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8:20 a.m.

Mariúpol City Council reports three deaths after the bombing of a children’s hospital

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The Mariúpol City Council has reported that three people – including two minors – have died after the bombing of a children’s hospital in the city by Russia on Wednesday. At the same time, it has reported that the number of injured is 17 and that among them are children, women and doctors.

“Russian troops are deliberately and ruthlessly destroying the civilian population of Mariupol,” they denounced on their Telegram channel. “The whole world should know about Russia’s crime against humanity, against Ukraine and against the people of Mariupol!” the message ends.

8:08 a.m.

The US Lower House approves a package with 13,600 million for Ukraine

The United States Lower House has approved a large spending package of 1.5 trillion dollars that includes 13.6 billion in aid for Ukraine, funds against gender violence and an item to avoid a paralysis of the Government in just two days.

The measure, which still needs to be endorsed in the Senate, was approved in two separate votes: the Defense part went ahead with 361 votes in favor and 69 against; and the rest by 260 to 171, opposed by most Republicans. The two parties have united around Ukraine, so the legislative project includes 13.6 billion dollars in humanitarian and military aid for Ukraine and Eastern Europe, a figure higher than the 10 billion requested by the White House last week. .

Almost half of those funds, 6,500 million, would go to the Department of Defense so that it can maintain its military operations in NATO countries in Eastern Europe, as well as to send military material to Ukraine, according to a draft made public by the House Appropriations Committee.

The item for Ukraine also includes some 4,000 million to help refugees and internally displaced persons, while 1,800 million will be aimed at responding to the economic needs of Ukraine and its neighboring countries, for example with energy or cybersecurity issues. In addition, 25 million will go to techniques to combat disinformation and 120 million will go to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to help activists and independent media.

EFE information.

7:49 a.m.

The governor of Sumy denounces bombings in neighborhoods of the city

Russian planes have bombed residential neighborhoods in the city of Sumy, in northeastern Ukraine, this morning, according to the governor of the city Dimitro Zhyvytsky.

According to the governor, the bombardment occurred around 01:30 local time (03:30 GMT) and affected a residential area and a gas pipeline. A few minutes later, other areas on the outskirts of the capital and the town of Bytytsia were bombed. The governor has not reported so far if there have been injuries or deaths.

From the city of Sumy, bombed by the Russians for the last four days, one of the humanitarian corridors agreed by the Ukrainians and Russians starts, which has so far made it possible to evacuate some 5,000 people. After three consecutive days of failed evacuation attempts, Ukraine and Russia have finally agreed to open a humanitarian corridor from Sumy to Poltava in the east of the country, a route previously notified to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

EFE information.

7:41 a.m.

The head of the Atomic Energy Agency will meet with Kuleba and Lavrov to discuss nuclear safety in Ukraine

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, will also travel to Antalya (Turkey) on the occasion of the meeting there between the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia, as reported by the UN nuclear agency in Vienna. The goal of the director general is to move towards an agreement that guarantees the safety of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities during the Russian invasion of the country.

“In the meetings held there, I hope to make progress on the urgent issue of guaranteeing the safety of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities. We have to act now,” the Argentine said in a statement issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). . Grossi has been invited to Antalya by the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Cavusoglu, host of the meeting between the ministers Dmytro Kuleba (Ukraine) and Sergey Lavrov (Russia).

In the two weeks of war in Ukraine there have been several incidents around nuclear power plants and facilities in Ukraine. The latest was a “total blackout” at Chernobyl, but for now the IAEA has stated that the power outage does not have a “critical safety” impact.

7:40 a.m.

The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia meet today in Turkey

The foreign ministers of Russia, Serguei Lavrov, and Ukraine, Dimitro Kuleba, will hold a meeting in Turkey on Thursday.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the context of an economic forum in the Turkish city of Antalya, which the two foreign ministers plan to attend. “Indeed, the Russian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to leave today (Wednesday) for Turkey,” Russian diplomat spokeswoman Maria Zajárova told Radio Sputnik yesterday.

It will be the first high-ranking meeting between Ukraine and Russia since the beginning of the Russian invasion two weeks ago. Until now, lower-ranking delegations had met to explore the possibility of a ceasefire and to organize humanitarian corridors to evacuate the civilian population from some regions.

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