Russia-Ukraine conflict: Concerns over Russian-controlled nuclear power reactors have grown after Ukraine lost all contacts with Chornobyl a day after the station lost all external power supply. Meanwhile, India is conducting a difficult evacuation effort to assist stranded Indians in leaving war-torn Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been displaced as a result of Russia’s military operation. According to Unicef, over a million children have left Ukraine so far, the majority of them with their families to Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova, and Romania while the violence rages on.
Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s first deputy UN ambassador, sought the meeting in a tweet Thursday afternoon.
The request came after the Biden administration dismissed a claim made without proof by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova that Ukraine was operating chemical and biological laboratories with US assistance.
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, termed Russia’s assertion “preposterous.” On Wednesday, warned that Russia may use chemical or biological weapons against Ukraine, a neighbour it has occupied.
“This is all a clear ruse by Russia to excuse its further planned, unprovoked, and unjustifiable aggression on Ukraine,” Psaki said on Twitter.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that 100,000 people had been evacuated from seven cities, including the Kyiv suburbs, in the last two days. In a nightly video message, Zelenskyy stated that the Russian invaders (Russia-Ukraine conflict) “have a clear command to take Mariupol captive, to ridicule it, to repeatedly bomb and shell it.”
On Friday morning, an Air India aircraft carrying students from the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy landed in Delhi.