Live blog | Evacuated soldiers exchanged steel mill; worldwide more malnourished children due to the war Ukraine

It’s day 82 of the war in Ukraine. The more than 260 Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol are part of an exchange to return home. In addition, UNICEF warns of more malnourished children due to rising prices as a result of the war in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Minister Koeleba in the Netherlands to talk about oil boycott and EU membership

07:18 | Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Koeleba is in the Netherlands today and tomorrow. The agenda includes the current situation in Ukraine and the different ways in which the Netherlands supports Ukraine. His mission: a boycott of oil and gas and accession to the EU. The House of Representatives would also like to know ‘how it views Macron’s proposal to have a kind of shadow EU that Ukraine can join, but Koeleba does not like it,’ says political reporter Leendert Beekman.

Koeleba’s mission is a boycott of oil and gas and accession to the EU. And in that connection, he had a bad day in Brussels yesterday ‘, says Beekman. “It was there that the foreign ministers met, and he did not do anything about an oil boycott – which is a problem for Hungary – and with the candidate for EU membership. So he wants to talk about that today. ‘ Furthermore, Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra will discuss ‘truth-seeking and justice’, and ‘what the Netherlands can mean for Ukraine in that area.’

UNICEF: More malnourished children due to war in Ukraine

04:21 | More than 10 million children worldwide are at risk of acute malnutrition. According to UNICEF, the situation in the Horn of Africa has worsened and cases of severe malnutrition are also on the rise in other parts of the world. According to the United Nations Children’s Organization, the causes are the ongoing drought, the war in Ukraine and the aftermath of the corona pandemic.

According to the children’s organization, at least 13.6 million children under the age of 5 are currently suffering from acute malnutrition. In the Horn of Africa, the number of severely malnourished children will increase in the short term from 1.7 million to 2 million children. But the numbers are also very worrying in other regions, such as South Asia, UNICEF said in a report released Tuesday.

The organization points out that at least 10 million severely malnourished children do not have access to the right treatment. The cost of the therapeutic food that the children receive is rising due to rising food prices. This puts the lives of another 600,000 children at risk, UNICEF reports. The organization urges the government and donors to come up with extra money. “We have to act fast,” says director Catherine Russell. “There is a very short time left before this situation gets much, much worse.”

Attention to the impact of war Ukraine in economic figures CBS

03:34 | The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) publishes figures on economic growth in the first quarter of this year later on Tuesday. This will clarify the impact of the war in Ukraine and the associated high inflation on the Dutch economy. There may also be more information on whether and how the tight labor market slows economic growth.

In addition to gross domestic product (GDP), Statistics Denmark also reports figures on household consumption and international trade. Here, too, the influence of the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine may seep through. In uncertain times, households are generally more careful with consumption. On the other hand, the reopening of the economy is catching up from the corona crisis. Also because it is again possible to spend money on, for example, museums, amusement parks or restaurants.

The European Union cut its outlook for economic growth on Monday due to the war. Brussels now expects growth of 2.7 percent, which was previously expected at 4 percent. Connoisseurs generally expect minimal growth in the Netherlands on a quarterly basis for the first quarter.

Ukraine: Evacuated soldiers in steel factory exchange

02:06 | The more than 260 Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol are part of an exchange. This was confirmed by Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar in a video message on social media without going into detail.

“53 seriously injured soldiers have been transferred from the steelworks to a hospital for treatment,” Maliar said. ‘In addition, 211 soldiers were brought to Olenivka via a humanitarian corridor. An exchange procedure will take place for their return. ‘

The Deputy Minister and Army Command of Ukraine reported that “the Mariupol garrison has fulfilled its mission.” The soldiers who have defended Mariupol have given Ukraine valuable time to build and regroup reserves and to get help from the partners, “Ukraine said. those who describe the military as ‘heroes of our time.’ The most important thing now is to save the lives of the warriors still present in the Azovstal area, Maliar and the army command added.

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky spoke of a difficult day in his video message and said he hopes the lives of the besieged soldiers can be saved. “There are serious injuries among them. They are being cared for. Ukraine needs the Ukrainian heroes alive. The work continues to bring our boys home and this work needs to be handled gently and takes time.”

A few hours earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense had said that an agreement had been reached on the evacuation of wounded from the vast Azovstal complex, where Ukrainian soldiers have been detained. Some of the Ukrainians, according to Russia, were transported to Novoazovsk 35 kilometers to the east to be treated. Novoazovsk is in Russian hands and is located near the border with Russia. Other soldiers moved to another area in the area controlled by pro-Russian rebels, the Russian TV channel RT reported.

Ukrainian fighters in Azovstal, for their part, had reported that an order had been given from above, but they did not specify exactly what the intention was: “To save lives, the entire Mariupol garrison carries out the approved decision of the Supreme Military Command and hopes for support. from the Ukrainian people. “

Before the evacuation, there were reportedly about 600 Ukrainian soldiers in Azovstal, which is considered one of the largest steel factories in Europe.

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