UN member states have voted to make an exception to allow Volodymyr Zelensky to address next week’s general assembly by video, despite Russian protests. Of the 193 member states, 101 voted on Friday in favor of allowing the Ukrainian president to “submit a pre-recorded statement” in person as is generally required. Seven members, including Russia, voted against the resolution. Nineteen states abstained.
Ukraine’s regional administration chief said almost all exhumed bodies in Izium showed signs of violent death The mass burial site was discovered after the Kyiv army recaptured the eastern Ukrainian city. The head of the Kharkiv regional administration, Oleg Sinegubov, said on Friday that searchers had found several bodies with their hands tied behind his back, and one “with a rope around his neck”. “99% of the bodies exhumed today showed signs of violent death,” he said on social media.
EU was “deeply shocked” at mass graves Discovered by Ukrainian officials in Izium, the bloc’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said. “We strongly condemn these atrocities.” The French president, Emmanuel Macron, also condemned what he described as “atrocities” committed at Iseum, joining the growing outrage in Western countries at the burial site.
Ukrainian armed forces have attacked four areas occupied by Russian troopsAccording to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, The military also targeted an unloading station, it said, in return preventing the Russian military from deploying additional reserves.
Russia has accused Ukraine To conduct targeted attacks in the cities of Kherson and Luhansk against top local officials cooperating with Moscow. At least five Hymer missiles crashed into the central administration building in Kherson, which Russian troops have occupied since March after their arrival from Crimea. Video from the scene showed smoke billowing out of the premises. In the eastern city of Luhansk, a pro-Russian prosecutor died along with his deputy when his office was blown up. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Mikhailo Podolyak, a senior adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Ukraine was not behind the blast.
further south, Russia-backed separatists in power Burdiansk also blames Kyiv for the “double murder” of A deputy head of the military civil administration and his wife, who headed the city’s regional election commission for the referendum.
In the southern region of Zaporizhzhia There were also reports of a “powerful explosion” in Russia-occupied Melitopol on Friday.Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov said. “I hope that the Russian fascists are harmed among their personnel and equipment,” he said. “Waiting for good news from the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
russian president, Vladimir Putin made his first public remarks Since his troops were forced to retreat from the areas they occupied in the northeast, a move that prompted unusually strong public criticism from Russian military commentators. Putin said he attacked Ukraine because the West wanted to break Russia. Asked about Ukraine’s recent military success, he smiled: “Let’s see how it develops, how it ends.” Putin said nothing had changed with the ultimate goal of Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, which was to capture the Donbass.
The United States Department of Defense has announced that it is providing an additional $600m in military aid Ukraine to meet the country’s “critical security and defense needs”. In all, the Biden administration has committed nearly $15.8 billion in security aid to Ukraine – $15.1bn since the start of Russia’s invasion in February.
Switzerland It joined the European Union on Friday in suspending a 2009 agreement easing rules for Russian citizens to enter the country. “The suspension of the agreement does not mean a general visa freeze for Russians, but will instead require them to use the normal visa procedure to enter Switzerland,” the country’s federal council said. said in a statement, The European Union had taken a similar move earlier, suspending a visa facilitation agreement with Russia but withholding a wider visa ban in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.