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UKRAINE UPDATES: Zelensky invokes Churchill; Biden bans Russian oil; civilians flee cities; McDonald’s, Starbucks close shops in Russia

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine hits the two-week mark, here’s the most recent headlines…

• A new ceasefire in the northeastern metropolis of Sumy is anticipated to allow more civilians to flee to safety.
• On Tuesday, about 7,000 people had been evacuated from the town, which Russian has bombarded for days. Already 22 people have been killed in air strikes on the city on Monday night time, together with three children.
• Russian state media said humanitarian corridors will also be set up for Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Mariupol, regardless of previous efforts having failed.
• Moscow says Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with Ukrainian’s Dmytro Kuleba in Turkey on Thursday.
• Meanwhile, preventing continues to the north and northwest of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv,as Russian forces proceed their offensive.
• In an unprecedented handle to UK MPs in the House of Commons, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky referenced Winston Churchill…

• His speech followed the UK’s announcement that it might phase out Russian oil imports by year’s finish. He urged the UK Parliament to strengthen sanctions in opposition to Moscow, vowing Ukraine will “fight to the tip.”

• Likewise, US President Joe Biden has introduced a ban on Russian power imports to the US. Biden confirmed a whole US ban on Russian oil, gas and coal imports in a transfer designed to deal a “powerful blow” to Putin. The EU has additionally made moves towards decreasing the continent’s reliance on Russian gas.
• The US can also be sending two Patriot missile batteries to Poland as a “defensive deployment” to counter any potential threat to US and NATO allies during Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, a spokesman for US European Command mentioned Tuesday night time.
• CIA chief William Burns claims Russian President Vladimir Putin initially planned to grab Ukraine’s capital Kyiv inside two days. Speaking at a congressional listening to on Tuesday, he warned US lawmakers…

“I assume Putin is offended and frustrated proper now. He’s prone to double down and attempt to grind down the Ukrainian navy with no regard for civilian casualties.”

Moreover, Burns claimed Putin has been “stewing in a flamable mixture of grievance and ambition for a quantity of years.”

driedfruit within the Ukrainian metropolis of Sumy has killed a minimum of 21 civilians, together with 2 children, Ukrainian officials say. A deliberate evacuation route to help civilians flee the town, closed on Tuesday night after experiencing Russian assaults in current days.
• Civilians have been successfully fleeing the Ukrainian cities of Sumy and Irpin, close to Kyiv, through evacuation routes. On Tuesday, about 5,000 people and 1,000 vehicles evacuated the town of Sumy in northeastern Ukraine, in accordance with Kirill Timoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential workplace. The UN estimates no much less than least 2 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion.
• McDonald’s and Starbucks are shutting their eating places and cafes in Russia, and Coca-Cola is likewise suspending its operations in the nation, following strain to affix a company boycott in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. PepsiCo can be reportedly pulling some of its merchandise from the nation. McDonald’s had 847 locations in Russia on the shut of 2021, an investor document reveals. According to CEO Chris Kempczinski, its restaurant closures are “temporary”…

“McDonald’s has decided to briefly close all our eating places in Russia and pause all operations in the market.”

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