After the discovery of the bodies of civilians in the Ukrainian city of Boutcha, the efforts of Westerners are concentrated to react, sanctions are considered. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the head of European diplomacy are expected in kyiv this week.
Without giving a precise date for their trip to Ukraine, the two European officials should go to kyiv in the coming days, according to the spokesperson for the President of the Commission.
“President Von der Leyen and High Representative Josep Borrell will travel to kyiv this week to meet President Zelensky before the #StandUpForUkraine event which will take place on Saturday in Warsaw,” spokesperson Eric Mamer said on his Twitter account.
— Eric Mamer (@MamerEric2) April 5, 2022
The main concerned did not make this announcement on their respective Twitter account, while they are very active on their social networks.
Tuesday, the 27 meet at the level of finance ministers in Luxembourg to discuss a possible new salvo of European sanctions. It is essentially a question of targeting imports of Russian coal and oil, but for the moment, the member countries are not all in agreement.
“There are discussions about what can be done in the energy sector, like coal and oil,” EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said ahead of a meeting of finance ministers in
“For the European Commission, this is definitely an option. But we need to find a consensus among member states,” he acknowledged.
This package of sanctions comes after the discovery of a dozen civilian bodies in mass graves in the town of Boutcha, not far from the capital kyiv. Westerners, led by the United States and Europeans, consider that Russia is responsible, which it denies.
The jargon used by Westerners varies from country to country, but many talk about the possibility of a “war crime”. The United States, for their part, have published satellite images which would contradict the Russian version.
“I spoke with President Zelensky about the horrific killing of civilians in Boutcha and elsewhere in Ukraine. The EU is ready to send investigative teams to document war crimes in coordination with the Ukrainian Prosecutor General,” Ursul von der Leyen tweeted.
I spoke with President @ZelenskyyUa about the atrocious murder of civilians in Bucha and elsewhere in Ukraine.
—Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) April 4, 2022
The Ukrainian president, who is increasing communication efforts by making appearances at the level of the parliaments of countries, or at award ceremonies, should once again speak in public, but this time at the level of the Security Council of the UN.
He is expected to address a video message to members of the Council on Tuesday, said the United Kingdom, which currently chairs this United Nations body.
Russia protested for its part against the refusal of Great Britain, according to it, to convene at its request the Security Council, on the situation in Boutcha, indicated the Tass agency.