The IMF allocates $ 1.4 billion for the country invaded by Russia.
Fifteenth day of the war and – for the UN – over 500 civilians have died since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with another 908 people injured in the conflict. But much higher numbers arrive from Kiev: only in Mariupol, where a pediatric hospital was bombed yesterday, 1207 people died in nine days of war. So much so that the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the city a “genocide” is taking place: “The Europeans”, he said, “now they cannot say that they have not seen what is happening to the Ukrainians and therefore they must press hard on Russia to sit down. with us to talk and end this war ». 17 adults were officially injured in the bombing of the hospital. Meanwhile, thousands are displaced and more than five million refugees are expected in Europe. Through the humanitarian corridors, as reported by Kiev, 48,000 Ukrainians were evacuated: most – 43,000 – from Sumy, another 3,500 left the Kiev region and a thousand left Enerhodar. For Unicef, more than 1 million children have fled from Ukraine to neighboring countries in less than two weeks since the Russian invasion began: the director Catherine Russell added that at least 37 children were killed and 50 injured in the conflict.
Meanwhile, the Russian attack does not subside: the mayor of Zhytomyr, a historic city in the western part of the country invaded by the Russians, said on the evening of 9 March that a new air attack hit a civil building and a thermal power plant.
On the diplomatic front, however, today is the day of the first meeting between Russian foreign ministers Sergej Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba: the venue for the summit will be the city of Antalya, Turkey. In the past few hours Ukraine has said it is ready to “a diplomatic solution” and to discuss the Russian request for neutrality, but it will not give “a single centimeter” of territory to Moscow: as explained in an interview with “Bloomberg TV” Ihor Zhovkva , President Zelensky’s deputy chief of staff and one of his main foreign policy advisers, “our first condition for having such a negotiation is an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops.”
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