Russo-Ukrainian War: What We Know About Day 126 of the Invasion | Russia

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday accused Russian leader Vladimir Putin of becoming “a terrorist” at the head of a “terrorist state”. and called for Russia’s expulsion from the United Nations. In a virtual address to the UN Security Council, Zelenskiy urged the UN to establish an international tribunal to investigate “the actions of Russian occupiers on Ukrainian soil” and hold the country accountable.

  • Zelenskiy said urgent action was needed “for Russia to stop the killing”, warning that otherwise Russian “terrorist activity” would spread to other countries, targeting the Baltic states and Poland.

  • The Ukrainian president also called on the United Nations to visit the site of a missile strike on a shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk.. “I suggest that the United Nations send either a special representative or the Secretary General of the United Nations…so that the UN can find information independently and see that this was indeed a missile strike Russians,” he said of Monday’s attack that killed at least 18 people.

  • Rescuers continued to work through the devastation left by the strike in Kremenchukwith dozens of people still missing.

  • The Russian military claimed on Tuesday that it hit a nearby arms depot with the explosion starting the fire at the mall which Moscow said was “not operational” at the time.

  • The 15 members of the Security Council, including Russia, observed a minute of silence after Zelenskiy asked them to “commemorate all Ukrainians who were killed in this war”.

  • Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, told the council that Zelenskiy’s video appearance undermined the body’s authority.. “The UN Security Council should not be turned into a platform for a remote public relations (PR) campaign for President Zelenskiy to get more weapons from the summit participants. NATO,” Polyanskiy said.

  • At the NATO summit, Turkey, Finland and Sweden signed a trilateral memorandumpaving the way for both Nordic countries to join the alliance. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said on Tuesday evening: “I am happy to announce that we now have an agreement which paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO.”

  • The deal involves Finland and Sweden lifting their arms embargomodifying their terrorism laws, support Turkey in its conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (YKK) and stop supporting the party’s Syrian affiliate, the People’s Protection Forces (YPG)

  • World leaders hailed the trilateral agreement. US President Joe Biden described the agreement as “a crucial step towards a NATO invitation to Finland and Sweden, which will strengthen our alliance and strengthen our collective security”. Boris Johnson tweeted: “Fantastic news as we kick off the NATO summit. Joining Sweden and Finland will make our brilliant alliance stronger and more secure.

  • Ukrainian forces will try to hold the line against Russia to the east from the vantage point of the city of Lysychanskbuy time for the arrival of Western weapons and the defenders of the region to prepare the fortifications, said the governor of the Luhansk province.

  • Russia again shelled Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, hitting apartment buildings and an elementary school, the regional governor said. The bombardment killed five people and injured 22, including children.

  • Russian-installed officials in Ukraine’s Kherson region said their security forces arrested Kherson city mayor Ihor Kolykhayev on Tuesday. after refusing to follow orders from Moscow, while a local Kherson official said the mayor was kidnapped, Reuters reported. “I can confirm that Kolykhayev was detained by the (military police) commander’s office,” Ekaterina Gubareva, deputy head of the Moscow-appointed Kherson region, said on the Telegram messaging app. The reports could not immediately be independently verified and there was no official confirmation from Ukrainian authorities.

    Reuters, Agence France-Presse and Associated Press contributed to this report

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