Ukraine president says situation in Borodyanka is worse than Bucha
Ukraine’s president says the situation seen in a town north-west of Kyiv is “significantly more dreadful” than what happened in Bucha.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy says there are “even more victims” of Russian forces in Borodyanka.
Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has admitted there’s been ‘significant losses’ of Russian troops in the invasion of Ukraine – but refused to call it a war, instead labelling it an ‘operation’.
Dmitry Peskov’s also dismissed footage of mass civilian casualties in the town of Bucha as fake.
But in his regular late-night address, President Zelenskyy said another harrowing site has been found.
Two Irish diplomats have been expelled from Russia.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs confirmed two diplomats from our Embassy in Moscow have been asked to leave.
Minister Simon Coveney says the Ambassador of Ireland to the Russian Federation, was informed of the decision, after he was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Moscow yesterday afternoon.
It follows the expulsion of four Russian diplomats from the Russian Embassy in Dublin.
Fianna Fail TD and Member of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, James Lawless, says this act of political retaliation was uncalled for.
“The actitivites of the Irish delegates in Moscow were purely diplomatic, they were there to provide consular assistance to Irish citizens abroad, tomaintain some degree of relations with Russia.
“I think there’s no basis. in international law for this expulsion that has happened last night.
“By contrast, the four diplomats that were expelled from the Russian Embassy was in relation to their activities, which were not compatible with international law and diplomatic relations, which really is code for spying or espionage activities”