Eastern Ukraine is still under threat from Russia. After the deadly shelling of the Kramatorsk station on Friday, April 8, the threat of rocket fire loomed over Odessa this weekend, local authorities warned. From this Saturday evening until Monday morning, a curfew will be introduced in this major Ukrainian port on the Black Sea.
After the complete withdrawal of its troops from the Kiev region and northern Ukraine, Russia has made its priority the total conquest of Donbass, part of which has been controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.
Following European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU diplomat Josep Borrell, it was Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer’s turn on Friday to travel to Bucha and then to Kyiv this Saturday, April 9th.
Telegram of the day Friday, April 8, 2022 about the war in Ukraine
Large loss of life in Kramatorsk, three Russian air targets destroyed
Dozens of bodies in body bags or under tarps. After the massacre at the Kramatorsk train station, a dozen people are still in intensive care in this eastern city of the Donetsk region. At least 52 people, including five children, died and about 100 were injured.
This was reported by the press service of the Air Force of Ukraine. Kyiv independenta cruise missile, a drone and a helicopter belonging to Russia were shot down by Ukrainian forces on Friday, April 8.
Volodymyr Zelensky calls for a “strong global response”
“This is another Russian war crime, for which all those involved will be held accountable”condemned the Ukrainian president in his traditional video message posted on Facebook the night before.. “World powers have already condemned the Russian attack on Kramatorsk. We expect a strong global response to this war crime.”he continued.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who arrived in Ukraine on a support visit accompanied by EU diplomat Josep Borrell, condemned “sneaky attack”. US President Joe Biden condemned “terrible atrocity” committed by Moscow and French diplomacy “crime against humanity”.
Macron wants to ‘gather evidence’ against Russia’s ‘war crimes’
In an interview with Brut on Friday evening, President Emmanuel Macron said France was “gathering evidence” against “War Crimes of Russia” in Ukraine after the mistreatment of civilians in Bucha.
The European Union will reopen its diplomatic mission in Kyiv
The European Union will reopen its diplomatic mission in Kyiv, temporarily moving it to Poland at the start of the Russian invasion. Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Matti Maasikas, who accompanied Ursula von der Leyen and Josep Borrell during their visit to the Ukrainian capital, will remain in Kyiv to assess the conditions for the return of European diplomatic personnel.
A new commander at the head of the Russian invasion?
According to information from BBC, citing a Western official, Russia has reorganized the command of its operation in Ukraine. General Alexander Dvornikov, commander of Russia’s Southern Military District, is now leading the Russian invasion, which Vladimir Putin called a “special operation” from the start of the conflict.
A source told the BBC that General Alexander Dvornikov enjoyed “extensive experience of Russian operations in Syria” and therefore to be expected “improvement” General military operation.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Telegram the day before that Western sanctions on Russia were “declaring economic war”qualifying these measures as “illegal”. A close associate of Vladimir Putin said that the sanctions would not destabilize Russia and would have the opposite effect.
On Friday, the Russian Ministry of Justice decided to close the premises of several reputable human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.