What to remember from Friday 27 May

On Friday, May 27, Russian forces continued their offensive in the Donbass, tightening the noose around a large bloc in this region of eastern Ukraine. For his part, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court called on Moscow to cooperate in the investigation of alleged war crimes committed since the start of the invasion.

Here’s what to remember from today.

Separatists claim Liman families

On Telegram, pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk said they did “total control” From Lyman, with the help of units from the other breakaway region in Luhansk and “the support” of the Russian Armed Forces.

The capture of Lyman would open the way for the Russian forces towards the regional centers of Sloviansk, and then Kramatorsk, while allowing them to approach the complete encirclement of the conglomerate formed by the two other important easternmost cities of Severodonetsk and Lychansk. .

Severodonetsk caught in the deputy

Several weeks after the bombing of Severodonetsk, the city was nowhere near falling into the hands of Russian forces. Denying the complete encirclement, the head of the Ukrainian city administration admitted the situation “very Difficult”. “Almost two-thirds of the city’s perimeter is occupied by the enemy, but it is not besieged.”adding that 90% of residential buildings from the city.

At least five civilians were killed in 24 hours in the area: four in Severodonetsk and another in Komyshovaka, 50 kilometers away. The last real way to leave this community from Lysechhansk has become a battlefield in recent days, making the residents’ departure almost impossible.

To reach the rest of Ukraine or order supplies, there is only one rural road left where tanks or military trucks struggle to travel.

Zelensky accuses Moscow of “genocide” in Donbass

On Thursday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Moscow of carrying out an attack “Genocide” in Donbass. “The current offensive of the occupiers in the Donbass could empty the region of its inhabitants”He claimed in his daily video message, accusing the Russians of seeking to do so “turn to ashes” Severodonetsk and other cities of this ancient mining district. Russian forces carry out “Deportations” and the “Mass Killing of Civilians”he completed.

In April, the Verkhovna Rada has already approved a resolution describing “Genocide” The actions of the Russian army. US President Joe Biden has used the expression himself, while his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, refuses to do so.

For its part, Moscow justified its invasion of Ukraine, which was launched on February 24 by a “Genocide” That the Ukrainians would carry it out against the Russian-speaking population of Donbass.

Strikes on Dnipro

The war also continued in the rest of Ukraine. On Friday, Russian missiles targeted a military facility in the large city of Dnipro, in central eastern Ukraine, on the Dnieper River. “We regret the dozens of dead and between 30 and 35 wounded.”The head of the city’s defense told one of the local channels, indicating that the victims are all soldiers.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city located 50 kilometers from the Russian border in the east of the country, airborne sirens sounded again at dawn. The bombing of the previous day left 9 dead and 19 wounded, all of them civilians, according to Kyiv, as the city has been trying since mid-May to return to normal.

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court calls on Russia to cooperate

“My door is open”. In an interview with AFP, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court called on Moscow to cooperate in the investigation of alleged war crimes committed since the invasion began.

Neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the ICC, but Kyiv has accepted the court’s jurisdiction and is working with the Prosecutor’s Office in investigating possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on its territory.

Prosecutor General Karim Khan insisted that those guilty of war crimes could be brought to justice, although he refused to say whether Russian President Vladimir Putin himself could be a suspect.

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