News from Ukraine: Police say 2 mass graves with civilians have been found

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KYIV, Ukraine – Kyiv regional police announced on Thursday that two mass graves containing nine bodies had been discovered the previous day in the town of Borodyanka, northwest of the Ukrainian capital.

Kyiv Regional Police Chief Andriy Nebytov said two women and a teenage boy were among “civilians killed by Russian occupiers”.

“I want to emphasize that these people are civilians. The Russian military deliberately fired on civilians who offered no resistance and posed no threat,” Nebytov said, adding that some of the victims had apparently been tortured.

All the bodies were transported to morgues in the Kyiv region for further forensic study.


MADRID — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Denmark’s Mette Frederiksen have arrived in Kyiv to meet with Ukraine’s president, Sánchez’s office said.

The three leaders will hold a press conference in the Ukrainian capital on Thursday, he said in a statement.

“I look forward to the meeting with Zelenskyy, where my message will be that Denmark will continue to help Ukraine,” Frederiksen said in a statement announcing his arrival in Kyiv on Thursday. “The West stands together to support the Ukrainian people.”

Frederiksen is the first Nordic leader to visit kyiv since Russia began its invasion on February 24.

Sánchez’s office had announced earlier this week that the prime minister would visit Ukraine following visits by several European leaders, but officials had cited security concerns to avoid specifying the exact date of the visit.

Spain also announced that it would reopen its embassy in the Ukrainian capital after closing it hours after the February 24 Russian invasion.


KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said only four buses evacuating civilians were able to leave Mariupol on Wednesday.

In a brief statement on the Telegram messaging app, Vereshchuk said the evacuation effort for women, children and the elderly will continue on Thursday. She warned that “the security situation remains difficult”.


KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s General Staff said in its morning update on Thursday that Russian forces are continuing the offensive in the east of the country in a bid to establish full control over the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. .

Ukrainian forces in both regions have repelled nine Russian attacks in the past 24 hours, destroying a tank, 10 armored units and two vehicles, an artillery system, two special engineer units, an anti-aircraft missile system and an ammunition depot, according to the update posted on the General Staff’s Facebook page.

The Russian military also continues “to launch missile and bomb strikes on military and civilian infrastructure throughout Ukraine”, the General Staff said.

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, is bombed and partially blocked.

In the southern region of Kherson, which Russia claims to fully control, the Russian army “plans to organize the forced mobilization of the population for the war with Ukraine”, as well as to cut “humanitarian support to the region from Ukrainian authorities”. said the staff.


WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to announce Thursday his intention to send additional military aid to help Ukraine fight off the Russian invasion, according to a U.S. official.

The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Biden would deliver a speech Thursday morning at the White House detailing his plans to rely on military aid from Israel. about $2.6 billion that the administration has already approved. Ukraine.

The new package is expected to be similar in size to the $800 million package announced by Biden last week. It includes heavy artillery and ammunition essential to Ukrainian forces in the escalating battle for the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.

Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said his country would send heavy artillery to Ukraine. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the Netherlands would send more heavy weapons, including armored vehicles.

Aamer Madhani and Darlene Superville contributed to this report from Washington.


LVIV, Ukraine — The governor of Luhansk said Russian forces now control 80% of the region, which is one of two regions that make up Donbass in eastern Ukraine.

One of Russia’s stated goals is to expand Donbass territory under the control of Moscow-backed separatists.

Before the Russian invasion on February 24, the kyiv government controlled 60% of the Lugansk region.

Governor Serhiy Haidai said the Russians, who renewed their offensive this week in eastern and southern Ukraine, stepped up their attacks in the Lugansk region.

After taking Kreminna, Haidai said the Russians were now threatening the towns of Rubizhne and Popasna and he urged all residents to evacuate immediately.

The Donetsk region, which is also part of Donbass, has also seen extremely heavy fighting, particularly around the port city of Mariupol.


KHARKIV, Ukraine — Some residents of the eastern city of Kharkiv have been living in basements for weeks, hoping to stay safe from Russian bombardment. Without running water, gas or electricity, they collect rainwater and cook on open fires, burning the debris of wooden buildings destroyed by the bombardments.

In the Saltivka neighborhood, some sought refuge in a school basement, where they used desks, tables and chairs to make beds. Over 300 people slept in the shelter in the early days of the war, but most moved on to safer places. Today, only a few dozen remain.

As she stirred a large pot of thin vegetable soup, a woman said volunteers brought them canned cabbage, beets and beans.

“We mixed everything together and made borsht,” said Natasha, who only gave her first name.

Another woman pointed to her damaged apartment. “All the windows and doors were blown out, but the walls held,” said the woman, who gave only her first name, Larisa. “It’s impossible to stay there because it’s on the eighth floor and when the bombing starts it’s not for the faint-hearted.”

Ukrainian news: Police announce the discovery of 2 mass graves in Borodyanka

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