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That’s how many civilians died in the conflict in Ukraine on April 21, according to a UN report. The size of the concentric circles shows that the cities with the most civilian casualties are Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Odessa and a few others. But the real toll could be much higher: in Mariupol alone, at least 20,000 people have died since the conflict began, according to regional authorities.
The number of Ukrainians who have fled their country since the invasion began passed 5 million on April 20. About 90% of these people are women and children. In addition, there are more than 7.7 million internally displaced persons. The distribution of refugees according to the main host countries is as follows:
- Poland: 2,825,463
- Romania: 757,047
- Russia: 549,805
- Hungary: 471,080
- Moldova: 426,964
- Slovakia: 342,813
- Belarus: 23,759
Russia has used 10,000 to 20,000 mercenaries from Syria, Libya and other countries for its latest offensive in Donbass. Her monthly salary varies between $600 and $3,000 depending on experience, according to an article published on Wednesday The guard. These mercenaries have neither heavy equipment nor armored vehicles, a European official told the British daily.
141 to 5 (and 35 abstentions)
On March 2, the seventh day of the aggression, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution by a vote of 141 to 5 calling for the withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine. Only Russia, Belarus, Eritrea, Syria and North Korea voted against this resolution. China, an ally of Russia, abstained, as did about twenty African countries, some of which are close to the Russian giant.
The Russian strategy has changed in the last month. After a major offensive in the north, east and south of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin’s troops are concentrating on the east of the country to “liberate” the Donbass mine basin. “We can now say that Russian troops have started the battle for Donbass, for which they have been preparing for a long time,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on April 18. A very large part of the entire Russian army is now devoted to this offensive. In this Russian-speaking region, Ukrainian forces have been in conflict with pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk provinces since spring 2014.
Mariupol in the very south of the Donbass is the martyr city of this offensive. The capture of this strategic port in the Sea of Azov is key to creating a continuous corridor under Russian control between Crimea, occupied since 2014, and Donbass. Such a win would also pave the way to Moldova, where Russia supports the separatist region of Transnistria, even a senior Russian military official hinted on Friday. For several days, Mariupol has been besieged by Russian troops. The last Ukrainian resistance fighters have entrenched themselves on the site of the Azovstal steelworks. Russia is trying by all means to close Donbass by May 9, a patriotic holiday.
After the withdrawal of Russian forces from northern Ukraine, the bodies of dozens of civilians who had been shot and left behind were discovered on the streets of the city of Bucha near Kyiv. In the days that followed, Western leaders, including US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, began using the word “genocide” about Russia’s offensive in Ukraine. Karim Khan, prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, said during a site visit: “Ukraine is a crime scene. »
Since February 24, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 750 people from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine in connection with the conflict. A month earlier it was 500. Since Russia invaded Crimea in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,200 people linked to Vladimir Putin’s regime.
Two months of war in pictures