Condemnation grows over DPR trials

  • The United Nations human rights office voices alarm over the death sentences handed to three foreign fighters in eastern Ukraine’s Russia-backed self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
  • The United Kingdom and Germany condemn the verdicts, with Berlin saying they highlight Moscow’s “complete disregard for the basic principles of humanitarian international law”.
  • Ukraine’s defence ministry says Moscow is seeking to “completely destroy Ukrainian statehood” as Russian forces press ahead with their offensive in the country’s eastern Donbas region.
  • The UK warns there is a risk of a cholera outbreak in Russian-occupied Mariupol, with the southeastern port city’s medical services allegedly on the verge of collapse.

    Ukraine: Russia can continue its war for another year

    Ukraine’s military intelligence directorate believes that Russia can continue its war for another year, warning that Kyiv is significantly outgunned on the frontlines.

    “The Kremlin leadership probably will try to freeze the war for a while in order to convince the West to lift sanctions, but then continue the aggression,” the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense’s Main Intelligence Directorate said via Telegram. “Russia’s economic resources will allow the occupying country to continue the war at its current pace for another year.”

    “Ukraine has one artillery piece to 10 to 15 Russian artillery pieces,” Vadym Skibitsky of the Main Intelligence Directorate said in an interview with The Guardian. “Therefore everything now depends on what weapons the Western partners give us.”

    Obama hails Ukrainian people’s “heroic resistance”

    US former President Barack Obama has said the human costs in Russia’s war on Ukraine will “continue to mount.”

    “Make no mistake: this war is far from over. The human costs will continue to mount,” he said at the Copenhagen Democracy Forum, a town hall event in Denmark, on Friday.

    He also said Ukraine needs to remain strong until the war ends.

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