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Russia-Ukraine War: Zelenskyy Asks Western Allies to Send More Planes and Tanks

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The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his nightly address on Saturday, 26 March, called on the US and NATO allies to supply more planes, tanks, and anti-missiles defences to fight off Russia.

Explosions have been reported near Ukraine's western city of Lviv even as President Joe Biden wraps up his visit to neighbouring Poland, reported AP on Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, Biden met Ukrainian refugees in Warsaw, Poland. Prior to that, he had met with two Ukrainian ministers in the first face-to-face talks between the US president and top Kyiv officials since Russia's invasion began.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov made a rare trip out of Ukraine in a possible sign of growing confidence in the fightback against Russian forces.

Snapshot
  • United States would be taking in up to 1,00,000 Ukrainian war refugees, the White House said on Thursday

  • Almost 3.7 million people have fled Ukraine since the war began on 24 February, according to the UN's refugee agency

  • Biden is on the second and final day of a visit to Poland after he met with EU and NATO leaders in Brussels earlier in the week

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9:10 AM , 27 Mar
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Zelenskyy Asks West for More Planes, Tanks & Weapons

The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his nightly address, called on the US and NATO allies to supply more planes, tanks, and anti-missiles defences to fight off Russia.

"This [the weaponry] is what our partners have. This is what is covered with dust at their storage facilities. After all, this is all for freedom not only in Ukraine - this is for freedom in Europe," the president stated, as quoted by The Guardian.

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9:10 PM , 26 Mar
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Explosions Reported in Western Ukraine's Lviv

Explosions have been reported near Ukraine's western city of Lviv, even as President Joe Biden wrapped up his visit to neighbouring Poland, reports AP.

The mayor of Lviv has confirmed the explosion in the city on Saturday.

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8:36 PM , 26 Mar
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Kyiv Mayor Cancels Sunday Curfew

The mayor of Ukraine's capital Kyiv on Saturday cancelled a curfew he had announced just hours earlier for the next day without providing further explanation, reported AFP.

"New information from the military command: the Kyiv curfew will not enter into force tomorrow," mayor Vitali Klitschko announced on Telegram.

The usual overnight curfew from 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) to 07:00 am (0500 GMT) would hold but people would "be able to freely move around Kyiv on Sunday during the day", he added.

On Saturday morning, Klitschko had said a fresh curfew would be imposed on the capital from Saturday evening until Monday morning.

8:32 PM , 26 Mar
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Biden Meets Ukrainian Refugees in Warsaw

US President Joe Biden on Saturday met Ukrainian refugees in Warsaw, Poland. During his meeting, Biden called Putin 'a butcher', reported AFP.

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Published: 26 Mar 2022, 9:00 AM IST
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