Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine three months ago, the mutilated bodies of 200 people have been found in the basement of an apartment building in Mariupol, officials said Tuesday.
Mayor’s adviser Petro Andryushchenk said locals had refused a Russian request to collect the bodies of the dead, so Russia’s emergency ministry left the bodies in the rubble.
Mariupol has been trapped in the rubble by missile strikes for weeks. The last Ukrainian militants surrendered last week, giving Russia full control of the city, which had a population of 450,000 before the war. It is estimated that there are 100,000 left. Mayor Vadim Boychenko says a Russian bombing of the city has killed thousands of civilians.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky accused Russia of trying to inflict as much death and destruction on his country as possible.
“There has been no such war on the European continent for 77 years,” Zhelensky said in his nightly speech.
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Military spokesman for the Donetsk People’s Republic, Edward Pazurin, said work was underway to clear landmines in the port of Mariupol and restore its operations. Mariupol is Ukraine’s largest port on the Sea of Azov.
Vladimir Salto, who was established by Russia as governor of Ukraine’s southern Kersen region, said on Monday that the region would have a double currency – the Russian ruble and the Ukrainian hryvnias.
அதிபர் Russian troops continue to block about 22 million tons of grain intended to be exported to Ukrainian ports, which could exacerbate the global food crisis, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky.
Russian leaders defend the progress of the war
The war reached a three-month period on Tuesday, with Russian leaders publicly declaring their case that everything was fine. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has dismissed claims that his troops have made little progress. This is despite relentless shelling of cities that are said to have killed thousands of civilians.
Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Badrushev told the Russian media that the Kremlin did not “push the deadline” to end the war. He raised the Kremlin’s persistent theme that the government would end Nazi war in Ukraine, even if it was democratically elected and led by a Jewish president.
“Nazism must be 100% eradicated, or it will raise its head in a few years, and in ugly form,” he said.
The United States has Sent billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, some of which was military aid. On Saturday, President Joe Biden signed a $ 40 billion aid package, which includes more than $ 20 billion for the Pentagon to provide arms, intelligence and training to Ukraine.
But the US is avoiding sending US troops to the war-torn country. Defense Minister Lloyd Austin told a news conference Monday that “the president’s decision” would be needed to bring US troops back to Ukraine.
“I think this is the Ukrainian war,” Austin said. “This is not a US war. We do everything we can to ensure that we support their efforts to protect their sovereignty.
Meanwhile, Biden told fellow Indo-Pacific leaders at the four-nation summit on Tuesday that they were traveling “a dark time in our shared history” because of Russia’s brutal war, and urged the group to work harder to prevent Vladimir Putin’s occupation. .
“This is more than a European issue. It is a global issue,” Biden said as the “quad” summit with Japan, Australia and India unfolded. Although he did not call any countries directly, Biden’s message seemed to point at least to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is at odds over how to respond to the Russian invasion.
Blinken discusses food security with Ukraine’s foreign minister
On Tuesday, Foreign Secretary Anthony Blinken spoke with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba to discuss the global food security crisis caused by the war and the possibility of exporting Ukraine’s grain to international markets. Blinken’s spokesman Netflix said Blinken provided details on the $ 21.1 billion sub – allocation law signed by President Joe Biden on May 21.
“The Secretary-General reiterated the United States’ strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of the Moscow occupation,” Price said.
Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s nine-year prison sentence has been upheld by an appeals court on Tuesday, but Vladimir Putin’s sentence has not been dropped. Navalny was convicted of defrauding supporters of soliciting donations to run for the presidency, despite knowing that a previous false sentence disqualified him as a candidate.
Navalny’s spokeswoman Gir Yarmish wrote on Twitter that Navalny’s reputation had been tarnished by the torture and killing of inmates.
“But as Navalny said in his final words today, ‘Putin can break a lot of lives, but sooner or later he will be defeated in this and the stupid war he is waging,'” Yarmish wrote.
The United States and Britain have accused Russia of using cyber-attacks to spread false information
The United States and Britain have accused Russia of manipulating public opinion by spreading misinformation about the war in Ukraine through cyber-attacks and censorship of content. British Deputy High Commissioner to the UN James Roscoe He told the Security Council that Russia had “used the online troll factory to spread false information about cyber-attacks and their war and to manipulate public opinion.”
U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Russian government “continues to intimidate and arrest journalists for shutting down, restricting and corrupting the Internet, censoring content, spreading false information online and reporting the truth about its invasion.”
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