About a quarter of Ukraine’s population was displaced less than a month after the Russian invasion, according to the The United Nations.
Ukraine’s population has already been declining for years, falling from over 50 million in the 1990s to 43 million in 2022.
Today, another 10 million Ukrainians – or around 25% – have been internally displaced or fled as refugees to other countries as Russian forces continue their siege of residential communities.
Hundreds of thousands of people have recently fled the port city of Mariupol, where Russian forces have been accused of shelling civilian shelters. The Russian military on Sunday promised Ukrainians remaining in Mariupol safety if they fled the city via humanitarian corridors, but Ukrainian authorities quickly rejected the offer.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that as of Monday, eight humanitarian corridors agreed to evacuate residents from areas affected by the Russian invasion, including Mariupol.
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► EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell accuses Russia of committing war crimes in Ukraine after the “indiscriminate” killings in Mariupol, according to the Associated Press.
► At least six people were killed overnight by shelling near a downtown kyiv on Sunday evening, according to the Associated Press.
► President Joe Biden will host a call on Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “discuss their coordinated responses to the unprovoked and unwarranted attack of Russia against Ukraine”, the White House mentioned.
► After nearly a consecutive month of work at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant since Russian forces seized it on February 24, 50 working staff have been replaced, the plant’s management said.
►The Chinese Ambassador to the United States told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that China’s condemnation of the Russian invasion would not help or have any effect on Russia.
President Biden will visit Poland on Friday but will not visit Ukraine
President Joe Biden will trip to Poland this week following Thursday’s meetings with NATO, G7 and EU leaders in Brussels.
On Friday, Biden will travel to Warsaw, where he will meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda to discuss how the United States and its allies are “responding to the humanitarian and human rights crisis that the unjustified and unprovoked war of Russia against Ukraine created”, a White House statement read.
More than 2 million Ukrainians have fled to neighboring Poland as refugees, according to the United Nations.
Biden’s trip to Europe will not include a stopover in Ukraine, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki tweeted on Sunday.
– Celina Tebor
Israel reconciles ‘complex considerations’ in its involvement with Ukraine and Russia
After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked for help and a tougher stance against Russia’s attack from Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the country is handling its involvement with Ukraine and Russia “in a sensitive, generous and responsible manner while balancing diverse considerations and complex,” according to the Associated Press.
Israel condemned Russia’s invasion but refrained from taking steps that would anger Moscow for fear of undermining its military coordination in neighboring Syria, according to the Associated Press.
In a video address to Israel’s parliament on Sunday, Zelenskyy urged lawmakers to act against Russia and accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to implement a “final solution” against Ukraine. The term was used by Nazi Germany for its genocide of some 6 million Jews during World War II.
“Our people now roam the world, seeking safety as you once did,” said Zelenskyy, who is Jewish.
– Bailey Schulz
Despite a “continued lack of progress”, kyiv remains Russia’s main military objective, according to to British military officials.
Heavy fighting continues north of the city in north-central Ukraine, but “the bulk” of Russian forces remain more than 24 km from the center of the city, the UK Ministry of Defense said in a statement. updating information.
“Russian forces advancing on the city from the northeast are at a standstill,” the update said. “Forces coming from the direction of Hostomel to the northwest were repulsed by fierce Ukrainian resistance.”
The ministry said Russia would likely prioritize attempts to encircle the city in the coming weeks.
– Bailey Schulz
New Zealand offers non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine
New Zealand plans to provide NZ$5 million ($3.5 million) in non-lethal military aid to support Ukraine. The funds will primarily go to the NATO Trust Fund, which provides fuel, military rations, first aid kits and more to Ukraine.
“This is the first time that New Zealand has provided direct funding to a third party organization for non-lethal military assistance of this type,” Prime Minister Jacinda said in a statement. “By contributing directly to the NATO Trust Fund, Ukrainian forces on the ground can immediately benefit from the additional assistance.”
New Zealand will also make a variety of surplus defense equipment available to Ukraine, including body armor, helmets and vests.
– Bailey Schulz
Deputy National Security Advisor: US May Extend Sanctions Against Russia
Deputy National Security Adviser Daleep Singh said on Sunday that the United States has the ability to expand its sanctions against Russia.
“(We can) take the measures, take the sanctions that we have already applied, apply them to more targets. Apply them to more sectors,” Singh told CBS’s 60 Minutes. “More banks, more sectors we haven’t touched.”
“It’s mainly oil and gas, but there are other sectors as well,” he added. “I don’t want to specify them, but I think Putin would know what it is.”
When asked what Putin would have to do for the sanctions to be lifted, Singh replied “we are far from there”.
“The first thing (Putin) must do is stop a reckless and barbaric attack on Ukrainian civilians,” he said. “That’s not happening.”
– Bailey Schulz
What is a war of attrition?
After weeks of Russian forces besieging residential towns and the Ukrainian army trying to cut off supply lines, Western governments and analysts say Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is starting to turn into a war of wear. But what does that mean?
Attrition warfare refers to wearing down an opponent to exhaustion. One of the most famous examples of a war of attrition was World War I, which consisted of long and drawn out battles, much of it fought in trenches.
Britain’s defense intelligence chief said last week that Russia was moving to a “strategy of attrition” after an unexpected pushback of Ukrainian forces and a failure to capture its biggest cities. Chief of Defense Intelligence, Lt. Gen. Jim Hockenhull, said the Russian forces’ new strategy “will involve the reckless and indiscriminate use of firepower. This will lead to increased civilian casualties, destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure and an intensification of the humanitarian crisis.
Mariupol City Council accused the Russian army of bombing an art school on Sunday where around 400 people had taken refuge. A few days earlier, Russian forces had bombed a theater in the strategic port city where civilians had taken refuge.
– Celina Tebor
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