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World News 6.05: Evacuations from Mariupol, EU debates further sanctions

The fighting in Mariupol’s Azovstal plant continues. The world calls for rescue operations and, as the Ukrainian soldiers and the remaining civilians are in an increasingly dire situation. Meanwhile, the EU member states debate the sixth package of sanctions, with some countries requesting various exemptions.

Evacuations from Mariupol

The world holds its breath as the Ukrainian defenders in the Azovstal steel plant are fighting for their lives and the lives of the civilians hiding in the abandoned factories. The international community is appealing for rescue operations and a one day cease fire, However, the Russians continue to close in on the besieged defenders.

Russian war crimes

More and more international organisations have begun investigations concerning Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Amnesty International announced today its employees are documenting and gathering evidence of the atrocities committed by Russian soldiers.

Justice for Ukraine

A conference of Central European ministers underscored the need for the persecution of Russian war crimes in Ukraine. They were all in agreement that legal measures should be undertaken under EU law to ensure an efficient legal process.

Solidarity with Ukraine

European allies are intensifying their support for Ukraine, as proven by the latest visit of Central European interior ministers to the country. A declaration was signed to ramp up the investigation of Russian war crimes, in addition to powerful declarations of unity with the Ukrainian people.

Russia not apologising?

According to Israeli officials, Vladimir Putin apologised over the Russian foreign minister’s recent comments claiming Adolf Hitler had Jewish origins. However, the Kremlin has failed to confirm that Putin apologised for anything, adding to the already tarnished public image of Russian authorities.

EU debates sixth sanctions package

European Union leaders are debating another, sixth package of sanctions against Russia. The main proposal included in the package is a full embargo on Russian oil. However, not all EU states are eager to agree. TVP World’s guest who discussed the subject was EuroMaidan activist Svitlana Maistruk.

Strong explosion in Cuba

In Havana, Cuba, four people have been killed and 19 injured when a powerful explosion tore through a hotel in the Cuban capital. The explosion destroyed the historic Hotel Saratoga. Almost the entire facade of the building was destroyed – except for the top two floors – and its interior.

The building is located in the centre of the Cuban capital, just across the street from the nation’s parliament. According to Cuban media, the explosion could have occurred when liquified gas was pumped from a tanker to the hotel. Nearby buildings as well as cars and buses on the street were damaged. Children from a nearby school were evacuated. The emergency services continue search and rescue operations.

Roe v. Wade Debate intensifies

The leak of the US Supreme Court majority decision to overturn Roe v. Wade continues to cast ripples across American politics. As the protests escalate, threats to the Supreme Court justices have been made. The topic has stirred up both sides of the aisle in anticipation of the upcoming midterms.

US helped kill Russian generals?

The Kremlin reacted to a New York Times report that the United States had continually provided intelligence that helped Ukrainian forces kill Russian generals. Russia says it was aware that this had been taking place while the United States has denied that it participated in the targeting operations and just gave intelligence to Ukrainian armed forces.

Repressions in Belarus

A Belarusian court on Friday sentenced Sofia Sapiega, Roman Protasiewicz’s partner, to six years in a penal colony. She was found guilty of inciting hatred, organising illegal protests and dissemination against the regime. The Belarusian opposition activist Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya commented on the verdict.

UK–Japan pact

Japan and the United Kingdom have signed a historic defence agreement in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. During a meeting between Prime Ministers Kishida and Johnson, the two countries also reaffirmed their commitments in the areas of Indo-Pacific security and economic relations.

Sri Lankans on strike

Thousands of Sri Lankans took to the streets demanding the president and the government step down for failing to take responsibility for the island’s worst financial crisis in decades.

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