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UN meets, more than 6 million refugees


► More than six million refugees

More than 6 million Ukrainians have fled their country since the beginning of the invasion by the Russian army on February 24, the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva said on Thursday. As of May 11, 6,029,705 Ukrainians had sought refuge first in neighboring countries before often continuing their odyssey, according to the dedicated UNHCR website. Poland hosts by far the largest number of refugees (3,272,943 as of May 11).

► Extraordinary meeting at the UN

The UN Human Rights Council, meeting in extraordinary session, is examining Thursday, May 12, the allegations of abuses committed by Russia in Ukraine, in particular in Mariupol and Boutcha.

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This meeting “on the deterioration of the human rights situation in Ukraine as a result of Russian aggression” was requested by Kyiv. In a first draft resolution, the Ukrainian authorities want an investigation into what happened in the regions of kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy.

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This is the first meeting devoted to Ukraine since the UN General Assembly suspended Moscow from its Human Rights Council in early April.

► A first trial for war crimes opens in kyiv

Ukraine will conduct the first war crimes trial linked to the Russian invasion, against Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old soldier accused of shooting an unarmed civilian.

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kyiv accuses him of having fired a Kalashnikov through the window in a car in which he was traveling to kill a 62-year-old civilian who was unarmed, explained the office of the prosecutor Iryna Venediktova. The accused soldier was traveling with four other Russian soldiers after their convoy was attacked on February 28 and they stole a car near the village of Chupakhivka.

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“One of the soldiers ordered the accused to kill a civilian so that he would not report them”, added the prosecution. The man, who has not been identified, “died on the spot, only a few dozen meters from his home”.

Vadim Shishimarin, detained, faces life imprisonment if convicted of war crimes and premeditated murder. The date of the trial has not been specified.

► 1 billion euros for Ukraine

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) raised 1 billion euros this week to help Ukraine. These funds will be deployed in addition to the 2 billion euros of a “resilience fund” which had already been unlocked at the start of the Russian invasion.

“Ukraine needs our help to support vital infrastructure, to maintain access to electricity, and transport, railways”while “Ukrainian municipalities need support to manage large numbers of displaced refugees”said Berd President Odile Renaud-Basso.

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Ukrainian economy“needs this money to support businesses and try to continue to operate within the global economy, which is especially crucial for the food security of many countries”she added.

► Russian strikes continue in the Northeast

Progressively pushed back from the Kharkiv region, the Russian army continues its bombardments in the north-east of Ukraine. An airstrike on the city of Novgorod-Siversky left at least three dead and twelve wounded overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, local emergency services announced Thursday.

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“The (Russians) hit critical infrastructure, including schools. Other administrative buildings and residential houses were also damaged”said earlier in the morning the governor of the Chernihiv region, Vyacheslav Tchaouss.

► The EU calls Russia a “direct threat” to the world order

Russia is the “most direct threat” for international order because of its invasion of Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday in Tokyo.

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Russia “is today the most direct threat to the world order with the barbaric war against Ukraine, and its disturbing pact with China”she explained after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

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