Russia-Ukraine crisis: UN chief meets refugees in Moldova, promises help

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with refugees from war-torn Ukraine in Moldova on Tuesday and afterwards said it was impossible to meet refugees without being deeply moved by their stories.

A couple told me about a bomb that fell in their garden. People who have left everything, including parts of their families, Guterres told reporters outside the refugee center in Moldova’s capital Chisinau.

Guterres was previously the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. During his two-day visit to Moldova, during which he met with the Moldovan leadership, he noted that the small nation has taken in the most refugees relative to its own population of some 2.6 million people.

The UN chief told Moldovan President Maia Sandu at a meeting on Tuesday that the UN would step up its support to her country to help it deal with the refugee crisis. More than 450,000 refugees from Ukraine have fled to Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe.

Before leaving Moldova, Guterres also visited the home of a local family hosting Ukrainian refugees and thanked them for their generosity in opening their homes to war refugees.

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Warsaw: Poland’s prime minister said on Tuesday Russia’s ambassador to Poland could have avoided being doused in red paint at a Soviet military ceremony if he had followed the Foreign Ministry’s advice to stay away from the event.

Ambassador Sergey Andreev was spattered with red paint Monday, used by protesters opposed to the war in Ukraine, at a Warsaw cemetery where the remains of Red Army soldiers who died during World War II were kept. He had hoped to pay his respects on the Russian patriotic Victory Day, which marks the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Russian crimes in Ukraine are such a terrible experience for so many people that the ambassador’s presence at the monument to Soviet soldiers is provocative, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said, according to the Polish news agency PAP.

Andreev was forced to call off the ceremony after the paint was thrown at him and he returned to his car under police escort.

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MILAN: Italy’s foreign ministry says 63 Ukrainian orphans will be flown from Kraków, Poland, to Trapani, Sicily, on Wednesday.

The transport was organized by the community of Pope John XXIII. organized together with Italian diplomats in Ukraine and Poland.

This humanitarian evacuation confirms Italy’s commitment to assisting civilians affected by the conflict in Ukraine, Italy’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Some 37,000 minors, many accompanied by family members, have arrived in Italy since the Russian invasion began.

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