First blows since mid-April | Kyiv targeted during UN Secretary-General’s visit

The respite in Kyiv was short-lived. Spared by the Russians since mid-April, the Ukrainian capital was the target of bombings on Thursday, amid the visit of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

Posted at 10:36 p.m

William Theriault

William Theriault
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This tactic aims to “humiliate the UN,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Mr Guterres, who called the strikes a “vile act of barbarism”, was “certain” but “shocked,” a United Nations spokesman said.


UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Arguing that war is “21st century nonsense”.and The Secretary-General also visited Boutcha and Irpin, two towns where a significant number of civilian bodies were found.

« Complètement inacceptable »

La ministre des Affaires étrangères du Canada, Mélanie Joly, a vertement condamné cette attaque « complètement inacceptable » sur la capitale ukrainienne.

« Ça démontre à quel point la Russie manque de respect envers non seulement le secrétaire général, mais l’ONU elle-même. Pourquoi ? Parce que la Russie est membre permanent du Conseil de sécurité et il y a des frappes sur Kyiv au même moment où le secrétaire général y est présent », a-t-elle dénoncé.


Mélanie Joly, ministre des Affaires étrangères du Canada

Et cela démontre également, « encore une fois », que la Russie vise des civils, ce qui va « à l’encontre des règles que l’on a prévues en droit international », a enchaîné la ministre à sa sortie de la période des questions en Chambre, jeudi après-midi.

Elle a rappelé que l’ambassadeur du Canada aux Nations unies, Bob Rae, a lancé cette semaine une charge contre Moscou avec plus d’une centaine de pays alliés en appuyant une résolution pour obliger les cinq membres permanents du Conseil de sécurité, dont la Russie fait partie, à rendre des comptes lorsqu’ils exercent leur droit de veto.

« C’est la preuve que nous avons besoin d’une victoire rapide sur la Russie et que tout le monde civilisé doit s’unir autour de l’Ukraine. Nous devons agir rapidement. Plus d’armes, plus d’efforts humanitaires, plus d’aide », a quant à lui soutenu le chef de l’administration présidentielle, Andriï Iermak, au 64jour de l’invasion russe.

« Les Russes ne sont pas entrés en Ukraine pour partir. […] It’s a conflict that is likely to last for a very long time,” says Jocelyn Coulon, visiting scholar at the University of Montreal’s Center for International Studies and Research.

However, Ukrainian authorities confirmed that no one was killed in these two attacks, which nonetheless injured at least 10 and set fire to a building in Shevchenkivskyi district.

Biden is asking Congress for $33 billion

US President Joe Biden on Thursday proposed to Congress a “huge $33 billion budget expansion.” Its purpose is to provide additional military assistance to Ukraine. Of this, 20 billion must be spent on armaments supplies, seven times more than the Americans have already sent to Kyiv. The United States is not attacking Russia, the Democrat clarified. They “help Ukraine defend itself” against “atrocities and aggression” from Russia.

Canada’s Defense Minister Anita Anand was also in Arlington on Thursday to speak with her US counterpart Lloyd Austin. The war in Ukraine was on the menu.

Alleged war crimes

Ten Russian soldiers have been charged with alleged war crimes in Boutcha. These soldiers who belonged to the 64and 35 Motorized Rifle Brigadeand Russian army, must now be arrested and brought to justice. On April 2, the bodies of dozens of civilians were discovered in Boutcha, making this city one of the macabre symbols of the horror caused by the invasion decided by the Kremlin. Ukrainian investigators have also identified “more than 8,000 cases” of alleged war crimes, said Ukrainian prosecutor Iryna Venediktova.

In a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he wants to take the initiative to end the war by mediating between Ukraine and Russia. However, Jocelyn Coulon stresses that Putin has no interest in accepting this proposal. “On the ground, the Russians are winning at the moment,” he explains. They are making advances in the south and in the east. The situation in the coming weeks is likely to be extremely difficult for Ukraine. New weapons do not appear immediately. »

I don’t see how a peace initiative could succeed in the next few weeks or months.

Jocelyn Coulon, visiting scholar at the University of Montreal’s Center for International Studies and Research

Moscow condemns “acts of terrorism”

The Russian government has also condemned “terrorist attacks” in Transnistria, a pro-Russian separatist region in Moldova, including a village that housed a Russian ammunition depot that was the target of gunfire. Moscow “strongly condemns the attempts to involve Transnistria in the events in Ukraine,” announced Russian diplomatic spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a press conference. For its part, Kyiv accused Moscow of wanting to “destabilize” Transnistria.

The ruble is introduced in Kherson

From 1ah The Russians, who control the Ukrainian coastal city of Cherson, want to introduce the ruble, Russia’s currency unit, there. Kirill Stremoussov, deputy president of Russia’s local government, said he expects a four-month transition before just accepting the ruble. During this period, it is still possible to use the Ukrainian hryvnia currency. “The introduction of the Russian ruble in the Kherson region is an act of annexation and a serious violation by Russia of the Charter of the United Nations,” immediately condemned Lioudmila Denissova, who is responsible for human rights in the Ukrainian parliament.

With The Canadian Press, Agence France-Presse and The guard

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  • 55,635
    Number of Ukrainians who left their country to flee the Russian invasion within 24 hours, from Wednesday to Thursday. In all, almost 5.4 million people have fled Ukraine since the war began on February 24; 90% of these are women or children, as men between the ages of 18 and 60 are conscripts.

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