the story of this 48th day of war in Ukraine

The great battle of Mariupol is not yet relevant since this Tuesday the declarations of the leaders multiplied.

The battle for Mariupol has not yet begun. 48 days after the start of the war in Ukraine, the two sides are preparing for a confrontation in this port city located in the east of the country.

On Ukrainian soil, the reconquest of territories by the kyiv forces brings with it the discovery of civilians killed by the Russian army. The soldiers of the master of the Kremlin are accused in particular of the worst abuses by President Volodymyr Zelensky. Let us return to this new day of war in Europe.

• Increasing civilian casualties

In the eastern suburbs of kyiv, the bodies of six people who had been shot were found in the basement of a house. In the east of the country, in Severodonetsk, some 400 civilians have been buried since the start of the war in Ukraine.

With the withdrawal of Russian troops now concentrated in the east of the country, Ukrainians are gradually returning to their homes. According to Ukrainian border guard spokesman Andriy Demchenko, more than 870,000 Ukrainians have returned home since the start of the war. If at first they were mainly men, now there are also women, children and the elderly.

• Zelensky denounces “hundreds of violations” committed by the Russian army

Volodymyr Zelensky denounced “hundreds of rape cases” observed in areas previously occupied by the Russian military, “including underage girls and very young children.”

“In the areas liberated from the occupiers, the registration and investigation of war crimes committed by Russia continues. New mass graves are found almost daily,” the Ukrainian president said, addressing the Lithuanian parliament via video link. . “Thousands and thousands of victims. Hundreds of cases of torture. We keep finding bodies in pipes and cellars,” he continued.

The testimonies collected by the media corroborate the fears of the NGOs, which point to indications of the use of rape as a “weapon of war”.

• Putin calls the Boutcha massacre ‘fake’

The Russian president said that the massacre of suspected civilians in the city of boucha near kyiv was “a fake”. Moscow denies any abuse of this nature in Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin assured that his army’s offensive in Ukraine continues “calmly” and minimizing losses, refusing to set a timetable since May 9 is Victory Day in Russia, decreed after the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

• For Macron, Putin “decided that he would not stop”

Emmanuel Macron said his Russian counterpart had “decided not to stop” in Ukraine because he “needs a military victory for himself”, even though he “realized that Ukraine was not going to submit”.

In this context, the city of marioupol (This), on which the Russian army is focused, “is perhaps a fixation point because it is a symbol of Ukraine that refuses it,” the French president estimated in an interview published by the weekly Point.

The negotiations with Moscow for a peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine were considered “extremely difficult” by an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Mykhailo Podoliak.

• The United States accuses Russia of considering the use of ‘chemical agents’ in Mariupol

The United States on Tuesday reported “credible information” about the possibility of Russia using “chemical agents” in its offensive to take the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

According to the head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, “Russian forces could use different anti-riot agents, including tear gas mixed with chemical agents” against “Ukrainian fighters and civilians as part of their aggressive campaign to take Mariupol.”

“We are sharing this information with Ukraine” and “we are in direct contact with our partners to determine what is happening now, it is a real concern,” he finally declared.

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