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Ukraine accuses Russia of war crimes. Ukraine says Russia is mobilizing new Belarusian troops to storm Kiev
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said on Friday that his country would start collecting data on the actions of the Russian armed forces during the invasion of Ukraine, to send them to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
"Today's Russian attacks on a kindergarten and an orphanage are war crimes and violations of the Rome Statute," Kuleba wrote on Twitter, adding that these and other acts would be sent to the ICC.
"They will not escape punishment," he continued, insisting that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is gathering evidence with the Prosecutor General to send it "immediately to The Hague."
Authorities in Kiev have accused Russian troops of attacking Russian installations since the start of Russia's military offensive on Thursday, allegations denied by the Russian Defense Ministry.
Ukrainians are shocked and horrified by what is happening to them. Sirens are heard in Kiev, and people are fleeing the city. Images appeared with huge columns of cars blocking the highway at the exit from Kiev. Meanwhile, others have taken refuge in subway stations or are kneeling on the streets.
On social media, people send messages saying that they are panicking and that they are trying to get to anti-aircraft shelters and basements as soon as possible. Reporters filmed groups of people praying on the street, kneeling.
Russia is also using Belel air base in Belarus to mobilize troops to storm Kiev over damage to Hostomel military airport near the Ukrainian capital, the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said on Friday, according to Reuters.
"In order to intimidate the population of Ukraine, the enemy is increasingly choosing to destroy civilian infrastructure and housing," the staff said in a Facebook post.
According to the General Staff, Russian troops are advancing towards Kiev in several directions, while Ukrainian forces are fighting around the city of Mariupol in the south and in Kharkov in the northeast of the country.
In parallel, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense announced that the first units of the Russian army have entered Kiev, according to DPA.
Russian "saboteurs" have entered the Obolon district, in the north of the capital, the ministry announced on its Facebook page.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has asked locals to prepare Molotov cocktails and announce the appearance of Russian army equipment.
At the same time, according to Reuters, gunfire was reported in the government district of Kiev, the RIA reported.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to withdraw from Ukraine and return to dialogue. He says the Kremlin's goals are not limited to Ukraine and that Russia is challenging the European security order.
"We call on Russia to stop this meaningless war, to withdraw all forces from Ukraine and return to the path of dialogue," Stoltenberg said after an online summit of NATO leaders.
"The Kremlin's goals are not limited to Ukraine. Russia has demanded that we renounce NATO enlargement and remove troops and infrastructure from countries that joined the alliance after 1997. Russia is challenging the European security order and using force to achieve its goals, "he said.
Stoltenberg recalled that the United States, the EU and other Western countries had taken harsh sanctions against Russia.
"We have to be ready to do more, even if we have to pay the price," he said.
The NATO chief also sent a message to the Russians.
"The Russian people need to know that the Kremlin war in Ukraine will not make Russia safer, more respected abroad, and will not lead to a better future," Stoltenberg said.
"In response to the build-up of Russian soldiers, we have stepped up our defense. Yesterday, the Allies activated their defense plans. As a result, we send rapid response elements on land, at sea, in the air, to strengthen the flank and respond quickly. The United States, Canada, and the EU have sent thousands of troops to the East Side. We have over 100 aircraft on high alert, 120 ships from the north to the Mediterranean, ”Stoltenberg continued.
"We are now deploying NATO's reaction force for the first time in the context of collective defense," the NATO chief added.
Stoltenberg added that NATO allies will continue to support Ukraine.
“Trump is trying to seize other planets”, says Roscosmos, Russian Space Agency
Attempts to seize the territories of other planets cannot set states on fruitful interaction. This opinion was expressed on Tuesday by the Deputy Director General of Roscosmos for International Cooperation, Sergey Savelyev, commenting on a decree signed yesterday by US President Donald Trump in support of the commercial development of resources on the Moon by the United States.
"Attempts to expropriate outer space and aggressive plans to actually seize territories of other planets hardly set the countries to fruitful cooperation," Saveliev said.
He recalled that there were examples in history when one country decided to start seizing territories in its interests. “Everyone remembers what came of it,” Saveliev added.
On April 6, Trump signed a decree on the right of the United States to commercialize resources on the Moon and other celestial bodies. The document states that US citizens should have the right to conduct commercial research, to extract and use resources in outer space in accordance with applicable law.
In turn, the General Director of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin on his Twitter page stated that the two decrees signed by Trump “on the actual assignment of the moon and other celestial bodies to the United States” and on the state of emergency in the United States due to coronavirus can be related. “We are trying to understand how these decrees are interconnected,” he wrote.
At the same time, space is considered as a legally and physically unique space that the United States does not consider to be in the public domain. Thus, Washington does not recognize the agreement adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979 on the activities of states on the moon and other celestial bodies, Gazeta.ru writes. The document states that the exploration and use of the satellite is the property of all mankind and is carried out in the interests of the world community, and the states involved in the exploration of the moon should cooperate and provide mutual assistance to each other.
Roscosmos, also known as the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, is the coordinating hub for space activities in Russia. It performs numerous civilian activities (including Earth monitoring and the astronaut program) and coordinates with the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation for military launches.
For Valentine's Day, over 25 Percent of Americans Want to Celebrate with Their Pet, Survey Says
According to a recent survey by OnePoll, over 28 percent of Americans plan to spend their Valentine’s Day celebrating with their pet. The benefit - you skip the drama, save on dinner and on teddy bears.
What is even more interesting is that out of those surveyed, 39.5 percent of men and 31.76 percent of women plan to spoil their pet on Valentine’s Day, with 33 percent of the total survey participants are planning to call in sick to work on Feb. 14 in order to ensure their pets will get plenty of attention.
For those people that decided to spend their Valentine's Day in a classic way, I mean, with a human, 34.7 percent of those surveyed said that they would like their Valentine's gift to be something their pet can enjoy.
The pole concluded that whether someone is spending their Valentine’s Day with a dog or a girlfriend, a friend or a family member, the reason for celebrating is simply about Love.
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