Ukraine: New US Sanctions, Kyiv Calls for Evacuation of the East-April 6, 2022 20:23

On April 6, 2022, a bus passes through the destroyed building of Borodianka, northwest of Kieu (AFP / Genya SAVILOV).

On April 6, 2022, a bus passes through the destroyed building of Borodianka, northwest of Kieu (AFP / Genya SAVILOV).

The United States announced on Wednesday a new salvo of “catastrophic” sanctions against Russia accused of war crimes, and Ukraine called on citizens to evacuate the east of the territory, which is now the Kremlin’s priority.

“What’s happening is nothing more than a serious war crime. Responsible countries must work together to take responsibility,” US President Joe Biden said in Washington. I will suppress it for years. ”

New US measures will ban “all new investments” in Russia and apply the strictest restrictions possible to Russia’s major banks, Sberbank and Alfa Bank, and some important public companies.

They are also targeting the daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Maria Boronzowa and Katerina Tihonova around the age of 30.

These new sanctions have been decided in collaboration with the G7 and the European Union, and more to Moscow, especially in terms of energy sanctions, which is the subject of dividing the EU on which certain member states are highly dependent. I was forced to do it. Russian delivery.

The UK immediately announced a ban on all investment in Russia and sanctions on finance and energy.

European Council President Charles Michel said Wednesday that the EU should “sooner or later” impose sanctions on Russia’s oil and gas.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Irish Parliament, saying, “No decision can be tolerated after what we have experienced.”

Municipal workers transport six partially burnt bodies found in Boutcha (Ukraine) on April 5, 2022 (AFP / Genya SAVILOV).

Municipal workers transport six partially burnt bodies found in Boutcha (Ukraine) on April 5, 2022 (AFP / Genya SAVILOV).

He mentioned accusations made against Russia of abuse of civilians, especially in the town of Butcha near Kyiv.

On Tuesday, he had already launched an ardent appeal to the UN Security Council and was summoned to act “immediately” in the face of “war crimes” in which he blamed Moscow.

Zelensky had diplomats project dramatic images of many corpses of civilian victims of violence taken in areas recently evacuated by Russian troops, according to Kieu.

Vladimir Putin accused “terribly cynical provocation” in Butcha, Ukraine, on Wednesday on charges of being rejected in Moscow.

However, Germany, which relies heavily on Russian gas, considered the paper on the staging of Ukraine in Moscow “unsupportable” given the satellite imagery broadcast.

-“Months and even years”-

China was very cautious about the conflict and evoked a “very disturbing” image as part of it, but recalled that “any accusation” must be “factual”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY) at a video conference prior to the UN Security Council meeting in New York on April 5, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY) at a video conference prior to the UN Security Council meeting in New York on April 5, 2022.

Pope Francis accused him of “against civilian citizenship, women and children (including more horrific atrocities than ever before).”

Ukrainian officials fear the discovery of other massacres, claiming that Boutcha’s is “not the worst.”

Militaryly, they are afraid of a large Russian attack in the east in their controlled area near the Russian border.

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Bereshchuk also called on civilians in these areas, including the Kharkov metropolis, to “evacuate now” over time under “dangerous death” penalties. ..

At the diplomatic level, Hungarian nationalist Prime Minister Victor Oban was reelected and announced on Wednesday that he had proposed to the Russian president to declare an “immediate ceasefire” when he was near Vladimir Putin. “He said so, but it’s conditional,” he added.

The conflict showed no signs of relieving, and NATO returned to the conflict during a meeting of foreign ministers of alliance members in Brussels on Wednesday.

“Wars can be long, months or even years, so we need to prepare for a long journey in terms of supporting Ukraine, maintaining sanctions and strengthening defenses,” Jens Sus said. Declared at the opening ceremony of Secretary-General Tortenberg.

NATO only intervenes to protect its members. Ukraine is not a member, but nothing prevents the 30 alliance countries from providing support.

A small group of Ukrainian soldiers in the United States before Russia invaded Ukraine are being trained in the use of the Switchblade killer drone Washington provides to Kyiv, according to Pentagon officials.

April 6 7:00 am GMT (AFP /) Map of the current situation in Ukraine

April 6 7:00 am GMT (AFP /) Map of the current situation in Ukraine

And Portugal announced that it would send additional military equipment to Ukraine “soon”.

On the ground, Moscow is pursuing a new strategy. Since 2014, the vast mining basin of eastern Ukraine, Donbus, has been partly in the hands of pro-Russian separatists.

– “surprise” –

AFP journalists noted regular bombardment in Severodonetsk, a pre-conflict 100,000 inhabitant. This is the easternmost city owned by the Ukrainian army in Donbus, very close to the front line.

Some residents went on an adventure when the artillery stopped for a few minutes before uncovering when the strike resumed.

“We have nowhere to go, it was like this for days,” commented one of them, Volodymyr, 38, in front of the sight of a burning building on the other side of the river.

According to the local governor, a total of 10 buildings, shopping centers and nearby garages were affected and a large fire broke out.

According to Pablo Kirilenko, the governor of the Donetsk region, two civilians were killed and five were injured in a bombardment of an aid distribution center in Bougredal, a town of 15,000 people 50 km southwest of Donetsk.

Going a little further, Ukrainian troops were preparing to protect the road connecting Izyum, which was recently occupied by Russian troops, with the neighboring cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, the de facto capital of the east controlled by Kyiv. ..

The road, which is littered with anti-tank mines, is surrounded by trenches dug by bulldozers. With shells and other more or less buried armored vehicles scattered around, the forest is full of shelters and other equipment.

April 5, 2022, near the damaged school next to the police station in Kramatorsk, the capital of Ukraine's Donbus region (AFP / FADEL SENNA)

April 5, 2022, near the damaged school next to the police station in Kramatorsk, the capital of Ukraine’s Donbus region (AFP / FADEL SENNA)

Ukrainian logistics are still covered. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, five fuel depots supplied to Ukrainian troops were destroyed overnight by missiles in the areas of Kharkiv and Mykolaiv (south), and near Dombas and Dnipro (east).

According to the ministry, Russian airstrikes hit a total of 24 Ukrainian military installations.

-“My mother or my grandson”-

Russian troops have strengthened their position in the coastal zone along the Sea of ​​Azov in southern Ukraine, connecting the Donbus region to the Crimean Peninsula, where Moscow merged in 2014.

The battle is concentrated in the port city of Mariupol. Approximately 120,000 residents have been stranded there, officials said, and refugees arrived at the reception center in Zaporizhia inland after a tragic 200 km journey, with more than 500 ICRC convoys on Wednesday. Arrived with the refugees.

Those who arrived earlier told AFP the hell of Mariupol. Angela Berg, 55, left everything in the city, including her mother, but was too old for her journey.

Destroyed apartment building (AFP / Sergei SUPINSKY) in Czernygif, Ukraine, April 5, 2022

Destroyed apartment building (AFP / Sergei SUPINSKY) in Czernygif, Ukraine, April 5, 2022

“A man with a machine gun made us lie on the ground in front of a 12-story building, on a piece of broken glass. Then they started shooting it with a tank, the building ignited. The submachine guns were shooting people trying to escape. They didn’t let us get anything until it all burned out. ”

To make matters worse, she explains that she had to abandon her mother and her invalid sister-in-law to save the rest of her family, including her three-month-old granddaughter. “It was the most difficult decision I’ve ever made. I had to choose between her mother and grandchildren.”

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