LVIV – The United Nations World Food Programme welcomes a contribution of EUR 25 million from the European Union to provide humanitarian food assistance to people affected by the conflict in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. This funding contributes to the provision of multipurpose cash as well as immediate food relief to families in conflict-affected areas in Ukraine, and to displaced people from Ukraine in Moldovan transit sites and receptions centres.
As WFP continues to call on everyone to grant safe access to humanitarian relief operations in encircled and partially encircled cities in Ukraine, the generosity of WFP’s partners is enabling us to scale up our response to the conflict, with the goal of supporting six million people caught up in the world’s fastest-growing humanitarian crisis.
In Ukraine, families in conflict-affected areas are receiving food and ready-to-eat rations, while in areas where markets are functioning, multipurpose cash is being distributed so families can buy what they need most urgently. In Moldova, displaced people from Ukraine currently in transit sites and reception centres receive hot meals.
“We welcome this generous contribution from the European Union, which will help support the countless families who have had to flee for their lives and are struggling to put food on the table amid this humanitarian catastrophe,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “It’s thanks to partners like the EU, who have stepped up with immediate funding, that WFP has already reached 3.4 million people in Ukraine and Moldova since the start of the war. But millions more urgently need our help.”
“The European Union has been working around the clock to ensure that life-saving aid reaches civilians in Ukraine,” said European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič. “Humanitarian partners like WFP continue to deliver urgently needed emergency assistance to the most vulnerable as we speak.”
Over 7.7 million people are displaced inside Ukraine and the pre-conflict supply chain systems for feeding the country’s population have broken down in many areas. WFP estimates almost half of the people in the country are worried about finding enough to eat.
The conflict in Ukraine is also triggering a wave of collateral hunger elsewhere in the world. Global food prices have increased sharply since the onset of the conflict and are now at an all-time high. These hikes are expected to further limit access to food for millions of people who are already under stress because of food inflation in their countries.
The Russians are trying to pin everything on Kyiv. They are making President Volodymyr Zelensky the worst and name-calling him into oblivion. That Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov goes far and uses all means shouldn’t shock anyone.
The Russians warns everyone and says everyone else in the wrong. The Russians and Kremlin is always right. That is at least how they operate. The Kremlin and Duma is righteous no matter how many massacres, extra judicial-killings and rapes of innocent civilians in Ukraine. As long as the mission or “Special Operation” is fulfilled.
It is really striking, as the Russians warns of arms export to Ukraine. They have promised to target convoys and whatnot crossing into Ukraine. Russians has warned Finland and Sweden from joining NATO. Doing the same to the Moldova and Georgia who has also speeded up their process to become a member of the European Union (EU). Seriously, Russia has gone after them all and if not… they are speaking out of terms and without proof at this point.
This is a way of defending the indefensible. We know that Kremlin and Moscow have a superior complex, which has never been revived. The Russian government and Federation wants to be an empire again. That’s why they are using the means of Russian interference in former Soviet Republic’s like Ukraine.
We are supposed to believe that the Russians would send their youths to annex the Donbas region. The Russians are doing this to dismantle and get control of Kyiv. They are worried that the borders of European Union and NATO edges closer. While Russia isn’t as strong or built as a force to be reckon with. No, it is falling behind and fast.
Now, the current leadership is killing their next generation and a massive amount of future civilians. These are maybe from the most impoverish parts of Russia and from the marginalized regions of the Federation. Still, these are the future of Russia, but they are bleeding and dying on the battlefield towards Kyiv. It is tragic that the game of the megalomanic of Kremlin is causing this.
The Russian government and authorities has decided to wage this war. The Russian and Belorussian allies decided this and they encircled the whole Ukraine for a long time before invading in the end of February 2022. That was a deliberate act and they said to defend and declare Donbas free, but they targeted the whole Republic. That just shows the lie and how great that lie is. Russians are dying on the battlefield over a lie.
A lie of vilification and creating villains out of Ukraine. The victim and the ones who is invaded is the monster. While the real monster and the bogeymen is crossing into Ukraine. They are the barbarians and the ones who comes with destruction. The ones who comes with looting and war-crimes against Ukraine.
