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Airborne warning sirens were held across Ukraine on Thursday as two missiles were spotted in the Mykolaiv region. Follow the latest developments in the war in Ukraine hour by hour.
7:46 a.m .: air alert throughout Ukraine for fear of a Russian attack
Two Russian missiles have been identified over the Mykolaiv region.
“The missiles are flying within Ukrainian territory. At least two [se dirigent] northwest through the Mykolaiv region [dans le sud du pays]said regional governor Vitali Kim on his Telegram account.
Ukraine’s military earlier announced that anti-aircraft defenses shot down 24 Russian-fired drones overnight. Fifteen of these drones were destroyed in the kyiv region. No damage was reported.
4:01 a.m .: Zelensky calls on the UN to act on “forced deportations”
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday urged a senior UN representative to help find a solution to the forced deportation to Russia of thousands of adults and children, which kyiv denounces as a serious consequence of the war engendered by Moscow eleven months ago.
“The discussion focused above all on our nationals whom the occupiers deported to Russia,” President Zelensky said of his meeting earlier today with the UN High Commissioner. for refugees, Filippo Grandi. “These are our adults, these are our children. A mechanism is needed to protect them and to bring them back, and to hold all those responsible for these deportations accountable,” he continued in a daily video address. “I am sure that the UN institutions can show their leadership in resolving this issue.”
According to an official portal, entitled Ukrainian children of war, 459 children have been killed and 916 others injured since the start of the war on February 24, 2022. It also reports the deportation of more than 14,700 children. The US State Department projects the number of Ukrainian deportees at over 900,000, possibly 1.6 million people, including 260,000 children.
1:46 am: European country seeks to send cluster bombs to Ukraine
A European country has offered to send cluster munitions to Ukraine, saying the controversial weapons – whose use by Russia has been criticized – could be useful on the battlefield, an official said on Wednesday .
The official from a European country, who did not want to be identified by name or nation of origin, said his government had approved the delivery and was seeking approval from Germany, involved in the ammunition production.
Cluster bombs (BASM) are made up of a container, like a shell, containing explosive projectiles, of smaller size, called “submunitions”. Very imprecise, they strike a huge proportion of civilians.
Their use and transfer are prohibited by the Oslo Convention of 2008, signed by a large part of the enthusiastic countries. But the Kremlin has not signed this treaty, and the UN has been alarmed by Russia’s use of these weapons in populated areas since the start of the invasion of Ukraine last year.
With AFP and Reuters