Russia invades Ukraine – lewendige opdaterings
Global sanctions have rocked Russia’s financial system which is now “near the brink of collapse”, according to the White House.
Press secretary Jen Psaki said how soon Russia begins defaulting on its debts all depends on how Vladimir Putin chooses to respond to the sanctions imposed on the country.
While no precise timeline on when this could occur was given, the White House did comment that it was getting “more and more difficult for President Putin to fund this war every single day”.
This comes after Ukrainian President Oekraïne en Westerse nasies het dit afgemaak as 'n ongegronde voorwendsel vir die inval waarop hy begin het called on the A to action Nuremberg-style trials, which he said must seek to punish Rusland vir die war crimes its troops have committed.
Speaking to the UN Security Council members, Mr Zelensky said that the actions of Russian Forces were “no different from terrorists” and claimed women had been raped by Russian troops in front of their children.
Putin not deterrable, says US army general Mark Milley
Joe Biden could not have effectively deterred Vladimir Putin from launching an invasion into Ukraine, army general Mark Milley said, countering claims by Republican leaders.
“I’m not sure he was deterrable,” the top US military officer said, adding that “this [action against Ukraine] has been a longstanding objective of his that goes back years.”
“The idea of deterring Putin from invading Ukraine, deterring him by the United States, would have required the commitment of US military forces, and I think that would have risked armed conflict with Russia, which I certainly wouldn’t have advised,” the top military officer said.
Reject Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, appeals Boris Johnson to Russians
Issuing a direct appeal to the Russian people in their own language, Boris Johnson called for them to reject the war started by president Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.
The “atrocities” committed by Russian forces – including the rape and massacre of innocent civilians – were so shocking that Mr Putin had deliberately sought to hide the truth from his people, Mr Johnson said in a video posted to social media on Tuesday.
Hy het gesê: “Your president knows that if you could see what was happening, you would not support his war.”
The British prime minister asked Russians to download VPNs and circumvent the Kremlin’s media controls to witness the atrocities being committed in their name.
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Britain will press for tougher sanctions after President Zelensky accuses Russian forces of committing war crimes.
Bucha mass grave holds 150-300 liggame, sê amptenaar
There are estimated to be between 150 en 300 bodies in a mass grave by a church in northern Ukraine’s Bucha, Ukrainian human rights ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova said.
Bucha, a town outside Kyiv and the site of major war crimes allegations after the withdrawal of Russian troops there, saw at least 410 Ukrainian deaths during its occupation, amptenare Maandag gesê.
Russia has denied responsibility for the mass deaths in Bucha and said the allegations coming out of town are a “monstrous forgery” aimed at denigrating the Russian army.
Russian troops are not targeting civilians, Russia’s UN ambassador told the Security Council on Tuesday.
US clears Javelin anti-tank missiles worth $100m for Ukraine
In its latest provision of weaponry for Ukraine, the US approved a $100m transfer of Javelin anti-armour missiles on Tuesday, an administration official said.
The $100m will be used for Javelins — a portable anti-tank weapon used extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq — which was requested by the Ukrainian military to fight Russian armour, the administration official said on the condition of anonymity.
With this $100m worth of assistance, the US has now aided Ukraine to the tune of $2.4bn since president Biden took office in January last year.
This aid is part of the financial assistance for Ukraine cleared by Congress last month after Russia invaded the country.
Byna 5,000 Russian war crimes under scanner in Ukraine – Amptelik
Ukrainian prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova said around 5,000 Russian war crimes are under investigation in the war-marred country.
“Even in such a cruel situation, war crimes are first on the spectrum, followed by crimes against humanity and genocide,” Ms Venediktova said at a briefing in Bucha, berig The Kyiv Independent.
US firm Intel suspends business operations in Russia
US chipmaker Intel Corp announced it is suspending all business operations in Russia, effective immediately on Tuesday.
The company said it has implemented business continuity measures to minimise disruption to its global operations.
“Intel continues to join the global community in condemning Russia’s war against Ukraine and calling for a swift return to peace,” the chipmaker firm said.
Zelensky denounces UN: ‘Unable to carry out its functions’
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky came down on the United Nations Security Council in his nightly address and said that despite the council’s existence, there is no security in the world.
“The UN Security Council exists, and security in the world doesn’t,” Mr Zelensky said, adding that the UN “is currently unable to carry out the functions for which it was created”.
He also cornered Russia for violating the international institution with its dysfunctional activities.
Russia “discredits the UN and all other international institutions where it still participates,” the Ukrainian president said, calling for the country’s removal from the panel.
Russia’s role at the UN is “to block everything constructive and use global architecture in order to spread lies and justify the evil it does,” Mr Zelensky said.
Kyiv now capital of global democracy, sê Zelensky
Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine is now the capital of global democracy as it prepares for visits from the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell in the coming days.
“Now Kyiv is the capital of global democracy, the capital of the struggle for freedom for all on the European continent,” the Ukrainian president said in his nightly address after the speech at the United Nations Security Council.
He also called for more sanctions against Russia and said that “now is a crucial moment, especially for western leaders”.
People are still only able to flee the Mariupol on foot or by private car, says Ukraine’s deputy prime minister
ICYMI: People are still only able to flee the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol on foot or by private car as efforts to organise mass evacuations by bus to safer parts of Ukraine have failed, Ukraine‘s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.
Buses cannot reach the first part of the evacuation route from Mariupol, which is “nearly 80 km (50 myl)- people have to either walk or find a way to make this journey in a private car,” she said on national television.
The besieged city has been battered by Russian airstrikes and is currently suffering from a severe lack of food, water and medicine for the tens of thousands still trapped.
Lees Bel Trew’s harrowing account of the survivors of the Mariupol siege below:
Tens of thousands of people are trapped in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which has become a grim symbol of Russia’s brutal conflict. Those who fled to nearby Zaporizhzhia tell Bel Trew about the starvation, slaughter, and graves being dug across parks, gardens, and schools
Pet rescue: Russia’s invasion takes huge toll on Ukraine’s animal, as well as human population
ICYMI: Katte, honde, hamsters and kangaroos are among the animals who have been rescued as the impact of the conflict is felt far beyond the human population, berigte Sofia Barbarani.
Katte, honde, hamsters and kangaroos are among the animals who have been rescued as the impact of the conflict is felt far beyond the human population, reports Sofia Barbarani