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Russian rocket kills civilians as first talks show no progress

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Russian rocket kills civilians as first talks show no progress

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily A. Nebenzya shrugged off the criticism, telling fellow ambassadors that the Russian military action in Ukraine was to protect the Donbass, the region in the east where Russia-backed separatists have been fighting for eight years. , He accused the United States and its allies of “shamelessly watering” Ukraine with weapons and inciting Ukrainians to fight.

“Western countries have created a bubble that could not pop,” Mr. Nebenzya said.

Later on Monday, in a return to Cold War-era intrigue, Mr Nebenzya told reporters that US officials had ordered the evacuation of 12 diplomats from Russia’s UN mission in New York. “He just visited Russia’s mission and gave us a note,” he said.

Mr Nebenzya called the order a “gross violation” of responsibilities by the United States as host of the 193-member United Nations.

United States Mission spokeswoman Olivia Dalton confirms eviction order twitter postDescribing Russian diplomats as “Russian mission intelligence operatives who have abused their privileges of residence in the US by engaging in espionage activities that are prejudicial to our national security.”

The flow of Ukrainian refugees to neighbors since the Russian invasion has created backup at border crossings with Poland and Moldova. The UN refugee agency, which reported that 500,000 Ukrainians have fled so far, said it was expecting 4 million to follow.

At least 36,000 Ukrainians have entered Moldova, a country of 2.6 million that is one of the poorest countries in Europe. The small country is known for its rapid deportations, not for its appeal to refugees. And yet in recent days, it has been pouring Ukrainians into wineries, schools, a former coronavirus ward and even the home of an MP.

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“This is unprecedented, absolutely unprecedented,” said MP Dumitru Alaiba, who was hosting a refugee from Odessa. “It’s magical that we see it in terms of togetherness.”

Valerie Hopkins reported from Kyiv, steven erlangermore from brussels Michael Schwartz From Odessa, Ukraine. Reporting was contributed by Anton Troyanovsky from Moscow, Farnaz Fassih from New York and Aurelian Breeden from Paris.


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