To follow news related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Monday April 4, which marks the 40th day of the conflict.
– After Boutcha, new sanctions must be taken against Russia
Emmanuel Macron declared on Monday April 4 that there were “very clear indications” of war crimes in Ukraine and considered that a new set of sanctions was essential after the broadcast this weekend of images of civilian victims in the Ukrainian town of Boutcha, near the Ukrainian capital kyiv.
“Today there are very clear signs of war crimes, it was the Russian army that was in Boutcha”, said the President of the Republic on France Inter, believing that “international justice must pass and therefore those who were at the origin of these crimes will have to answer for them”.
In the shorter term, “we cannot let go” of such acts, declared Emmanuel Macron. “What has just happened in Boutcha imposes a new set of sanctions and very clear measures”, he declared, referring to “additional individual measures” and hoping that consultation with European partners will allow “d ‘move forward’ on sanctions targeting Russian coal and oil.
– Russia calls for UN Security Council meeting on Butcha
Russia has called for a meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday April 4 to examine the “hateful provocations” committed according to it by Ukraine in Boutcha after the Russian army was accused of the horrors committed on civilians.
— Dmitry Polyanskiy (@Dpol_un) April 3, 2022
– Russia denounces a manipulation ordered by the United States on Boutcha
The Russian Foreign Ministry says footage of civilian casualties in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, was “commissioned” by the United States as part of a plot to blame Russia .
“Who are the masters of provocation? Obviously the United States and NATO,” said ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in an interview with public television late Sunday evening April 3.
According to this spokesperson, the concert of Western protests around these images demonstrate that they are part of a plan aimed at tarnishing the reputation of Russia.
“In this case, it seems to me that the fact that all these statements (about Russia) came in the first few minutes after these documents came to light leaves no doubt as to who ‘sponsored’ this story,” he said. she added.
– Zelensky asks for support for Ukraine in a video at the Grammy Awards
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky appeared Sunday night in a video shown at the Grammy Awards, the annual meeting of the music industry in the United States, asking the public and viewers to support Ukrainians “in the way that you can”.
“What is the opposite of music? The silence of ruined cities and slain people,” he said. “Fill the silence with your music. Fill it today, to tell our story (…) Everything, but not the silence”.