So, it is tiring that Russians are the ones that has violated the Minsk Agreement and the Budapest Memorandum, but always claim Ukraine did so. If you read them and know how the Russians has annexed territory and armed separatists in Donbas. Therefore, the Russians blaming Ukraine is getting old..
We know everyone else is villains in the eyes of the leaders of Russia. Only the ones that is towing the party line is decent people. It doesn’t matter if they are burying their nephews or nieces, since that is what Kremlin and the Duma is busy at doing in Ukraine. Either with their own troops who dies on the battlefront or the Ukrainian brothers they killing in actions. Peace.
“Various weapons are sent to Ukraine through Poland and other NATO countries in an endless stream. All this is done under the pretext of ‘fighting the invasion’, but in fact, the United States and the European Union intend to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian, and they are absolutely indifferent to the fate of Ukraine as an independent subject of international relations” – Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (30.04.2022).
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is clearly bending the ideals and such, which is in frame with the rhetoric of late. While Russians are allowed to wage war on a sovereign nation like Ukraine, the West and United States isn’t allowed in their minds to support and aide the Ukrainian forces. That is really hypocrisy, as the Kremlin and Moscow is allowing itself to impose itself on Ukraine, but the West is just supposed to look idly by. While Russians are conducting atrocities, war-crimes is continuing within Ukraine.
The Russians are acting like victims, which is disgusting. Knowingly the way they are sending missiles on civilian targets, the way they are burying civilians in mass-graves, torturing and raping innocent civilians. That’s why I am staunch supporter of both humanitarian and military aide to Ukraine. As the imperial forces of Russia is coming there to violate and occupy more territory. In such a manner to carve and annex more territory.
It is ironic that Lavrov speaks of the independence of Ukraine. As the Russians are violating that… and the Russians are not even concerned about the nationhood or statehood of Ukraine. The Russian Federation and the one spelling out the propaganda for the regime has told this. The Russian President stated this and mocked Ukraine as well. Therefore, we know the real deal and the only thing Russia wants is… to bleed the Ukrainian state out and conquer it.
The Russian-Belorussian invasion wants to shed no tears and continue the bloodshed, as long as possible and install a puppet in Kyiv. That is the given and no one should be shocked by that. The talk of independence and democracy coming from Russia is foolish. As they are run by a dictator and a President for Life. The same is their ally in Minsk. Therefore, the Kremlin wants a silent cadre and a loyal soldier in Kyiv. They don’t want someone who turns to the West or Europe. Alas, the main reason for the war in the first place.
So it doesn’t get better when Lavrov also says this:
“We witness the manifestation of classic double standards and hypocrisy of the Western establishment at present. Publicly expressing support to the Kiev regime, NATO countries are doing everything to prevent completion of the operation by way of reaching political agreements” (Lavrov, 30.04.2022).
The Western Nations and NATO is only helping a nation with self-defence and with humanitarian assistance. While Russia would prefer to do it all by themselves and annihilate Ukraine without anyone seeing or helping Kyiv. That is the initial gist I am getting. Lavrov and Kremlin is feeling bad that the warfare is taking to long time.
Russian speaks of hypocrisy, but the way and the manner they are talking in this war is the same. They speak of the independence of Ukraine and as a sovereign. While they are working on overtime to invade and conquer it. The Russians aren’t adhering to the Budapest Memorandum and neither did Russians respect the Minsk Agreement. So, the Kremlin and President Putin should study these agreements before pointing their fingers at the West or Kyiv. They are the ones aiding separatists, waging war and annexing territory in Ukraine.
That’s why Lavrov and such just wants to bleed Ukraine out. That seems to be their mission and how they operate. Since they are warning and talking ill of anyone supporting or aiding Kyiv. Peace.
“We have already commented the other day on statements by British Deputy Defense Minister [James] Heappey about okaying Ukraine’s strikes on Russian military targets” (…) “In other words, the West is openly calling on Kiev to attack Russia, even with weapons received from NATO countries” (…) “Further evidence that [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky’s regime is not independent in its decisions and is completely dependent on external handlers” (…) “I would like Kiev and Western capitals to take seriously the statements of our country’s Defense Ministry that further Ukrainian provocations to strike Russian targets will definitely lead to a harsh response from Russia” – Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (28.04.2022).
