Ukraine war: More than 1.9 million internally displaced by Russia’s invasion, says UN

Ukraine war: More than 1.9 million internally displaced by Russia’s invasion, says UN

An estimated 1.9 million people are displaced within Ukraine, according to UN officials, adding to the more than 2.3 million who have fled the country following Russia’s invasion.

Meanwhile, the EU’s chief diplomat has echoed Ukraine’s president in accusing Russia of carrying out a “war crime” by attacking a Mariupol children’s hospital. The local authority has said three people including a girl were killed.

Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers failed to see eye to eye when they met in Turkey, their first encounter since Putin’s invasion.

Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich has been added to the UK government’s sanctions list.

1.9 million Ukrainians internally displaced: UN

“Humanitarian organisations are deploying additional staff across the country and are working to move supplies to warehouses in different hubs within Ukraine and outside,” Dujarric said. “So far, we — along with our partners — have reached more than 500,000 people with some form of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, including life-saving food, shelter, blankets, and medical supplies.”

Ukraine to withdraw troops deployed with UN

The United Nations has received official notification from Ukraine that it intends to withdraw all 308 military and police personnel serving in six UN peacekeeping missions, along with eight Russian-built Mi-8 helicopters currently in Congo.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric made the announcement Thursday, saying this includes about 250 troops from Congo whose withdrawal was announced Wednesday as well as 36 staff officers and experts, and 22 police officers.

In addition to Congo, the Ukrainians are serving in five other peacekeeping operations in Mali, Cyprus, Abyei and South Sudan and Kosovo.

The Ukrainian request appears to be aimed at beefing up its military and helicopters in the war against Russia.

Dujarric again stressed that every country has a right to withdraw military forces contributed to peacekeeping operations and thanked Ukrainian personnel “for their longstanding contribution to peace operations.”

He said the UN is in the process of taking action on the Ukrainian request and will be contacting other countries to replace the troops, police and equipment.10/03/2022 22:56

IAEA provides update on Ukrainian nuclear power plants

The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Thursday evening that: 

  • Ukrainian authorities lost today all communications with the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), the day after the Russian-controlled site lost all external power supplies;
  • it is aware of reports that power has now been restored to Chornobyl and that it is looking for confirmation;
  • without power, systems important for safety had Chornobyl have been powered by diesel generators but that the Ukrianian nuclear operator was not able to maintain some functions such as radiation monitoring, ventilation systems and normal lighting;
  • at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, also under the control of Russian forces, it’s not currently possible to deliver the necessary spare parts, equipment and specialised personnel to carry out planned repairs; maintenance activities at Unit 1 had been reduced to minimum levels.

Meet the Ukrainian orphan returning home from Italy to fight against Russia

Giuseppe Misuraca was not even old enough to recall the last time he was in Ukraine but he is returning to his country of birth to fight.

Giuseppe was only three years old when he left an orphanage in the Donbas region following the deaths of his parents.

He was adopted by a Sicilian family and has lived in Italy his whole life, but says that he still feels “100% Ukrainian” and has always wanted to visit his home country.

Now, he is returning to Ukraine for the first time in 25 years to fight alongside fellow Ukrainians against Russian forces.

“I can’t just wait at home and watch television and do nothing to help my fellow citizens,” he told Euronews.

Source EuroNews

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