The governor raises the alarm: half a thousand civilians are still trapped in the chemical plant after the Russian bombing. The NGO Amnesty Intrnational accuses Moscow of “war crimes” for the use of cluster bombs and fragmentation mines. On an international scale, the Arab League calls on the West to avoid “pressure” on Russia
Kiev, Russians retake the center of Severodonetsk
“The Russians, with the support of artillery, stormed Severodonetsk and pushed our units out of the city center.” The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces wrote on Facebook, adding that “the enemy also fired artillery against our positions in the districts of Lysychansk, Severodonetsk and Toshkivka, and attacked in the directions of Volyn, Polissya and Seversky without significant results. The Russian occupiers fired artillery and mortars at our positions in the Hrynivka area, in the Chernihiv region ”.
Erdogan, next week I will speak with Putin and Zelensky
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intends to speak with Russian and Ukrainian presidents Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky next week to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The Russian agency Tass writes it. Erdogan added that he intends to tackle the “grain corridor” issue.
Amnesty, Russian war crime bombing
Amnesty International accuses Russia of war crimes in Ukraine, saying hundreds of civilians have died in Kharkiv in cluster bomb attacks. The human rights NGO says it has found evidence showing that in at least seven attacks on neighborhoods in the second largest city in northeastern Ukraine, Russian forces used 9N210 and 9N235 type bombs and fragmentation mines, two categories of weapons. prohibited by international treaties. In a latest report titled ‘Anyone Can Die Anytime’, Amnesty explains how Russian forces have killed and caused immense damage by relentlessly bombing residential areas of Kharkiv since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.
“People were killed in their homes and on the streets, on playgrounds and cemeteries, while waiting in line for humanitarian aid or shopping for food and medicine,” says Donatella Rovera, crisis and conflict researcher at Amnesty. . “The repeated use of widely banned cluster munitions is shocking and demonstrates a complete disregard for civilian lives,” she adds. Although Russia is not a signatory to either the Cluster Munitions Convention or the Anti-Personnel Mines Convention, international humanitarian law – underlines Amnesty – prohibits attacks and the use of weapons that by their nature strike indiscriminately and constitute a war crime.