Jul 14, 2022
By Jane Brown
We’re learning Russian military missile strikes in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv are said to have killed at least five people.
This is part of a series of artillery and missile barrages across the country in the last day that have left at least 10 dead and dozens wounded.
Reporter James Longman is in Ukraine and says Russian forces are also trying to replace Ukrainian culture in occupied areas.
“In Kherson for instance, a town in the south, has been occupied since almost the beginning,” Longman explains, “We’ve heard they’re giving out Russian passports. The ruble has been introduced there. They’ve changed the curriculum to try to integrate these areas into Russia.”
Meantime, ministers from dozens of nations are meeting in The Netherlands to discuss with the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor how best to coordinate efforts to bring to justice perpetrators of war crimes in Ukraine.
Since Vladimir Putin’s Russian military invaded its neighbour Ukraine on February 24th, Moscow’s forces have repeatedly been accused of abuses ranging from killing civilians in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha to deadly attacks on civilian facilities.