Moscow slams Mariupol and Cherniguiv, dampening hopes for change after talks with Turkey

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A building of the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) was targeted by bombing Russian in Mariupol, a besieged strategic port in southeastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian official said on Wednesday.

“Enemy planes and artillery shelled the building, marked with a red cross on a white background, which is equivalent to the presence of wounded, civilians or humanitarian material,” he continued, adding an aerial image of a building with a roof marked with a Red Cross. “At the moment we have no information on the victims,” ​​he said.

A Red Cross spokeswoman Geneva confirmed that the displayed image showed an ICRC warehouse in Mariupol. “We don’t have a team on the ground, so we don’t have any other information, including casualties or potential damage,” she said. According to her, all the humanitarian aid stored in the building had already been distributed.

phrase of the day

Vladimir Putin created this global food crisis.”

The accusation comes from the number two in US diplomacy Wendy Sherman during a Security Council meeting dedicated to the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. She insisted on a risk of “famine” after the invasion of the “breadbasket of Europe” and stressed that the russian leader he’s the only one who can “stop” this food crisis.

the number of the day

4 millions

The bar was crossed on Wednesday. More than 4 million Ukrainians have fled their country since the invasion by the Russian army on February 24, according to figures from the High Commissioner for Refugees this Wednesday. the Poland it alone is home to more than 2.3 million of these people.

The trend of the day

Hope falls. While markets positively cringed at the thought of a breakthrough in Russian-Ukrainian talks, their hopes were dashed on Wednesday. Cherniguiv, north of kyiv, continued to be shelled overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday by the Russian army, despite the commitment of Moscow “radically” reduce its military activity there.

Russian forces “probably abandoned their efforts to encircle kyiv today, even though they continue to fight to hold their current positions on both banks of the Dnieper River,” according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

Talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Istanbul Tuesday did not yield anything “very promising” or any “breakthrough”, the Kremlin. “At this time, we cannot report anything very promising or any progress. There is a lot of work to be done,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

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