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Seventh day of the war in Ukraine: the current situation
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Ukraine woke up this Wednesday, the seventh day of the Russian invasion, again under attack. After Russian forces bombed the capital and the country’s second-largest city on Tuesday, Kharkiv is once again at the center of the action and Kherson is likely to have already been conquered by the Russians.

  • A Ukrainian delegation is expected this Thursday, in Belarus, for a new round of negotiations with Russia. A ceasefire will be on the agenda;
  • Russian army will be near Ukraine’s largest active nuclear power plant. Russia informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this Wednesday that its army is close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, the largest active nuclear plant in Ukraine and Europe, IAEA director Rafael Mariano said;
  • The UN General Assembly this afternoon passed a resolution condemning Russian actions in Ukraine. In all, 141 members voted in favour, five against and 35 abstained;
  • The only alternative to sanctions “would be a devastating nuclear war”, warns the head of Russian diplomacy. The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, said this Wednesday that US President Joe Biden knows that the only alternative to sanctions against Moscow is a third world war, which would be “a devastating nuclear war”;

  • Kharkiv again suffered a missile attack. On Wednesday morning, at 8:10 am (local time), the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv suffered a new air attack by Russian forces. A missile hit a police building and a university;
  • Russian army claims to have conquered the city of Kherson. The Russian army claims to have conquered the city of Kherson, in southern Ukraine, north of Crimea, reports AFP news agency. Ukraine denies it and says that “battles” are ongoing for control of the city;
  • Still in southern Ukraine, the Russians say they have already taken Mariupol, the port city with access to the Black Sea. The Ukrainian Government denies it;
  • Ukraine’s president says nearly 6,000 Russian soldiers have died in the war. Ukraine’s armed forces also say that 31 helicopters and 211 tanks have already been shot down;
  • In statements quoted by British television Sky News, Zelensky stressed that Ukraine has managed to inflict heavy losses on invading troops and accused Moscow of wanting to erase the country from history after the Kiev Holocaust memorial was bombed;
  • Children between the ages of seven and 11 were detained by Russian police in Moscow for having placed flowers next to the Ukrainian embassy and for calling for “the end of the war” with posters;
  • European Union will grant temporary protection to refugees from the war in Ukraine. Refugees will be granted residency visas and access to education, the job market and medical care. The European Commission will also facilitate the process of entry into member countries close to Ukraine so that the queues of people at the borders are reduced;
  • Poland has already received more than 450,000 refugees. More than 450,000 people have fled to Poland since the start of the war in Ukraine. On Monday alone, more than 100,000 refugees crossed the border, the highest number so far. In total, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has already caused a wave of more than 874,000 refugees;
  • Slovaks fear the advance of the war and start a race for passports. In Slovakia, there is an atmosphere of fear and apprehension about the war that is taking place in neighboring Ukraine. Many Slovaks fear having to travel suddenly and not having their travel documents in order;
  • The Slovak authorities appeal for calm in the face of the race for passports. The number of orders, especially for urgent delivery, tripled in the last week, according to SIC envoys, journalist João Nuno Assunção and Nuno Fróis;
  • Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko and brother Wladimir, both former boxers and world champions, spoke to the BBC from Kiev, which they guarantee they will not leave: “This is our home”. Despite all the help that has come to the country, they warn that “food and water” are lacking;
  • A barrel of Brent oil exceeds 110 dollars. The barrel of Brent oil for delivery in May continues to rise this Wednesday, to 110.03 dollars, on the London futures market, a new high since July 2014;
  • Natural gas reaches historic maximum. The European reference price for natural gas, the Dutch TTF, shot up today to 194,715 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), a historic high, driven by the war in Ukraine, with Russia being a major producer and exporter of gas.

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