Zelensky accuses Russia of ‘deportation’, ‘mass killing of civilians’ and ‘genocide’ in Donbass

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Cover photo: Damaged buildings in Popasna town. This city in Luhansk oblast, in the heart of Donbass, in eastern Ukraine was the scene of many fighting. May 26, 2022. ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO / REUTERS

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  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday accused Russia of training a “genocide” in the Donbass, in the east of the country. Exercises in Russia “deportation” at “Mass killings of civilians” in the Donbass, Mr. Zelensky said in his daily televised address. “All this (…) is a clear policy of genocide carried out by Russia”he accused.
  • Sievierodonetsk or the shadow of Mariupol. Located in the western part of the Luhansk region, the industrial city of Sievierodonetsk was mostly besieged by the Russian army. The city is “just destroying”, wrote Serhi Haïdaï, governor of the oblast, in the Telegram. He accused the Russian army of bombing the city with multiple rocket launchers, inaccurate and destructive weapons. According to him, the bombs also targeted the Azot factory where civilians took refuge, in a situation reminiscent of the siege of Mariupol. The Governor believes that the Luhansk region is already under control “more than 90%” of the Russians.
  • In Davos, Ukraine called for heavier weapons. Kyiv needs mobile units capable of sending several rockets simultaneously, in order to have equal weapons against Russia’s firepower, its Ukrainian foreign minister insisted, Wednesday, in Davos. “The battle for Donbass is very similar to the battles of World War II”, says Dmytro Kuleba. He explained that “some villages and towns are gone” in this region of Ukraine, which has undergone intense bombing in recent days.
  • Moscow facilitates the issuance of Russian passports to residents of southern Ukraine. Russia will allow residents of the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions in southern Ukraine to apply for Russian passports through “a simplified procedure”according to a presidential decree released Wednesday. “This simplified system will make it clear to everyone that Russia has not been here for a long time, but forever”reaction by Kyrylo Stremoussov, a Kherson region official appointed by Moscow.
  • The presidential decree in question also applies to residents of the separatist territories of Luhansk and Donetsk, whose respective armies participated in Moscow in the fighting in Ukraine. Several hundred thousand inhabitants of these separatist territories have already received Russian passports.
  • The United States has condemned an attempt already“pasupil” population now under his control. This map is “a tactic of Russia to seize the Ukrainian citizens, to impose their will by force”State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press briefing, the United States added “forced to refuse” such a project.
  • The United States decided to end, from Wednesday, to an exemption allowing Moscow to repay its debts in dollars. This decision could push Russia, which has a dozen payments to be honored by the end of the year, into default.
  • The amount of damage to Ukrainian infrastructure is in the order of “90 billion to 100 billion dollars”, according to Alexander Kubrakov, minister of Ukrainian infrastructure. At the Davos forum, Swiss president Ignazio Cassis announced that his country would organize, on July 4 and 5, a “Ukrainian Reconstruction Conference”which notably should address the issue of promised and future contributions from the World Bank, OECD and European Union (EU).
  • Ukrainian war wounded treated in France. Kyiv thanked France for hosting “The Ukrainian war was wounded in its hospitals, and especially in army hospitals”, according to a press release published Wednesday night by the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. The first two Ukrainian soldiers were received at the Percy military hospital, in the Paris region, the French minister’s office told Agence France-Presse.

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