In Moscow it must be tough to see the West and the European Union unceremoniously support and helps Kyiv. That got to sting after the Russians has tried to forge allies and networks within Europe to sow disunity and dismantle the European Union (EU). The Russians succeeded with Brexit and that was very clever, indeed. However, they have not been able to break the European solidarity or will to help each other out.
That’s why the Russians are calling foul and with anger, as the European and Western leaders are directly supporting Kyiv. They are coming, visiting and showing what they want to do. In such a manner, which haven’t been shown before. The Russians shouldn’t be surprised or think anything of it. They are mentally prepared for heaven and Third World War. That is if you believe the National Broadcasts or the Russian Propaganda, which is spoon-fed to the public within the Federation. Nevertheless, the bravado only get you so far.
Zakharova is saying this, as we know the Russians are good at giving warnings and promising the next big war. They are promising new fronts and frontiers. This is to strike fear and seen this tactic being used during this war. The Russians has spoken of possible nuclear war and also attack any convoy or any transports into Ukraine. That’s what they have said and anyone doing so could become a target.
Now, they are making it even harder. The Russians just wants the Ukrainian to naturally run dry and not have supplies. That is natural from their sense, but they cannot stop arms trade or put an arms embargo. They can petition the United Nations, but I wouldn’t bank on it getting voted on or even get through. Because, there is nothing illegal in trading weapons and arms to Ukraine at this moment. It is only hurting the pride of Russia.
Russian Federation should be more worried about their shoddy logistics, their losses of tanks and mechanical divisions inside Ukraine. As the farmers and civilians has taken them and the Ministry of Defence has gotten lots of equipment to use against the Russians. Therefore, the biggest supplier of military equipment and vehicles happens to be Russians and the Ukrainian forces are now using it against them.
They are saying the NATO and West is interfering and directing Ukraine. However, NATO isn’t directly participating and neither is other Western forces. The Ukrainian have only gotten supplies and help from the West. They have bought and donated arms. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian military haven’t been ordered or followed directions from Pentagon or anywhere else. That is what the Kremlin and Moscow wants the world to believe in.
Alas, that is not the case. Also, the Russians are really stupid, if they believe they can violate Ukraine on the daily, but not expect any retaliation or attacks on their own soil. That should be expected, as Ukraine is attacking convoys and other installations to stifle the Russian military. If they think they can only violate, destroy and massacre Ukrainians without any ramifications. The Russian delusion is seriously a drug and can make people blind. That is how it looks from the outside. A war happens to be this way and not only for one party to attack the other, but for the defensive one to show force against the other too. That shows that Russians doesn’t have good defences and aren’t able to strike against counter-attacks. This is a weakness and not Ukraine’s fault, but Kremlin and the Russian army itself. To say it would bring more hurt and suffering.
Well, Ukrainians has seen the savagery, the devastation and the war-crimes Russians commits. They know what you guys do… and the retaliation will not be something they haven’t already seen. Therefore, Kremlin better take the attacks on the chin and humble itself. Since, when you start a war… you don’t know how it will play out. The Russians should know this… since the Blitzkrieg was supposed to last 3 days, but we are now over 60 days. Therefore, get your act together.
A war isn’t a one-way street, but maybe Kremlin forgot about that. Kyiv would answer and not the answers Moscow wanted. Peace.
“For 30 years, the Moldovan army has been left without equipment, without military equipment and combat-ready means. We are now aware of the consequences” – President Maia Sandu
“Transnistria has stopped all men of fighting age from leaving its territory. Moldova views this move as a concerning escalation” (Samuel Ramani, 28.04.2022).
“Long queues entering and leaving Transdniestra after several attacks in Moldovas breakaway region. Both Russia and Ukraine blame each other for “provocations”” (Neave Barker, 28.04.2022).
