Zelenskiy says train station strike must be in future war crimes tribunal
Here is a summary of the comments made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in his late-night speech on Friday. Zelenskiy called the missile strike on a train station in eastern Ukraine a Russian war crime and said it must be one of the charges to appear in any future court.
Five children were among 50 people killed when a missile hit Kramatorsk railway station on Friday. The United States also blamed Russia, saying it believed it used a short-range ballistic missile. Russia has denied any responsibility.
Zelenskiy said he expects “a firm and global response.”
“Like the Bucha massacre, like many other Russian war crimes, the missile attack on Kramatorsk must be one of the charges brought before the court, which is inevitable,” he said.
“All the efforts in the world will aim to establish at every minute: who did what, who gave orders. Where did the rocket come from, who was carrying it, who gave the order and how the strike was coordinated,” he said.
Zelenskiy also reiterated his call for more weapons to be supplied to Ukraine and for tougher sanctions to be imposed on Russia.
“The pressure on Russia must be increased. It is necessary to introduce a total embargo on energy – on oil, on gas. Energy exports provide the lion’s share of Russia’s profits. Russian banks must also be completely disconnected from the global financial system,” he said.
Zelenskiy added that Ukraine had provided details of the military equipment it needed.
“Any delay in supplying such weapons to Ukraine, any apology can only mean one thing: the politicians concerned want to help the Russian leadership more than us Ukrainians,” he said.
Hello, it’s Rebecca Ratcliffe with you as we continue our live coverage of the war in Ukraine. Here are some of the major developments of the past hour so you can get up to speed:
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has described a missile strike on a train station in eastern Ukraine as a Russian war crime and called for a “strong global response”. At least 52 people, including five children, were killed in the missile attack on Kramatorsk railway station. The United States believes that Russia used a short-range ballistic missile on the station. Russia has denied any responsibility.
- Two UN agencies have called for ‘urgent action’ to help around 1,000 sailors stranded in Ukrainian ports and waters with dwindling supplies.
Some 6,665 civilians were evacuated through humanitarian corridors on Friday, the majority of them rescued from Mariupol and Berdyansk.
- Russian troops ‘forcibly deported’ more than 600,000 Ukrainians, including about 121,000 children, to Russiasaid Ukrainian Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmila Denysova. Denysova also said residents of the temporarily occupied town of Izyum in the Kharkiv region are being forcibly moved to Russia.
- Some Russian military units suffered significant losses, said a senior US defense official, and the Pentagon estimates Russia’s combat power to be between 80% and 85% of pre-invasion levels. The US Department of Defense expects Russia to focus on the Donbass region and eastern Ukraine.
- International food prices, including grains and vegetable oils, hit historic highs in March amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. The conflict was causing massive disruption, the UN said on Friday, threatening millions of people in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere with hunger and malnutrition.
- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has pledged to give Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy a faster start to her country’s bid for EU membership. In a joint press conference with Zelenskiy, Von der Leyen said: “It will not, as usual, be a matter of years to form this opinion, but I think a matter of weeks.”
- Forensic investigators have begun exhuming a mass grave in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, wrapping in black plastic and laying out the bodies of civilians who authorities say were killed during the Russian invasion. Since Russian troops withdrew from Bucha last week, Ukrainian officials have said hundreds of civilians have been found dead.
- The Russian Ministry of Justice has revoked the registration of 15 foreign organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The ministry said in a statement that the organizations’ Russian units “have been excluded due to the discovery of violations of the current legislation of the Russian Federation.”