Ukraine War: Russia claims control of key Ukrainian stronghold – as Moscow calls to pay for invasion | world news
On the day Moscow claims to have taken control of Mariupol, a call was made for Russia to be held financially responsible for the “crimes it committed” in Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelensky called on allies to sign a multilateral agreement to push for this to happen – because “evil must be answered”.
In his evening address, he said this was an important step not only “in the context of this war”, but also “in the context of any other aggressive action, whether by Russia or any other potential aggressor.
“You have to listen to evil and know that it will be punished.”
Under such a multilateral agreement, he said, all Russian funds and assets under the jurisdiction of partner countries are to be seized or frozen, then confiscated and directed to a “specially created fund from which all victims of Russian aggression can receive compensation”.
His call came as British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss set out plans for neighboring Moldova to be “equipped to NATO standards” to guard against Russian creep.
In an interview with The Telegraph, she said the UK was discussing this prospect with its allies, given that the Russian president Vladimir Poutine had been “clear about its ambitions to create a greater Russia”.
Other key developments:
• A semi-naked protester painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag has been removed from the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.
• Three people were killed after Russian forces fired on a school in the eastern Ukrainian town of Severodonetsk, Ukrainian broadcaster Hromadske reported.
• Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky have been added to Russia’s list of people acting as “foreign agents”, the Kremlin has announced.
• Wimbledon was stripped of ranking points by world tennis authorities after banning players from Russia and Belarus from taking part in the tournament this year.
• The German Defense Minister has confirmed that the country will deliver 15 Gepard tanks to Ukraine in July.
Ms Truss said the goal of the world had initially been to ensure Ukraine was ‘permanently able to defend itself’, but this, she said, now applied to others as well “Vulnerable states” such as Moldova, which is not a member of NATO.
“What we are working on at the moment is a joint commission with Ukraine and Poland on upgrading Ukrainian defenses to NATO standards,” she said.
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When asked if it was because Russia posed a security threat to Moldova, she replied: “Absolutely. I mean, Putin has been clear about his ambitions to create a greater Russia.
“And just because his attempts to take kyiv failed doesn’t mean he’s given up on those ambitions.”
Bus convoys carrying Ukrainian fighters left the Azovstal steelworks on Friday, as Russia claimed to have taken full control of Mariupol.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced to President Putin the “complete liberation” of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol – the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance – and the city as a whole, the report said. spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
There was no immediate confirmation from Ukraine.
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Mr Konashenkov said a total of 2,439 Ukrainian fighters who had been locked up in the steelworks had surrendered since Monday, including more than 500 on Friday.
Upon surrendering, the troops were taken prisoner by the Russians, and at least some were taken to a former penal colony. Others were reportedly taken to hospital where Moscow said they were treated.