As a new Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine is feared, Russia has been suspended from the UN Human Rights Council and the European Union and the G7 have taken a new round of economic sanctions against Moscow. This is what to remember Thursday, April 7.
Russia suspended from the UN Human Rights Council
This is a historic decision. The UN General Assembly has suspended Russia from its seat in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations due to the invasion of Ukraine. A decision “illegal”the Russian Foreign Ministry reacted.
Of the 193 member countries, 93 voted in favor, 24 against and 58 abstained. But the abstentions were not taken into account in the required two-thirds majority between the only votes for and against. It is the second suspension in UN history, after Libya’s expulsion in 2011.
European Union passes embargo on Russian coal
A fifth round of sanctions against Moscow. The representatives of the Twenty-seven have decided on the embargo on Russian coal and the closure of European ports to Russian ships, the French Presidency of the Council of the EU announced. this package “very substantial” It also provides for a ban on exports to Russia, in particular of high-tech goods, up to 10 billion euros, and new sanctions against Russian banks, according to the same source.
The G7 also announced new sanctions. “We prohibit new investments in key industries of the Russian economy, including energy.”say its members (Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union) in a statement, also announcing “additional sanctions against the Russian defense sector” and against “elites” who support the war. On the US side, they officially revoked the trade status of Russia and Belarus, paving the way for punitive tariffs against these two countries.
Evacuations of civilians under bombs in eastern Ukraine
Fearing an offensive against these eastern regions, the Ukrainian authorities have once again asked the civilian population to leave. “The next few days may be the last chance to get out. All free cities in the Lugansk region are under enemy fire.” and the Russian forces are “cutting off all possible exits”, its governor, Serguiï Gaïdaï, warned on Facebook. He assured that the Ukrainian officials would not allow there to be a “Second Mariupol”.
The city of Severodonetsk, the easternmost in the hands of the Ukrainian forces, is bombarded by Russian troops. AFP journalists saw civilians being evacuated by bus, as explosions regularly rang out outside. Evacuation trains have been blocked by Russian attacks on the only railway line remaining under Ukrainian control, Ukrainian Railways Director Olexander Kamishin announced.
After Boutcha, heavy balances Borodianka, near kyiv, and Mariupol
Ukrainian rescuers have extracted 26 bodies from the rubble of two bombed-out apartment buildings in Borodianka, northwest of kyiv, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova announced. It is “the most destroyed city in the region” of the capital, she said on Facebook. the situation is there “much more horrible” that in Boucha, where massacres of civilians were committedaccording to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In Mariupol, a port city besieged and razed by the Russian army since the end of February and where some 100,000 inhabitants are still hiding, the “new mayor” proclaimed by the pro-Russian forces announced that“about 5,000 people” he had died among the civilian population. The Ukrainian authorities have proposed much higher tolls.
Ukraine asks NATO for weapons “now” or “it will be too late”
Ukraine needs weapons from NATO countries “Now” to repel the Russian offensive, or “It will be too late”declared his foreign minister, Dmytro Kouleba, during a meeting of the Atlantic Alliance in Brussels. “I have no doubt that Ukraine will have the necessary weapons to fight. The question is when.”, he insisted after meeting with his counterparts from NATO countries. He demanded with the same urgency the cessation of purchases of oil and gas from Russia.
The Kremlin recognizes “significant losses” within the Russian military
during an interview on the British channel Sky News, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov Recognized “significant losses” within the Russian army deployed in Ukraine, without quantifying them. “It’s a great tragedy for us.” Russia has been very quiet about the extent of its losses since the beginning of the Ukraine invasion. The last official report, communicated on March 29, reports 1,351 dead and 3,825 wounded.