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Ukrainian war: Russian missile “graveyard”, Dutch aid and embassy security

A missile “graveyard” in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv contains more than a thousand missiles and is a reminder of some of the worst damage since the Russian invasion.

Local authorities hope to help provide information for any prosecution cases against Russian authorities and soldiers. And one day, perhaps, they will be part of a museum of atrocities in the country.

The bluish cylinders are lined up in rows according to their size, giving an impressive but shocking aerial view.

Dmytro Chubenko, spokesman for the Kharkiv region prosecutor’s office, said the rockets had been collected since the first attacks, and after some time officials decided to organize them by type.

“This is evidence that an international criminal tribunal would use,” he said during a site visit. He mentioned that some specialists have already come to the city to analyze the material.

The missiles, he added, were used against some important residential areas, such as North Saltivka and Oleksiivka. He said authorities estimate that at least 1,700 people were killed by the shelling, including 44 children, in and around Kharkiv.

In the summer, buildings in areas like Saltivka were badly damaged, some blackened and others in ruins. There was virtually no activity, with shops closed and apartments destroyed. Winter hasn’t improved anything.

“We have lost everything, and it is not at all clear what we can expect in the future,” said Anna, a North Saltivka resident who left months ago and has not given his surname for security reasons.

The Kharkiv prosecutor’s office said it would keep the rockets for as long as necessary so that any expert or prosecutor could take the information they need to use as evidence against the Russians.

The Dutch government has announced a huge support program for Ukraine

The Dutch government has announced a new aid package for Ukraine of 2.5 billion euros for 2023.

“As long as Russia continues to wage war on Ukraine, the Netherlands will continue to support Ukraine”, militarily, humanitarianly and diplomatically, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Twitter, adding that he had just had the Ukrainian president on the phone about it. .

The Hague expects the amount to be needed for military support, support for reparations work and work to account for war crimes.

“The exact use of the contribution depends on the needs of the Ukrainians and therefore on the course of the war,” Rutte stressed.

Aid for repair work is intended for the rehabilitation of infrastructure – including energy -, hospitals, housing, agriculture and mine clearance operations.

Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren said last week that the Netherlands had so far provided nearly €1 billion in military aid to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion. February 24.

Finland demands diplomatic security guarantees from Moscow

The Finnish embassy in Moscow has asked Russia to guarantee the security of the diplomatic mission following an incident this week in which people wearing masks threw masses in the courtyard of the embassy.

The incident caused no injuries or damage to the building, the Finnish Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

But Finland’s deputy chief of mission had “asked Russia to guarantee the security of the staff and the building, in accordance with the Geneva Convention on Diplomatic Relations”, a ministry spokesman said.

A video posted on social media – which could not immediately be verified but which appears to be corroborated by comments from the Foreign Office – shows a group of around 10 people running towards the building, which sports outside Finnish and European flags, and throwing several maces over the fence.

euronews Gt

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