kyiv is preparing its application to join the European Union, says Zelensky; At least 52 dead after attack at Kramatorsk station
The situation on the map

The context

  • Videos, some of which have been authenticated, Show ukrainian military execution of Russian prisoners of war. Ukraine’s presidency promises that those responsible will be brought to justice, but some officials are more ambiguous.
  • The European Union (EU) decided on Thursday an embargo on Russian coal, which will take effect in early August, and the closure of European ports to Russian ships, as part of a fifth round of sanctions against Moscow. At the same time, the EU has offered to increase funding to arm Ukraine by €500 million, which would increase to a total of €1.5 billion from the start of the invasion.
  • The UN General Assembly, made up of 193 member countries, suspended Russia from its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday. Moscow denounced a suspension “illegal and politically motivated, designed to ostentatiously punish a sovereign member state of the UN that pursues an independent domestic and foreign policy”and decided on a “Anticipated termination” of this advice.
  • the “new mayor” proclaimed by the pro-Russian forces in marioupolKostiantyn Ivashchenko announced that“about 5,000 people” he had died among the civilian population of this Ukrainian city, besieged for weeks by the Russian army and its separatist allies. The estimates of the Ukrainian authorities are higher.
  • Twenty-six bodies were extracted by Ukrainian rescuers from the rubble of two bombed-out apartment buildings in Borodianka, northwest of kyiv. The situation in this city has been described by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as “much more horrible” than in Boutcha, where massacres of civilians were committed.
  • Russian troops have loosened their grip on kyiv in recent days with a view, according to Moscow, to a concentration of the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine. The days to come will be for civilians in the east of the country “the last opportunity” evacuate the area, local authorities warned Thursday.
  • The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and the head of diplomacy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, traveled this Friday to Boutcha, on the outskirts of kyiv, to express their “unconditional support” to Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion.
  • Moscow Recognized “significant losses” within its army deployed in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, without quantifying them. “It’s a great tragedy for us”he lamented.

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