Ukrainian officials in the strategic port city of Mariupol said Friday they feared 300 people could have died in last week’s Russian strike on a theatre where hundreds were sheltering.
The New York Times has reported that US authorities have collected evidence linking Putin to the luxury ship, which made two trips, in 2020 and 2021, to the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
US President Joe Biden said Monday that it’s “clear” Russia is considering the use of chemical and biological weapons in Ukraine and warned of a “severe” Western response if it chose to do so.
President Joe Biden announced a ban on US imports of Russian oil on Tuesday. The most far-reaching action yet.
The Ukrainian military has paraded captured Russian soldiers before the media and made them recite repentances for their invasion, prompting the Red Cross to warn prisoners must not be mistreated.
China indicated it was ‘willing to work with the international community to carry out necessary mediation, when necessary.’
‘The second round of talks is over. Unfortunately, Ukraine does not have the results it needs yet. There are decisions only on the organisation of humanitarian corridors.’
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky called for a face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin, saying it was the only way to stop the war.
The vessel, “Amore Vero”, was seized at a shipyard at La Ciotat on the French Riviera, a popular summer playground for the super-rich where many tycoons moor their vessels for pleasure or maintenance.
A first round of talks on Monday yielded no breakthrough, and Ukraine says it will not accept any Russian “ultimatums”.
“You can see fine well what separates them from us,” a young Nigerian added, bitterly. “We’re black, that’s what it is.”
Russia said it is ready for talks if the Ukrainian army surrenders. It said it has no intention to occupy Ukraine but wants to free it from “oppression.”
The ‘biggest military build-up in Europe since WWII’ came to a head on Thursday when Russia invaded Ukraine.
‘Prosecutions based on what’s been set out in detail in the Zondo report should be inevitable,’ writes Professor Penelope Andrews.
‘The increased number of independent candidates poses a challenge to the three main political parties. Even if none of them attract a larger following, they might take enough from the three main political parties to deny them control of municipalities,’ writes Professor of Political Science, Bheki Mngomezulu.
‘We are not forcing anyone to pay the money. We are creating jobs for ourselves.’