Video summary of the Ukraine-Russia war: May 26 14:20 (CNN Spanish) — Russia continues its advance in eastern Ukraine and outnumbers and outguns Ukrainian forces, while President Volodymyr Zelensky accuses Moscow of “genocide” for its action in the Donbas region. Watch the latest news of the war on May 27, 2022. Zelensky says that the Russian action in Donbas is “a clear policy of genocide” The intensification of the Russian offensive in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas reflects “a clear policy of genocide,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his late-night speech on Thursday. “The current offensive by the occupiers in Donbas can make the region uninhabited,” Zelensky said. “They want to burn Popasna, Bakhmut, Lyman, Lysychansk and Severodonetsk to ashes. Like Volnovakha, like Mariupol,” he added. In the cities closest to the Russian border, such as Donetsk and Luhansk, Russian forces are “assembling everyone they can to take the place of the dead and wounded of the occupying contingent,” Zelensky said. “All of this, including the deportation of our people and the mass killings of civilians, is a blatant policy of genocide carried out by Russia.” Zelensky said that putting pressure on Russia “is literally a matter of saving lives” and that every delay, dispute or proposal to “appease” Russia leads to “new dead Ukrainians” and new threats to everyone on the continent. Experts accuse Russia of inciting genocide in Ukraine and seeking to “destroy” the Ukrainian people A damaged residential building is seen in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on May 26. (Photo: Sergey Kozlov/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Russia’s actions in Ukraine provide enough evidence to conclude that Moscow is inciting genocide and committing atrocities with the intention of destroying the Ukrainian people, according to the first independent report on the accusations of genocide in that country. The legal report, signed by more than 30 leading jurists and experts on genocide, accuses the Russian state of violating several articles of the United Nations Genocide Convention. It warns that there is a grave and imminent risk of genocide in Ukraine, backing up the accusations with a long list of evidence including examples of mass killings of civilians, forced deportations, and dehumanized anti-Ukrainian rhetoric used by senior Russian officials. The report was produced by the New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy, a US-based think tank, and the Canada-based Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights, and will be published this Friday. Its authors will send copies to parliaments, governments and international organizations around the world. An advance copy of the report has been shared exclusively with CNN. “We have brought together the best legal experts from around the world, who have examined all the evidence and concluded that the Russian Federation is responsible for violations of the Genocide Convention in Ukraine,” Azeem Ibrahim told CNN. of the New Lines Institute. Ibrahim visited Ukraine in March to gather evidence for the report. “This is a very comprehensive and detailed examination of extensive evidence,” he said. “What we have seen so far is that this war is genocidal in nature, in terms of the language that is being used and the way that it is being executed. That is very, very clear.” Heavy fighting continues in Luhansk region, Ukrainian authorities say Ukrainian authorities reported on Friday that heavy fighting continued in the Luhansk region, with a local military chief describing “fierce battles” for the city of Severodonetsk. In televised remarks, Oleksandr Striuk, head of the Severodonetsk city military administration, said: “There have been fierce battles for the city. We have a hot spot, the Mir hotel. On May 26 [jueves], an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group entered the Mir hotel. The Armed Forces [ucranianas] they resisted.” A pro-Russian Telegram channel said Russian forces had entered the hotel, which is north of Severodonetsk, and street fighting was taking place. A man walks near the remains of a missile in the city of Lisichansk , in eastern Ukraine, on May 26. (Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) Serhiy Hayday, head of the Luhansk regional military administration, said that a Ukrainian operation was underway on Friday to retake the hotel, but added: “We still don’t have control of the hotel. But we are working to expel the Russians [fascistas rusos]Hayday also described heavy shelling around Severodonetsk and neighboring Lysychansk as Russian forces pushed in from the direction of the towns of Purdivka and Shchedryshchevo, saying they had set fire to the Lysychansk police station and damaged some 50 police buildings. “Residents of Severodonetsk have already forgotten what it’s like for the city to be silent for at least half an hour,” Hayday said. “The Russians continuously harass residential neighborhoods. On May 26, four residents of Severodonetsk were killed by enemy shells in the old quarters of the city. Two of them died at the same time near a tall building. There is damage to the housing stock; 11 apartment buildings and one private house damaged.”
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