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  • One of the main front lines of the Donbass, in eastern Ukraine, was stable, Tuesday April 5, but awaiting an imminent Russian offensive, noted Agence France-Presse. Russia is getting stronger “taking control of the whole Donbass” and to achieve “a land bridge with Crimea”annexed by Moscow in 2014, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
  • In the around Kyiv evacuated by the Russian army, the macabre discoveries multiply. According to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, the situation in Borodyanka (60 kilometers west of kyiv) would be even worse “in terms of victims” than that of Butcha.
  • According to latest British intelligence reportUkrainian forces took over a large part of the northern Ukraine, “forcing the Russians to withdraw from the areas around Chernihiv and the north of Kyiv». In the region of Kharkovthe ISW predicts the complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Sumy Oblast in the coming days.
  • AT Khersonin the South West, the Russian positions are maintained, according to Michel Goya, although they appear diminished. The ISW reports effective counter-attacks carried out by the Ukrainian forces, which would have enabled them to regain ground in the region.
  • Volodymyr Zelensky accused, before the UN Security Council, the Russian forces of having sent ” hundreds of thousands “ Ukrainians in Russia. In addition, the Ukrainian President demanded that Russia be “held accountable” from “worst war crimes” since the Second World War, while demanding his exclusion from the Security Council.
  • The French National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office announced on Tuesday that it had opened three new surveys for “war crimes” for acts committed to the detriment of French nationals in Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion by Russia. Russia continues to reject “categorically” all charges.
  • Near 200 Russian diplomats expelled from Europe in forty-eight hours. After Germany, France and Lithuania, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Slovenia in turn expelled Russian diplomats en masse on Tuesday, marking a further deterioration in relations with Moscow.
  • The European Commission has proposed to the Twenty-Seven to toughen the penalties against Moscow, by stopping their purchases of Russian coal (45% of EU imports) and by closing European ports to ships operated by Russians. Brussels is also proposing a total ban on transactions for four key Russian banks. The United States will provide kyiv with $100 million in additional security aid.
  • More than 4.2 million Ukrainians fled their country since the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, according to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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