France wants to coordinate a “humanitarian operation” in Mariupol with Turkey and Greece, Zelensky announces the construction of houses for the displaced

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The context

  • More than a month after the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, Mariupol remains under siege by Vladimir Putin’s army. The town hall asks for help while the neighbors “start starving”. There would be, according to Volodymyr Zelensky, about 100,000 trapped in the city. Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, claimed Thursday that his forces had seized the city hall, before retracting his statement and admitting it was just an administrative building on the outskirts of the city.
  • The offensive continues in other parts of the countryfollowing Thursday’s deadly attacks in Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, and in Lugansk, and accusations by the Ukrainians about the use of phosphorous bombs in Rubizhne by the Russians.
  • TO kyivDozens of people fled fighting Thursday in an area that Ukraine claims to have recaptured from Russia. Ukrainian forces are conducting “effective and limited counterattacks to relieve pressure on kyiv”albeit on a smaller scale than Ukrainian officials claim, according to the Institute for the Study of War in its latest daily report on Thursday.
  • US President Joe Biden travels to Poland this Friday, in a town near the border with Ukraine. This visit comes after an extraordinary diplomatic marathon in Brussels, where Biden has participated in numerous summits, of NATO, the G7, the European Union, to exalt Western unity in its response to Russia.
  • ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyurged NATO to provide his country “unrestricted military aid”. The Atlantic Alliance has announced that it will supply Ukraine protective equipment against chemical, biological and nuclear threats and it will also protect its forces deployed on Europe’s eastern flank against these threats.
  • More of 3.5 million people fled Ukraine since the start of the war, according to the United Nations tally published on Tuesday.

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