The Czech Republic, which currently holds the EU presidency, has called for a “special international tribunal” after the discovery of a mass grave in Izium, a town in northeast Ukraine. “In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and heinous,” said Jan Lipavský, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. More than 440 bodies have been discovered by Ukrainian officials, some with their hands tied behind their backs.
Satellite images have emerged of the recently discovered mass grave site near Izium. The images, released by Maxar Technologies, show the entrance to the “forest cemetery” from March to August this year.
One of the Russian prisoners Zaporizhia the four main power lines of the nuclear plant have been repaired and supply the plant with electricity from the Ukrainian network two weeks after it went down, the UN’s nuclear watchdog said. Although the six reactors of Zaporizhzhia, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, have been shut down, the plant needs electricity to cool them.
US President Joe Biden has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use tactical nuclear or chemical weapons following setbacks in Ukraine. Asked by CBS what he would say to Putin if he considered using such weapons, Biden replied, “No. Don’t. Don’t. It would change the face of warfare like it hasn’t since World War II. Biden said the US response would be “consecutive” but declined to elaborate.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Putin on Saturday that ‘today’s time is not the time for war’ when the pair met at an Asian regional summit in Uzbekistan. Putin told Modi he was aware of India’s “concerns” over the dispute, echoing language he had used with Chinese President Xi Jinping the day before. “We will do our best to end this as soon as possible,” Putin said, while accusing Kyiv of rejecting negotiations.
Speaking to reporters later, Putin vowed to continue his attack on Ukraine despite Kyiv’s latest counter-offensive and warned that Moscow could step up its strikes on the country’s vital infrastructure if Ukrainian forces target facilities in Russia. The Associated Press reported that the Russian president had said that the “liberation” of the entire Ukrainian region of Eastern Donbas remained Russia’s main military objective and that he saw no need to revise it. “We are in no rush,” he said after the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting in Samarkand.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told leaders at the summit that efforts were being made “to finalize the conflict in Ukraine through diplomacy as soon as possible”. Putin told Erdogan, who has been a key broker in limited deals between Russia and Ukraine, that Moscow wants to forge closer ties with Turkey and is ready to “significantly increase” all exports to the country.
Activists from the environmental group Greenpeace blocked the offloading of a shipment of Russian gas at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in northern Finland on Saturday, the terminal owner and Greenpeace said. Activists have called on Helsinki to stop importing Russian gas after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Ukraine’s security service said Russian Federal Security Service (FSU) operatives tortured residents of Kupiansk, a town in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. The Kyiv Independent reports that when FSU officers were in then-occupied Kupyansk, they tortured residents and threatened to send them to minefields and kill their families.