Last Russo-Ukrainian War: What We Know on Day 213 of the Invasion | Ukraine


  • The UN says its investigators have concluded that Russia committed war crimes in Ukraine, including shelling of civilian areas, numerous executions, torture and horrific sexual violence. The team of three independent experts had launched initial investigations in the regions of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy, where they were “struck by the large number of executions in the areas we visited”, and the frequent ” visible signs of executions on bodies, such as hands tied behind their backs, gunshot wounds to the head and slit throats.”

  • Long lines of vehicles continued to form at Russian border crossings on the second full day of Vladimir Putin’s military mobilization. The president’s announcement of the first mobilization since World War II has led to a rush of serving-age men to leave the country, with some men waiting more than 24 hours or resorting to bicycles and scooters to avoid the long queue of several kilometers. traffic jams. Traffic to Finland across its southeastern border with Russia continues to be heavy, Finland’s border force said.

  • Finnish ministers announced on Friday evening that the government would ban Russian tourists from crossing its borders over the next few days. “The aspiration and the goal is to drastically reduce the number of people coming to Finland from Russia,” President Sauli Niinistö told state broadcaster Yle.

  • The United States is ready to impose additional economic costs on Russia in collaboration with American allies if Russia goes ahead with the annexation of Ukraine, the White House announced on Friday. Russia has been planning what the United States has described as sham referendums in parts of eastern Ukraine, which is seen as a step towards annexing those territories.

  • So-called referendums are underway in regions of Ukraine occupied by Russian troopslocals being asked to vote on proposals for Ukraine’s four regions to declare independence and then join Russia. Polls in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia provinces are due to run until Tuesday and appear to be a thin attempt to cover up Moscow’s illegal annexation of the regions.

  • Some residents are ignoring the vote, Andriy Yusov, a Ukrainian defense intelligence official, told CNN. Ukraine’s state security service has claimed the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, held by Russian-backed separatists, planned to allow teenagers under the age of 18 to vote.

  • “Referendums” have been widely condemned in the West as illegitimate. Britain’s ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, described the “fake referendums” as “a media exercise” by Russia, the results of which were “almost certainly already decided”. NATO called the “referendums” Moscow’s “blatant attempts at territorial conquest” and said they had no legitimacy. G7 leaders said they would never recognize “mock” referendums in a joint statement.

  • Ukraine said on Friday it shot down four Iranian-made “suicide bomber” drones used by the Russian armed forces, prompting President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to complain that Tehran was hurting Ukrainian citizens. Ukraine and the United States have accused Iran of supplying drones to Russia, which Tehran has denied. Zelenskiy had asked his foreign ministry to respond to the use of Iranian equipment, spokesman Serhii Nykyforov said.

  • Russia to continue communication with UN over grain export deal from Ukrainian ports, but says concrete results needed, The Tass news agency quoted a senior official on Friday. He also quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin as saying that Russia had a positive assessment of UN efforts to resume the export of Russian fertilizers.

  • Ukrainian armed forces say they have liberated another settlement in the Donetsk region and improved their positions around the eastern town of Bakhmut. The village of Yatskivka in the Donetsk region is now in Ukrainian hands, according to Oleksii Hromov, deputy head of the Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

  • The Chinese Foreign Minister told his Ukrainian counterpart that “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected”. The meeting between Wang Yi and Dmytro Kuleba took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, and was the first since Russia invaded Ukraine. Kuleba said Wang had “reaffirmed China’s respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

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