The country has become a “crime scene”, Selenskyj calls for help again

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news of the day

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was in Boutcha on Wednesday. Ukraine is a “crime scene,” said Brit Karim Khan in this city near Kyiv, where, according to the Ukrainian authorities, hundreds of civilian bodies were found at the end of March after Russian troops withdrew.

“We have good reason to believe that crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the court are being committed,” Karim Khan told reporters, adding that an ICC forensic team is preparing to work in Ukraine, “so that we can really separate truth from fiction.”

The sentence

“Yes, I called it a genocide”

This is Joe Biden’s response to journalists to put the situation in Moscow-occupied Ukraine into perspective. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that Putin is simply trying to erase the very idea of ​​being Ukrainian,” added the US president, saying the “evidence was mounting.” Comments deemed “unacceptable” by the Kremlin.

The number

100. “The mark of 100 damaged or completely destroyed sites in Ukraine will be passed on Thursday or Friday,” warned Lazare Eloundou Assomo, director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center. Among these sites: historical monuments from the 11th and 12th centuries, churches, cathedrals with unique liturgical objects, theaters like that of Mariupol and other archival buildings. He recalled that the “deliberate destruction of sites marked with the blue emblem” of the Convention can be considered a war crime.

The trend of the day

Russian forces continued their offensive on Wednesday to bring down Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine. “1,026 Ukrainian soldiers of the 36th Marine Infantry Brigade voluntarily laid down their arms and surrendered,” Moscow said. While some military experts say his downfall is inevitable, Ukrainian forces are clinging to the Russians and continuing to resist after more than six weeks of fighting, now centered on the city’s vast industrial area, where Ukrainian militants are hiding underground.

While taking Mariupol would be an important victory for the Russians as it would allow them to connect the Donbass region to Crimea, the Ukrainian president once again called on Europe for help. Volodymyr Zelenskyy therefore urged Westerners to move faster against Russia, as he believed that “we can either stop Russia or lose all of Eastern Europe”. “If Europe wastes time, Russia will use it to expand the war zone to other countries,” he added in a speech to the Estonian parliament.

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