A kyiv court will hear the invasion’s first war crime trial. Vadim Shysimarin, 21, commander of the Russian Kantemirovskaya tank division, is accused of shooting dead a 62-year-old unarmed man, who was on a bicycle and talking on the phone in the village of Chupakhivka, Sumy. Shysimarin was ordered “to kill a civilian so he wouldn’t report them to Ukrainian defenders,” according to prosecutors.
The Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow said it should take “military-technical” measures if Helsinki applied for NATO membership, after Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said they must apply to join the military alliance “without delay”. Sweden should follow in a few days.
Russia could cut off its gas deliveries to Finland on Fridaya day after Finland’s leaders said they would apply to join NATO, according to reports.
Republican Senator Rand Paul blocked the passage of a 40 billion dollars Ukraine aid bill in the US Senate. Paul demanded changes, including an inspector general to oversee how it is spent.
Michael Carpenter, United States Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), says that “at least several thousand Ukrainians” were sent to so-called “screening centers” in Russia where they are subjected to “brutal interrogations”. Tens of thousands more had been evacuated to Russia or Russian-controlled territory. Carpenter said a survivor said “everyone was afraid to be taken to Donetsk”, where they could face “further investigation or murder”.
Urgent measures to break the Russian blockade of grain exports from Ukrainian ports, including trying to open routes through Romania and the Baltic, are being discussed at a three-day meeting of G7 foreign and agriculture ministers in Germany. Before the war, most of the food produced by Ukraine – enough to feed 400 million people – was exported through its seven Black Sea ports.
Ukraine said it had damaged and burned a Russian Navy logistics vessel in the Black Sea. The Vsevolod Bobrov was near Snake Island, said Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the regional military administration in Odessa, southern Ukraine. The Guardian could not independently verify the details and the Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said “very difficult negotiations” were underway to evacuate 38 seriously injured fighters from the besieged Azovstal steelworks in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, in exchange for Russian prisoners of war. “We are working step by step,” he said. “We’ll trade 38 and then move on.”
The number of people who have fled Ukraine to escape the Russian invasion exceeded six million, said the UN refugee agency. Eight million more people have been displaced inside Ukraine.
Nearly 100 children were killed in Ukraine in April alone but the actual numbers could be significantly higher, the UN Children’s Fund said. UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi demanded an end to the bombing of Ukrainian schools, adding that one in six UNICEF-supported schools in eastern Ukraine had been ‘damaged or destroyed’ ” last week.
European Union leaders plan to assess Ukraine’s membership next month, according to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution to investigate alleged abuses by Russian troops in parts of Ukraine formerly under their control, with a view to holding those responsible to account. The resolution was passed by a strong majority, with 33 members voting in favor and two – China and Eritrea – against. There were 12 abstentions.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said 1,000 bodies had been found in the Ukrainian capital, kyiv, these last weeks. Many of the violations she verifies since the Russian invasion could amount to war crimes, she said.