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World News 2.04: Another evacuation attempt in Mariupol, Kharkiv under siege

After yesterday’s unsuccessful efforts to evacuate the inhabitants of Mariupol out of the besieged city, the Red Cross teams made a fresh attempt on Saturday. Meanwhile, in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, some of the inhabitants were forced to flee, as residential areas are being bombed on a daily basis.

Evacuation of Mariupol

A team from the International Committee of the Red Cross has been sent to lead a convoy of over 50 Ukrainian buses and other private vehicles evacuating Ukrainian citizens out of the besieged port city of Mariupol. Saturday marked the second attempt to proceed with the evacuation plan after the convoy has failed to reach its destination on Friday.

38th day of war

For 38 days, Ukraine has been fighting back against the brutal Russian onslaught. Recent days brought encouraging news from the frontline, with some of the Russian units retreating from the vicinity of Kyiv. However, the conflict is far from over, with every day bringing more and more evidence of Russian war crimes.

Kharkiv under siege

Out of all cities in Ukraine, Kharkiv has been one of the hardest hit by the Russian invasion, with intense artillery fire turning large swathes of the city into burning ruins. Many residents were forced to flee their homes as the fighting continued to escalate.

Russia’s reign of terror

Kidnappings, intimidation, blacklists and TV propaganda. This is how the Russian occupiers want to establish their rule in the seized territories of southern Ukraine, including the city of Melitopol.

The pope speaks out

For the first time since the start of the war in Ukraine, Pope Francis has alluded to Vladimir Putin in his condemnation of Russian aggression. He also criticised the current geopolitical and international situation which had deteriorated following the onset of hostilities.

New sanctions on Russia

The United Kingdom has announced the imposition of new sanctions on Russian media entities. The British government is continuing to lead the Western effort in increasing the pressure on Vladimir Putin’s regime in order to ensure Russia’s withdrawal from Ukraine.

Russian economy collapse

To justify invading Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has been trying to paint Russia as a global superpower that is re-asserting its rightful claim to imperial greatness. Russia’s economy, however, has shown signs of decline even before the invasion began, with the subsequent Western sanctions likely to undermine it even further.

Ivanka Trump sends aid to Ukraine

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of former US President Donald Trump, responded to an appeal by the Polish First Lady to send aid to Ukraine. She said she felt humbled by the request, adding that she was in the process of organising the delivery of four cargo planes worth of supplies for the war-torn country.

Exodus out of Russia

Following the outbreak of war, many Russians have felt unable to withstand Vladimir Putin’s crackdown against dissenting voices, while others were dismayed by Russia’s impending economic decline. Russia’s attack against Ukraine has thereby sparked an exodus of citizens which may have a long-term impact on the country’s society.

Bomb shelter kindergarten

Many Ukrainians who remained in their country despite the fierce fighting taking place in various regions had to learn how to live in bomb shelters. We present a report from a kindergarten set up inside a bomb shelter in a small town near Kyiv.

Budapest on the eve of elections

Big day tomorrow in Hungary, where the final preparations are underway for the upcoming general elections. Hungary’s leading political forces are getting ready for Sunday’s decisive clash at the polls.

This weekend, millions of Hungarians are heading off to the polls to decide their country’s future. The ruling conservatives led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban are facing off against united opposition parties. Looming above the myriad domestic issues is the Russian aggression against Ukraine, with Orban’s Hungary bucking the European trend and refusing to provide substantial support to Kyiv even in its hour of need. Will the war shed new light on Hungarian politics and undermine Orban’s chances to claim a decisive victory? TVP World’s guest was Professor Żurawski vel Grajewski from the University of Łódź, Poland, who discussed the possible outcome of the Hungarian elections.

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