Leaders back EU path for Kyiv

  • Ukraine says it has given visiting EU leaders sanctions proposals against Russia, calling on them to “increase pressure” on Moscow, including a gas embargo on Russia.
  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on their first trip to Kyiv since the war started in February.
  • Russia announces it has banned 121 Australian citizens, including top journalists and defence officials, accusing them of “Russiaphobic agenda”.
  • Washington has announced an additional $1bn in security assistance to Ukraine, including more artillery and coastal defence weapons.

    Russia must prevent execution: EU court

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday told Russia to prevent the execution of a Moroccan man sentenced to death in a pro-Moscow separatist region of Ukraine for fighting on behalf of Ukrainian forces.

    Brahim Saadoun, a Moroccan citizen born in 2000, was sentenced to death along with two British men by the unrecognised Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), following his surrender to Russian forces in the conflict sparked by Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour.

    Russia “should ensure that the death penalty imposed on the applicant was not carried out,” the court said its emergency ruling following a petition filed this month by a representative of Saadoun.

    ‘Gross violations’ took place in Mariupol: UN

    The intensity and extent of the death and destruction in Mariupol suggested that “serious violations” of international humanitarian law and “gross violations” of international human rights law occurred during the battle for the Ukrainian city, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.

    Michelle Bachelet made the observation as she presented her agency’s report into the situation in Mariupol before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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