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Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Mariupol situation ‘severe’ as West sends weapons



Ukraine opens humanitarian corridor out of Mariupol

Ukraine will focus its humanitarian efforts in eastern Ukraine on launching an evacuation corridor out of Mariupol on Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced on Telegram.

“Given the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Mariupol, it is in this direction that we will focus our efforts today,” she said Wednesday.

An evacuation column, typically made up of vehicles, is expected to move toward Zaporizhzhia via Berdyansk, allowing only women, children and the elderly to evacuate.

Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly accused Russia of hampering aid delivery and violating cease-fires during evacuations from the besieged port city.

Russia ‘continues to build’ military presence around eastern Ukraine, U.K. says

Russia’s military presence along the eastern border of Ukraine “continues to build,” as Moscow launches its new offensive in the region, the British defense ministry has said.

In an intelligence update published early Wednesday, the ministry said that while Russian air activity is likely to remain low since its withdrawal from the north of Kyiv, the risk of precision strikes against “priority targets” in Ukraine persists.

“Russian attacks on cities across Ukraine show their intent to try and disrupt the movement of Ukrainian reinforcements and weaponry to the east of the country,” it added.

Canada set to send heavy artillery to Ukraine

OTTAWA, Ontario — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada will send heavy artillery to Ukraine.

Trudeau said he has been in close contact with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and that Canada is very responsive to what Ukraine needs. He said there will be more details about the pledge in the days to come and that Ukrainians have “fought like heroes.”

Canada’s government has also hit 14 more Russians with sanctions for their close ties with President Vladimir Putin, including his two adult daughters.



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