167 Days After Invasion of Ukraine: Zaporizhia Holds Referendum on Joining Russia –

Here are the highlights of the war-related events Ukraine Last 24 hours:

Zelensky: Lack of New Sanctions Increases Nuclear Threat

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Zaporizhia NPP could become the new Chernobyl. Europe’s largest nuclear power plant is now at the center of conflict. Russia When Ukraine We blame each other for bombarding the plants last week.

In a regular video address last night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr said Zelensky called for new international sanctions to affect Russianuclear capabilities. The reason is the alleged missile attack on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

There has already been a good response from the international community, but sanctions must be tightened. Russia No respect for messages or concerns.Threat of nuclear catastrophe calls for new sanctions against the terrorist state and the entire Russian nuclear industry” said the Ukrainian president.

Zelensky repeated the war in Ukraine His country’s goal is to reclaim all lost territories and should not be seen as a frozen conflict Thank you to the air defense forces that intercepted the Russian missiles that were sent.

Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of strikes at plants under Russian control. Shelling over the past few days has damaged several structures and forced one reactor to shut down. The Kremlin said the alleged strike was “devastating consequences“.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said any attack on a nuclear power plant would besuicidal“.

The International Atomic Energy AgencyA very real risk of a nuclear disaster”And Kyiv is demanding a demilitarized zone around the factory.

Governor-General of the Kremlin Zaporizhia The region signed a referendum order on accession Russia

appointed by Russia Zaporizhia southern regions (states in Ukrainian) Ukraine TASS news agency announced today that it has signed an order to hold a referendum on the region’s accession to the Russian Federation.

Evgeny Balitsky announced this.”we are together RussiaA forum in the Russian military-occupied city of Melitopol. He did not specify when the referendum was scheduled.

inhabitants of Zaporizhia region and Russia I am one person”, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Moscow-appointed Main Council of Military-Civil Administration of the Southern Region of Ukraine, emphasized at the forum.He then read the text of the resolution adopted at the event to hold a referendum Zaporizhia State joins the Russian Federation.

We, the participants of the forum, declare that we will link our future with Russia … It’s time to restore historical justice. we, Zaporizhia Areas are protected from intrusion as part of Russia“Rogoff quoted the resolution.”Based on the principle of freedom of choice, accepting the opinions of all inhabitants of our region as the main value, Zaporizhia Joined the Russian Federation as a full-fledged business entity‘ said in the resolution quoted from Rogoff.

He said Moscow-appointed authorities in the southern regions of Ukraine are considering allowing pollsters to vote online.

At the end of the forum, the Russian national anthem was played.

Since the invasion began Ukraine, Russia received more than 70% of Zaporizhia Region, Tasnot.Ukrainian forces maintain control of regional capitals Zaporizhia, where almost half of the region’s population lives. The Russian-appointed occupation authorities are now based in Melitopol.

Russian forces have taken full control of the Kherson region since mid-March, reports TASS.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr yesterday Zelensky If a referendum on membership is scheduled, Zaporizhia and to the Kherson region Russia All opportunities for peace talks fail.

Today, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that residents of two neighboring regions of southern Ukraine, partly occupied by Moscow, themselves want such a poll. Zelensky nothing to ask Russia and its leadership.president of UkraineYou should talk to the[Ukrainian]citizens and ask them why many of them don’t want to live in their country.” Peskov said sarcastically.

Olga Kobitidi, head of the Federal Council of Crimea (the upper house of the Russian parliament), said that such a referendum would Zaporizhia and not only in the Kherson region, but also in other Ukrainian territories.

Russia It occupied the southern part of the Ukrainian peninsula and annexed it after a similar referendum in 2014. The result of this referendum was not recognized by the international community.

The United States announced a record $1 billion in military aid to the United States. Ukraine

The United States has announced that it will provide new arms assistance. Ukraine The BTA reported Monday that it is worth $1 billion, the largest package since the war began.

Arms aid from the Pentagon stockpile will be sent to the Ukrainian looks like Russia Move troops and military equipment to occupied port cities in the South Ukraine to prevent a Ukrainian counterattack.

