Zelenskyy, who continues to join his country’s defenders in bunkers and on the streets, called the attack “frank, undisguised terror”.
“No one will forgive. No one will forget. This attack on Kharkiv is a war crime,” he said.
A second missile attack hit the TV tower in Kyiv and the country’s main Holocaust memorial, just a few miles from the city centre. The air strikes killed five Ukrainians and wounded five others, Associated Press reported.
The Holocaust Memorial, Babi Yar, is the site of the 1941 massacre where 34,000 Jews were killed in just 48 hours while the city was occupied by the Nazis. One of Putin’s stated goals of his unprovoked attack on Ukraine was to “de-fascistize” the country, which is led by Zelenskyy, the Jew.
As the Russian convoy approached the capital on Tuesday, Zelenskyy appoints General Mykola Zhyrnov to lead the defense of Kyiv. Zhyrnov, a military commander, will work with the city’s elected mayor, Vitaly Klitschko, a former heavyweight boxing champion, on defending the city.
“I have decided to appoint a professional soldier as head of the military administration of Kyiv for the duration of the war,” Zelenskyy said. “To ensure the defense of the city, to stop the enemy plots in our capital, so that the people of Kyiv have all they need.”
Zelenskyy also spoke with President Joe Biden on Tuesday, the Ukrainian president announced on Twitter. “US leadership on anti-Russian sanctions and defense assistance to Ukraine were discussed,” Zelenskyy tweeted. “We must stop the invader as soon as possible. Thanks for your support!”
The United States, along with member states of the International Energy Agency, announced plans to release 60 million barrels of crude oil from existing oil reserves. The White House announced on Tuesday that 30 million barrels of that would come from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
“We stand ready to use every tool available to us to limit disruptions to global energy supplies as a result of President Putin’s actions,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “We will also continue our efforts to accelerate the diversification of energy supplies from Russia and secure the world from Moscow’s petroleum weaponization.”
Addressing the European Union at a plea for his country to be allowed membership in the bloc On the basis of the emergency, Zelenskyy said that “thousands of people lost their lives, two revolutions, one war and five days of total invasion of the Russian Federation” was a “very heavy price” to pay for becoming a member of the Russian Federation. EU member.
“We have proven our strength,” he also said. “We have proven that at a minimum, we are exactly like you. So prove you’re with us, prove you won’t let us go. Prove that you are really European. “
Russian forces attacked other cities across Ukraine on Tuesday, including at or near the strategic southern ports of Odesa and Mariupol. BBC reports that Russian forces are advancing from Crimea which Moscow invaded and annexed in 2014, moving northeast and northwest. The Russian Defense Ministry said these troops merged with Russian troops in the breakaway Donbas region and cut off Ukraine’s access to the Sea of Azov.
Negotiators from Ukraine and Russia met at the Belarusian border on Monday, and despite not reaching an agreement to cease fighting, the two sides agreed to another meeting. No date has been set for that second meeting. Vladimir Medinsky, the head of the Russian delegation, said Monday’s meeting lasted nearly five hours and that the envoys “found certain points where joint positions could be foreseen,” according to the AP news agency. .
Troops from Belarus join Tuesday’s Russian offensive, into the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine. The Ukrainian parliament confirmed earlier reports of Belarus’ participation through a tweet.
“The Belarusian army has entered the Chernihiv region. The above information was confirmed to the public by Vitaliy Kyrylov, spokesman of the Northern Territories Defense Forces. More details will come later,” the tweet said.
Last week, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Putin, pushed to change the Belarusian constitution and end its status as a nuclear-free zone. The US closed its embassy in Minsk, Belarus on Monday.
On Tuesday, Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly formally asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the Kremlin for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Prosecutor Karim Khan of the ICC Criminal Court said in a statement on Monday that he would open an investigation into the allegations against Russia, citing “reasonable grounds to believe that both the crime wars and crimes against humanity are both committed in Ukraine.”
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