Day 113 of the war. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi, travel to kyiv this Thursday to try to find a solution to the Ukraine conflict, confirmed the Elysee. The three leaders travel together on a train in the direction of the Ukrainian capital, as can be seen in the photographs published in German and Italian media. They boarded the train in the freight area of an undisclosed station in Poland. It is a special convoy chartered by the Ukrainian authorities that has traveled throughout the night. Each had their own carriage and shortly after departure they went to the living room of Macron’s car to prepare for his meeting with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky. The leaders held a meeting for about two hours during this trip before Scholz and Draghir returned to their cars to rest, reports the Italian agency ANSA.
They will be joined in the Ukrainian capital by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who is traveling separately, the Elysee said. In kyiv, the four will hold a meeting with Zelensky, with which it is intended to send a signal of European support to Ukraine, after the invasion it has suffered by Russia since last February 24. Scholz recently said that he would not visit kyiv “simply to take a picture” with Zelensky, but when there were compelling reasons to do so.
Miami bets on removing weapons from the streets and sending them to Ukraine
The Miami City Council has launched an initiative that seeks to remove weapons from circulation, especially semi-automatic assault rifles such as the AR-15 and AK-47, and send them to support Ukraine in its war with Russia. The #guns4ukraine initiative, promoted by Commissioner Ken Russell in collaboration with the Miami Police Department, tries to collect as many illegal or non-illegal weapons as possible from the street and send them as aid to the country invaded by Russia. The delivery can be made this coming Saturday at the city council and “no question will be asked” to whoever decides to part with the weapon. “The appropriate weapons will be sent to Ukraine to support their efforts,” Russell, a businessman and Democratic councilman from Miami who will seek to be the rival of Republican congresswoman María Elvira Salazar in the elections next November, said on social media on Wednesday. Florida’s 27th district.
HRW denounces the use of landmines by Russian troops in Ukraine
The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced this Wednesday that Russian troops in Ukraine would be using landmines and causing “civilian casualties and suffering”, in addition to interrupting food production in the country. Russia would be the only party to the conflict that would be using anti-personnel mines, while both Russia and Ukraine have used anti-vehicle mines, as detailed by the organization in a statement, in which it has also applauded Ukraine for fulfilling its obligations as a member of the treaty. international law that prohibits antipersonnel mines.
Japanese man arrested for hanging anti-Putin voodoo dolls at shrines
A 72-year-old man has been arrested in Japan for allegedly nailing several straw voodoo dolls with the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin on sacred trees at Shinto shrines, calling for his death. The Japanese, identified as Mitsunobu Hino, was arrested this Wednesday in Chiba (east of Tokyo) accused of having caused property damage and trespassing, as well as making holes in “shinboku” trees, considered sacred in Shintoism, according to the statement. Matsudo city police, local media picked up today. The authorities have confirmed the existence of similar straw dolls in more than ten shrines in this city, which they suspect could belong to the same author, since they shared similarities in terms of size and the writing of the note that accompanied them.
Ukraine has opened more than 1,000 criminal proceedings for Russian crimes
The Ukrainian authorities have already opened a total of 1,263 criminal proceedings for crimes committed by Russian troops in different parts of the country since the invasion began on February 24, the local agency Ukrinform reported Thursday. According to these data, 866 proceedings have been initiated under article 438 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code (violation of the laws and customs of war), and 349 through article 110 (violation of the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine). To date, a total of 22 Russian soldiers have been formally charged with these crimes. Although the documented crimes have occurred throughout the country, the Chernigov Regional Prosecutor, north of kyiv, has indicated today that only in that area 478 civilians have died and 692 have been injured as a result of Russian attacks.
Two ex-US soldiers disappeared in Ukraine, according to media
Two former US soldiers, who were fighting near Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, have been missing for a week and there are fears Russian forces have captured them, their families told local media.
The White House said it could not confirm whether the Americans had been kidnapped, but said if true, the government will do “everything it can” to bring them back to the United States.
The missing are Alexander J. Drueke, 39, who previously worked in the US Army, and Andy Tai Huynh, 27, who was in the Marine Corps, according to US media such as CNN and The Washington. Post.