Zelensky wants “no trade” with Russia, the first conviction of war crimes

32-year-old Dmytro Mosur, who lost his wife in a bombardment near Severodonetsk, carries a two-year-old twin girl on May 20, 2022, while waiting to be evacuated from Lysychank.
32-year-old Dmytro Mosur, who lost his wife in a bombing near Severodonetsk, carries a two-year-old twin girl on May 20, 2022, while waiting for evacuation from Lysytchank (ARIS MESSINIS / AFP).

First conviction of war crimes in Ukraine since the start of the Moscow offensive: Russian soldiers were sentenced to life imprisonment in Kieu on Monday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for “largest” international sanctions, including a “ban on trade with Russia.”

The complaint by the head of state of Ukraine has been three since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, when Ukrainian authorities are “more and more” suffering during a video conference at the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. It will be done a month later. Donbus from the firepower of the Russian army.

In Kyiv, there is a verdict in the first trial of war crimes. A 21-year-old Russian soldier accused of killing a 62-year-old civilian who was pushing a bicycle on the phone at the start of a Russian attack was convicted by a court in the capital.

In a trial last week, Vadim Chichimarin admitted that he had shot a sexually abused person, but he said he was “sorry” and “sought forgiveness” from the widow of the victim, which he received at the time. “Order” justified his actions.

The prosecution, which demanded life imprisonment, wiped out the debate. “He was executing a criminal order and he knew it well,” said one of the prosecutors.

According to his lawyer, the soldier will appeal his decision.

Signal to China

According to the Ukrainian Public Prosecutor’s Office, the country has launched more than 12,000 war crimes investigations since the beginning of the conflict.

Entrance to
The entrance to the “Russian House” in Davos was changed to the “Russian War Crimes House” this year on the occasion of the World Economic Forum on May 22, 2022 (Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP).

In Davos (Switzerland), faced with the cream of the world economy, the President of Ukraine called on the international community to take “maximum” sanctions, including a “ban on trade with Russia.”

He also demanded more weapons for his country. “Ukraine needs all the weapons we seek, not just what is offered.”

From Tokyo, U.S. President Joe Biden continues to put pressure on Moscow, with Russia “paying a long-term price” for its “Ukrainian barbarism” in terms of sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies. Must be. “

“It’s not just Ukraine,” the American president insisted. Because, “If sanctions were not maintained in many ways, what signal would it give China about the cost of an attempt to seize Taiwan?”

On May 22, 2022, the bridge between Risichank and Severodonetsk was destroyed in Donbus, Ukraine.
On May 22, 2022, the bridge between Risichank and Severodonetsk was destroyed in Donbus, Ukraine (ARIS MESSINIS / AFP).

EU member states are heavily dependent on Moscow in this sector and are still willing to agree to suspend Russia’s oil purchases, which in this case were rejected by Hungary seeking monetary compensation.

At the end of the failure of the conference on this issue in Brussels a week ago, European diplomatic Prime Minister Josep Borrell acknowledged that it would take “time” to complete the sixth package of sanctions against Russia. rice field. The extraordinary European Summit is scheduled for May 30th and 31st.

“Scorched earth operation”

On the ground, Kieu admitted that the situation is becoming “more difficult” in Donbus, where Moscow is attacking Severodonetsk “24 hours a day.”

According to Sergei Guydai, the governor of the Lugansk region, there are troops withdrawn from the Kalkif region (northeast), attackers in the siege of Mariupol (southeast), and militiamen from the separate republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. , Chechen’s army and his army were mobilized as reinforcements from Siberia and the Russian Far East.

“All Russian troops are concentrated in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions,” Guydai said in Telegram. Armed is the same. “Everything is concentrated here,” added the governor, including the famous anti-aircraft and anti-missile complexes S-300 and S-400, which correspond to American patriots.

Russian invasion of Ukraine
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (/ AFP)

Severodonetsk in the Lugansk region, which is an important point in the Battle of Donbas, was attacked by Moscow “24 hours a day”, and Mr. Gaidai was indignant.

“They are using scorched earth operations and are deliberately destroying the city,” he added.

Ukrainian troops announced on Facebook on Sunday that bombings in 45 municipalities in the Donetsk region killed at least seven civilians and injured eight.

The fate of Severodonetsk is similar to that of Mariupol. Mariupol represents an apocalyptic landscape today after a few weeks of siege. Some areas are nothing more than entanglements of sheet metal and debris, bars of buildings torn by missiles and shells.