6 APRIL 2022 • 10:41AM
The world must act to stop mass murder in Ukraine, Sajid Javid said today, comparing reports of civilian killings by Russian troops to the 1995 Bosnian genocide.
“I don’t want to be commemorating another genocide in Europe years from now. We have the power, the world has the power to stop this, and it must act,” the Health Secretary said.
“This is mass murder on an unprecedented scale in Europe. We haven’t seen the likes of this I think since 1995,” Mr Javid told BBC television.
In July 1995, Serbian forces overran a United Nations safe zone in Srebrenica and massacred more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.
Ukrainian prosecutors said they were investigating 4,684 alleged Russian war crimes.
Following the Russian withdrawal from towns and villages around Kyiv, Ukrainian troops have reported discovering the bodies of civilians killed by Russian forces.
The Kremlin said Western allegations that Russian forces committed war crimes by executing civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha were a “monstrous forgery” aimed at denigrating the Russian army.
German finance minister: Not feasible to give up Russian oil and gas immediately
German Finance Minister Christian Lindner wants Europe’s biggest economy to stop imports of Russian oil and gas as soon as possible, but it is not feasible immediately, he told the Die Zeit newspaper.
“If I followed my heart, there would be an immediate embargo on everything,” Mr Lindner was quoted as saying, adding there could be no normal economic relations with a Russia whose government was waging a criminal war against Ukraine.
“That is why Germany will give up Russian oil and gas,” he said, adding, however, that such a move would risk German economic and social stability.
“We can’t be responsible for that,” he said.
Two civilians killed after strike on aid distribution point in Donetsk region
The governor of Ukraine’s Donetsk region said at least two civilians were killed and five wounded today when Russian artillery fire struck a humanitarian aid distribution point in the town of Vuhledar.
In an online post, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko shared photos of the alleged attack which showed two women stretched out on the ground, another person with serious wound to the leg and another person with a bloodied leg being helped into a rescue vehicle.
Russia denies targeting civilians.
Zelensky slams European ‘indecisiveness’ over Russia sanctions
Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian President, condemned hesitancy in Europe over barring Russian energy imports, arguing some leaders were more concerned with business losses than with war crimes.
New “rhetoric” about sanctions had emerged, he told the Irish parliament, “but I cannot tolerate any indecisiveness after everything we have gone through and everything that Russia has done to us”.
Ukraine’s foreign minister says gas and oil embargo needed to stop Putin
I appreciate the strengthening of the 5th EU sanctions package: bans on Russian coal, vessels accessing EU ports, and road transport operators. But it will take a gas/oil embargo and de-SWIFTing of all Russian banks to stop Putin. Difficult times require difficult decisions.
Zelensky: Russia is using hunger as a weapon
Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian President, has said that Russia is using hunger as a weapon in its war against his country.
Addressing a joint sitting of the Irish Parliament via a translator, he said: “This night, our territory was again hit by Russian missiles.
“They are destroying things that are sustaining livelihoods to people.
“They also have blocked all of our sea ports, together with the vessels that had already agricultural cargoes for exports.
“Why are they doing this? Because for them hunger is a weapon against us, ordinary people as an instrument of domination.
“Ukraine is one of the leading food-supplying country in the world with exports.
“This is not just about the deficit and the threat of hunger.
“There will be a shortage of food and the prices will go up, and this is reality for the millions of people who are hungry, and it will be more difficult for them to feed their families.”
How war in Ukraine ends matters, says EU foreign policy chief
The EU wants the war in Ukraine to end as soon as possible, but how that happens is important too, its chief diplomat said on Wednesday, calling for the bloc to send more arms to Kyiv.
“We want it to end as soon as possible, but not in any way,” Josep Borrell told the European Parliament.
“Because if we’re going to have a destroyed country that has been dismembered territorially and neutralised, with millions of people in exile, and millions of people dead, then no, we don’t want this war to end like this,” he said.
“That is why we have to continue arming Ukraine… More weapons, that is what the Ukrainians expect of us.”
Mr Borrell noted that continued EU purchases of Russian oil and gas gave Russia many times more money than the financial aid the bloc has provided to Ukraine.
“We have given Ukraine 1 billion euros… but a billion euros is what we pay Putin every day for the energy he provides us,” Mr Borrell added.
Ukraine’s gas transit operator suffers huge damage costs
Ukraine’s gas transit operator has suffered damages totalling hundreds of millions of euros since Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24, its head said today.
Sergiy Makogon said on Facebook that the company continued to distribute gas to Ukrainian consumers although three main gas pipelines had been damaged, two gas distribution stations had been destroyed, 48 gas distribution stations had stopped operations and four compressor stations had been seized by Russian forces.