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On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to the suburbs of Kyiv, to Bucha, Irpin and Borodyanka, theaters of abuse attributed to the Russian army. For its part, Moscow continues its offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine. Follow our live broadcast.
12:04: Kyiv has the right to strike at the Russian military objects, – the adviser to the president of Ukraine
Ukraine has a “right” to strike at Russian military facilities, an adviser to the Ukrainian president said on Thursday, suggesting that Kyiv could strike at Russian territory.
“Russia is attacking Ukraine and killing civilians. Ukraine will defend itself in all ways, including strikes on the warehouses and bases of Russian assassins. The world recognizes this right,” Mikhail Podoliak wrote on Twitter.
Ukraine must decide whether to strike at military facilities, @SecBlinken said. Russia attacked and killed civilians. Ukraine will defend itself in any way, including strikes on the killers’ warehouses and bases. The world recognizes this right.
– Mikhail Podolyak (@Podolyak_M) April 28, 2022
11:43: for the Kremlin arms supplies to Ukraine “threaten European security”
Arms supplies to Ukraine “threaten European security,” the Kremlin said Thursday after a new call by British Foreign Secretary Liz Trass to bring more heavy weapons and planes to Kyiv.
“This tendency to flood Ukraine with weapons, especially heavy ones, is an act that threatens the security of the continent and causes instability,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
11:38: The UN says it is “preparing” an attempt to evacuate from Mariupol
The UN coordinator in Ukraine said on Thursday that he was heading south to prepare for an attempt to evacuate the city of Mariupol, which is almost entirely controlled by Russian troops.
“I’m going to Zaporizhia to prepare for the expected evacuation of Mariupol,” a strategic port shelled and besieged by Russians in southeastern Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani said on Twitter.
SG @antonioguterres arrived in Ukraine to meet with President Zelensky. At his request, I am going to Zaporozhye to prepare for a reassuring evacuation from Mariupol.
The UN is fully mobilized to help save the lives of Ukrainians and help those in need. pic.twitter.com/vPZ1yYKxwi
—OsnatLubrani (@OsnatLubrani) April 28, 2022
11:20 The Bundestag gives the green light for the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine
The Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, approved a proposal Thursday to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine to help the country resist Russian invasion. An issue that has long been discussed in the political class.
During a meeting with her Western counterparts at the US military base in Ramstein on Tuesday, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said Berlin would provide Kyiv with Cheetah-type tanks equipped for anti-aircraft combat.
10:27: from Bucha Antonio Guterres calls on Moscow to cooperate with the ICC
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on Moscow to “agree to co-operate” with the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation into possible war crimes committed in Ukraine.
“When we see this horrible place, I see how important it is to conduct a full investigation and establish responsibility,” the UN secretary general said during a visit to Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv where Ukrainians accuse Russians of massacre. civilians during the occupation of the city in March. “I urge Russia to agree to cooperate with the ISS,” he added.
9:22 Antonio Guterres arrived in Borodyanka, a suburb of Kyiv
The UN Secretary-General arrived in Borodyanka on Thursday morning, one of the places on the outskirts of Kyiv where Ukrainians accuse Russians of abuses during the occupation of the region in March, AFP reports.
In front of the houses in ruins, he said: “I imagine my family in one of these houses (…), I see my grandchildren running in panic. The war is absurd in the 21st.and century, no war is acceptable in the 21stand century, “he added.
For his first visit to Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24, Antonio Guterres was also scheduled to travel to Bucha and meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky in the afternoon.
8 am: news about the situation in Ukraine with Gulliver Craig, France 24 correspondent in Kyiv
If they continue to strike on the front lines, Russian troops have not made significant progress in the Donbas, said Gulliver Cragg, who is also returning to the expected visit of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
4:30: Antonio Guterres goes to Bucha and Irpin
On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to the suburbs of Kyiv, to Bucha, Irpin and Borodyanka, theaters of abuse that Ukrainians attribute to the Russian army.
The head of the UN arrived in Ukraine from Moscow, where he begged Vladimir Putin to cease fire “as soon as possible.” He also said he was “concerned about repeated reports of possible war crimes”, saying they “required an independent investigation”.
I arrived in Ukraine after visiting Moscow.
We will continue our work to increase humanitarian support and ensure the evacuation of civilians from conflict zones.
The sooner this war ends, the better – for Ukraine, Russia and the world.
– Antonio Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 27, 2022
3:16: Parliament of Canada condemns “genocide” against Ukrainians
“The House of Commons has approved a motion for genocide against the Ukrainian people,” the lower house of parliament said on Twitter. The text, initiated by New Democratic Party member (NDP, left) Heather McPherson, was adopted unanimously.
The petition states that there is “clear and numerous evidence of systematic and massive war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the people of Ukraine by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin.” These “crimes” include, in particular, torture, “mass atrocities in Ukrainian territory”, “forced transportation of Ukrainian children to Russia” or even “mass cases of physical, mental violence and rape”.
Confirming this text, the House of Commons “recognizes that the Russian Federation is committing acts of genocide against the Ukrainian people,” the document said. The text was adopted about ten days after the Ukrainian parliament passed a similar resolution.
From AFP and Reuters