It’s 2 p.m. in Kyiv. Here’s what you need to know

World leaders continue to condemn the ongoing violence in Ukraine as Russian forces intensify their attacks in the east of the country.

As a result of the clashes, 10 evacuation corridors have been agreed for Thursday as civilians try to flee the violence, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced.

Here are the latest developments of the war in Ukraine:

Curfew in Bucha: Curfews have been announced in the vicinity of Bucha, northwest of kyiv, due to looting, a senior Ukrainian official said on Thursday, adding that the presence of mines and unexploded ordnance remains a problem in the recently seized areas. to Russian control. Vadym Denysenko, adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said more than 1,500 explosive devices were demined in the kyiv region alone on Wednesday.

Missiles shot down near Zaporizhzhia: Ukraine says its anti-aircraft defense shot down three cruise missiles near the southeastern city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday night as the Russian military shifts its focus to the country’s east. A CNN crew in the city heard what sounded like a plane and a loud bang around 11 p.m. local time. It comes as the civilian evacuation from Zaporizhzhia has intensified after Russian forces seized a nearby nuclear power plant last week.

Refugees flee to Poland: More than 2.5 million refugees have crossed the border into Poland, the Polish Border Guard said on Thursday. While it’s unclear how many remain in the country, an Interior Ministry spokesman told CNN that 700,000 Ukrainians had been registered in a Polish database that allows refugees to get a job or continue their education. More than 4.3 million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

EU sanctions: The European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, expressed hope that the bloc’s fifth round of sanctions against Russia would be agreed on Thursday or Friday. It comes after the EU announced proposed plans for a five-pillar sanctions package, including a ban on Russian coal imports and an outright ban on transactions at four key Russian banks.

world condemnation: Australia unveiled new sanctions on 67 Russian officials on Thursday as world leaders continue to condemn the violence in Ukraine. On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden declared “major war crimes” were being uncovered as the White House announced new sanctions against Russia’s largest financial institutions and several Kremlin-linked individuals. It comes as the UK’s top diplomat told NATO foreign ministers that “the era of engagement with Russia is over”.

NATO Warning: Although Russia focuses its attention on the east, The NATO chief warned that the war could drag on for years as Russian President Vladimir Putin wants “to control all of Ukraine.” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also said NATO “will address the need for more air defense systems, anti-tank weapons, lighter but also heavier weapons, and many different kinds of support to Ukraine.”

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