Germans Reportedly Intercept Russian Talk Describing Civilian Killings: Live Updates From Ukraine

German intelligence authorities have intercepted Russian military radio traffic discussing atrocities to civilians in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

Apparently, some of the intercepted radio traffic can be directly linked to the bodies photographed in the city of 30,000 people northwest of kyiv, German news outlet Der Spiegel and others reported. Hundreds of bodies were found in Bucha and other cities in the kyiv area as Ukraine retook the cities in recent days.

Russia has denied involvement, saying the scenes of carnage were staged or carried out by Ukrainian troops.

Der Spiegel, citing sources familiar with the audio, said it reveals that Russian troops spoke about the atrocities as if they were talking about their daily lives. In one of the intercepted conversations, a soldier apparently told another that a person on a bicycle had just been shot. A photo of the corpse lying next to a bicycle has been shared around the world. In another intercepted conversation, a man is apparently heard saying that Ukrainian soldiers are being interrogated and then shot.

The Washington Post reported that, in two separate statements, Russian soldiers described interrogating soldiers and civilians and then shooting them, according to an intelligence official familiar with the audio.

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latest developments

► The Department of Commerce issued temporary denial orders to prevent Russian airlines Aeroflot, Utair, and Azur Air from receiving items from the US, including parts to repair their aircraft.

► Russians and Belarusians accepted in the Boston Marathon 2022 Those living in either country will be barred from competing in the April 18 race, the Boston Athletic Association announced.

► The Russian Defense Ministry said it attacked fuel storage sites around the cities of Mykolaiv and Zaporozhen in the south and Kharkiv and Chuguev in the east overnight using cruise missiles fired from ships in the Black Sea.

► The UN General Assembly will vote Thursday on a US-initiated resolution to suspend Russia from the world organization’s top human rights body over allegations that Russian soldiers killed civilians as they retreated from the region around the capital of Ukraine.

► Russia said it made a ruble debt payment this week, a move that may not be accepted by Russia’s foreign debt holders and could put the country on a path to a historic default.

Women look at houses damaged by shelling in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on April 7, 2022.

Women look at houses damaged by shelling in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on April 7, 2022.

Ukraine gains ground in ordering more weapons

Ukraine issued urgent orders for more weapons Thursday as the United States prepared to resurrect a World War II-era program that makes it easier for the president to provide the beleaguered nation with the firepower it desperately needs to repel a Russian invasion. In Brussels, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba pressed NATO for help: “I came here today to discuss the three most important things: weapons, weapons and weapons.”

Congress was busy resurrecting a World War II-era program to make it easier to ship weapons to Ukraine. A bill passed unanimously by the Senate and pending House action would temporarily suspend requirements related to President Joe Biden’s authority to lend or lease weapons or other supplies to the Ukrainian government.

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the bill “is not only inspiring, but also marks a new stage in repelling the Russian aggressor.”

Senate to vote on Russian oil ban

The US Senate will vote Thursday on banning oil imports from Russia and ending normal trade relations with the country in response to atrocities in Ukraine during the month-long Russian siege. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes, echoing other US and international officials, urging the Senate to pass the bills to hold the Kremlin accountable for its actions.

The trade suspension bill would allow the United States to enact higher tariffs on Russian imports, while the bill banning Russian oil would codify into law an executive order President Joe Biden signed.

Both bills have stalled in the Senate, frustrating lawmakers who have called for a stepped-up US response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Some European countries are weighing whether to ban imports of Russian oil, at a high economic cost: Russia produces about 40% of the natural gas that the European Union uses to heat homes and generate electricity, among other needs, and about 25% of the oil required. to fuel your vehicles.

New sanctions ‘further add to the pain’ on Russia, says Biden

President Joe Biden said new economic sanctions imposed Wednesday against Russia, including two adult daughters of President Vladimir Putin, “further heighten the pain” in Russia following the discovery of atrocities committed by its troops.

“Nothing short of major war crimes is happening,” Biden said, describing scenes of bodies left on the streets of the Ukrainian city of Bucha, including civilians executed with their hands tied behind their backs.

“Responsible nations have to come together to hold these preparers accountable. And together with our allies and our partners, we will continue to raise the economic costs and increase the pain for Putin, and further increase Russia’s economic isolation.”

The Biden administration announced sanctions on 21 Kremlin officials and Russian elites, in addition to Putin’s two adult daughters, Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova, and the wife and daughter of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Other measures include full blocking sanctions on Russia’s largest financial institution, Sberbank, and Russia’s largest private bank, Alfa Bank, as well as a ban on US investments in Russia. The European allies took similar steps.

– Joey Garrison

Contributing: Associated Press

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