5 things to know on Wednesday

Harris will travel to Poland and Romania; Congress strikes $13.6 billion bipartisan deal to help Ukraine

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Poland and Romania on Wednesday as the United States and its NATO allies seek to bolster Ukrainian fighters while avoiding getting caught up in a wider war with Russia. In the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, back-to-back air alerts on Wednesday morning urged residents to go to bomb shelters for fear of incoming Russian missiles. Shortly after a go-ahead was given for the first alert, a second alert followed. Congressional leaders struck a bipartisan deal early Wednesday providing $13.6 billion to help Ukraine and its European allies. On Tuesday, the first corridor intended to allow civilians to safely escape from Ukraine’s battered cities was opened, a landmark move that has drawn skepticism after similar efforts failed. Ukrainian officials said the corridors were still impossible for civilian use due to continued Russian shelling. The Russian military refuted this claim, alleging that Ukraine only allowed civilians to use one corridor from the city of Sumy and blocked other routes from Kiev, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Mariupol. More than 2 million people have now fled Ukraine, according to the United Nations.

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