Tuesday, April 12, 2022

‘Tens of thousands’ dead in Mariupol as Russia readies ‘even bigger assault’;Reports: Russia may have used chemical weapons in Mariupol; The barbarianism of Putin’s war on Ukraine is nothing new; Zelensky reiterates requests for arms, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

‘Tens of thousands’ dead in Mariupol as Russia readies ‘even bigger assault’:
Tens of thousands of people have been killed in Ukraine’s hardest-hit city, Mariupol, President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed Monday — as his chief prosecutor called Russian President Vladimir Putin the “main war criminal of the 21st century.”
Zelensky gave the chilling updated tally while also warning that invading troops appeared to be readying an even bigger assault to finally take the besieged city, which intelligence officials fear could be hit with phosphorous bombs.
“Mariupol has been destroyed, there are tens of thousands of dead, but even despite this, the Russians are not stopping their offensive,” Zelensky told South Korea’s parliament as he begged for more support.
Despite the devastating losses, “Russian troops will move to even larger operations,” Zelensky warned in a late-night video address Sunday.
“They may use even more missiles against us, even more air bombs,” he warned, insisting his nation was “preparing for their actions” and “will answer.”
Britain’s Ministry of Defense also warned Monday of an expected escalation by Russia, including on Mariupol, which is the linchpin between Russian-held areas to the west and east. --->READ MORE HERE
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Russia may have used chemical weapons in Mariupol: reports:
Russia may have unleashed chemical weapons on people in Mariupol, officials said Monday — as President Volodymyr Zelensky estimated the death toll in Ukraine’s hardest-hit city was in the “tens of thousands.”
Petro Andryushchenko, an aide to Mariupol’s mayor, said on his Telegram channel that reports of the use of chemical weapons had not been confirmed.
But a unit of Ukraine’s National Guard, the Azoz Regiment, claimed that the chemicals were dropped from an unmanned aerial vehicle in the city, it posted on Telegram Monday.
“About an hour ago, Russian occupation forces used a poisonous substance of unknown origin against Ukrainian military and civilians in the city of Mariupol, which was dropped from an enemy UAV,” the post said, according to Newsweek. “The victims have respiratory failure, vestibulo-atactic syndrome. The consequences of using an unknown substance are being clarified.”
In his nightly address, Zelensky called on world leaders to impose stronger sanctions on Moscow to deter such an act.
“I would like to remind world leaders that the possible use of chemical weapons by the Russian military has already been discussed,” said the president, who gave no indication that chemical weapons had already been used. “And already at that time it meant that it was necessary to react to the Russian aggression much harsher and faster.” --->READ MORE HERE
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