Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for Russia to be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism, citing the “deliberate mass murder” of Ukrainian prisoners of war via bombings in the breakaway eastern region of Donetsk.
“Russia has proven with numerous terrorist attacks that it is the biggest source of terrorism in the world today,” Zelenskyy said. wrote on his official telegram.
Asked about it this week, Blinken said the sanctions against Russia were consistent with what would follow from its designation as a sponsor of terrorism.
“So the practical effects of what we’re doing are the same,” Blinken said.
Ukrainian President’s appeals come after dozens of Ukrainians held as prisoners of war were was reportedly killed in a missile strike on Friday — an attack for which Russia and Ukraine blame each other.
Russia and Ukraine have each launched criminal investigations after blaming the other for the attack. Separatist authorities and Russian officials said at least 53 people were killed and 75 injured in Olenivka, a settlement controlled by the Donetsk People’s Republic. The prisoners were taken after the fall of Mariupol in May.
Neither country’s claims regarding the attack could be independently verified.
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►Russia has launched nightly attacks on several cities in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said on Saturday as they and Moscow officials blame each other for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in an area controlled by the separatists in the east of the country. Separatist authorities and Russian officials said the attack killed 53 Ukrainian POWs and injured 75 others.
►The International Committee of the Red Cross, which organized civilian evacuations during the war and worked to monitor the treatment of prisoners of war held by Russia and Ukraine, said it had requested access to the prison attacked in at night “to determine the health and condition of all those present at the scene at the time of the attack.
US Ambassador: Russia wants to “dissolve” Ukraine from the world map
UNITED NATIONS – The US ambassador to the United Nations said on Friday there should be no doubt that Russia intended to dismantle Ukraine “and dissolve it entirely from the map of the world” .
Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the UN Security Council that the United States saw growing signs that Russia was preparing the ground to try to annex all of the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and the regions southern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, in particular by installing proxies in areas controlled by Russia, with the aim of organizing referendums or fictitious decrees to join Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “even said that this is Russia’s war aim”, she said.
Lavrov told an Arab summit in Cairo on Sunday that Moscow’s overriding goal in Ukraine was to free its people from their “unacceptable regime”.
Sparta calls on UN to suspend Ukraine-Russia grain deal, citing security concerns
In a letter to the United NationsU.S. Representative Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., on Friday called for a halt to the grain deal brokered by the group until “better security arrangements” can be put in place for Ukraine .
“I am very disappointed with the lack of active leadership from the UN to stabilize the situation in Ukraine,” Spartz wrote in the letter, which she sent to all other members of Congress and several senior US officials. “The recent ‘grains deal’ is the latest failure.”
Spartz, who is the first and only Ukrainian-born House member, cited a July 23 Russian attack on a Ukrainian grain port, which took place just hours after an agreement was reached with the nations to boost exports. Ukraine’s foreign ministry denounced the strike as a “spit in the face” at Turkey and the United Nations, which brokered the deals.
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Russia ‘out of breath’, says British spy chief
The head of the British spy agency wrote in a brief social media post on Saturday that the Russian forces are “running out of steam”.
Richard Moore, head of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency MI6, quoted a post from the British Ministry of Defense on Twitter that said Russia had “lost tens of thousands of troops and was using Soviet-era weapons “. An attached video shows the destruction in Ukraine and text describing Russia’s alleged failures.
“The Kremlin is desperate,” said the the message from the Ministry of Defense reads as follows.
Fact Check: Trump and Putin Haven’t Had a Recent Meeting in Washington, DC
Former President Donald Trump returned to Washington, D.C., in late July, making his first appearance in the nation’s capital since leaving office in 2021. A Facebook post claimed Trump had a high-profile meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his brief visit.
Putin’s Last Known Trip to the United States it was in 2015when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly At New York. After Russia invaded Ukraine, the US Treasury Department in February announced sanctions against Putinincluding blocking his “properties and property interests” in the United States.
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