Russian-Ukrainian crisis: UN chief meets refugees in Moldova, assures aid

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with refugees from war-torn Ukraine in Moldova on Tuesday, saying it was impossible to meet refugees and not be deeply moved by their stories.

A couple was telling me about a bomb that fell in their yard. People who have left everything behind, including parts of their families, Guterres told reporters outside the refugee center in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau.

António Guterres was previously United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He noted during his two-day visit to Moldova, where he met with Moldovan leaders, that the tiny nation has absorbed the most refugees in proportion to its own population of around 2.6 million.

The UN chief told Moldovan President Maia Sandu at a meeting on Tuesday that the UN would step up support for her country to help it deal with the refugee crisis. More than 450,000 Ukrainian refugees 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, whom he thanked for their generosity in opening their homes to those fleeing war.

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Warsaw: Poland’s prime minister said on Tuesday that Russia’s ambassador to Poland could have avoided being sprayed with red paint at a Soviet military ceremony if he had followed the Foreign Ministry’s advice to avoid the event.

Ambassador Sergey Andreev was splattered on Monday with red paint thrown at him by protesters opposing the war in Ukraine at a Warsaw cemetery housing the remains of Red Army soldiers who died in World War II. He had hoped to pay homage to the Russian patriotic Victory Day holiday marking the defeat of Nazi Germany.

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

Andreev had to abandon the ceremony after the painting was thrown at him and he returned to his car under police escort.

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Milan: The Italian Foreign Ministry announces that 63 Ukrainian orphans will be transported on Wednesday from Krakow, Poland, to Trapani, Sicily.

The transport was organized by the Pope John XXIII Community, with Italian diplomats in Ukraine and Poland.

This humanitarian evacuation confirms Italy’s commitment to come to the aid of civilians affected by the conflict in Ukraine, the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Some 37,000 minors, many accompanied by family members, have arrived in Italy since Russia launched its invasion.

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