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Ukraine organizes 12 new evacuation corridors on Friday, according to Zelensky

As evening approaches in the Ukrainian capital, Russian forces extend their offensive with new strikes in the west of the country.

Where attacks have taken place: Lutsk airport in northwestern Ukraine, located just 70 miles from the Polish border, suffered significant damage. The Volyn region governor said four missiles were fired from a Russian bomber and two people were killed. Plumes of smoke also rose from the Ivano-Frankivsk military airfield in western Ukraine, which was hit by missiles.

The Russian column which had sat for nearly two weeks outside Kyiv has now dispersed, according to Maxar satellite imagery from Thursday. Forces seem to be coming together.

According to the Ukrainian Operational Command in the East, a missile strike on the outskirts of Dnipro killed a civilian and damaged a primary school building, apartment buildings and a shoe factory.

There were also nightly airstrikes in the Brovary district just east of Kiev and a missile strike in the town of Baryshivka, about 45 miles east of the capital. A football stadium and a library in Chernihiv, a town in northern Ukraine, were badly damaged by an airstrike. And civilians have been left without heating in sub-zero temperatures amid relentless shelling and missile fire, the mayor of Kharkiv said on Friday.

Biden addresses the United States: President Joe Biden is expected to announce Friday morning that the United States, along with the G7 and the European Union, will call to revoke ‘most favored nation’ status for Russia, referred to as a permanent normal trade relationship in the United States. , according to sources familiar with the decision. tell CNN.

The EU will vote on increased financial support for Ukraine: European Union leaders at a summit in Versailles, France, will vote Friday on doubling financial support for Ukraine’s armed forces, the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Friday. If approved by the leadership, it will bring the bloc’s financial support for the Ukrainian military to more than $1 billion.

Biological Weapons Plot: The UN Security Council will meet on Friday at Russia’s request over the baseless claim that the United States is developing biological weapons in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that no chemical weapons or weapons of mass destruction had been developed in the country. Meanwhile, spokeswoman for the US mission to the UN, Olivia Dalton, said Russia has a history of falsely accusing the West of the very violations that Russia itself is perpetuating. and warned that Russia was “enlightening the world”.

The number of refugees continues to increase: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said on Friday that the number of people who have fled Ukraine now stands at 2.5 million.