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World News 16.09

New Russian war crimes were uncovered in the liberated areas around the Ukrainian city of Izium, Polish and Lithuanian governmental talks and Poland set to buy Korean armaments to modernise its army. This and much more are in the Friday edition of World News.

Mass grave in Izium

After Ukrainian forces successfully took back thousands of square kilometres in the Kharkiv region, the scale of atrocities committed by invading Russians is finally beginning to come to light. Investigators, forensics and war crimes prosecutors began the exhumation of hundreds of civilians killed in the war today in the city of Izium. Many of those murdered, have yet to be identified and investigators are also looking for signs of executions and war crimes. Don Arleth, TVP World’s special correspondent, reported from the spot.

More Russian war crimes uncovered

As more mass graves are excavated in the areas recently liberated by Ukrainian forces, let’s take a look back at the list of crimes that Russian forces have committed in Ukraine over the past seven months. These include rape, forced displacements and thousands of civilian deaths since the outbreak of the war in February.

Polish PM in Lithuania

The Lithuanian and Polish governments have held a joint meeting in Vilnius, which focused on assistance to Ukraine and security issues. The government representatives also discussed their countries’ strategic partnerships. A report from TVP World’s Lithuanian correspondent, Gabriela Jankauskaitė.

Polish Lithuanian cultural co-operation

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Piotr Gliński took part in the ongoing Polish-Lithuanian intergovernmental consultations in Vilnius. Minister Gliński spoke about cultural projects that the two countries have been working on together and how those efforts have been proceeding.

China Telecom skyscraper on fire

A 200-metre-high skyscraper housing the offices of China Telecom went up in flames in the Chinese city of Changsha.

Polish army’s modernisation

In the face of the Russian threat, the Polish government has undertaken sweeping measures to modernise the Polish army. The latest endeavour had the Polish President and Minister of Defence recently ratify the purchase and delivery of several South Korean FA-50 combat aircraft.

Ukrainian history presented to Poles

Poland’s help for Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion is far broader than helping refugees. Poles have also engaged in various ways of promoting Ukrainian culture. The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk opened a new exhibition of photographs from the battle for Kyiv in the first days of the war.

French flight frenzy

France is facing a flight frenzy after the largest air traffic controllers’ union called for a strike on Friday. Over a thousand flights were cancelled as airport employees demand pay rises and better working conditions.

Polish and French basketball teams face off

A disappointing result for the Polish basketball team in the semi-finals of the EuroBasket Championship, which was played in Berlin on Friday. After a stunning win against Slovenia in the quarter-finals, Poland was defeated by France 95 to 54. Poland will now play for the bronze medal on Sunday.

World News’ guest

Alona Shrum, Ukrainian MP, lawyer, and human rights activist was TVP World’s guest invited to talk about Izium, Bucha, and the steps that should be taken to prosecute Russian war crimes

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