what we know on the 50th day of the invasion

  • Russian Ministry of Defense said the entire crew of the warship “Moscow”, Late Wednesday evening, Ukraine hit the North Sea and was evacuated after an explosion of ammunition. As a result, a fire broke out on the ship. “The” Navy “ship of the” Navy “was seriously damaged due to the explosion of ammunition, which took place due to the fire, the crew was evacuated. TASS: The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reports. At the beginning of the war on the island of Snake, Ukrainian troops resisted the ship.

  • A Ukrainian official had earlier said that Moscow had been hit by two missiles, but did not provide any evidence. The ship weighing 12,500 tons has a crew of about 500 people.

  • Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has called for an oil embargo in his overnight message Wednesday. “First of all, we need an oil embargo. And Europe’s clear readiness to give up all Russian energy. The European Union must stop sponsoring Russia’s military vehicle. “

  • Zelensky confirmed that forensic experts from the International Criminal Court had visited Bucha on Wednesday to investigate possible war crimes. «The responsibility of the Russian military for war crimes is inevitable. We will drag everyone to court. And not only for what was done in Bucha. “

  • US President Joe Biden announced additional $ 800 million in military assistance to Ukraine, including heavy artillery, ahead of a large-scale Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine. The package, which brings the total military aid to more than $ 2.5 billion since the Russian invasion in February, includes artillery systems, artillery shells, armored personnel carriers and coastal defense drones, Biden said after a telephone conversation with Zelensky.

  • US Department of State on Wednesday defended Biden’s accusation that Russia was committing genocide in Ukraine, saying that his forces are trying to destroy the country and its peaceful population. Biden blamed President Vladimir Putin’s forces for the first time on Tuesday. “I’m going to predict that what President Biden called is what we will probably eventually find when we can gather all this evidence,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told CNN. “Because what happens on the ground is not an accident.”

  • French President Emanuel Macron has refused to repeat Biden’s accusation that Russia is committing “genocide” against Ukrainians, warning that verbal escalation will not help end the war. The US president said on Tuesday that “it has become increasingly clear that Putin is simply trying to erase even the idea of ​​being Ukrainian.” In response, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called Biden’s comments “unacceptable.”

  • More than 1,000 Ukrainian sailors defending the besieged port city of Mariupol have surrendered, Moscow claims. In one of the deadliest battles of the war, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that 1,026 soldiers, including 162 officers, from the 36th Marine Brigade of Ukraine had “voluntarily laid down their arms” near the Ilyich iron and steel plant in the city. There was no independent confirmation of the claim.

  • The Russian retreat from the vicinity of Ki led to the discovery of a large number of apparently massacred civilians, which received international condemnation and calls for a war crimes investigation. The police chief of Ki district reported that the bodies of 765 civilians, including 30 children, were found near the capital.

  • Russian troops are reported to be suffering from “low morale and frustration” among some young troops. During a meeting with reporters today, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the leaders of the Russian troops are “disappointed” as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues.

  • The presidents of four countries bordering Russia – Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia – have left for Ki to show support for their Ukrainian counterpart’s troops in battle. It follows that Ki refused to meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who visited Poland on Tuesday and said he had planned to travel to Ukraine but was “not wanted”. The former German Foreign Minister is severely criticized for his previous policy of rapprochement with Moscow.

  • Zelensky told Estonian lawmakers without providing evidence that Russia uses phosphorus bombs in Ukraine. In Mariupol, Ukrainian forces said a drone had dropped poison on the city, but there was no independent confirmation that Russia had used banned chemical weapons.

  • US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen addresses the Atlantic Council on Wednesday He said that the countries that are on the fence of Russia’s continuous invasion of Ukraine may find themselves in global isolation. “A united coalition of sanctions will not be indifferent to actions that undermine our sanctions.”

  • Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has said that the country will decide within a few weeks whether to apply for NATO membership. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Swedish counterpart, Marin said that as a NATO partner but not a member, Finland is not included in Article 5, which stipulates that an attack on one member should be considered an attack on all.

  • The British government has imposed sanctions on 206 people in response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, including 178 people he says are involved in defending the self-proclaimed republics of Luhansk and Donetsk. Foreign Minister Liz Truss said the latest sanctions were in direct response to the “terrible rocket attacks” on the Kramatorsk railway station in eastern Ukraine, which killed dozens of civilians.

  • Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk stated that it is impossible to open a humanitarian corridor on Wednesday. He said the situation along the routes was “extremely dangerous” and accused Russian forces of violating the agreement to stop firing while people were fleeing.

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