Senior Western officials directly accused Russian officials of war crimes following the attack on a Ukrainian city by Russian missiles. Officials claim that at most 23 people were killed by the attack.
Ukraine claimed that Thursday’s (14 juillet) strike against Vinnytsia, a city of 370,000 people, was carried out with Kalibr cruise missiles launched from a Russian submarine in the Black Sea.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy the President of Russia called Russia a terrorist country and demanded more sanctions. He suggested that Vinnytsia’s death toll might increase.
“Unfortunately, this number is not the final. The debris removal is ongoing. Many people are reported as missing. He stated that among those in hospital, there are many people who have been seriously injured.
Zelenskiy addressed an international conference on war crimes in Ukraine. Zelenskiy stated that the attack took place in an “ordinary, peaceful” city.
Zelenskiy declared that Russia is a terrorist threat and stated, “No other country in this world poses such a threat to Russia.”
Russia claimed that it does not target civilians in its “special military operation” in Ukraine. It also claimed it attacked a military training center. Reuters could not independently verify battlefield accounts.
According to a Ukrainian military website, Vinnytsia houses the headquarters of the Ukrainian Air Force command. According to the Ukrainian Air Force, this was a target Russia tried to hit in March.
According to Ukraine’s emergency services, three children were killed in the attack on Thursday. One of them was a four-year-old girl named Lisa. Another 71 people were also treated and 29 others were still missing.
Telegram shared a photo showing a toy kitten and toy dog along with flowers in the grass. Telegram stated that Lisa, a little girl who died today at the hands of the Russians, was a shining star.
Friday’s G20 meeting of finance ministers in Indonesia was ruined by the attack. At that meeting, top U.S. and Canadian officials accused Russian officials in their complicity in atrocities.
Janet Yellen (the U.S. Treasury Secretary) condemned Russia’s unjust and brutal war and said that Russian finance officials shared the blame.
She claimed that Russia was responsible for all the negative effects on global economies, particularly higher commodity prices, because it started this war.
She stated that Russian officials participating in the meeting added to the “horrible effects of war” by continuing their support for the Putin regime.
She addressed Russian officials and said that she accepted responsibility for the deaths of innocent people and the ongoing economic and human costs of the war.
Chrystia Freeland was Canada’s Finance Minister and told Russian officials she held them personally liable “war crimes”, a Western official stated to Reuters.
As Russia escalated its attacks on Ukraine’s eastern Donbas, the United States and 40 other countries agreed to coordinate investigations into possible war crimes.
The conflict in Ukraine has caused a worldwide food shortage. This has led to a rise in prices for grains, cooking oil and fuel. Negotiators believe that a deal will be reached by next week.
The United States assured shipping companies, insurance companies, and banks that Russian fertilizer and food exports would not violate Washington’s sanctions against Moscow on Thursday.
Turkey and the United Nations have attempted to reach a deal to allow Russian exports. This would allow Odesa, a Black Sea port, to be opened to allow shipment of Ukrainian grain.
The Kremlin says Russia is ready to end what the West calls Moscow’s unprovoked aggression warfare if Kyiv agrees to its terms. These conditions include the recognition by Russia of its control over Crimea in 2014, and the independance from two self-proclaimed Russian-backed statelets in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine repeatedly said that it would not give any territory to anyone and that it would take back any land it had lost by force.
Popasna is an east Ukrainian town that was taken by Russian forces two-months ago. It’s now a ghost town with very little life.
A Reuters reporter visited the area Thursday to find that most apartments were severely damaged or completely destroyed.
Vladimir Odarchenko, an ex-resident, stood in the destroyed house and looked at the debris.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do. Where should I go? “I don’t know.”
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