal steel plants besieged by Russian forces in Mariupol, southeast Ukraine, AFP told AFP on Tuesday. Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Verychuk.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Tuesday that “nearly two-thirds” of Kyiv’s 3.5 million residents have now returned to the Ukrainian capital, which was emptied of the majority of its population at the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.
The European Union announced that it will raise its aid to 1.56 billion euros for Syrian refugees and displaced persons for the year 2022, and called on other participants in the Sixth Donor Conference being organized in Brussels not to abandon Syria.
Jan Kastix from Essonne gave the departure of a new humanitarian convoy bound for Ukraine, consisting mainly of emergency vehicles of all kinds, in the amount of 2.7 million euros, an AFP journalist noted.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which is holding its annual general meeting this week, has sharply exacerbated expectations of Ukraine’s economic contraction in the face of the protracted Russian invasion.
The UN Security Council is expected to hold a new public meeting on Thursday on Russia’s war on Ukraine, diplomats said on Monday, in light of the “continuing deterioration of the humanitarian situation.”