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What has been happening today?

by naijarex

If you’re just joining our live coverage, or want a recap, here are the latest headlines:

  • With the war in Ukraine entering its third week, the war of words between world leaders has escalated significantly
  • US President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” in brief remarks to reporters at a domestic event on Wednesday
  • Russia swiftly condemned the comments, denouncing Biden’s “unacceptable and unforgivable rhetoric” and accusing the US of killing “hundreds of thousands of people around the world”
  • Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky spoke to the US Congress in a virtual address in which he invoked Pearl Harbor and 9/11 and called for more Western support
  • The US pledged an additional $1bn (£764m) in weapons to Ukraine – including tactical drones, rocket and grenade launchers, rifles, machine guns, body armour and ammo
  • A theatre sheltering some 1,200 civilians in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol was reportedly hit with a large Russian bomb
  • In the northern city of Chernihiv, 10 people waiting in a queue for bread were reportedly killed by Russian shelling
  • More than three million people have now fled Ukraine, according to the United Nations

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