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World News 28.04: Russian war crimes, TVP journalist facing trial in Belarus

The list of Russian war crimes grows by the day, and the evidence keeps piling up; World leaders look into ways to help the beleaguered Ukrainians; on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp the living march in honour of the dead.

Russian atrocities against women

Russian soldiers have been using rape to terrorise the civilian population during their invasion of Ukraine. Thousands of innocent Ukrainian women and girls have been raped and tortured by the Russians and their situation is dire, as there are limited ways in which they can be helped. All are in need of psychological treatment and support.

Russian rocket strike hits Kyiv

TVP World’s special correspondent, Owidiusz Nicieja was in Kyiv, when the city was struck by a Russian rocket attack. He and our camera crew were the first foreign journalists on the scene.

PACE on war crimes

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe called on its members to establish an international criminal tribunal. It would be given a mandate to investigate war crimes allegedly committed by Russian forces.

UN Secretary General in Kyiv

The United Nations Secretary General has visited several war-torn towns surrounding the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. António Guterres sparked controversy by visiting Moscow first, while the Russians are preparing for their annual victory parade on May 9.

TVP World’s correspondent in Lviv

Western Ukraine is trying to live as normal an everyday life as possible. Lviv is full of internally displaced persons from the eastern part of the country. Our correspondent, Aleksandra Marchewicz reported on the situation in the city.

Radiation levels in Chernobyl

The International Atomic Energy Agency inspected the Chernobyl disaster area this week, to check radiation levels at the site which includes radioactive waste facilities near the now-defunct power plant that in 1986 suffered the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Russian troops occupied Chernobyl soon after they invaded Ukraine in February and left in early April.

EU frees Ukrainian export

The European Commission has opened the door for tax-free Ukrainian exports to the European Union for a year. This unprecedented move will help to strengthen its economy and facilitate recovery after the fighting has finished.

Japan-Germany talks

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has met with the Japanese Prime Minister as part of the G7 format. Their talks focused on the ongoing war in Ukraine and the sanctions that both countries have imposed on Russia. They also discussed other measures of support for Kyiv.

No Swiss arms for Ukraine

Switzerland has rejected a request made by Germany to supply Swiss-made ammunition to Ukraine. Swiss authorities have justified the decision by the country’s neutral status. Other Western countries, on the other hand, have called for more arms deliveries to Ukraine.

More US aid for Ukraine

President Joe Biden has asked the American Congress to authorise a massive 33-billion-dollar aid package for Ukraine. The new package would include funds for weapons, ammunition, direct economic assistance and humanitarian aid.

Turkey rejects Black Sea bases

The government in Ankara has refused to support the American initiative to build new NATO bases in the Black Sea region. Officially, Turkey claims that it wants to avoid transforming the Black Sea into a region of conflict between the West and Russia.

Finland and Sweden in NATO

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Finland and Sweden to join the alliance in the face of the possible deployment of nuclear weapons by Russia. Stoltenberg said He expects the process to go quickly.

TVP’s Belarusian journalist facing trial

Belarusian journalist Iryna Slaunikava has been in the custody of the regime for six months now. The former Belsat television associate, and now a full-time TVP employee, became a political prisoner, accused of offences under two articles of the Criminal Code, and is set to be on trial soon. Her father claims that the regime has no evidence of his daughter’s guilt.

March of the living

Youth from a dozen of countries, Holocaust survivors, politicians, and refugees from Ukraine, took part in the March of the Living in former Nazi German concentration and death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

World News’ expert guest

To discuss the Ukrainian economy during wartime and the international efforts to help keep the state from collapsing we have invited Marcin Roszkowski, the president of the Jagiellonian Institute to be our expert guest.

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