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Ukrainian Odesarir from strike, German minister visits

On Tuesday, the port city of Odessa rebounded from a Russian missile attack as top German diplomats became top officials from Berlin to visit Ukraine since the invasion of Moscow.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s sudden visit to Bucha, a town on the outskirts of Kieu, where Russian troops have been accused of war crimes, was being criticized for being slow to respond to the conflict in Berlin.

New battles have intensified in the east and south of Ukraine. Authorities said more than 1,000 Ukrainian fighters, including hundreds of injured, remained trapped in the besieged Azovstali factory in the devastated city of Mariupol.

A series of strikes in Odessa destroyed the building overnight, set fire to a shopping center and killed one, just hours after the visit of President Charles Michel of the European Council.

Michelle had previously warned that a significant supply of wheat and grains ready for export from Ukraine, one of the world’s major producers, was stuck in Odessa due to a conflict.

“This terribly needed food is left behind because the Russian war and the blockade of the Black Sea ports have had dramatic consequences for vulnerable countries. We need a global response,” he said. Added.

A series of Western officials have visited Ukraine in recent weeks, but Germany has been noted for its absence due to tensions between Kiev and Berlin over Germany’s level of support.

Germany’s Prime Minister Olaf Scholz, in particular, was accused of inadequate delivery of weapons to Ukraine and refused to give up Germany’s reliance on Russia’s dependence on energy imports.

However, Baerbock’s visit is intended as a clear signal, and the Foreign Minister has said that the residents of Bucha, one of several towns and villages around Kyiv, have been accused of killing civilians by Moscow troops. I met you.

The Germans were accompanied by Dutchman Wopke Fukstra, who visited Irpin’s devastated commuter town, he said in a tweet.

“Counting bombs”

Russia intensified its fight to occupy the east of Ukraine after failing to seize Kyiv, leading to a fierce battle.

The Ukrainian president said “the epicenter of the fighting has moved” to Bilogorivka in the Lugansk region, the site of the deadly Russian air bombing at school on Sunday, when Ukrainian officials said they had killed 60 people.

Bombardment continued in the sister cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychans’k, the easternmost bases of Ukraine. The AFP team watched a line of Ukrainian trucks leave Severodonetsk on Monday.

Citizens struggled to survive among the ever-changing front lines.

“I feel completely indifferent. Not to mention physically, I’m morally hungry,” said bricklayer Artyom Cherukha, 41, dripping water from a natural hot spring in Lysychans’k. I collected it while letting it.

People in the area were steadily unable to get water and food, so he was trying to get supplies for a family of nine.

“We are sitting here counting the bombs,” Chelka said.

Moscow has made further progress in southern Ukraine, but Mariupol’s Azovstal ironworks still has “more than a thousand” Ukrainian soldiers, Deputy Prime Minister Irina Bereshchuk told AFP.

This plant is the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance that has been constantly destroyed since the invasion of Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24.

“Hundreds of people are injured. Some are seriously injured in need of urgent evacuation. The situation is getting worse day by day,” Bereshchuk said.

Many civilians have recently been evacuated from factories as Russia demanded full control of Mariupol to open a land route from the Crimean confiscated in 2014.

As Russia pushed forward, U.S. President Joe Biden revived World War II measures to support Kyiv and opened cannons, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-aircraft weapons and other powerful western supplies. ..

The U.S. has already sent about $ 4 billion in military aid to Ukraine, but Biden signed the bill and passed it with extraordinary bipartisan support, saying “cave exploration to the invasion would be even more expensive.” Stated.

Ukrainian citizens are still at the mercy of the battle.

The Pentagon said on Monday that it saw signs that people involved in the Russian invasion were being forcibly taken from their hometown to camp.

When asked about Kyiv’s statement that about 1.2 million Ukrainians were being held in camps across the border, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, “Talk about the number and appearance of camps. I can’t, “he told reporters.

“But we have signs that Ukrainians are being taken to Russia against their will,” Kirby said. He called these actions “unconscientious” and “not responsible power actions.”

Progress towards embargo

Russia is facing rising international anger and is already subject to severe sanctions.

Moscow said it would not attend a special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council on Ukraine on Thursday.

The council announced on Monday that it would hold a special meeting in response to Kieu’s request to investigate “deterioration of the human rights situation in Ukraine due to the invasion of Russia”.

As another step towards increasing pressure on Russia, EU Prime Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that he had “progressed” on the proposed Russian oil embargo. ..

Populist Orban, one of Putin’s closest friends in Europe, pointed out the economic implications of the landlocked country of Hungary, so he postponed the block’s attempt to phase out Russian oil.

But French President Emmanuel Macron has poured cold water on Ukraine’s frequent and recurring desire to join the European Union, saying it will take “decades”.

However, Macron proposed building a broader political block that could include Britain, which left the EU in 2020.

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