Ukraine, «Use phosphorous bombs». Russian soldiers drink toast after killing civilians

Investigating crimes war from the Russians in Ukraine. “The scale of the unlawful killings is shocking, and there are also indications of summary executions in areas north of Kyiv,” says the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chilean Michelle Bachelet. We have information on about 300 such killings, but the data will continue to grow as more evidence becomes available. Civilians were killed while crossing roads or leaving shelters in search of food and water. Others were killed while fleeing by their own means. Unarmed local men were killed because Russian soldiers suspected them of supporting Ukrainian forces or posing a potential threat, and some were tortured before being executed.”


Yesterday, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for an investigation. He says that it is necessary to “increase control over the deterioration of the human rights situation in Ukraine as a result of Russian aggression”, especially in light of the events in Mariupol. There were 33 votes in favour, two against (China and Eritrea), and 12 abstentions (including Cuba and Venezuela). Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba commented: “We welcome this decision. The perpetrators of these barbaric crimes will be brought to justice.”

Only in the previous hours, a night bombardment was reported by Putin’s army, which lasted all night between Wednesday and Thursday, in the Kryvyi Rih region (in the Dnipropetrovsk region, southeast Ukraine): according to the head of the Krivi Military Administration. Reh, Oleksandr Velkol, “The Russians used banned phosphorous and cluster munitions.” Another attack, yesterday morning, on Zelenodolsk, also in the Dnipropetrovsk Territory “with MLRS multiple missile systems, one civilian was killed and another wounded.” In the Kherson region, “the Russians twice attacked the village of Uskorovka with phosphorous bombs” (according to city council deputy Dmytro Burlai).


The investigations into the war crimes hypotheses also led to the recording of a video clip published yesterday by CNN, which was captured by the surveillance cameras of car stores in the Kyiv region. Some Russian soldiers were seen shooting two Ukrainian civilians in the back for no reason. What do the screenshots from March 16 show? Five soldiers of Putin’s army are trying to enter the sales office, shooting locks and breaking windows. The owner intervenes and approaches with raised hands. The soldiers search it and do the same with the guardian who arrives right afterwards. They talk to each other, the soldiers are leaving, the owner and in charge of the business are moving away. The soldiers turn around for no reason, shoot them and hit them from behind. Both Ukrainians fall to the ground: one dies on the spot, the other (the guardian) tries to call for help using a cell phone, but bleeds to death. The Russians broke into the company, ransacked the offices and found a bottle. They are toast.


The Ukrainian Prosecutor General decided to open an investigation into war crimes. The day before, the Prosecutor General’s Office Irina Venedetkova announced the closure of the investigation and the prosecution of a 21-year-old Russian soldier, the first to end up in the bar for war crimes: according to the indictment, in February. 28, in the village of Chupakhivka, in the Sumy region, after stealing a car with other soldiers, a man on a motorcycle was shot. Judges are investigating at least 9,000 incidents of Russian army brutality (there is also talk of rape and mass graves). In Bosha’s atrocities, ten soldiers of the occupation army (for the time being) were investigated.

steel factory

If there was ever a city where atrocities and destruction did not stop, it was Mariupol. Almost all the buildings were damaged, now the Russians are in complete control, but there are still a thousand Ukrainian soldiers hiding in the basement of steel plants who do not want to surrender. They are mostly members of the Azov battalion, but also Ukrainian marines. By some estimates, nearly half of them have been injured, some in very serious condition. Mediation is underway, which also includes other countries, to allow the rescue of these men, perhaps through a prisoner exchange, since the course of the military plan, examined by the Ukrainian General Staff, appears impractical. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk explains: “We are working step by step. These are very difficult negotiations. We’ll exchange 38 seriously injured, and then move on. At the moment there are no negotiations to exchange 500 or 600 people, as reported by some media.” The situation is always delicate: the deputy mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andryushenko, explained on his Telegram channel that “the Russians are blocking the exits to the underground steelworks of Azovstal”. And the Azov army, last night, published a video on Telegram explaining that they continue to fight “in a complete siege, despite the very difficult situation, the lack of ammunition and a large number of wounded.” According to the reconstruction of Ukraine Pravda, Turkey also tried to mediate, offering to send a ship to Mariupol to withdraw the besieged Ukrainian soldiers, with the obligation that they would remain in Istanbul and not return to fight. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu rejected this proposal, saying that the only option given to the Ukrainian soldiers trapped in the steel plant was to surrender.

To the north, on the eastern border of Ukraine with Russia, the counter-offensive of the Kyiv army continues in the Kharkiv region, where progress is allegedly made in the face of the enemy’s advance. British intelligence also confirmed the Ukrainian version, that is, a number of cities were reoccupied, with the Russians forced to retreat. “The remaining units around Kharkiv – says the British Ministry of Defense – are vulnerable to the most motivated Ukrainian counter-offensive forces”. But the Russians suffer heavy losses in the bombings, which in different parts of the country are aimed at leaving Ukraine without airports, without land connections and without fuel. In the northeast, the Poltava refinery was bombed. However, Ukrainian sources claim that it blew up a pontoon bridge built by the Russians: the enemy battalion was crossing the Siverskyi Donets at that time. We are always in the east in the Lugansk and Kharkiv regions. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine published photos from the top of the destroyed bridge.

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The disappointing results of the invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24 but far from tangible results, caused exasperation in Moscow. According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, the campaign to purge the generals continues: “The commander-in-chief of the Russian army, Valery Gerasimov, was arrested while other generals were dismissed or arrested for committing mistakes during the invasion of Ukraine. The statement comes from Oleksiy Aristovich, a veteran of Ukrainian intelligence and Zelensky’s adviser.” Gerasimov’s absence from the Moscow parade on May 9 did not go unnoticed. A week ago, news spread of his injury in Donbass.

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