D.He said the International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine. ICC chief investigator Kareem Khan said on Thursday night that the investigation would begin “immediately”. Work is currently underway to gather evidence. He received the support of 39 states for his trial.
Earlier this week, Khan announced that he would soon begin an investigation into the situation in Ukraine. He explained that since 2014 there have been “credible reasons” to believe that “both alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in Ukraine”. Former ICC Attorney General Fatou Bensouda has already been charged in December 2020 with alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine.
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4:35 am – IOC President Baghdad on: “Can’t see his head inside”
IOC boss Thomas Bach is trying to distance himself from Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin, who has long been associated with the sports world. In the media round, the head of the International Olympic Committee promised that people would not really talk to each other “for a few years”. When asked about Putin’s intentions of violating the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Olympic ceasefire, which was in effect until March 20, Bach said, “I can not see his head.” “I can not explain,” Bach said.
The IOC boss said he had not spoken to Putin on the phone recently and had not talked about sports activities against Russia. On Monday, the IOC recommended that all international federations expel Russia and its ally Belarusian athletes from the tournament.
4:12 am – Former Chess World Champion Kasparov criticizes Putin
Former Russian chess champion Gary Kasparov has sharply criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “This is a tragedy for my country. Thousands of Russian youth are dying for this frantic dictator. Many of them were born under Putin and died under Putin,” he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview.
“This war will lead to the downfall of his regime,” he believes. This is the first time that almost the entire world has come together since the end of the Cold War. I would not have expected so much unity in four or five days in my dream.
03:30 – Amazon supports Ukraine with money and logistics
Internet company Amazon has announced assistance to Ukraine. “We support local humanitarian organizations with cash donations from Amazon and our staff, as well as supplies to help those in need,” CEO Andy Jassie wrote on Twitter. The team also offers its expertise in the field of cyber security.
01:41 – Romanian Air Force reports two deaths in accidents
Two Roman military planes have crashed, killing eight people, leaving the country’s air force in a state of disarray. Seven crew members have been killed in a military helicopter crash in southeastern Romania, the defense ministry said Wednesday evening, according to Roman media reports. Helicopter crews search for missing Air Force MiG-21 Lancer fighter jet The Defense Ministry later said the warplane had also crashed. The ministry said the 31-year-old pilot was killed. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
Both incidents took place about 100 kilometers away when a crow flew over the border with Ukraine in the Black Sea. The IAR-330 Puma helicopter first lost contact with the control tower while searching for the fighter jet and then crashed near the city of Kozilak, according to reports. Shortly before that, the helicopter pilot was ordered to return to the control tower due to bad weather. The MiG fighter jet took off from the Mikhail Gogolnisian Air Force Base near the port city of Constanta and then disappeared from radar.
The U.S. military has been stationed at the base of Mikhail Gogolnizianu for many years. Since the escalation of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, NATO troops and equipment have increased there.
01:31 – OSCE observer killed in attack on Kharkiv
A member of the OSCE Observer Group in Ukraine was killed in a Russian attack in Kharkiv. Maryna Fenina, a local member of the OSCE Observer Mission, was killed in Tuesday’s attack, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said on its website on Wednesday. “She was shot while traveling to get supplies for her family in a city that has become a war zone,” she said.
The OSCE complained that residential buildings and city centers in Kharkiv, like other Ukrainian cities, were being attacked by rockets and other shells. OSCE General Secretary Helka Maria Schmidt and OSCE President and Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said that innocent civilians would be killed as a result.
01:23 – SAP and Oracle stop trading in Russia
According to their own reports, the German software company SAP and its US rival Oracle have suspended all operations in Russia. “As part of the ban we are suspending our business in Russia and suspending all sales of SAP services and products in Russia,” said SAP CEO Christian Klein. In addition to the initial humanitarian support for Ukraine, in addition to one million euros, the company “offered to convert our office space throughout Europe into camps and shelters for refugees.” Employed in Russia. The Ukrainian Minister for Digital Transformation had previously asked for support from both companies.
1:00 am – Inspector General of the German Armed Forces does not expect a quick Russian victory
The Inspector General of the German Armed Forces, Eberhard Sorn, did not expect a quick victory for the Russian army in Ukraine. “It is remarkable to me how long the Ukrainian armed forces and the people have endured the attacks,” the highest-ranking German soldier Funke told reporters from the media group. “We now see Putin taking his supporters to war. This goes hand in hand with the increased use of air force and artillery – and against civilian targets.” “I doubt if this moral support will be available on the Russian side.”
12:53 am Germany seizes boat belonging to Russian millionaire
According to Forbes, German authorities in Hamburg have seized the boat belonging to Russian billionaire Alisher Osmanov. Named after Usmano’s mother, “Dilbar” is one of the world’s most luxurious super boats, measuring 156 meters in length. It was built in 2016 and is valued at $ 594 million according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
00:44 – US air shutdown is in effect for Russian aircraft
A day after President Joe Biden announced that US airspace would be closed to Russian aircraft. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Wednesday (local time) that scheduled, charter and cargo flights have been affected by the crash. This order applies to all aircraft owned, leased, licensed or operated by a Russian citizen. The order for Russian airlines, including Aeroflot, states that the air closure will “take effect immediately” and will remain in effect until further notice.
00:40 – US: Russian military targets civilians in Ukraine
According to the US government, the Russian military is targeting civilians in the war of aggression in Ukraine. US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Wednesday that Russia is bringing “deadly weapons” into the country. These include cluster munitions and vacuum bombs, which are internationally banned and “have no place on the battlefield”.
“Hundreds, thousands of civilians have been killed or injured in the Russian offensive,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen. The effects on the population are “shocking”. The Russian military is attacking “non-military targets” buildings and cities, he added: “The humanitarian impact will increase in the coming days.”
11:50 pm – The rating agency classifies Russia as junk
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, US rating agency Fitch downgraded Russia’s credit rating. The rating for long-term foreign currency securities has been reduced from “BBB” to “B”, so it is in the speculative range. Further downsizing is possible.
23:20 – The World Bank suspends all projects in Russia and Belarus
After the Russian occupation of Ukraine, the World Bank immediately suspended all projects in Russia and Belarus. The Development Bank has announced this. The World Bank has suspended lending to Russia since 2014 following Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine.
23:05 – Spain supplies arms to Ukraine
Spain wants to send attack weapons and ammunition to Ukraine. This includes grenades and machine guns, said Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles in an interview with television station Antena3. Inventory must be delivered by Friday. Two planes are to bring material to Poland near the Ukrainian border. Representatives of Ukraine there can take it.
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