On the 2nd April 2022 there was reports and intelligence gathered tat in Transnistria, the Russian separatist region of the Republic of Moldova. That there was plans to make provocations and demonstrating actions towards the Ukrainian border. This was after reports of moving troops and other things within Transnistria and the Moldovan region of Pridnistrovsk. However, since then it has been little to nothing.
Now in the last 48 hours things has started to move quickly. The Romanian forces are sent to the border region of Moldova. While the Bulgarian Foreign Minister has told it’s citizens to leave Moldova.
While there been talks of false-flag operations going on in Tiraspol within Transnistria as a way of making excuses for military movements and possible changes. There was even use of Russian grenade launcher at a public building, which implies the tactic used elsewhere is now being here. The OSCE is planned to travel to review the current state of affairs. Where the OSCE Special Representative and Special Envoy will meet Transdniestrian leader Vadim Krasnoselsky and Transdniestrian Chief Negotiator Vitaly Ignatiev. However, we will not know that will go or even happen at this point.
Moldovan President Maia Sandu has all the rights to be worried, as this is an escalation and one that has been followed for some time. It is a reason why the General Staff or Armed Forces of Ukraine was stating this in early April. That was a signal that two things could possibly happen.
One Transnistria would be used as an another front and a way into Ukraine. So, that the Ukrainian forces have yet another frontline. This would be used to make a corridor and attack Odessa from a new angle.
Second is that Transnistria would be used as a tool to annex or even takeover Moldova as whole. To take Moldova and put that under control from Kremlin. In such a manner and a hostile invasion from within, by using the separatist region as a springboard to invade Chisinau.
Both possibilities are there. First we should see if Krasnoselsky is travelling to Moscow anytime soon. Where he will sign a similar agreement to what the Donbas “People’s Republic’s” did in late February. Because, if that happens and the Russian President Putin puts his orders and decrees in order. Than we know it’s on and it’s bound to happen. In such a manner of which we have previously seen in Ukraine for more than 60 days.
The proper disinformation from Russian sources and outlets are saying “Romanian” troops are soon invading Moldova. Which is not the truth, as the brigades and troops there is on the border to “peacekeeping” and ensure the territorial integrity of Romania. Alas, also the blame-game inside Transnistria, where separatist are blaming Ukraine and Ukrainian are saying Russians are behind it.
Nevertheless, we do know that the “false-flag” operations has been modus operandi of Moscow and Kremlin. They tried several attempts ahead of the official start of the conflict in Ukraine. So, seeing similar activity in Transnistria now isn’t shocking, but showing the intent of Russian forces and separatists.
If Russia does anything here and escalates it. That shows they intentionally do this to every separatist region and such, which they have in other former USSR republic. Heck, all other former USSR republics should be warned and the Eastern flank of NATO needs further boosting. Since, the Russian are on a warpath and they are settling old grudges. While the independent states are losing, as they were branching closer to Europe and Brussels, which isn’t in the interest of Moscow. Peace.
When I see those destroyed buildings, I must say what I feel. I imagined my family in one of those houses that is now destroyed and black. I see my granddaughters running away in panic, part of the family eventually killed. So, the war is an absurdity in the 21st century. The war is evil. And when one sees these situations our heart, of course, stays with the victims. Our condolences to their families, but are emotions are that there is no way a war can be acceptable in the 21st century. Look at that.
BUCHA (Church of the St Andrew the First-Called All Saints)
When we this horrendous site, it makes me feel how important it is [to have] a thorough investigation and accountability. I am glad that International Criminal Court is seized of the situation and that the prosecutor’s office was already here. I fully support the International Criminal Court and I appeal to the Russian Federation to accept to cooperate with the International Criminal Court. But when we talk about war crimes, we cannot forget that the worst of crimes is war itself.
Thank you very much.
IRPIN (destroyed Irpinsky Lipki residential complex)
This horrific scenario demonstrates something that is unfortunately, always true: civilians always pay the highest price. Innocent civilians were living in these buildings. They were paying the highest price for a war for which they had not contributed at all. And this is something everybody should remember, everywhere in the world. Wherever there is a war, the highest price is paid by civilians.