Minister Hoekstra to Ukraine unannounced

More than eight million Ukrainians have now been displaced

More than eight million Ukrainians have been displaced since the Russian invasion. It shows new figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This means that almost a fifth of Ukraine’s population, which was still more than 44 million before the war, has now been displaced from their homes.

The IOM says the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is getting worse. Therefore, more and more displaced people would consider traveling further. According to the organization, more and more refugee residents of Ukraine need financial support, for example, for food and medical expenses.

Nearly six million people have fled Ukraine since the war in Ukraine. According to the UN, 1.5 million people have since returned. Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said today that almost two-thirds of the residents of the Ukrainian capital have returned, according to the news agency AFP.

Minister Hoekstra to Ukraine unannounced

Minister Wopke Hoekstra (Foreign Affairs, CDA) will pay an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Tuesday. This is confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after reporting from The Telegraph† Hoekstra talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday afternoon.

Hoekstra arrived in the morning in Irpin, a suburb of Kiev, and has an agreement around noon with Dmytro Koeleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister. Hoekstra will confirm Dutch support for Ukraine and discuss the current situation. Later in the day, the minister will reopen the Dutch embassy in Kiev.

the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is in Ukraine. She and Hoekstra traveled together, but have separate plans.

Regional board: about a hundred more citizens are stuck in the Azovstal factory

About 100 civilians are still trapped at the site of the besieged Azovstal factory in the southeastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. This was stated by Regional Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko on Ukrainian television on Monday night. According to the regional council, today there are about 100,000 people living in the entire city with more than 450,000 inhabitants before the war. It is unclear which of them actually wants to leave the city.

Last week, Ukrainian authorities announced that all women, children and the elderly, who had sometimes stayed for weeks on the site of the steelworks, had been evacuated with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations. Some of them had not seen sunlight for as long as two months, talks there NRC with several evacuees.

The Azovstal steelworks is the last Ukrainian stronghold in the city, which is not yet in the hands of the Russians. Ukrainian fighters, including from the ultranationalist Azov regiment, refuse to leave the 10-square-kilometer area, saying the area remains under heavy fire from the Russians.

Meanwhile, the Russians are said to have fired seven rockets further south on Monday night towards the port city of Odessa. A shopping mall was also affected, Ukrainian authorities said, according to the AP news agency. One person is said to have been killed and five others injured. The southern town of Mykolaiv has also been bombarded with rockets in recent hours, according to the local mayor.

Summary: Ukraine’s EU membership ‘could take decades’, Ukrainian journalists get Pulitzer coverage

These are the main developments from Monday evening and night from Monday to Tuesday:

  • Is it possible decades will take before Ukraine joins the EU. This was stated by French President Emmanuel Macron in a speech to the European Parliament. According to Macron, the accession process could take several years and “probably even decades”. “Unless we decide to lower access standards. And rethink the unity of our Europe,” Macron said.
  • Also read: Macron wants EU portal for countries like Ukraine

  • Ukrainian journalists at the presentation of the Pulitzer Prizes an honorable mention received for their coverage of the war in their country. The jury for the leading award noted the “courage, perseverance and dedication to truthful reporting” that journalists show “despite bombing, kidnapping, occupation and even death in their ranks.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has Russia in his daily video message warned to lose during the war in Ukraine. “We have been through several wars. But they all had the same revelation, ”Zelensky said. “Enemy arrows and missiles flew into our sky, but no one will be able to overshadow our blue sky.”

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