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Issued on: 02/04/2023 - 11:25
The European Union connected Sunday said it volition defender against immoderate maltreatment during Russia's presidency of the United Nations Security Council during the period of April, according to the bloc's overseas argumentation main Josep Borrell. Follow our unrecorded blog for each the latest developments connected the warfare successful Ukraine. All times are Paris clip (GMT+2).
10:38am: Brittney Griner urges Biden to bring location newsman Gershkovich, accused of spying successful Russia
US hoops prima Brittney Griner, who was freed from a Russian penal colony successful a captive speech past year, has urged the Biden medication to support utilizing "every instrumentality possible" to triumph the merchandise of a US newsman accused of spying successful Russia.
Griner and her woman Cherelle said connected Instagram that "our hearts are filled with large concern" for Evan Gershkovich, the writer arrested by Russia's FSB information work past week successful the Urals metropolis of Yekaterinburg.
The Kremlin says Gershkovich was utilizing journalism arsenic a screen for spying activity – thing his newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, has vehemently denied.
Russia has not made nationalist immoderate grounds to enactment the charges, nether which Gershkovich faces up to 20 years successful jail. The White House has described the accusations arsenic "ridiculous" and President Joe Biden has called connected Moscow to merchandise him.
10:38am: Ukraine volition combat on, service main vows twelvemonth aft bodies recovered successful Bucha
Ukraine volition proceed to combat for its independence, the main of the service said connected Sunday, a twelvemonth aft bodies of civilians were recovered successful Bucha aft Russian troops retreated.
"We volition proceed to combat for the independency of our nation," Valery Zaluzhny wrote connected Telegram. His comments came precisely a twelvemonth aft AFP journalists who entered the municipality of Bucha aft the Russian retreat saw bodies of radical successful civilian apparel lying connected the street, including 1 with hands tied down their back.
10:18am: EU to defender against immoderate Russia maltreatment of UN presidency, Borrell says
The European Union volition defender against immoderate maltreatment during Russia's presidency of the United Nations Security Council during the period of April, the bloc's overseas argumentation main said.
Russia, 1 of the 5 imperishable members of the UN Security Council, connected Saturday assumed its presidency arsenic portion of the monthly rotation betwixt its 15 members.
"Despite being a imperishable subordinate of the Security Council, Russia continuously violates the precise essence of the UN ineligible framework", EU overseas argumentation main Joseph Borrell tweeted precocious connected Saturday.
"The EU volition basal against immoderate maltreatment by (the) Russian presidency", helium said. Russia's ties with the West person sunk to their lowest constituent since the Cold War implicit Moscow's penetration of Ukraine. Kyiv has branded the presidency arsenic "a slap successful the face".
Moscow past chaired the assembly successful February 2022, the aforesaid period it invaded Ukraine – prompting Kyiv to telephone for Russia's removal from the council. Russia volition clasp small power connected decisions but volition beryllium successful complaint of the agenda.
5:52am: War has killed 262 Ukrainian athletes, sports curate says
Russia's warfare against Ukraine has claimed the lives of 262 Ukrainian athletes and destroyed 363 sports facilities, the country's sports minister, Vadym Huttsait, said connected Saturday. Meeting the visiting president of the International Federation of Gymnastics, Morinari Watanabe, Huttsait said nary athletes from Russia should beryllium allowed astatine the Olympics oregon different sports competitions.
"They each enactment this warfare and be events held successful enactment of this war," Huttsait said, according to a transcript connected President Volodymyr Zelensky's website.
The International Olympic Committee has recommended the gradual instrumentality of Russian and Belarusian athletes to planetary contention arsenic neutrals. It has not decided connected their information successful the 2024 Paris Olympics.
1:12am: Ukraine cleric accused of glorifying Russia penetration fixed location arrest
A apical Ukrainian cleric from a religion with alleged Moscow ties was sentenced to location apprehension connected Saturday aft a proceeding into whether helium glorified invading Russian forces and stoked spiritual divisions, the religion said.
Kyiv is cracking down connected the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) connected the grounds it is pro-Russian and collaborating with Moscow, a complaint the religion denies. In a statement, the UOC said a Kyiv tribunal besides ordered Metropolitan Pavlo to deterioration an physics bracelet. The Interfax Ukraine and Ukrinform quality agencies said Pavlo had been fixed 60 days of location arrest.
12:41am: Ukraine furious implicit Russian UN Security Council presidency, says it is simply a 'slap successful the face'
Russia, whose person is accused of warfare crimes, assumed complaint of the United Nations Security Council connected Saturday causing fury successful Ukraine, with President Volodymyr Zelensky calling it an absurd and destructive move.
The past clip Russia held the rotating presidency of the assemblage liable for maintaining bid and combating acts of planetary aggression was successful February 2022 erstwhile Moscow troops launched a full-scale penetration of Ukraine.
"Unfortunately, we ... person immoderate evidently absurd and destructive news," Zelensky said successful his regular video address, adding that Russian shelling had killed a five-month-old lad connected Friday."
And astatine the aforesaid clip Russia is chairing the UN Security Council. It's hard to ideate thing that proves much the full bankruptcy of specified institutions," helium said. The presidency rotates alphabetically each period among the 15 members. Although it is mostly procedural, the Kremlin and different Russian officials vowed to "exercise each its rights" successful the role.
Kyiv branded Russia's presidency of the UN Security Council for the period of April "a slap successful the face", joining a chorus of outrage from Western countries.
>> Read our unrecorded blog for each of yesterday's developments arsenic they unfolded.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)
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