Families wait to board a train at Kramatorsk central station as they flee the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass region on April 5, 2022. —
The war in Ukraine is taking on a new dimension with growing evidence of human rights atrocities by Russian troops as they retreated from the Kyiv region and other parts of the north.
Despite Moscow’s blanket denials, horrific discoveries of civilian murders and other barbaric acts are coming to light.
As Putin’s forces concentrate their offensive on eastern Ukraine, NATO has promised Kyiv more weapons and Western nations are tightening sanctions against Moscow.
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Friday’s key points:
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- 1 Friday’s key points:
- 2 Rocket attack on Kramatorsk station ‘kills more than 30’
- 3 Ukraine war pushes world food commodity prices to highest ever level
- 4 Kremlin admits ‘significant losses’ among Russian troops
- 5 Russian forces ‘advancing south’ from Izium — UK intelligence
- 6 EU countries agree on new Russia sanctions, including coal embargo
- 7 EU offers Ukraine an extra €500m in military aid
- Ukrainian authorities say a rocket attack has struck a railway station at Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine, used by many evacuees in recent days, killing «more than 30 people».European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell are travelling to Kyiv on Friday to show solidarity with Ukraine and meet the president. EU national representatives have agreed on a fifth package of sanctions against Russia that includes an embargo on Russian coal imports and a ban on Russian ships in EU ports.The EU has proposed to increase weapons contributions to Ukraine by €500 million to a total of €1.5 billion, Council President Charles Michel said late on Thursday.Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said the destruction in Borodyanka northwest of Kyiv is «more horrific» than Bucha, with even more victims as work begins to dig through the rubble after the Russian occupation.President Biden said the images out of Bucha and other areas of Ukraine as Russian troops withdraw are “horrifying” and “an outrage to our common humanity”.NATO’s chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was ready to provide more arms for Ukraine, without giving details. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba attending a NATO meeting in Brussels had called for ‘weapons, weapons and weapons».German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is due in London today for talks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that are expected to cover the conflict, Russian sanctions, and Europe’s dependency on Russian energy.United Nations countries voted 93-24 in favour of suspending Russia’s membership of the international body’s Human Rights Council as the world calls out Russian atrocities in Ukraine.
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Rocket attack on Kramatorsk station ‘kills more than 30’
Ukraine’s state railway company says more than 30 people have been killed and over 100 wounded in a rocket attack on Kramatorsk railway station in eastern Ukraine.
It said two rockets struck the station which has been heavily used by evacuees fleeing the conflict zone in the Donbas region in recent days.
«Two rockets hit Kramatorsk railway station,» Ukrainian Railways said in a statement, adding later that according to «operational data… more than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded».
Neither the attack nor the casualty figures have been verified.
However, an AFP reporter saw the bodies of at least 20 people in body bags. Earlier, he noticed that hundreds of people still hoped to find a train there to leave the city, under threat of a major Russian offensive.
The head of Ukraine’s railways, Olexander Kamyshin, said on the messaging app Telegram that it was a «deliberate strike».
(AFP, Reuters, AP)
Ukraine war pushes world food commodity prices to highest ever level
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization says world food commodity prices made a significant leap in March to reach their highest levels ever, as war in the Black Sea region spread shocks through markets for staple grains and vegetable oils.
Kremlin admits ‘significant losses’ among Russian troops
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged on Thursday that Russian forces have suffered «significant losses» in Ukraine.
«Yes, we have significant losses of troops and it is a huge tragedy for us,» he told Sky News.
He also claimed that the Russian troop withdrawals from the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions was «an act of a goodwill» to aid negotiations.
Russian forces ‘advancing south’ from Izium — UK intelligence
The latest UK military intelligence assessment of the war says «Russian troops have advanced further south from the strategically important city of Izium».
It adds that in northern Ukraine they have fully withdrawn to Belarus and Russia, and that any mass redeployment further east is likely to take at least a week.
EU countries agree on new Russia sanctions, including coal embargo
European Union countries agreed on Thursday on a Russian coal embargo as part of a fifth round of sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine, according to the French EU Council presidency.
The package of sanctions was approved by the EU’s Committee of Permanent Representatives, the presidency said on Twitter.
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EU offers Ukraine an extra €500m in military aid
European Council president Charles Michel says the bloc’s top diplomat has proposed adding an additional €500 million to Ukraine under the “European Peace Facility,” the fund which has been used for the first time during the war to deliver defensive lethal weapons to a third country.
The EU has previously agreed to spend €1 billion on military supplies for Ukrainian forces in an unprecedented step of collectively supplying weapons to a country under attack.
EU countries and NATO have so far excluded the option of a direct military intervention in Ukraine.
“Once swiftly approved this will bring to €1.5 billion the EU support already provided for military equipment for Ukraine,” Michel said in a message posted on Twitter in which he thanked EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell.
The proposal needs to be approved by the 27 EU countries. The EU said the instrument should help Ukraine armed forces “defend the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty” and protect the civilian population.
For a summary of Thursday’s developments, click here.
Additional sources • Reuters