Ukraine news – live: Zelensky says Borodyanka atrocities worse than Bucha as Kremlin admits significant losses



Putin spokesperson claims Bucha atrocities were staged

The situation in the Ukrainian town of Borodyanka is “significantly more dreadful” than in nearby Bucha, Volodymyr Zelensky warned.

The Ukrainian president’s comments came after Western nations condemned the killing of civilians in the town of Bucha as war crimes.

Last week, video and images emerged of a massacre in Bucha after Russian forces withdrew from the city. The atrocities reportedly involved torture, mutilation and beheadings. According to the city’s mayor, more than 300 civilians had been found dead.

Moscow denies targeting civilians and says images of bodies in Bucha were staged to justify the West’s plans for more sanctions.

Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov – in an interview with Sky News – denied that Russia was responsible for war crimes.

He rejected suggestions that Vladimir Putin would appear in a war crimes court, saying: “We don’t see any possibility for that, we don’t consider it to be realistic.” But, I have admitted that the “significant losses of troops” is a “huge tragedy for us.”

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Sumy free of Russian forces – Official

Ukrainian city Sumy has been rid of Russian forces, confirmed oblast governor Dmytro Zhyvytsky on Facebook.

The governor said that the region is clear of Russia’s forces, but that explosions may still be heard as rescue service workers dispose of ammunition left by the Russian military, reported The Kyiv Independent.

Mr Zhyvytsky added that the area is still unsafe and drivers should not drive on the sides of roads or back roads through forests.

Harpan Rai8 April 2022 04:20

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Fox News reporter who survived in Ukraine says ‘pretty damn lucky’ to be alive

A Fox News correspondent severely injured in Ukraine during an attack said that he felt “pretty damn lucky” to have survived the assault.

Mr Hall was in a vehicle with Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova last month when it came under heavy fire near Kyiv.

In the attack, Zakrzewski, 55, and Kuvshynova, 24, were killed.

Mr Hall shared a photo of himself in a Twitter post where he is seen on a stretcher, wearing an eye patch.

Harpan Rai8 April 2022 04:14

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Russian state, military greatest threat on planet, says Zelensky

Raking Bucha and Borodyanka on Thursday, Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia’s poor record in human rights is a threat to security and freedom on the planet.

“Russia has had nothing to do with the concept of human rights for a long time already. Maybe someday that will change. But so far, the Russian state and the Russian military are the greatest threat on the planet to freedom, to human security, to the concept of human rights as such,” Mr Zelensky said.

I added: “After Bucha, this is already obvious. And the work on dismantling the debris in Borodyanka has begun. It’s much worse there.”

Harpan Rai8 April 2022 03:47

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Zelensky says bolder sanctions against Russia needed

Volodymyr Zelensky has once again pushed for bolder sanctions against Russia stating that the current economic restrictions are not enought to stop the war.

Referring to discussions in media around why sanctions are important, Mr Zelensky said, “…as if they are convincing themselves that they have introduced the right things, that there are enough restrictions.”

“But if the sanctions really worked one hundred percent, they would not have to explain in such detail why they are important. Therefore, I emphasize once again: more sanctions are needed. Even bolder sanctions are needed,” Mr Zelensky said.

Harpan Rai8 April 2022 03:40

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UK PM and German Chancellor to hold talks on reducing dependence on Russian gas

Boris Johnson is set to meet the German Chancellor and discuss how to help European countries wean themselves off Russian gas following the attack on Ukraine.

The Prime Minister will host Olaf Scholz at Downing Street on Friday, with a press conference planned for the afternoon.

Mr Johnson is expected to offer assistance to Berlin, which is still heavily reliant on Russian gas, to reduce its dependence on Moscow’s energy exports in a bid to starve Vladimir Putin’s war machine of funds.

Harpan Rai8 April 2022 03:28

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Russia’s shipbuilding, mining sanctioned

The Biden administration has levied sanctions against Russia’s military shipbuilding and diamond mining companies in a fresh round of restrictions, officials said on Thursday.

This includes United Shipbuilding Corporation, which along with its subsidiaries and board members, has been blacklisted and Alrosa — the world’s largest diamond mining company, the US treasury department said.

Alrosa accounts for nearly 90 per cent of Russia’s diamond mining capacity and diamonds account for Russia’s top 10 non-energy exports by value.

With the fresh sanctions, both the companies will now not be able to access the US financial system as a punitive measure from Washington against Moscow for invading Ukraine.

Harpan Rai8 April 2022 03:15

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Germany ‘intercepts Russian messages discussing Bucha killings’

The BND agency presented its findings to the German parliament on Wednesday, according to the news magazine Der Spiegelwhich it claims include communications corresponding to known deaths.

Read the full story here by Emily Atkinson

Katy Clifton8 April 2022 01:30

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Boris Johnson to meet German chancellor

Boris Johnson is set to meet the German chancellor later today as they look to discuss how to help European countries wean themselves off Russian gas following the attack on Ukraine.

The prime minister will host Olaf Scholz at Downing Street on Friday, with a press conference planned for the afternoon.

Mr Johnson is expected to offer assistance to Berlin, which is still heavily reliant on Russian gas, to reduce its dependence on Moscow’s energy exports in a bid to starve Vladimir Putin’s war machine of funds.

It comes after foreign secretary Liz Truss, following a meeting of Nato counterparts in Brussels on Thursday, said she hoped to see “more countries” commit to banning Russian energy imports.

Katy Clifton8 April 2022 00:41

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Ukraine war on front pages of tomorrow’s papers

Independent: ‘City that paid grim price for resistance’

Subway: ‘Human rights pariah: UN finally acts against Russia’

Financial Times: ‘Rusal becomes first Russian group to call for Bucha war crime inquiry’

The Telegraph: ‘Russians discuss killing Ukrainian civilians in intercepted radio messages’

Lamiat Sabin7 April 2022 23:40

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WHO records 103 attacks on health services in Ukraine

More than 100 attacks on healthcare services have been recorded in Ukraine since the Russian invasion, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The 103 attacks – on 89 health facilities and 13 vehicles including ambulances – so far have claimed 73 lives and injured 51 people, it said.

A damaged maternity hospital in Mariupol

(Evgeny Maloletka/AP)

“We are outraged that attacks on health care are continuing. Attacks on health care are a violation of international humanitarian law,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, at a press conference.

“Peace is the only way forward. I again call on the Russian Federation to stop the war.”

Lamiat Sabin7 April 2022 23:20


www.independent.co.uk

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