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Russia Ukraine last war: Putin accused of repeated use of illegal cluster bombs

Ukrainian soldiers describe life in the trenches

Russia has been accused of repeatedly using illegal cluster bombs and unguided missiles in “shocking” attacks on Ukrainians, Amnesty International has found.

In a new report, Amnesty International said the Kremlin must be held accountable. The investigation found evidence that Russian forces repeatedly used 9N210/9N235 cluster munitions which are subject to international treaty bans due to their indiscriminate effects.

The report revealed that hundreds of civilians have been killed in “relentless attacks” on residential neighborhoods in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

“People have been killed in their homes and on the streets, in playgrounds and in cemeteries, as they queued for humanitarian aid or bought food and medicine,” Donatella said. Rovera, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International.

Ms Rovera added: “The repeated use of widely banned cluster munitions is shocking and another indication of utter disregard for civilian life.”

It comes as President Zelensky said Ukrainian troops are “fighting for every yard” in the beleaguered eastern city of Sievierodonetsk.

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Russia earned £80billion from fossil fuel exports in first 100 days of war

Russia earned $98billion (£80billion) from fossil fuel exports in the first 100 days of its war in Ukraine, with the European Union the biggest importer, according to new research.

The report released by the Finland-based Independent Center for Energy and Clean Air Research (CREA) on Monday came as Russian forces continued to make slow but steady progress in their campaign to fully capture the region of Donbass, in eastern Ukraine.

The US and EU sent arms and money to help Ukraine repel the Russian advance, while punishing Moscow with unprecedented economic sanctions.

But Kyiv has called on Western countries to cut off all trade with Moscow in hopes of cutting off its financial lifeline following the Feb. 24 invasion. Before the war, Russia supplied 40% of the EU’s gas and 27% of its imported oil.

Thomas KingleyJune 13, 2022 12:06

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Watch: Chemical factory housing civilians hit by Russian shelling in Severodonetsk

Chemical plant housing civilians hit by Russian shelling in Severodonetsk

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Ukraine needs ‘heavy weapons parity’ to end war, says Zelensky aide

An aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged the West to send more weapons to help end the war with Russia.

Mykhailo Podolyak said Ukraine needed “heavy weapons parity” with Russia in order to end the conflict.

Ukraine is “awaiting a decision” on the number of weapons to be sent from the West, ahead of the meeting of defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

The adviser said Ukraine needed 1,000 howitzers and 500 tanks in addition to several drones and armored vehicles.

Thomas KingleyJune 13, 2022 11:24 a.m.

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Russia hits playground with ‘illegal’ cluster bombs, rights group says

Russia has been accused of repeatedly using illegal cluster bombs and unguided missiles in “shocking” attacks on Ukrainians, Amnesty International has found.

In a new report, Amnesty International said the Kremlin must be held accountable. The investigation found evidence that Russian forces repeatedly used 9N210/9N235 cluster munitions which are subject to international treaty bans due to their indiscriminate effects.

The report revealed that hundreds of civilians have been killed in “relentless attacks” on residential neighborhoods in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

“People have been killed in their homes and on the streets, in playgrounds and in cemeteries, as they queued for humanitarian aid or bought food and medicine,” Donatella said. Rovera, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International.

Thomas KingleyJune 13, 2022 11:07 a.m.

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Nordic countries should consider joint air control in far north, Finnish parliament speaker says

Finland, Sweden and Norway should consider jointly organizing their air defense control in territories north of the Arctic Circle in the coming years, the speaker of Finland’s parliament said on Monday.

If Finland and neighboring Sweden’s NATO membership applications are successful, the Nordics could for the first time consider organizing part of their defense jointly with their common neighbor Norway, which is already a NATO member.

“All three of us – Sweden, Norway and Finland – have relatively strong air forces and we have to control our borders and our airspace,” said Matti Vanhanen, discussing NATO and security policy with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere at an event hosted by Finnish President Sauli. Niinisto at his summer residence in Naantali, Finland.

“It would be quite natural that in the coming years airspace control would become mainstream,” said Vanhanen, Finland’s former prime minister.

Finland and Sweden abandoned their traditional policy of neutrality following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February and are seeking to join NATO. Their candidacies, however, come up against opposition from Turkey, which accuses them of harboring terrorists.

Thomas KingleyJune 13, 2022 10:45 a.m.

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Russia claims to have destroyed US and European weapons in eastern Ukraine

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday that its missiles had destroyed a large amount of weapons and military equipment in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, some of which had been sent by the United States and European countries.

The ministry said high-precision aerial missiles struck near Udachne railway station, hitting equipment that had been delivered to Ukrainian forces.

Thomas KingleyJune 13, 2022 10:30 am

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A German government spokesman on Monday declined to confirm a media report that Chancellor Olaf Scholz would travel to Kyiv on Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Online magazine Focus, citing Italian newspaper La Stampa, had previously announced that the three EU leaders would visit the Ukrainian capital on Thursday, adding a specific date to a report by Bild am Sonntag on Sunday that they planned to visit the summit. of the Group of Seven at the end of June.

“We still don’t confirm this,” the spokesperson said.

Mr Scholz, who has not been to Kyiv since the start of the war, has been criticized abroad for his caution in supplying Ukraine with heavy weapons such as tanks and howitzers, and has been forced to dismiss criticism that Berlin is not showing leadership.

At home, frustration has also grown among Mr. Scholz’s junior coalition partners over what they say are gaps in his leadership on Ukraine, an internal divide that risks undermining Western unity against Russia.

(Valentina Petrova)

Thomas KingleyJune 13, 2022 10:15 a.m.

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Pictured: The extent of the damage in ‘besieged’ Sievierodonetsk

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Thomas KingleyJune 13, 2022 10:00

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What weapons are the UK and other countries sending to Ukraine?

Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in February, the UK and its Western allies have provided military aid to help Ukrainian forces resist Moscow’s advances.

After starting cautiously with helmets and body armor, then limiting supplies to defensive weapons, Western countries have massively stepped up their response.

Some 40 countries have joined in delivering missiles, tanks and heavy artillery to help Ukraine counter Russia’s intensified offensive in the eastern Donbass region.

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Thomas KingleyJune 13, 2022 9:50 a.m.

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Hundreds of civilians killed in Kharkiv by indiscriminate Russian shelling, Amnesty says

Russia’s indiscriminate shelling of civilian infrastructure – including children’s playgrounds – in the city of Kharkiv has killed hundreds of Ukrainians and maimed dozens more, according to Amnesty International.

Located near the border with Russia, the city in northeastern Ukraine, which was home to 1.5 million people before Vladimir Putin launched his invasion, has been widely hit by banned cluster munitions and unguided rockets in violation of humanitarian law, according to the new study.

Kremlin forces have routinely fired inaccurate rockets such as Grads and Uragans as well as banned 9N210/9N235 cluster munitions in Kharkiv, evidence found in craters across the city shows.

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Thomas KingleyJune 13, 2022 9:35 a.m.

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