EU urges citizens to work from home and drive less to reduce Russia’s dependence on gas
The EU is asking people to change their habits to use less energy, which it says will help reduce reliance on Russian gas. The EU imports about 40% of its natural gas from Russia.
The European Commission and the International Energy Agency have compiled a list of energy saving measures and say they could save households an average of up to 500 euros ($540) a year.
“People from all over Europe have helped Ukraine by donating or helping refugees directly, and many would like to do more. Most households are also experiencing higher energy bills due to the energy crisis exacerbated by the war,” they said. the Commission and the IEA in a joint statement. statement.
“Using less energy is not only an immediate way for Europeans to lower their bills, it also supports Ukraine by reducing the need for Russian oil and gas, which helps reduce the revenue streams that finance the invasion,” they added. the organizations.
“If all EU citizens followed the following recommendations at home and at work, they would save 220 million barrels of oil per year, which is enough to fill 120 supertankers, and around 17 billion cubic meters of gas, which is enough to heat almost 20 million homes,” the IAE said on its website.
The list of measures encourages people to:
- Turn down the heat and use less air conditioning
- Adjust boiler settings
- Work from home
- Use the car more economically.
- Slow down on highways, with the car’s air conditioning turned off
- Leave the car at home on Sundays in the big cities
- Walk or bike for short trips instead of driving
- Use the public transportation
- Skip the plane, take the train
The mayor of Mariupol calls for a total evacuation of the city
People walk past cars damaged during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 21, 2022.
Alexander Ermochenko | Reuters
Mariupol’s mayor has called for a full evacuation of the besieged southern port city, which Russia says it has captured, except for the Azovstal steel plant complex, where a few thousand Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are holding out. It has been the site of the heaviest shelling since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, without electricity, water and food for nearly two months.
The city has lost about 80% of its pre-war population of around half a million people. Ukraine’s government now says satellite images show mass graves in the area.
“We only need one thing: the total evacuation of the population. About 100,000 people remain in Mariupol,” Mayor Vadym Boichenko said on national television, according to Reuters.
Putin’s decision not to storm Mariupol plant may be aimed at freeing Russian forces: UK
Heavy fighting continues in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, and Putin’s decision to blockade the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol was likely aimed at freeing up his forces to fight elsewhere, the UK Defense Ministry said in its statement. daily intelligence update on Twitter.
A few thousand Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are still holed up inside the plant, and several attempts to create humanitarian evacuation corridors have failed.
“Despite Russia’s renewed focus, they are still suffering losses suffered earlier in the conflict,” the UK ministry wrote. “To try to rebuild their depleted forces, they have resorted to transiting inoperable equipment back to Russia for repairs.”
Ukrainian authorities say up to 9,000 people may be buried in a mass grave near Mariupol.
Up to 9,000 people may be buried in a mass grave in a village outside the city of Mariupol, Ukrainian officials said. in a statement on Telegram.
Satellite images captured by US defense contractor Maxar show mass graves 20 times larger than a cemetery discovered this month in the city of Bucha, the Mariupol City Council said, according to NBC’s translation. The site in the town of Mangush could contain 3,000 to 9,000, and 70 bodies have been found so far, according to the city council.
Maxar said the graves appeared in late March and expanded in April.
CNBC and NBC were unable to independently confirm the report.
A grave with a wreath and Ukrainian flag in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on April 16, 2022. Up to 9,000 people may be buried in a mass grave in a town outside the city of Mariupol, Ukrainian officials said, NBC News reported. .
Andre Luis Alves | Anadolu Agency | fake images
“The biggest war crime of the 21st century was committed in Mariupol. This is the new Babyn Yar,” said Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko, referring to the kyiv ravine where Nazi forces killed some 33,000 Jews in 1941.
“And now Putin is destroying the Ukrainians. He has already killed tens of thousands of civilians in Mariupol. And this requires a strong reaction from the entire civilized world. Anything must stop the genocide,” the mayor said.
The besieged city of Mariupol has been particularly hard hit, as victory there will be a prized goal for Russia. Capturing the southern port city will give Moscow control of much of Ukraine’s southern coast and provide a land corridor to Crimea, which the Kremlin annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Zelenskyy says Russia rejected Easter truce proposal
Ukrainian soldiers patrol the Mykolaiv front amidst the destruction following the Russian shelling of a village in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his late-night video address that Russia has rejected an Easter truce proposal.
Celestine Maple | Nurfoto | fake images
Russia has rejected an Easter truce proposal, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his late-night video address.
“This shows very well how the leaders of this state really treat the Christian faith, one of the most joyous and important holidays,” he added, although he said he still hopes for peace.
Earlier, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a four-day pause in fighting in Ukraine over the Orthodox Christian Easter to evacuate civilians and allow humanitarian aid to be sent to needy areas.
Zelenskyy also said that Mariupol continues to resist Russia, even though Russian President Vladimir Putin claims to have won the city.