LIVE – War in Ukraine: the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court calls Ukraine a "crime scene"

Ukraine: Zelensky calls on Europe to act before Russia attacks other countries

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday called on Europe to act more quickly against Russia, saying that “we can either stop Russia or lose all of Eastern Europe”.

“If Europe loses time, Russia will use that time to expand the war zone to other countries,” he said in a speech to the Estonian parliament.

“Ukraine is a crime scene” according to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

While the Russian Embassy in France referred to the Boutcha massacre as a “staged”, this Wednesday the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan described the whole of Ukraine as a “crime scene”, during a visit to Boutcha.

“Ukraine is a crime scene. We are here because we have good reason to believe that crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court are being committed. We must pierce the fog of war to get to the truth,” he told the press during this city, where hundreds of civilians, according to the Ukrainian authorities, were found dead after the Russian occupation.

Ukrainian dog celebrated for successfully detecting 150 Russian mines

The website of the European Union Civilian Mission (EUAM Ukraine) shared the story of a dog that since the beginning of the Russian invasion has managed to detect 150 mines, according to Ukrainian authorities, which has “save lives”.

This Jack Russell Terrier is two years old, is called Patron, and “has an exceptional talent for detecting explosives”, assures the organization. He was personally thanked by the Ukrainian Interior Minister for his services.

Ukraine: seven people shot by Russian soldiers in a village

Seven people were shot on Tuesday in a house in a village in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine by Russian soldiers, the Ukrainian general prosecutor’s office announced on Wednesday.

“According to the investigation, the Russian military shot six men and a woman in the village Pravdyné. Intending to cover up the crime, the occupants blew up the house where the bodies of the shot people were,” the official said. floor in a press release.

Surrender of a thousand soldiers in Mariupol, according to Moscow

More than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered to Russian forces in the city of Mariupol, a strategic port in the Sea of ​​Azov besieged for weeks, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

“In the city of Mariupol, in the area of ​​the Ilyich metallurgical plant (…) 1,026 Ukrainian soldiers from the 36th Marine Brigade voluntarily laid down their arms and surrendered,” according to the ministry.

Injured and buildings destroyed by shelling in the Donetsk region

The head of the Donetsk regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, reported on Wednesday seven wounded in Cherkaske, in the Donetsk region (Donbass) with several “damaged” buildings.

In the city of Avdiivka “the damage is: a house and municipal infrastructure” and in Velyka Novosilka, a house was hit by shelling according to him.

7 people killed in Russian strikes in Kharkiv region in 24 hours

Seven people have been killed in Russian strikes in the Ukrainian region of Kharkiv (northeast) in the past 24 hours, the regional governor said on Wednesday.

“Seven people were killed” and 22 others injured, Governor Oleg Synegoubov said on Telegram, adding that a two-year-old boy injured two days ago in a bombardment succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday in hospital.

Zelensky calls on the United States to provide him with “more heavy weapons”

We are grateful for the American assistance provided so far,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter overnight Tuesday. But, “we urgently need more heavy weapons to prevent new Russian atrocities”.

Lithuanian President on his way to Kyiv

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is on his way to Kyiv, carrying a “strong message of political support and military assistance”, according to one of his statements on Twitter. “Lithuania will continue to support Ukraine’s fight for its sovereignty and freedom,” he wrote.

Alert for thousands of children in Ukrainian orphanages

Stranded or displaced by the bombs, relocated to countries during sometimes poorly supervised initiatives and via border areas haunted by traffickers, the tens of thousands of children placed in institutions in Ukraine, whose life was precarious before the war , are in a “chaotic” situation, warn NGOs and experts.

Ukraine is an extraordinary case, with the largest number in Europe of children placed (estimated at at least 100,000 by the UNHCR) in a vast closed and often dysfunctional network of orphanages, boarding schools, or institutions for the disabled. So there were “tens of thousands of children living in these institutions before the war, it’s huge…”, observes Geneviève Colas, coordinator of the collective “Together against human trafficking” for Secours Catholique Caritas France.

Zelensky offers to “exchange” arrested Putin relative for Ukrainians in captivity

In a speech broadcast this Tuesday on social networks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offers to “exchange” Putin’s relative arrested against Ukrainians in captivity

“I propose to the Russian Federation to exchange this man for our boys and girls who are currently in captivity in Russia”

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At least 20,000 dead in Mariupol

“21,000 people were killed in Mariupol”, according to the estimates of the mayor of the Ukrainian city, invited this Tuesday on BFMTV.com

“We can say that between 20 and 22,000 people died” in this city, declared Pavlo Kirilenko, the Ukrainian governor of the Donetsk region, during an interview with the American television channel CNN.

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Biden accuses Putin of ‘genocide’

US President Joe Biden first accused his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of carrying out “genocide” in Ukraine on Tuesday.

The word was previously used by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky but never by the US administration: “Yes, I called it genocide,” Joe Biden told reporters during a trip to Iowa, a few hours after having evoked this term during a speech devoted to the fight against inflation.

“It is increasingly clear that Putin is simply trying to erase the very idea of ​​​​being able to be a Ukrainian”, developed the American president. If “the lawyers, at the international level”, will decide on the qualification of genocide, “for me, it looks like it”, he assured.

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