Russia poised to take strategic city of Mariupol and unleash massive offensive in eastern Ukraine.

Written by on April 12, 2022

Russia was poised on Monday to take the strategic city of Mariupol and unleash a massive offensive in eastern Ukraine, as fresh diplomatic efforts with Moscow to broker a peace offered little hope of de-escalation.

With the war grinding toward its seventh week, Austria’s leader said he had raised alleged Russian atrocities as he became the first European leader to visit President Vladimir Putin since the invasion began.

Ukraine says more than 1,200 bodies have been found in devastated areas around Kyiv, with authorities pursuing 500 suspects including Putin and other top Russian officials.

The state emergency service said seven bodies were found on Monday under the rubble of two multi-storey buildings in Borodianka, in the Kyiv region, bringing the total to 19.

French investigators arrived in Ukraine to help probe suspected war crimes, as the European Union earmarked 2.7 million dollars to the International Criminal Court for future Ukraine cases.

Ameen J. Kantyok



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