Prosecutors, police and journalists are traveling to Izium after authorities said they found a mass grave containing more than 440 bodies. Some people were killed by shelling and airstrikes, authorities said. Serhiy Bolvinov, the chief police investigator for Kharkiv province, said forensic investigations would be carried out on every body in the grave, which was believed to be located in the woods near the town.
President Volodymyr Zelensky compared the discovery to what happened to Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, saying in his Thursday evening video address: “Russia is leaving death everywhere behind and must be held responsible for it. The necessary steps have already begun there. More information – clear and verifiable information – should be available tomorrow.
Andriy Yermakthe presidential chief of staff in Ukraine, accused Russia of being “a murderous country, a state sponsor of terrorism”.
Russian news agencies report that Ukraine hit on administrative buildings in the center of occupied Kherson in the south of the country. RIA Novosti news agency says at least one person was killed and another was injured as a result of the strike. Unverified video footage has emerged on social media which appears to show damage to buildings and at least one body.
The Russian-appointed Kherson local administration said a meeting of city and district officials was taking place when the blast occurred. Ukraine considers all those who collaborate with the Russians as traitors. Natalia Humeniukspokesman for the Ukrainian operational command in the south, declined to comment on the Russian information.
The self-proclaimed Russian-backed attorney general Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) in eastern Ukraine was killed by a bomb explosion in his office on Friday, Russian news agency Interfax reported, citing emergency services.
Iryna VereshchukMinister of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, said the Ukrainian government had approved a draft law that would punish people who impose Russian passports on Ukrainian citizens.
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said Ukraine’s counterattack on Russian troops had been very effective, but warned that nations should prepare for the long term as this did not signal the beginning of the end of the war. He said: “We have to understand that this is not the beginning of the end of the war, we have to be prepared for the long term.”
Germany has placed the German subsidiary of the Russian oil giant Rosneft under state control, placing three refineries under guardianship ahead of a partial European embargo on Russian oil at the end of the year. The federal network regulator will become the temporary trustee manager of Rosneft Germany and its share of the refineries in Schwedt, near Berlin, Karlsruhe and Vohburg, Bavaria, the German Economics Ministry announced on Friday.
European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen has said she wants Russian President Vladimir Putin to be brought before the international criminal court on war crimes in Ukraine. “That Putin has to lose this war and face his actions is important to me,” she told German broadcaster Bild on Thursday.
Pope Francis says it is morally right for countries to supply arms to Ukraine to help defend itself against Russian aggression. “It is a political decision which can be moral, morally acceptable, if taken under conditions of morality… Self-defense is not only lawful but also an expression of love for the fatherland”, a- he declared. “Someone who doesn’t defend himself, who doesn’t defend something, doesn’t like it. those who defend [something] to like.”
Vladimir Putin thanked Chinese leader Xi Jinping for his ‘balanced’ approach to Ukraine crisis and slammed Washington’s ‘ugly’ policyin a meeting following Moscow’s recent setbacks on the battlefield.
Ukraine lost nearly 15% of its grain storage capacity during the war, threatening its role as a key food supplier to the world, says a report. The US government-backed Conflict Monitor said the Russians seized 6.24 million tons of food storage capacity and another 2.25 million tons of capacity in Ukrainian hands was destroyed, reported Agence France-Presse. As a result, farmers were running out of space to store their produce for shipment, which could discourage planting for the next crop, especially winter wheat, the report said.
Germany will supply Ukraine with additional armored vehicles and rocket launchers, but will not supply battle tanks that Kyiv has long requested, says German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht. She said on Thursday that Soviet-made BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles would also be heading “very quickly” to Ukraine from Greece.
The 35-nation board of governors of the UN nuclear watchdog passed a resolution demanding that Russia end its occupation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, reports Reuters. Thursday’s resolution was the second on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine passed by the board of directors of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
US President Joe Biden announced a new $600 million arms package for Ukraine, according to a White House memo sent Thursday to the State Department. Reuters reports that the memo does not detail how the money will be used, but sources said it was to include ammunition and more Himars rocket systems.