At least 39 dead at Kramatorsk station, EU accepts new sanctions

► An affected station in the east of the country, worst announced in Borodianka

44 years oldand At least 39 people, including 9 children, were killed and 100 injured in Friday morning’s attack on Kramatorsk train station in eastern Ukraine, according to a new record by Ukrainian security services. Missiles fell on the building where hundreds of people were waiting to flee the area.

“Without the strength and courage to face us on the battlefield, they are cynically exterminating the civilian population. It is an evil that has no bounds. And if he is not punished, he will never stop”Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reacted by condemning the massacre. “inhuman”.

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The Russian military denied being behind the attack. “All statements by the representatives of the nationalist regime in Kiev that Russia launched a missile attack on the Kramatorsk train station are provocations and are not true to the truth,” he said., the Ministry of Defense said. According to him, only “Armed Forces of Ukraine” use this type of missile “Tochka-U”.

Near Kyiv, Ukrainian authorities are seeing the damage in areas where Russian troops have recently withdrawn. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the destruction at Borodianka was even worse than what had previously been seen in Boucha. Ukrainian rescuers recovered 26 bodies from the rubble of two apartment buildings in this city northwest of Kiev.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell announced that they will travel to Kiev on Friday, 8 April.

► 5,000 dead in Mariupol

Announced “new mayor” By pro-Russian forces in Mariupol from the city on Wednesday, Konstantin Ivashchenko submitted his report to the Russian state agency TASS on Thursday. Civilian casualties “About 5,000 people”when’“About 60 to 70% of housing stock destroyed or partially destroyed”.

He also estimated that 250,000 people left the city, but 300,000 remained behind. Instead, Ukraine still estimates 100,000 people in Mariupol, where the humanitarian situation is catastrophic.

►War may end “in the foreseeable future”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with British television channel Sky News on Friday that the military operation, which has been going on since February 24, could come to an end. “in the coming days, for the foreseeable future”. “The operation will achieve its objectives or end with negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations”he continued.

“Achieving Goals”, said Dmitry Peskov, despite recent setbacks by the Moscow army in northern Ukraine. He also admitted that significant military losses”. “A great tragedy for us”.

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► New sanctions against Russia

The European Commission announced on Friday that EU countries have frozen at least 29.5 billion euros in assets in Russia and Belarus as part of the agreed sanctions against the war in Ukraine, according to a still partial count. These assets include boats, helicopters, real estate and works of art worth approximately €6.7 billion. Brussels has asked Member States to share their information and for now, “more than half” announced the results of the measures.

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The EU decided on Thursday evening to embargo Russian coal. The Europeans have hit the Russian energy sector for the first time, on which they depend so much: the EU imports 45% of its coal from Russia worth 4 billion euros a year. Japan also decided to stop importing Russian coal on Friday.→

In a vote in Congress, the United States formally revoked the trade status of Russia and Belarus on Thursday, paving the way for punitive tariffs. The congressional bill also requires the United States to call for Russia’s suspension from the World Trade Organization.

The UN General Assembly, made up of 193 member states, suspended Russia on Thursday from its seat on the UN Human Rights Council in a vote with 93 votes in favour.