- The leader of the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk said his forces had completely conquered the Mariupol port area in southeastern Ukraine, which had been besieged for more than a month.
- EU foreign ministers have started discussing a sixth sanctions package against Russia, but consensus is becoming increasingly difficult to find.
- Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, the first European leader to be received by Vladimir Putin since the start of the intervention in Ukraine, said he was “pessimistic” about the Russian president’s “logic of war”.
- France has decided to expel six Russian spies who operated under cover of their embassy in Paris and “whose activities have proven to be contrary to (its) national interests”.
More than 6,000 investigations opened for war crimes committed by Russia
More than 6,000 alleged war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine are currently under investigation, says the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office. A total of 6,036 reports were recorded.
Colossal losses, on the Russian side
More than 19,000 soldiers dead, 700 tanks destroyed, as well as a hundred helicopters and planes… Russia’s human and military losses continue to increase, more than a month after the start of its invasion into Ukraine. the Kyiv Independent charted all Russian casualties as of April 12.
The Red Cross continues its collection on the spot
More than a hundred children killed in Ukraine
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office says Russian forces injured 342 children and killed 183 minors in Ukraine since the start of Russian military operations in the country, according to The Kyiv Independent newspaper.
Nokia withdraws from the Russian market
Under pressure for weeks, telecoms equipment maker Nokia is finally withdrawing from the Russian market, CEO Pekka Lundmark told Reuters. “We just don’t see any possibility of continuing in the country under the current circumstances,” he said, adding that Nokia would continue to support customers during the carrier exit process.
Nine humanitarian corridors opened in Ukraine
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said nine humanitarian corridors were agreed on Tuesday to evacuate civilians, according to Reuters. One of them includes the besieged city of Mariupol. According to a government statement, five of the nine corridors have been opened in the Ukrainian region of Lugansk in the east of the country, which is under heavy bombardment.
In Boutcha, “the Russians opened fire on starving residents”
When Russian tanks invade the town of Boutcha at the end of February, Maria, a Ukrainian university student, films in secret. With her grandmother Olena, 94, and her teenage son, they hide to survive. Maria and Olena testify today with the Parisian of the Russian atrocities committed during the occupation of the city, liberated on April 2.
World trade threatened by war
The war in Ukraine could halve the growth of world trade, according to an analysis by the secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO). According to this analysis, the crisis is expected to reduce global GDP growth to between 3.1 and 3.7% this year, while world trade growth is expected to be between 2.4% and 3%. In October, the WTO was expecting an increase of 4.7%.
4.8 million Ukrainian children have fled their country, according to UNICEF
Nearly 5 million children fled their homes in the six weeks following the Russian invasion, says UNICEF. The displacement of 4.8 million Ukrainian children out of the 7.5 million in the country in such a short time is “quite incredible”, says Manuel Fontaine, director of emergency programs at UNICEF. “They were forced to leave everything behind: their homes, their schools and often their family members,” he told the UN Security Council. The agency says it has also counted 142 children who have died since the start of the war, although the number is certainly much higher.
Europe redoubles its efforts to emancipate itself from Russian gas
From LNG terminal projects in northern Germany, Finland or France, to possible new routes via Spain or the eastern Mediterranean, Europe is working hard to emancipate itself from the Russian gas, although the task will take years, experts say. Faced with the abandonment of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia, Germany has urgently relaunched three projects to install LNG terminals, hitherto considered non-priority. One could be ready for winter 2023, the other two not before 2026.
Repeated meetings at the UN Security Council
After Monday’s session of the UN Security Council on women and children in Ukraine, the body blocked by Russia’s right of veto will hold a meeting on the humanitarian aspect on April 19. The new meeting will “focus on refugees, third-country nationals and human trafficking,” said a diplomat on condition of anonymity. In the morning, the Albanian ambassador Ferit Hoxha underlined that he himself and his partners at the UN were not going to stop denouncing the invasion of Ukraine even if Moscow, “with its veto, took this Council hostage, preventing it from ensuring Ukraine’s security”.
India and the United States struggle to reconcile their positions
Joe Biden and Narendra Modi had a “frank” virtual exchange on Monday, but which did not seem to have brought the positions closer to the war in Ukraine. “It is important that all countries, especially those who have influence” on the Russian president, “urge him to put an end to the war”, declares the head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken. “And it is also important that democracies (…) speak with one voice to defend the values we share,” he added.
A chemical attack in Mariupol?
The United Kingdom is trying to verify information on the possible use of chemical weapons by Russian forces in Mariupol, announces the British Foreign Secretary. “Reports indicate that Russian forces may have used chemical agents in an attack on the population of Mariupol. We are urgently working with our partners to verify the information,” said Liz Truss. Any use of such weapons “would constitute a brutal escalation in this conflict and we will demand accountability”, she added.
French gendarmes are investigating the “war crimes”
The French team, which is also made up of two medical examiners, arrived in Lviv on Monday. It will support the Ukrainian authorities “in the investigations of war crimes committed around kyiv”, announced the French ambassador to Ukraine.
Ukraine prepares for a Russian assault in the East
“According to our information, the enemy has almost completed its preparation for an attack on the east. The attack will take place very soon,” warned Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandre Motouzianik. In Washington, a senior Pentagon official confirmed that Russian forces are strengthening around the Donbass, and in particular near the strategic town of Izium. “We have seen efforts by the Russians to resupply and strengthen in the Donbass,” the official said.
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