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GENEVA — The World Health Organization’s incident manager for Ukraine says those evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol are “on the way” toward government-controlled areas away from the most intense war zones where Ukrainian and Russian forces are fighting .

Dr. Dorit Nitzen, speaking via video to journalists from the government-controlled Zaporizhzhya in Geneva, said that WHO teams are among workers from the United Nations and other aid groups who have worked to help evacuate dozens of people from the plant. Deployed – Up to 100.

“Things are progressing,” she said on Tuesday. “We know they’re on the way.”

Nitzen said the UN health agency is not clear what kind of health is needed for the evacuation, but nearby hospitals and trauma teams are ready to help those arriving.

The United Nations Humanitarian Aid Coordinator and the International Committee of the Red Cross were leading the evacuation, after securing agreement from Ukrainian and Russian officials in recent days.

Nitjan said that in recent days about 100 people have been exiting Mariupol in their own vehicles.


Major Developments in the Russo-Ukraine War:

– US official says Russia plans to capture parts of eastern Ukraine

– Civilians rescued from Mariupol steel plant head to safety

– Push to give arms to Ukraine, pressure on US arms stockpile

– UEFA withdraws more Russian football teams from its competitions

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Other Developments:

LVIV, Ukraine – The British military says it believes the Russian military is now “significantly weak” after losing its war on Ukraine.

The British Defense Ministry made the remarks in its daily statement on Twitter on Tuesday regarding the war.

It said: “As a result of the invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s military is now significantly weakened physically and ideologically. Recovery from this will be faster than sanctions. This will have a lasting impact on Russia’s ability to deploy conventional military force.”

The ministry said Russia’s defense budget doubled from 2005 to 2018, while the modernization program “has not enabled Russia to dominate Ukraine.”

“Failures in both strategic planning and operational execution have made it unable to convert numerical strength into decisive advantage,” the ministry said.

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LVIV, Ukraine – Satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show about 50 Russian military helicopters at a base close to the Ukrainian border.

Image captured Monday by Planet Labs PBC shows helicopters in Stary Oskol, Russia, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) northeast of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Helicopters are stationed on the tarmac, runways and grass of an otherwise civilian airport. Military equipment is stationed nearby to support the aircraft.

Russia is using its military attack helicopters in its war against Ukraine, flying under the ground to try to evade anti-aircraft missiles.

Meanwhile, another satellite image showed a bridge repeatedly targeted by Moscow near the Black Sea port city of Odessa, still standing almost noon. That strategic bridge connects Odessa to the wider countryside and will be crucial to the defense of the region.

A broken area of ​​the home of Russian soldiers near neighboring Moldova has seen a series of mysterious explosions in recent days, raising concerns about escalating conflict.


Rome – Pope Francis has told an Italian newspaper that he offered to visit Moscow to meet with the Russian president about three weeks after the invasion, but received no response.

Francis was quoted by Corriere della Sera as saying on Tuesday that his offer to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow was made through Vatican No. 2, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, 20 days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine .

“Of course, it will be necessary to provide some window of opportunity for the leader of the Kremlin. But we still haven’t received a response and we are still insisting, even though I fear Putin will not meet at this time,” he said. Can and don’t want to.”

Francis said that he spoke for 40 minutes by videoconference with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, and for the first half “with paper in hand, he read out all the justification for the war. I listened to him and said: I need it.” Nothing makes sense. Brother, we are not state clerics, we cannot use the language of politics, but of Jesus. … For this we have to find ways of peace, stop the firing of weapons.”

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KYIV, Ukraine — Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod says his visit to the Ukrainian capital showed “full support from the Danish side” on arms transfers, sanctions on Russia, but humanitarian aid.

Kofod reopened the Danish embassy in Kyiv and met with his counterpart Dymtro Kuleba and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday. Their meetings come as Denmark’s neighbors, Sweden and Finland, are debating joining NATO. Denmark is a founding member.

Moscow has warned that such a move will have consequences, without giving details. Yet on Friday, a Russian military plane violated Swedish and Danish airspace.

“I have to say to Russia that when it comes to security it is a sovereign right of every country. Denmark is not threatening anyone. Sweden, Finland are not threatening anyone,” Kofod told the Associated Press “It’s totally unfair if Russia or anyone else is, in a way, trying to breach our airspace (…) or do some sort of other hybrid attack on us, that’s completely unreasonable. Kind of unfair. And of course we will protect ourselves from it.”

Earlier in the day, Kofod visited Irpin in the suburbs of Kyiv and witnessed firsthand the destruction and devastation.


Ottawa: Ukraine’s nominated ambassador to Canada says Russia must be held accountable for its soldiers who commit sex crimes, including children.

Yulia Kovaliev told a Canadian House of Commons committee on Monday that Russia is using sexual violence as a weapon of war and said rape and sexual assault should be investigated as war crimes.

She said that Russia has also kidnapped Ukrainian children and taken them to Russian-occupied territories and now Russia. Ukraine is working with partners to find and bring back the children.

“The Russians, a few days ago, killed a young mother and taped her surviving child to her body and attached a mine between them,” the ambassador said. He said that the mine exploded.

Kovalev said that all Russian society, and not just President Vladimir Putin “and his proxies” should take responsibility for the war against Ukraine as more than 70% of Russians support the invasion.

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