MANILA, Philippines — Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte slammed Russian leader Vladimir Putin for killing innocent civilians in Ukraine, saying while the two were labeled as murderers, “I kill criminals, I don’t kill children and the elderly.”
Duterte, who openly calls Putin an idol and a friend, first voiced his rebuke at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a remark aired on Tuesday, in which he blamed the three-month-old war for the surge in global oil prices that is affecting many countries haunted. including the Philippines.
Duterte, while emphasizing that he did not condemn the Russian president, contradicted Putin’s description of the invasion as a “special military operation” and said it was truly a full-scale war being waged against “a sovereign nation”.
Duterte addressed Putin “as a friend” and the Russian embassy in Manila, urging them to stop bombing and firing artillery shells at residential areas and to allow innocent civilians to safely evacuate before launching a bombardment.
“I’m on my way out and I don’t know how to solve this problem,” Duterte said. “They must resolve the war between Ukraine and Russia before we can even speak of a return to normal.”
Duterte, who is stepping down on June 30 when his tumultuous six-year tenure ends, has led a brutal drug crackdown that has killed more than 6,000 mostly insignificant suspects.
KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:
– Russian sentenced to life imprisonment in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial
— Pentagon says more high-tech weapons are going to Ukraine
— After 3 months of war, life in Russia has changed radically
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UNITED NATIONS – The United States and Britain accuse Russia of spreading disinformation online and manipulating public opinion about the war in Ukraine, and vehemently denying Russian claims that the West aims to control and define all information flows, what is true or not true.
British Deputy Ambassador James Roscoe told a UN Security Council session on using digital technologies to keep the peace that Russia had conducted cyberattacks and used “an online troll factory to spread disinformation and manipulate public opinion about its war”. .
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Russian government “continues to shut down, restrict and degrade internet connectivity, censor content, spread disinformation online, and intimidate and arrest journalists for reporting the truth about their invasion.”
Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, accused countries that call themselves the “community of democracies” of building “cyber-totalitarianism” and joining forces with tech giants like Meta to shut down Russian TV channels, expel Russian journalists and block access to Russian websites.
Nebenzia again accused Western governments and media of fabricating the story that the Russian military killed civilians in Bucha near Kyiv. He claimed the civilians died from injuries sustained by artillery shells fired from outdated Ukrainian Army hardware.
Britain’s Roscoe contradicted Russia’s claims of a “staged provocation” and the suggestion that Ukrainians were responsible for the civilian deaths after the city was retaken, saying satellite images showed the bodies had been there for several weeks when Russia controlled Bucha.
Luhansk Governor Serhii Haidai said police are continuing daily evacuations due to the war with Russia and the number of those willing to leave is increasing.
Haidai posted to Facebook on Monday video taken by a vehicle he said was traveling on a highway near Sievierodonetsk. The vehicle hurtles down the road, dodging rubble, mounds of earth, barricades and wrecked vehicles while shells explode in the fields just meters away.
A photo in the Post shows about a dozen civilians and their luggage tightly packed in what appears to be the back of a vehicle.
Haidai wrote that people “agree to the risk because what’s happening in the cities is much worse.”
Kyiv, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia is waging a “total war” against his country, and that includes causing as many casualties and as much infrastructure destruction as possible.
Zelenskyi made the comments in his nightly address on Monday, the eve of the three-month anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In it, he noted that since February 24, the Russian army has launched 1,474 missile attacks on Ukraine using 2,275 different missiles. He said the vast majority hit civilian targets. During this period there were more than 3,000 Russian airstrikes.
“In fact, there hasn’t been a war like this on the European continent for 77 years,” he said.
Zelenskyi said an attack on the town of Desna, 55 kilometers (34 miles) north of Kyiv, killed 87 people.
The Russians have now concentrated their forces on Donbass cities like Bakhmut, Popasnaya and Sievierodonetsk, Zelenskyy said.
He urged Ukrainians who are not on the battlefield to help them in any way they can, saying his own job is to increase international pressure on Russia. “Absolute priority are arms and ammunition for Ukraine.”
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