The War in Ukraine: Five Key Events in the Conflict with Russia You Need to Know About

“Open terrorist attack”: Zelensky criticized Russia’s strike on Vinnitsa

On Thursday, Russian rockets hit a city in central Ukraine, killing more than 20 people and injuring about 90 more, according to Ukrainian authorities. Another 40 people are missing.

The President of Ukraine called the terrorist attack in Vinnitsa, far from the front line, an “open terrorist attack” against the civilian population of the country in areas of no military importance.

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2. Russia kills or ‘disappears’ some filtration camp prisoners, says OSCE

The OSCE is “gravely concerned” about Moscow’s treatment of Ukrainian citizens in “filtration camps” set up to identify suspected ties to authorities in Kyiv, a report released Thursday said.

report of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe claims that some people are “disappearing”, detained or killed after being resettled in the self-proclaimed separatist territories of Lugansk and Donetsk.

The aim appears to be to determine whether these individuals fought for Ukraine or have ties to the Azov Regiment or the Ukrainian authorities, the report said.

Witnesses said the procedure “includes brutal interrogations and humiliating body searches,” said the three authors of the 115-page document seen by AFP. The experts, two of whom traveled to Ukraine to complete the study, called it a “troubling” development.

Ukrainians evacuated from besieged cities, such as the strategic port of Mariupol, or leaving territories occupied by Russian troops, are forced to transit through these centers.

“Their personal data is recorded there, fingerprints are taken and identity documents are copied,” the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said in a report.

The report suggests that Russia is using separatist territories to circumvent its international obligations. Those who pass the test are often sent to Russia “with or without their consent.”

Once there, they are promised jobs and free housing. They can certainly move freely, but “often they lack the information, money or telephone” to leave the country, the report notes.

Kyiv has been condemning the “deportations” that have affected more than a million Ukrainians for weeks now, and Moscow has insisted that its only goal is to allow civilians to “evacuate” from “dangerous areas”.

Zelensky called for the creation of a special war crimes tribunal for the Russian invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday called for the creation of a “special tribunal” to investigate the Russian invasion, speaking at an international conference on war crimes in Ukraine in The Hague.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) and 45 countries have pledged to cooperate more closely in the prosecution of war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov swaps his camera for a rifle

Oleg Sentsov, a world-famous director previously detained by Russia, is now fighting for Ukraine.

The former European Parliament Sakharov Prize winner and director of the world-famous film The Gamer (2011) took up arms after moving his family to safety in Lviv in the west of the country.

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Macron warns of hard times as Ukraine stands out on Bastille Day

Emmanuel Macron tried on Thursday to prepare the French for a difficult autumn and winter due to the war in Ukraine in the traditional interview of the French president on Bastille Day.

“We all need to be prepared for the fact that (the war) will last. Summer and early autumn will no doubt be very difficult,” the president said, referring to the “war economy” situation the country is facing.

“The real change in the last few days (…) is Russia’s decision to start shutting off gas,” he added, referring to the official shutdown of Russia’s Nord Stream gas pipeline to Europe for maintenance reasons.

“Russia uses energy as it uses food, as a weapon of war,” the head of state said. “Now we must prepare for a scenario in which we will have to do without Russian gas at all,” he warned.

The war in Ukraine featured prominently in France’s Bastille Day celebrations on Thursday, when thousands of French soldiers marched down the Champs Elysées alongside Eastern European allies.

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