The decomposing bodies of 200 people have been found in the basement of a bombed-out apartment building in Mariupol, authorities said on Tuesday, marking the latest in a series of dismal discoveries since the start of Russia’s invasion of Israel. Ukraine three months ago.
Mayor’s adviser Petro Andryushchenk said local residents had refused Russian requests to retrieve the bodies of the dead, so the Russian Emergencies Ministry left the bodies amid the rubble.
Mariupol was left in ruins by weeks of missile attacks. Last week the last Ukrainian fighters surrendered, giving Russia full control of the city which was home to 450,000 people before the war. An estimated 100,000 remain. Mayor Vadym Boychenko claims the Russian bombardment of the city killed thousands of civilians.
Previously, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of trying to inflict as much death and destruction on his country as possible.
“There has not been such a war on the European continent for 77 years,” Zelenskyy said in his evening speech.
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►The port of Mariupol has been cleared of mines and work is underway to restore operations, said Eduard Basurin, spokesman for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic militia. Mariupol is Ukraine’s largest port on the Sea of Azov.
►Vladimir Saldo, installed by Russia as governor of the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, said the region will have dual currencies – Russian rubles and Ukrainian hryvnias – from Monday.
►Russian troops continue to block about 22 million tonnes of grain at Ukrainian ports destined for export, an action that will worsen the global food crisis, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
Russian leaders defend war progress
The war reached the three-month mark on Tuesday, and Russian leaders went public with their argument that all was well. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu dismissed claims that his troops made little progress, saying the offensive was deliberately slowed “to avoid civilian casualties”. This despite the incessant bombardments of cities which are said to have killed thousands of civilians.
Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council, told Russian media that the Kremlin is “not chasing deadlines” to end the war. He raised the recurring Kremlin theme that war would end Nazism in Ukraine, despite the government being democratically elected and led by a Jewish president.
“Nazism must either be eradicated 100% or it will rise again in a few years, and in an even uglier form,” he said.
Austin: ‘It’s not America’s fight’
The United States has sent tens of billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, some of it in the form of military assistance. On Saturday, President Joe Biden signed a $40 billion aid package, including more than $20 billion for the Pentagon to provide weapons, intelligence and training to Ukraine.
But the United States has refrained from sending American troops to the war-torn country. Returning US forces to Ukraine would require “presidential decisions”, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Monday at a press conference.
“I think that’s Ukraine’s fight,” Austin said. “It’s not America’s fight. We are doing everything we can to ensure that we support them in their efforts to defend their sovereign territory.
Meanwhile, Biden told his fellow Indo-Pacific leaders gathered for a four-country summit on Tuesday that they were going through “a dark hour in our shared history” because of Russia’s brutal war and he said. urged the group to redouble their efforts to stop Vladimir Putin’s aggression. .
“It’s more than just a European problem. It’s a global problem,” Biden said as the “Quad” summit with Japan, Australia and India began. Although he did not call any country directly, Biden’s message appeared to be aimed, at least in part, at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with whom differences persist over how to respond to the Russian invasion.
Blinken discusses food security with Ukrainian Foreign Minister
Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday to discuss the global food security crisis resulting from the war and potential ways to export Ukrainian grain to markets international. Blinken spokesman Ned Price said Blinken provided details of the $40.1 billion Supplementary Appropriations Act signed by President Joe Biden on May 21.
“The Secretary again underscored the strong support of the United States for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of aggression from Moscow,” Price said.
Navalny rebellious: Putin ‘will be defeated in … stupid war’
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s nine-year prison sentence for fraud was upheld by an appeals court on Tuesday, but Vladimir Putin’s foil has remained defiant. Navalny was convicted of defrauding supporters by soliciting donations to run for president, even though he knew an earlier false conviction had disqualified him from running.
Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, wrote on Twitter that the prison Navalny will be transferred to is known for its tortured and killed inmates.
“But as Navalny said in his last words today, ‘Putin can smash a lot of lives, but sooner or later he will be defeated both in this stupid war and in the stupid war he is waging'” , wrote Yarmysh.
US and Britain accuse Russia of cyberattacks and spreading disinformation
The United States and Britain have accused Russia of manipulating public opinion and spreading disinformation about the war in Ukraine by carrying out cyberattacks and censoring content. Britain’s Deputy Ambassador James Roscoe told a UN Security Council that Russia had used cyberattacks and “an online troll factory to spread misinformation and manipulate public opinion about of their war”.
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Russian government “continues to shut down, restrict and degrade internet connectivity, censor content, spread disinformation online and intimidate and arrest journalists for having reported the truth about his invasion”.
Russia has passed strict censorship laws, threatening individuals with up to 15 years in prison for publishing information contrary to Russia’s narrative of the invasion.
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