The European Union called the invasion of Ukraine a “serious violation of international law”, calling on Russia to stop the attacks.
- Russia says it is now focused on fully capturing the Donbas in a clear change of strategy.
- Ukraine said 7,331 people were evacuated from cities on Friday.
- The UN nuclear watchdog said staff at Chernobyl’s radioactive waste facilities had not been rotated for four days.
- French President Emmanuel Macron holds talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin about the Mariupol evacuation initiative.
Here are all the latest updates:
Ukraine said 7,331 people were evacuated on Friday
A total of 7,331 people were evacuated from Ukrainian cities through humanitarian corridors on Friday, a senior official said, more than double the 3,343 who managed to escape the day before. .
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in an online post that 2,800 people had left the besieged city of Mariupol by private transport.
Macron holds talks with Putin on Mariupol . evacuation initiative
French President Emmanuel Macron said he would hold talks with Russia’s Putin in the next 48 to 72 hours regarding the situation in Ukraine and an initiative to help people leave the besieged city of Mariupol.
Macron said he was coordinating efforts with Greece and Turkey and hoped to convince Russia to allow the evacuation.
EU to Russia: ‘War crimes must stop immediately’
European Union leaders have urged Russia to fully respect its obligations under international law and comply with its recent order. International Court of Justice that required Moscow to withdraw from Ukraine.
“Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine seriously violates international law and is causing great loss of life and injury to civilians,” the leaders of 27 EU countries said in a statement. joint statement.
“Russia is directing attacks against civilians and targeting civilian objects, including hospitals, medical facilities, schools and shelters. These war crimes must stop immediately.”
Russia’s focus on ‘liberating’ Donbas hints at change in strategy
Russia has stated that the first phase of “military administration” in Ukraine is almost completed, and it will focus on the “complete liberation” of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.
The announcement seemed to indicate that Russia may be turning to more restrictive targets after encountering fierce Ukrainian resistance during the first month of the war.
“The combat potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been significantly reduced, which… makes it possible to focus our core efforts on achieving the main goal of liberating the Donbas,” said Sergei Rudskoi, head of the Bureau. Main operations of the General Staff of Russia, said.
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