War Between Russia and Ukraine: What We Know on Day 32 of the Invasion | Ukraine



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  • Joe Biden has condemned Vladimir Putin as a “butcher” who could no longer remain in power in a landmark speech in Poland. The US president appeared to urge those around the Russian president to expel him from the Kremlin, although US officials later said he had spoken of the need for Putin to lose power over Ukrainian territory and the wider region.

  • As Biden spoke, Russian rockets rained down on Ukraine’s most pro-western city, Lviv, 65 kilometers from the Polish border. The timing of the attacks, only the third on western Ukrainian targets since the start of the war, and closest to Lviv’s city center and residential areas, was clearly intended to send a message to the White House.

  • The Kremlin has once again raised the specter of the use of nuclear weapons in the war with Ukraine. Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s previous president and Security Council vice-chairman, said Moscow could use them to attack an enemy using only conventional weapons.

  • The comments prompted Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who appeared via video link at the Doha Forum in Qatar, to warn that Moscow was a direct threat to the world. “Russia is considering bragging that with nuclear weapons they can destroy not just a particular country, but the entire planet,” the Ukrainian president said.

  • Ukrainian troops report that Russian troops are using white phosphorus against them near the eastern city of Avdiivka. Although these reports could not be confirmed, Volodymyr Zelenskiy told NATO leaders that Russia had used phosphorus bombs that killed adults and children.

  • Russian forces temporarily captured Slavutych, a northern town close to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, on Saturday and imprisoned its mayor, Yuri Fomichev. After failing to disperse the numerous protesters in the main square – despite the use of stun grenades and firing into the air – Russian troops released the mayor and agreed to leave.

  • The Institute of Mass Media in Ukraine has documented 148 crimes committed against journalists and the media since the beginning of the Russian invasion. Five journalists are said to have been killed, six imprisoned or kidnapped and seven injured.

  • The Ukrainian parliament has confirmed another Russian attack on the nuclear research reactor in Kharkov. In a tweet, it quoted the National Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulations: “It is currently impossible to estimate the extent of damage from hostilities that do not stop in the nuclear facility area.”

  • Tens of thousands of people have gathered in central London to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine. After a call from Volodymyr Zelenskiy for protests around the world against the Russian invasion, Trafalgar Square turned into a sea of ​​yellow and blue.

  • Experts in the UK have warned that the Homes for Ukraine program risks acting as “Tinder for sex traffickers”. The warning comes as evidence emerges that UK-based criminals are targeting women and children fleeing war.

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