Ukraine’s president calls Vladimir Putin’s claims about neo-Nazis frightening and ridiculous. But he worries about what his Russian counterpart can do.
– The truth is that if Putin is serious about these statements, he may be able to take very shocking steps. Then this means that this is not a game for him, says Zelensky CNN He adds:
– If this is not a game and he is serious, and if he believes that this is a mission to invade our lands and that he sees signs of neo-Nazism in our country, then many questions arise as to what he is capable of doing. For their ambitions, for the message.
Significant increase in civilian casualties
According to the United Nations, at least 902 civilians were killed in Ukraine, a significant increase since Saturday night when the number reached 847 civilians killed. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Civilian Casualties Report.
It was February 24 when Russia invaded the country.
In addition to the dead, at least 1,459 people were injured, largely as a result of artillery, missile and air strikes, he wrote. Reuters.
The UN agency asserts that the actual number of civilian deaths may be much higher. Among other things, OHCHR has been unable to receive or verify reports from several cities badly affected by the attacks, including the port city of Mariupol.
Earlier Sunday, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister said Sky News The civilian death toll is much higher than the death toll among the country’s military forces.
On Sunday, Pope Francis denounced Russia’s “heinous” war in Ukraine, calling it evil and blasphemous.
In his Sunday sermon to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope used stronger words than he has so far about war. He said that new atrocities occur every day in what he called senseless massacres.
“There is no way to justify that,” the Pope said, referring to Russia.
Bombs on the elderly, children and pregnant women
He fails again to mention Russia directly, as Popes do when condemning wars that lead to great suffering, without mentioning the officials by name.
“Once again, this week, the elderly, children and pregnant women have been rained down by missiles and bombs,” he said, urging all actors in the international community to do what they can to end the war.
Earlier Sunday, it was also announced that Ukraine had received 500 anti-aircraft missiles from Germany three days ago. Ukrainian government sources have informed the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that there will be Strela-type missiles.
Weapons were according to Newspaper It was delivered to Ukraine via Poland.
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In early March, Germany decided to supply Ukraine with 2,700 anti-aircraft missiles. They have had the missiles in stock since reunification with East Germany in 1990.
They have already agreed to deliver 1,000 anti-tank missiles and 500 anti-aircraft missiles, after years of saying no to arms exports to war zones.
A German Defense Ministry spokesman, who was not named, said they would not go into detail about the weapons systems offered, for operational and security reasons. At the same time, he added, so far, a wide range of military equipment has been or will be delivered to the Ukrainian forces.
Turkey peace broker
Turkey acted as a mediator between Russia and Ukraine. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Russia and Ukraine are making progress in the negotiations, and they are close to reaching an agreement. Cavusoglu visited both countries this week. Last week, the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine were in Ankara for meetings.
Cavusoglu says that Turkey has been in contact with the two negotiating delegations and that the two sides are close to an agreement, but he will not go into details of what the agreement is about.
Turkey also offered to host a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ten million Ukrainians – a quarter of the population – are now on the run due to the Russian war, both at home and abroad, the United Nations refugee agency reported Sunday.
“One of the things that combatants around the world endure is the suffering inflicted on the civilian population who are forced to flee,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
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Russia’s war against its neighbor is now so widespread that tens of millions of people have had to leave their homes and flee, either internally or abroad, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Millions have left their home
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says a total of 3,389,044 Ukrainians have left the country since the war began just over three weeks ago. Over the past 24 hours, the number has increased by 60,352, equal to the day before.
The United Nations Organization for Migrants, OIM, believes that 6.48 million people are internally displaced and fleeing within the country.
90 percent of those fleeing the country are women and children, as men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country.
UNICEF says 1.5 million children are among those who have fled the country. The International Organization for Migration says 162,000 people from other countries have fled Ukraine. Among them are many students who eventually travel to their home countries.
Before the conflict, the population of Ukraine was 37 million, not including the Russian-occupied Crimea and the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. Including the occupied territories, the population reached 44 million.
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