Ukraine: European Union accuses Russia of gas extortion, Guterres visits Kyiv

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07:30 GMT – Canadian parliament condemns “genocide” against Ukrainians

Canadian lawmakers passed a motion condemning the “Genocide of the Ukrainian people“led by Russia and recognizing that it exists”clear and ample evidence of systematic and massive war crimes and crimes against humanity“.

The lower house passed a proposal for genocide against the Ukrainian people‘ the lower house of parliament said on Twitter.

The text, tabled at the initiative of New Democratic Party (NDP, left) member Heather McPherson, was adopted unanimously. The application states that it “There is clear and ample evidence of systematic and massive war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the Ukrainian people by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation led by President Vladimir Putin.

06:00 UT – Kharkiv bombed

We don’t care about the danger!” Every day they roam Kharkiv to put out fires caused by Russian bombing. After more than two months of conflict, exhaustion awaits the firefighters of Ukraine’s second largest city.

The numbers are staggering: more than 1,000 fires in the Kharkiv region, more than 2,000 buildings damaged or destroyed by fire in the city alone and more than 140 dead civilians in the rubble, according to Yevgen Vassylenko, regional spokesman for the Emergency Services of Ukraine.

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Every day, Russian missiles target mainly the northeastern and eastern neighborhoods closest to the front. Residents still live there. Random, distributed strikes at any time of the day or night, sometimes fatal.

04:00 UT – The UK is demanding continued arms shipments to Ukraine.

In a speech in London, the head of British diplomacy, Liz Truss, called for an increase in arms supplies to Ukraine and stressed that the time had come.courage“Against Russia.

Heavy weapons, tanks, planes – dig our stockpiles, increase production, we must do everything“, she insisted – called Vladimir Putin “a desperate rogue operator with no interest in international mores“-, in a speech at the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin again warned against outside intervention in the conflict in Ukraine and promised an answer.fast and blow“.

02:00 UT – Russia claims to have attacked “Hangars with a large amount of weapons

At a time when the West is stepping up efforts to arm Ukrainians against Russia, Russia’s Defense Ministry has declared that “Hangars with a large quantity of foreign arms and ammunition supplied to the Ukrainian armed forces from the United States and European countries had been destroyed by Kalibr missiles fired from the sea at the Zaporozhye aluminum plant“, in southern Ukraine.

However, the governor of that region firmly denied: “No ammunition and weapons depots were hit in Zaporozhye‘ he replied, pounding that the factory reached ‘has not been in operation for six years“.

Russian troops are bombing bridges and railroads to slow Western arms shipments to Ukraine, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister said after the destruction of a strategic bridge connecting that country with Romania.

00:10 UT – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has arrived in Ukraine.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Ukraine after meeting President Vladimir Putin the day before in the Russian capital.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Borodyanka, a town near Kyiv, Ukraine, April 28, 2022.

This is his first visit to the country since the Russian invasion began on February 24. He will travel today to the Kyiv suburbs, to Boutcha, Irpin and Borodianka, scenes of the abuses attributed by Ukrainians to the Russian army.

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