The President of the European Council, Charles Michaelaccused Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday of wanting to “execute” the democratic spirit in Ukraine, where he traveled for the second time today to deliver the message that the European Union will support the Ukrainian people “as long as necessary”. “The Kremlin wants to ‘execute’ its spirit of freedom and democracy. But I am totally convinced that they will never succeed. I have come to Odessa on Europe Day with a simple message: you are not alone. We are with you. We are not going to disappoint you. We will be with you as long as it takes,” Michel said in a video message posted on his social media.
Ukraine’s State Prosecutor General’s Office announced on Monday that they have been found the bodies of three civilians killed by the Russian Army, buried in a grave by the side of a road in the kyiv region. The three bodies were exhumed near the town of Makariv, east of the capital, which was under occupation by Russian forces until they withdrew from the area at the end of March. “According to preliminary information, the three men were shot in the head by Russian soldiers during the occupation of the town,” the prosecution said in a statement.
The Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, called on Russia and Ukraine on Monday to speed up negotiations to achieve a peaceful settlement of the current conflict in line with international law. “I call on Russia and Ukraine to activate the diplomatic efforts through dialogue in order to urgently achieve a negotiated settlement. Guns must be silent,” Guterres told a joint press conference with Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita.
The Russian army today attacked the second largest refinery in Ukraine, located in the city of Lisichansk, in the eastern province of Lugansk, the scene of heavy fighting since the beginning of the invasion. As a result of Russian artillery fire, the refinery facilities are on fire and there is a risk of explosion, Ukrainian Ombudsman Ludmyla Denisova said in a message on social media. Denisova, who accompanied her publication with a photo in which a fire can be seen in an industrial facility, indicated that it is not possible to extinguish the fire because the Russian attacks are still ongoing.
Vladimir Putin has addressed his people in the victory day to proclaim that Russian troops and militias from Donetsk and Luhansk are fighting “for their homeland, for their future so that no one forgets the lessons of World War II, so that there is no room for the Nazis.” The president has intervened in the Red Square in Moscow, where a large military parade has taken place.
Russian troops have resumed the assault on the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. “The situation is difficult, critical. There are not enough medicines. We no longer have surgical instruments. There is no option to provide qualified medical care,” said Svyatoslav Palamar, his commander of the Azov Regiment. He has confirmed that there “hundreds of wounded soldiers”.
The Russian ambassador to Poland, Sergei Andreev, has been blasted with red paint symbolizing the blood of Ukrainians upon arrival at a wreath at the Soviet Soldiers’ Mausoleum for Victory Day in Warsaw. “It’s Ukrainian blood!” has been heard.
The separatist leader of the self-proclaimed republic of DonetskDenis Pushilin, today led a parade in the port city of Mariupol on the occasion of the Day of Soviet Victory over Nazi Germany, and said that this town it will “forever” be part of the pro-Russian region in eastern Ukraine.