New U.S. arms support includes additional missiles for the already delivered HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) and NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System) air defense systems, and 75,000 155 mm shells for Western artillery systems. will be Already there are mortar firing systems, Javelin anti-tank missiles and other ammunition and military equipment, AFP reported.

With the new package, the arms aid provided by the United States will be reduced to Ukraine It will reach about $9 billion since the start of the Russian invasion. Since August last year, the Pentagon has provided the Ukrainian army with a total of 18 pieces of military equipment from its inventory, he recalls the BTA.

At every stage of this conflict, we are focused on getting what Ukrainians need based on changing battlefield conditions.said Colin Carr, Undersecretary for Policy at the Department of Defense.

The new aid is expected to arrive sooner than previous packages as it will come directly from the Department of Defense stockpile.

for the past four months, Russia We are focusing on the capture of Donbass.Russian troops are making gradual advances in the eastern industrial zone Ukraineand elsewhere they are trying to stop Ukrainian forces with missile strikes, notes the Associated Press.

This package of US arms aid Ukraine Does not include new HIMARS.

Colin Kahl recalled that these are precision guidance systems designed to hit specific targets. The Ukrainian military does not need hundreds of HIMARS to achieve the corresponding effect they are aiming for, he explained.

The Pentagon’s deputy secretary of defense also said the United States and its allies are still considering whether to supply Ukraine with military aircraft. “Western aircraft are not out of the question“It will be part of a further arms aid package,” he noted.

Colin Carr estimates that between 70,000 and 80,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded since the conflict began.

Dozens of Torture Camps Operate in the East Ukraine

At the Olenivka prisoner of war camp in the east Ukraine, authorities subject detainees to horrific torture. Human rights activists suspect dozens of detention camps have been operating in the Donbass region since 2014. It houses not only prisoners of war, but people from all over the world. Russia Fall and be tortured.

most of the people who fight for Ukraine Always carry a grenade in front. It’s for themselves – if they end up in captivity. Death is better than what awaits them in a concentration camp. This is confirmed by many prisoners who survived these camps. Former prisoner Anna Volosheva told German television station ARD. She was captured in the Olenivka camp, while 50 Ukrainian soldiers were burned alive and tied to metal beds. All of them were tortured, Volosheva reports. She herself spent three months in the camp and today reports how brutal guards tortured inmates in medieval ways.

They let the prisoners out of the barracks and made them walk 100 to 120 meters to the next building. They were severely beaten there.I heard beatings on their bodies, cries for help, and pleas to stop.”says the Ukrainian.

Ukraine also accused Russia Kill, torture, and cover up prisoners.

The name of the Olenivka camp appeared in survivor testimonies in 2015. There are over 70 such camps in the Donbass region, under separatist control.

This is stated by human rights activist Oleksandra Matvichuk. These camps are illegal and people are subjected to inhumane conditions and torture.

I have spoken with hundreds of survivors. They said they were shocked by being beaten, raped, had their fingers cut off, and kept in a wooden box for days.Most such torture centers are located in detention centers, police buildings and prisons, but also in hotel basements and empty factories.

The most famous in the world is the “Izolatsiya” (quarantine) camp on the grounds of an insulation factory. After the separatists took over the Donetsk region, military bases were built there and the separatists used prisoners, detainees and prisoners of war for slave labor.

“Olenivka” is another example of this system. Matvichuk also alleges that terrorism and torture are used extensively to subdue locals.

Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev has been held alone in a “quarantine” camp for over two years. Some of the people detained with him were prisoners of war, others were taken away from them by such means because they actually supported the separatist government but were doing good business. Others were interned from different parts of Russia.

After Moscow-backed separatists came to power in Donbass in 2014, they first launched personal attacks against active segments of society. Journalists, religious leaders and politicians like Aseyev have been arrested. Some of them are killed directly, others disappear forever in the basements of the occupied cities. Such arbitrary arrests continue to this day. The reason lies in this power structure, explains journalist Ilya Ponomarenko.

These are actually criminal gangs that control occupied cities. Sometimes it is also a war between separate gangster clans fighting for control of territory and money.this is the wild west” says Ponomarenko.

The separatists do not allow representatives of world organizations to enter camps and camps. Relatives of detainees also had no contact with those arrested.

The same system is now imposed on the occupied territories in southern Ukraine.

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