Russia Mourns ‘Tragedy’ Of Troop Deaths As Zelenskiy Warns Of Borodyanka Atrocities


Russia has given the bleakest assessment yet of its invasion of Ukraine, describing the “tragedy” of mounting troop losses and the economic blow of sanctions, as Ukrainians were evacuated from eastern cities before a major early offensive.

The comments came as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy heralded more atrocities to come, saying the situation in the town of Borodyanka was “much more disastrous” than in Bucha.

Moscow’s six-week raid has seen more than 4 million people flee abroad, killed or injured thousands, turned cities into rubble and prompted widespread sanctions against Russian leaders and businesses.

In a symbolic move, the United Nations general assembly suspended Russia from the UN human rights council, expressing “serious concern about the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis.” Russia later resigned from the council.

‘You don’t quit after you get fired’: Russia resigns from human rights council after suspension – video

Moscow previously acknowledged its attack had not progressed as fast as it wanted, but on Thursday Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov lamented the rising death toll. “We have significant troop losses,” he told Sky News. “It is a great tragedy for us.”

Russia faces its most difficult economic situation in three decades due to unprecedented Western sanctions, said its Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin. The US Congress has stripped Russia of its “most favored nation” trade status in a new coup.

kyiv has called for more heavy weaponry from its Western allies and “ruinous” sanctions against Moscow, saying the scale of any impending Russian assault on eastern Ukraine would remind NATO members of World War II..

“Either you help us now, and I am talking about days, not weeks, or your help will come too late and a lot of people will die,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told a meeting of his alliance counterparts in Brussels. Thursday.

Kuleba said he hoped NATO members would send kyiv the weapons it needed, including air defense systems, artillery, armored vehicles and planes, but insisted they must act quickly as Moscow refocuses its offensive in the Donbas region.

“I think that the treatment offered by Ukraine is fair. You give us weapons; we sacrifice our lives and the war is contained in the Ukraine. That’s it.”

Battle of Donbas will be like WWII, Ukraine tells NATO – video

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance had agreed to strengthen support for Ukraine, was providing “a wide range” of weapons systems and would also provide cybersecurity assistance and equipment to protect against chemical and biological threats..

As peace talks between Russia and Ukraine continue via video, Turkey, which has hosted two meetings between the sides, said footage of what appeared to be deliberate killings of civilians in Bucha and towns in the Kyiv area had ” overshadowed” the negotiations and ruined an “emerging positive environment”.

Images and videos of dead civilians, some with their hands tied, in the streets of Bucha after Russian invaders recaptured it have sparked international revulsion and renewed calls from Ukraine for more weapons and tougher sanctions.

On Thursday, Zelenskiy said the situation in the city of Borodyanka was “much worse” than in Bucha. “The work to clear the rubble in Borodyanka has begun… there it is significantly more terrible. Even more victims of the Russian occupiers,” he said in a video posted on the Telegram messaging service. The town is about 15 miles (24 km) from Bucha.

A video from Borodyanka showed search and rescue teams using heavy equipment to dig through the rubble of a collapsed building. Hundreds of people were feared to be buried.

Drone footage shows scale of destruction at Borodyanka in Ukraine – video

Zelenskiy also warned that Russia was preparing “propaganda scenarios,” in which Russian troops would make it appear that Ukrainian soldiers were responsible for the deaths of civilians in Mariupol.

Pro-Russian authorities in Mariupol said Thursday that 5,000 people had been killed in the besieged southern city. “About 60-70% of homes have been destroyed or partially destroyed,” said Konstantin Ivashchenko, who separatists in the breakaway Donetsk region say is now the mayor of Mariupol.

Ukrainian authorities had put forward a “conservative” estimate of 5,000 dead in the city, which they say is 90% destroyed, while indicating there could be “tens of thousands of civilian casualties.”

In other developments:

  • Boris Johnson will host the German chancellor on Friday as they seek to discuss how to help Europe wean itself off Russian gas. The prime minister will hold talks with Olaf Scholz at Downing Street, with a news conference scheduled for the afternoon, PA Media reported.

  • Radio transmissions in which Russian soldiers appear to be talking to each other about carrying out premeditated killings of civilians in Ukraine have been intercepted by Germany’s foreign intelligence service, a source close to the findings said.

  • The World Health Organization said on Thursday that it had confirmed more than 100 attacks on health services in Ukraine, while calling for humanitarian access to the besieged city of Mariupol.

  • Australia is sending its first convoy of 20 refurbished Bushmaster armored vehicles to Ukraine on C-17 Globemaster aircraft. They leave Brisbane on Friday.

  • Lithuania’s ambassador to Ukraine returned to kyiv on Thursday after Russian forces withdrew from the Ukrainian capital, becoming one of the few diplomats to return to the city. Valdemaras Sarapinas said: “Political and moral support is very important for Ukrainians.”

  • Fox News reporter Benjamin Hall, who was injured in an attack in kyiv, posted on Twitter about his injuries, saying he lost half a leg and a foot. He paid tribute to his colleagues killed in the attack, producer Oleksandra Kuvshynova and cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski.

Russia launched what it calls a “special military operation” on February 24 to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine. kyiv and its Western allies dismiss it as a false pretext.

EU ambassadors have agreed a fifth package of sanctions on Russia with a coal embargo containing a 120-day settlement period to give member states time to find alternative suppliers, following pressure from Germany to delay the move.

Ukraine accused Hungary of undermining EU unity after Budapest said it was willing to pay rubles for Russian gas, a Kremlin demand that most in the West had resisted.

On the battlefield, Ukraine says that after withdrawing from the outskirts of kyiv, Russia is regrouping to try to gain full control of the eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which have been partially held by Russian-backed separatists. since 2014.

The besieged southern port of Mariupol, where more than 100,000 people are believed to remain trapped, was also targeted.

The two sides have continued to trade accusations, with Moscow opening a criminal investigation into claims by a Russian soldier that he was beaten and threatened with death while being held in Ukraine as a prisoner of war.

Separately, a social media video verified by Reuters and geolocated in an area west of kyiv appears to show Ukrainian forces shooting and killing a captured and critically wounded Russian soldier.



Reference-www.theguardian.com

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