UN says a food crisis would accelerate global displacement
Refugees from Donbas at the train station of Lviv, Ukraine. More than 100 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide by May 2022 due to persecution, conflict, violence, and human rights violations, the UN refugee agency said.
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A food crisis on top of existing crises would exacerbate the increasing trend of global displacement, Reuters reported, citing the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
At the end of 2021, 89.3 million people were forcibly displaced, well over double the number from 10 years ago, according to UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report.
That figure has swelled to over 100 million, driven in part by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which the agency said caused the fastest and one of the largest forced displacement crises since World War II.
Grandi also criticized the “monopoly” of resources given to Ukraine compared with other underfunded programs for the displaced, Reuters reported.
“Ukraine should not make us forget other crises,” he said, according to Reuters.
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Russian forces using ‘all available firepower’ to pound Severodonetsk, Ukraine says
Russian forces are using “all available firepower” to pound the key target of Severodonetsk and neighboring Lysychansk as well as Bilohorivka, a settlement to the west of the twin cities that are separated by the Siverskyi Donets river.
In the latest military update from Ukraine’s armed forces, spokesman Oleksandr Shtupun said that “the Russian occupiers continue to fire on the units of our troops with all available firepower.”
“The enemy does not stop trying to establish full control over the city of Severodonetsk” he said, adding that “the fighting continues.”
Russian forces have been throwing everything they can at seizing Severodonetsk, which was the last major Ukrainian-held city in the Luhansk province. Around 80% of the city was in Russian hands yesterday, with fierce street battles taking place for, as President Zelenskyy put it earlier this week, “every meter of the city.”
Zelenskyy says he’s grateful for new U.S. weapons aid
Zelenskyy has thanked Ukrainian forces for holding out in the face of Russia’s onslaught in the Donbas.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said he is grateful for a new $1 billion support package including coastal defense, artillery and modern rocket systems as Russia presses home its advantage in eastern Ukraine.
“I am grateful for this support, it is especially important for our defense in Donbas,” he said in his nightly address Wednesday, adding that he had already discussed with President Biden “the tactical situation on the battlefield and ways to accelerate our victory. Sanctions, politics, economic cooperation — we are preparing for new steps.”
He said Russia was already responding to Ukraine’s foreign policy success, noting that “gas pressure on Europe is growing again. The shelling of Ukrainian positions and peaceful cities is intensifying again.”
“We are defending Donbas,” he said, saying that the Ukrainian army had proved itself “despite the significant advantage of the Russian army in the number of soldiers and equipment.”
“Of course, we will do our best to outmatch their advantages for now. Every day I fight for Ukraine to get the necessary weapons and equipment.”
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No evidence China is supporting Russia amid sanctions, White House says
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