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A resident searches for personal effects Tuesday in a building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine.

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What Happened Today (April 5): NPR

A resident searches for personal effects Tuesday in a building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine.

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As Tuesday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the main developments of the day:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the United Nations Security Council. He asked the council to hold Russia – which is a permanent member of the Security Council – and its leader Vladimir Putin accountable for alleged war crimes in Ukraine. He called for Russia’s withdrawal from the Security Council. Otherwise, he said, the Security Council would have to “dissolve” itself.

Zelenskyy described the situation to Bucha, outside kyiv, where bodies were found on the streets and in mass graves after the withdrawal of Russian forces. Zelenskyy accused Russian troops of killing entire families and torturing, among other horrors. Russia has denied reports of atrocities and its UN ambassador has accused Western countries of “fuelling anti-Russian hysteria”.

Humanitarian aid was refused before reaching Mariupol – again. Officials say it’s still not safe to enter, but an evacuation corridor has been set up so residents can leave using their own transportation. Many brace themselves for what aid teams might find after they are admitted to the beleaguered city.

European countries have increased the expulsions of Russian diplomats. France, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Italy are among those expelling dozens of Russian diplomats. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has declared 40 Russian diplomats “undesirable” and described their work as a threat to “those who seek our protection”.

Seizures of the wealth of Russian oligarchs continue. Spanish authorities have seized a luxury yacht in Mallorca, owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, at the request of the US Department of Justice. This was the first coordinated capture under the department’s KleptoCapture task force.

In depth

It is difficult to accuse Putin of potential war crimes and any punishment would be difficult to enforce.

Despite the upheavals of the war, millions of Ukrainian children are still in school.

The war in Ukraine may hasten Europe’s transition to greener energy, but it depends on how governments balance an immediate need for fossil fuels against long-term changes in energy production.

Ukrainians entering Poland at a border crossing were greeted by an Italian pianist playing music.

Epic Games, the maker of the popular Fortnite video game, said that together with Xbox, it raised $144 million to fund humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Previous developments

You can read more Tuesday news here, as well as more in-depth reports and daily recaps here. Also, listen and subscribe to NPR Ukrainian state podcast for updates throughout the day.

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