The President called the massacres in Bucha “the worst war crimes” since the Second World War; Ukraine is one of the most mined countries in the world. Perild.com highlights the main events of yesterday.
Zelensky criticized the UN for low efficiency
Russia feels like a colonizer in Ukraine and is turning its veto in the UN Security Council into a death right. This was stated by President Volodymyr Zelensky during a speech via video link during a meeting of the UN Security Council. According to Zelensky, now it is necessary to punish once and for all those who consider themselves privileged. The President added that if this continues, then each country will only be able to rely on the force of arms to guarantee its security, and not on international law and institutions.
Ukraine named the most mined country in the world
If, due to the first wave of Russian armed aggression against Ukraine in 2014, about 16,000 square kilometers of Lugansk and Donetsk regions needed to be cleared, today, according to preliminary estimates, we are talking about 80,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory.
Russia explained its purpose
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia’s goal is to build an open Eurasia from Lisbon to Vladivostok, and “Ukrainianism” is a fake that does not exist. Thus, according to Medvedev, the most important goal of the so-called “special operation” in Ukraine is “to change the bloody and full of false myths consciousness of a part of today’s Ukrainians.”
Zelensky addressed the General Cortes of Spain
The head of state raised the topics of democracy, weapons and sanctions. In addition, Zelensky mentioned the similarities between Ukraine and Spain in terms of internal diversity. President Zelensky thanked Spain for the assistance provided, and noted that Ukraine still needs new types of weapons and support.
A number of European countries expelled Russian diplomats
Paris has decided to expel 35 Russian diplomats from the country. Their actions are contrary to the security interests of France.
The Danish authorities have decided to expel 15 Russian diplomats due to suspicions of espionage. They must leave the country within 14 days.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio announced that 30 Russian diplomats have been declared persona non grata. They must leave the country soon.
The Swedish government has declared three Russian diplomats persona non grata. Their work did not comply with the Vienna Convention. This decision was announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde.
EU intends to freeze funds for aid to Hungary
The European Commission plans to launch a procedure to reduce funding for Hungary. This was stated by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. Her team briefed Hungary on its decision after examining Budapest’s responses to an informal letter the Commission sent in November 2021 asking for information on rule of law concerns.
Hundreds of treason cases opened in Ukraine
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, law enforcement officers have already registered 415 criminal proceedings for high treason and collaboration activities. Among the suspects are ex-People’s Deputy Ilya Kiva, a deputy who proclaimed herself the “mayor” of Melitopol, a deputy of the Poltava Regional Council, a deputy of the Energodar City Council, who helped organize the work of the Zaporizhzhya NPP in the interests of the Russian Federation, the deputy head of the Berdyansk Regional State Administration, the Kupyansky mayor, the chairman of the Yuzhnogorodsk territorial community.
The Cabinet of Ministers decided to support Ukrainian retail chains
The government will provide an opportunity for retail chains to attract preferential loans up to UAH 1 billion. for a period of 1 year at 5%. According to economists, this will save stores from closing, replenish working capital and make timely payments for products with Ukrainian producers.
The EU is increasing pressure on the Russian economy
The EU authorities announced the fifth package of sanctions against Russia. In particular, the fifth package of sanctions includes: a ban on the import of coal, cement, seafood, alcoholic beverages, semiconductors, machinery and transport equipment, a ban on the participation of Russian companies in public procurement in the EU, etc.
Looting allowed in Russia
The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation no longer provides for punishment for looting, since the corresponding article has been decriminalized. Previously, in Russia, stealing things on the battlefield was punishable by imprisonment for a term of 3 to 10 years.
The International Court of Justice refused to cooperate with Russia
Russia’s lawyers at the International Court of Justice have refused further cooperation with this country, including in cases against the Russian Federation initiated by Ukraine. As First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova noted, “Russia has become toxic even for those who, despite everything after 2014, continued to work for it.”
Ukraine controls the Chernobyl nuclear power plant again
The units of the National Guard arrived at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and took the facility under their protection. Among the key tasks remains the verification of the security of the station site and its transport infrastructure by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as verification of the radiation condition of the premises and facilities where the occupying troops of the Russian Federation were located, which completely disregarded the rules of radiation safety.