The war in ukraine lasts for 48 days. The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court went to Boutcha, site of the massacre of hundreds of civilianswhere he said Ukraine was “a crime scene”. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that a “general ceasefire” for humanitarian purposes “not (seemed) possible now” in the Ukraine, a goal he had recently entrusted to one of his assistants sent to Moscow. What happened in Ukraine this Wednesday, April 13, 2022?
Ukraine, a “crime scene”
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the British Karim Khan, described this Wednesday, April 13, 2022, Ukraine as “Crime scene”during a visit to Boutcha, near kyiv.
“Ukraine is a crime scene. We are here because we have good reason to believe that crimes within the Court’s jurisdiction are being committed. We must go through the fog of war to get to the truth.”told the press during a visit to this city, where hundreds of civilians, according to the Ukrainian authorities, were found dead after the Russian occupation.
The prosecutor clarified that an ICC forensic team was preparing to work “so we can really separate truth from fiction.”
“We need to keep an open mind and trust the evidence”he added. “The law must mobilize and go into battle to protect civilians.”
Seven shots in the Kherson region
Seven people were shot on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, in a house in a village in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine by Russian soldiers, the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office announced on Wednesday. “According to the investigation, the Russian army shot six men and one woman in the village of Pravdyné. With the intention of covering up the crime, the occupants blew up the house where the bodies of those shot were found.” the prosecution said in a statement.
Seven dead in Kharkiv
“Seven people were killed” and 22 others wounded in Russian attacks in the last 24 hours, the governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleg Synegoubov, said on Telegram. He said a two-year-old boy injured in a bombing two days ago succumbed to his injuries in hospital on Tuesday.
No humanitarian corridors
Ukraine will not open any humanitarian corridors on Wednesday, a government official said, accusing the Russians of “violate the norms of international law” what makes the situation “dangerous”.
“Unfortunately, we will not be opening humanitarian corridors today. In the Zaporizhia region (south), the occupants have blocked buses and in the Lugansk region (east) they are violating the ceasefire.”Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.
“The occupiers not only fail to respect the norms of international humanitarian law, but they are also unable to adequately control their men on the ground. All this creates such a level of danger on the roads that today we are forced to refrain from opening humanitarian corridors”She continued.
kyiv routinely accuses the Russians of breaking ceasefires in humanitarian corridors, but authorities rarely give up in humanitarian corridors. The last suspension of any evacuation dates back to March 28.
A ceasefire for humanitarian purposes “is not currently possible”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that a “general ceasefire” for humanitarian purposes “not (seemed) possible now” in the Ukraine, a goal he had recently entrusted to one of his assistants sent to Moscow. “That’s what we were asking for, for humanitarian reasons, but it doesn’t seem possible.” he said at a news conference.
He specified that the UN is still waiting for responses from Russia to concrete proposals for the evacuation of civilians and guarantee the delivery of humanitarian aid to war zones.
Delivery of a thousand Ukrainian soldiers
During the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, a Russian public television report broadcast on Rossia 24 announced the surrender of more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers in this town.
“In the city of Mariupol, in the area of the Ilyich metallurgical plant […] 1,026 Ukrainian soldiers of the 36me Marine Corps Brigade voluntarily laid down their arms and surrendered.”the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that there were 47 women and 126 officers among them.
According to this source, 150 of them were injured and were treated at the Mariupol hospital.
Presidents of Poland and the Baltic in kyiv
The Polish and Baltic heads of state travel to kyiv by train on Wednesday to ” to hold “ President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in the face of Russia’s offensive, said the presidencies of these countries.
“Our goal is to support President Zelensky and the defenders of Ukraine at a decisive moment for this country”said Jakub Kumoch, adviser to the Polish president at the PAP agency.
Biden’s comments on a “genocide” considered unacceptable by the Kremlin
The Kremlin ruled “unacceptable” that US President Joe Biden accuses his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, of “genocide” and Ukraine. “Our disagreement is categorical and we consider such attempts to distort reality unacceptable, even more so because they come from the president of the United States, a country whose actions in recent history are well known,” commented Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Kremlin.