Zelensky accuses Russia of “deportation”, “mass killing of civilians” and “genocide” in Donbass

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Cover photo: Destroyed buildings in the town of Popasna. This city located in the Luhansk Territory, in the heart of the Donbass in eastern Ukraine, has been the scene of many battles. May 26, 2022. Alexander Ermoshenko/Reuters

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  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday accused Russia of practicing a “Genocide” In the Donbass in the east of the country. Russia’s practices “Put off” And ‘Mass killing of civilians’ In the Donbass, Mr. Zelensky claimed in his daily television address. “All this (…) is a clear genocidal policy carried out by Russia”charged.
  • Sievierodonetsk or the shadow of Mariupol. Sievierodonetsk industrial city is located in the western part of the Luhansk region, it is almost besieged by the Russian army. And the city is “just destroy”And Sarhi Haidai, the governor of the province, wrote on a telegram. The Russian military was accused of bombing the city with multiple rocket launchers and inaccurate and destructive weapons. According to him, the bombs are also aimed at the Azot plant, where civilians are taking refuge, in a situation reminiscent of the siege of Mariupol. The governor believes that the Luhansk region is already under control “more than 90%” by the Russians.
  • In Davos, Ukraine calls for more heavy weapons. Kyiv urgently needs mobile units capable of sending several missiles simultaneously, to have equal weapons against Russia’s firepower, Ukraine’s foreign minister insisted, Wednesday, in Davos. “The battle for Donbass is very similar to the battles of World War II”Dmytro Koleba said. make it clear “Some villages and towns no longer exist” In this region of Ukraine, which has been subjected to heavy bombardment in recent days.
  • Moscow facilitates the issuance of Russian passports to residents of southern Ukraine. Russia allows residents of the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions in southern Ukraine to apply for Russian passports via simplified procedureAccording to a republican decree issued on Wednesday. “This simplified system will make it clear to everyone that Russia is not here for a long time, but forever”Kirillo Strimosov, the Moscow-appointed Kherson region official, responded.
  • The relevant presidential decree also applies to residents of the breakaway territories of Luhansk and Donetsk, whose armies participate with Moscow in the fight against Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of residents of these breakaway regions have already obtained Russian passports.
  • The United States denounced the attempt“subjugation” the people Now under his control. This map “A Russian tactic to subdue the Ukrainian people to impose their will by force”State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press conference, adding that the United States “You will strongly refuse” Like this project.
  • The United States decided to end, starting Wednesday, to an exemption allowing Moscow to pay off its dollar debt. The decision could cause Russia, which has dozens of payments to be met by the end of the year, into default.
  • The cost of damage to the Ukrainian infrastructure will be for “90 billion to 100 billion dollars”According to Alexander Kobrakov, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine. At the Davos Forum, the Swiss President, Ignacio Cassis, announced that his country will organize on 4 and 5 July, “Ukrainian Reconstruction Conference”which should specifically address the issue of pledged and future contributions from the World Bank, the OECD and the European Union.
  • Ukrainian war-wounded receive treatment in France. Kyiv thanked France for hosting it “Ukrainian war wounded in its hospitals, especially in army hospitals”According to a press release published on Wednesday evening by the French Armed Forces Ministry. The French minister’s office told AFP that the first two Ukrainian soldiers were received at the Bercy Military Hospital in the Paris region.

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