- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told the UN Security Council that the Russian military must be brought to justice for “war crimes”.
- Russia calls the claims a “monstrous forgery” aimed at denigrating the Russian army.
- The White House has said Washington and its allies are preparing to issue additional sanctions against Moscow, including a ban on new Russian investments.
- The European Commission also proposes more sanctions, including a ban on coal imports from Russia.
- Ukraine says people have only been able to flee the besieged city of Mariupol by private car or on foot, as wider evacuation efforts continue to fail.
Here are all the latest updates:
Some civilians evacuated Mariupol, bus convoy blocked
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has said Russian troops have allowed 1,496 civilians to evacuate the besieged city of Mariupol by private vehicle but blocked a convoy of evacuation buses from entering.
Vereshchuk said the Russian forces stopped the buses accompanied by workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross from traveling to the Sea of Azov port. The civilians who were able to leave in their personal vehicles traveled to Zaporizhzhia.
ICC investigation to take a long time: former US official
Stephen Rapp, former US Ambassador-at-large on war crimes issues under former President Barack Obama has said any International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into alleged crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine is expected to take a long time, unless more effort is put by Western powers.
“The ICC has only 71 investigators and 16 analysts for 15 countries,” Rapp told Al Jazeera from Miami.
“There needs to be hundreds of individuals provided by Western law enforcement agencies to come in and work with it (ICC),” he said. “And then support civil society organizations that are also employed in order to really have the evidence that’s needed.”
US to tap Asia for more natural gas to help Europe break from Russia
The United States will continue to explore ways to help Europe wean itself off Russian energy supplies, the White House has said, including asking Asian countries to supply more liquified natural gas (LNG) to the region.
“One of the steps we’ve taken successfully, which we will continue to build on, is to tap into countries in Asia who have LNG, excess LNG capacity, to provide that to Europe,” Psaki told reporters.
Russia is the world’s largest supplier of LNG, accounting for about 45 percent of the European Union’s imports in 2021.
Lviv honors the dead with candle light vigil
Hundreds of yellow and blue candles were lit in a central square in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv to honor civilians killed in the Russian invasion of the country.
“So we want just to pray for their soul and at the same time we want to pray for Ukraine,” Svitlana Shkulova, 54, from Kyiv told the Associated Press. “We hope that our nation will win this war.”
The vigil in Lviv was preceded by a religious service performed by leaders of various Christian denominations.
US Secretary of State arrives in Brussels
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has landed in Belgium’s capital ahead of a NATO meeting of foreign ministers.
Earlier on Tuesday Blinken said the killings in the Ukrainian town of Bucha were part of a deliberate Russian campaign to commit atrocities.
“What we’ve seen in Bucha is not the random act of a rogue unit,” he said. “It’s a deliberate campaign to kill, to torture, to rape, to commit atrocities. The reports are more than credible, the evidence is there for the world to see.”
No result reported after explosions in Lviv, local officials say
No result have been reported following explosions in the Lviv region of western Ukraine, local officials said.
“Explosions near Radekhiv,” regional governor Maksim Kositsky said on Telegram, referring to a town about 70km (40 miles) northeast of Lviv. “Everybody must remain in shelters.”
A short while later he said in another post: “As of this hour, there is no information on victims.”
Nearly 4,000 people evacuated from Ukrainian cities on Tuesday Official
A total of 3,846 people were evacuated from Ukrainian cities through humanitarian corridors on Tuesday, Vereshchuk said in an online post.
That is slightly more than the 3,376 who escaped on Monday, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister said.
Ukraine says people can still only flee Mariupol by car or on foot
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has said that people are still only able to flee the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol on foot or by private car.
Efforts to organize mass evacuations by bus to safer parts of Ukraine have so far failed, and efforts with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have repeatedly broken down.
In an online post, Vereshchuk said seven buses trying to get to Mariupol had not managed to make its way through a Russian blockade.
Russia’s defense ministry said Ukrainian forces had “cynically disrupted” the evacuation effort, the TASS news agency cited a senior official as saying.
US to announce new sanctions on Russia: White House
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said that the US will announce new sanctions on Russia on Wednesday, including a ban on all new investment in Russia.
“They will target Russian government officials, their family members, Russian owned financial institutions, also state-owned enterprises,” Psaki said during a news conference, about the upcoming measures.
“It’s part of the continuation of our efforts to put consequences, [to] hold Russian officials accountable.”
US providing Ukraine with protective chemical weapons gear: Official
A Biden administration official has said that the US is providing Ukraine with life-saving protective equipment that could be distinguished if Russia were to use chemical and biological weapons.
The equipment and supplies, which were requested by Kyiv, are being delivered on a rolling basis and some has already been delivered, the unidentified official told the Reuters news agency.
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Read all the updates from Tuesday, April 5 here.