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Once a day, NU.nl gives you an overview of the situation in Ukraine. This time: Russian troops have bombed schools, women’s rights organizations are seeing an increase in demand for abortion pills, and the EU is coming up with another half a billion in heavy weapons.

Russian troops bombed schools in Ukraine’s Chernihiv region on Thursday night. This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a video speech.

“Of course, the Russian state believes that any kind of education will only get in the way. But what does one gain by destroying Ukrainian schools? All Russian commanders who give such orders are just sick.”

The regions of Zaporizhzhia and the Donets Basin were also attacked.

Kremenchuk hit hard, Ukraine refuses to give up Snake Island

Kremenchuk, a major industrial hub in the center of the country, was hit by the worst rocket attack since the start of the Russian invasion on Thursday. Zelensky speaks in his usual speech of a “meaningless attack” which included an oil refinery.

The Ukrainian news agency UNIAN reports, based on the governor of the region, that there was no personal injury in the attack. At least twelve Russian missiles are said to have hit various targets. The refinery in particular came under fire.

In addition, Ukraine does not intend to abandon the strategically located Snake Island to the Russian army. Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said Friday that he will continue to fight for the island “for as long as necessary.”

The island became widely known on the first day of the war, when Ukrainian soldiers informed the Russian navy that they refused to leave the island. “Russian warship, put on your clothes,” they told the Moscow naval vessel. That ship later sank, according to Ukraine, due to a missile attack.

People walk past a rocket that has sunk into the road surface in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.


People walk past a rocket that has sunk into the road surface in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

People walk past a rocket that has sunk into the road surface in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

Photo: AP

Rising demand for abortion pills in Ukraine and Poland

Women’s rights groups have seen an increase in demand for abortion pills since the war broke out in Ukraine. Deliveries are currently taking place to this country and to neighboring Poland, which houses more than three million refugees. These supplies are intended to enable safe abortions for Ukrainian women who became unwanted pregnant while fleeing the war.

At least 25 Ukrainian women were raped by Russian soldiers in Bucha. Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova reported this to BBC† Nine of these women, the youngest only fourteen years old, became pregnant. The number of similar cases of sexual violence throughout Ukraine is still under investigation.

At Women on Web, they saw an increase in the number of applications for abortion pills after the drama in Bucha, director Venny Ala-Siurua told NU.nl.

The EU is supporting Ukraine with another half a billion euros for heavy weapons

The European Union has donated another half a billion euros to the fund, which EU countries can use to pay for weapons and military equipment to Ukraine.

The money is intended to be used for heavy weapons for Ukraine, says EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell. The total amount of the fund now amounts to 2 billion euros for this year.

According to Borrell, it is clear what the West needs to do to stop the Russians in Ukraine. “More of the same: more support for Ukraine, including military support,” he said in Germany, where he is attending the G7 summit.

Ukrainians and dog from Mariupol walk 225 kilometers to safe area

A Ukrainian man and his dog have saved themselves by walking 225 kilometers war zone to Zaporizhzhia. What makes the trip extra special is that the man left the heavily besieged Mariupol, writes The Guardian Friday.

Igor Pedin, 61, made the decision to leave on April 20 and started walking three days later. At that time, Mariupol had been bombed for two months and surrounded for almost the same time. “But I went because the Russians approached my house and executed people during house searches,” he claims.

The Ukrainian managed to escape the city by escaping Russian soldiers, who distributed food and water to the city’s inhabitants.

The journey Igor Pedin made from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia.


The journey Igor Pedin made from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia.

The journey Igor Pedin made from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia.

Photo: Bart-Jan Dekker

Entry ban for thirteen foreign journalists, including Dutch

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the country’s intelligence service has imposed a travel ban on a total of 13 foreign journalists. They are also believed to have been deported from the country.

One of the journalists who has been expelled is the Dutchman Robert Dulmers, who worked there for Dutch daily newspaper† He published photos of a rocket strike at an oil depot in the port city of Odesa shortly after the event. Dulmers will therefore no longer be allowed to come to Ukraine for the next ten years.

Shortly after the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian authorities established strict rules for publishing targets that have been bombed by the Russians. The positions of the Ukrainian army must also not be reported under the law of war. Journalists who break the rules can be accused of espionage.

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