Volodymyr Zelensky called for “unlimited military aid” from the NATO countries that met in Brussels on Thursday to coordinate their action against Russia, whose forces appear to be stuck exactly one month after its launch of the invasion of Ukraine.
“To save people and our cities, Ukraine needs unlimited military assistance. Just like Russia unlimitedly uses its full arsenal against us,” Zelensky said in a video message. summit behind closed doors.
“The Ukrainian army has been resisting for a month under unequal conditions! I have been repeating the same thing for a month now,” Mr Zelensky said as European and US leaders chained summits to Ukraine on Thursday – the G7 summit. EU after NATO.
The United States “has begun consultations (with its allies) to supply anti-ship missiles to Ukraine,” a senior U.S. official suggested, but stressed that this scenario presented “technical challenges”.
Sweden and Germany, for their part, announced the delivery to Ukraine of 5,000 and 2,000 new anti-tank weapons, respectively. The Ukrainian forces have already received 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 ground-to-air Stinger-type missile launchers taken from the reserves of the Bundeswehr, the German army.
“Only the sea separates you from this aggressive policy” from Moscow, Mr. Zelensky warned again to the Swedish parliamentarians in a speech at video conference. He cited Russian TV broadcasts in which experts speak openly about an attack on Gotland, a strategically located Swedish island in the middle of the Baltic Sea.
The G7 countries and the EU will sanction any transaction involving Russia’s gold reserves in order to prevent Moscow from circumventing the economic isolation measures taken by the West, for its part, the White House announced.
Washington also announced new economic sanctions against Russia, targeting politicians, oligarchs and the defense industry. These measures, which involve in particular the freezing of assets in the United States, concern 328 MPs from the Duma and the institution itself, as well as 48 “large public companies” in the defense sector, according to a press release from House-White.
The G7 also calls for a review of Russia’s place in international organizations.
Chemical attack: NATO action
NATO is equipping its forces against a possible nuclear, chemical or biological attack, said its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. NATO should also confirm the deployment of four new battle groups in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia to strengthen its defense against Russia on its eastern flank.
At the summit, “many” leaders also believed that “China (should) take its responsibility in the international community” and that it was necessary “to continue to ask Beijing not to support Russia in its aggression,” according to a senior U.S. official. official. .
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused Russia of “committing war crimes in Ukraine”. “We have seen several credible reports of arbitrary and deliberate attacks on civilians, as well as other atrocities,” he said in a statement, stressing that it would be up to the courts to determine responsibility.
On the ground, at least six civilians were killed and 15 others wounded in a Russian bombing raid on Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine, the regional governor told Telegram.
At least four people were also killed, including two children, and six others were injured in Russian strikes in the town of Roubizhné near Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, said the region’s governor, Serguiï Gaidai.
The governor added that the toll would likely “prove to be much higher”. “The Russian air force started throwing phosphorus bombs at Rubizhne,” he accused.
In his message to NATO, the Ukrainian president passed on these accusations: “This morning (…) there were Russian phosphorus bombs. Adults were killed and children were killed again”.
Deported to Russia
The Ukrainians also accuse the Russians of “deporting” residents of the besieged city of Mariupol to Russia.
“The inhabitants of the Livoberezhny district are beginning to be deported en masse to Russia,” the city council accused, confirming that “about 15,000 inhabitants of Mariupol are targets of this illegal deportation.” These allegations could not be immediately verified.
The chairman of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer said on Thursday from Moscow that he had discussed with his Russian interlocutors the need to protect civilians in the conflict in Ukraine.
About 4.3 million children – more than half of Ukraine’s child population – have had to leave their homes to escape insecurity and fighting triggered by the Russian army’s invasion on February 24, the report said.
The Russian army is trampling
According to Washington, the Russian army’s offensive has stalled, especially near the capital Kiev. “The Ukrainians managed to push the Russians back 55 km east and northeast of Kiev,” a senior Pentagon official said Wednesday, asking for anonymity.
When it fails to conquer large cities, the Russian army continues to bombard them intensely. The Ukrainian General Staff registered 250 Russian airstrikes on Wednesday, 60 more than on Tuesday.
“The enemy’s main targets remain military and civilian infrastructure in the regions of Kiev, Cherniguiv and Kharkiv,” he said on his Facebook page.
Russian ship destroyed
The Ukrainian navy also claimed on Thursday that it had destroyed a Russian troop transport ship anchored in the port of Berdiansk, a town near Mariupol on the Azov Sea, the first announcement of the destruction of a ship of this size.
This article has been published automatically. Sources: ats / afp