July 16, 2024
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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

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(Reuters) – Russian forces let a first column of cars escape Ukraine’s besieged port of Mariupol but blocked an aid convoy trying to reach the city, Ukraine said, after 10 days of failed attempts to rescue civilians under relentless bombardment. More than 2,500 civilians have been killed there since the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, a Ukrainian official said. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sounded the alarm over Russia raising the alert level for its nuclear forces and said the prospect of nuclear conflict was within realm of possibility. DIPLOMACY * Speaking before a new rou…

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