He Government of Ukraine reported this Thursday that since the beginning of the russian invasion in its territory, have been detected 54 cases that could be considered war crimes against journalistsand criminal proceedings based on these crimes have already been initiated.
The deputy head of the National Police ukrainian, Maxim Tsutzkiridzeexplained that in this period there have been 29 journalists killed, 17 injured and 12 cases of journalists who have found themselves at some point in territory controlled by Russia, their freedom of movement being deprived.
“Their fate is partially unknown, some are in captivity. All these facts are being investigated”, assured the police agent, who is also the head of the Main Research Department.
He indicated that they are currently investigating ten cases, including one of deprivation of liberty of a Ukrainian journalistOleg Baturin, who disappeared in the region of Kherson while covering the war for the newspaper New Den: “He has been released and is testifying about the representatives of the occupation authorities of Kherson”.
Meanwhile, some 3,000 residentsamong them 33 childrenstill remain in the devastated city of Bakhmutin eastern Ukraine, the scene for six months of the worst fighting between Russians and Ukrainians.
Civilians trying to survive in this city in the Donetsk region “absolutely” refuse to be evacuatedindicated this Thursday Pavlo Kyrylenkoregional governor.
In view of the situation and in the midst of the constant bombardments that take place in the area, Kyrylenko explained that a “mandatory evacuation“of all minors, according to the local agency ukrinform.
“The evacuation affects not only Bakhmut, but the entire front line”, clarified the governor. According to the data available to him, a week ago there were still 42 children in the nearby town of Avdiivka and, currently, only 13 remain there.
Kyrylenko added that in the tasks of evacuating civilians, especially minors, a police team called “White angel”.
“Evacuated children -he explained- are taken to other regions, where they are placed in preschool educational centers, boarding schools, health centers… For example, Bakhmut children are mostly evacuated to the Transcarpathian area”, in the west of the country.
This mandatory evacuation mechanism was approved on March 7 by the Cabinet of Ministers chaired by Volodimir Zelensky.
Bakhmut, which came to have a population of about 70,000 inhabitantshas endured for six months the most brutal fighting between Russians and Ukrainians since the invasion began, in which human losses number in the thousands on both sides.
The group of mercenaries operates in the area Wagnera strike force linked to the president of Russia, Vladimir Putinwhich has incorporated into its ranks hundreds of prisoners from Russian jails who have been promised amnesty if they joined the front.
Control of the city, already totally destroyed by continuous bombing, has become a priority objective for kyiv and Moscow, despite the fact that many analysts consider its geostrategic importance to be relative.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)
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