War in Ukraine, live: Russia has fired more than 2,000 missiles since the start of the conflict, says Volodymyr Zelensky

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  • Russia announced the expulsion of 34 French diplomats, 24 Italian diplomats and 27 Spanish diplomatsin retaliation for those of Russians in the wake of the Russian offensive against Ukraine.
  • Russia announces that just under thousand Ukrainian soldiers, entrenched on the steel site of Azovstal, in Mariupol, surrendered since Monday. Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday evening said that the mission to evacuate Ukrainian soldiers from Mariupol was continuing.
  • Finland and Sweden have officially requested to join the Atlantic Alliance (NATO). “This is a historic moment at a critical time for our security. We hope to conclude quickly”NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after receiving the letters of application from the ambassadors of the two Nordic countries.
  • The European Commission has proposed a “new macro-financial assistance” to Ukraine, in the form of loans of up to 9 billion eurosto help this country cope with the consequences of the war.
  • Ukrainian justice opens, on Wednesday, its first war crime trial since the entry of troops from Moscow into its territory. Russian soldier Vadim Chichimarine, 21, who is facing an answer to the death of a 62-year-old unarmed civilian on February 28 in northeastern Ukraine, has pleaded guilty.
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, affirmed on Tuesday that the war with Moscow was entering a “prolonged phase”the Russians seeking full control of the Donbass region and to occupy southern Ukraine. “Russia is preparing for a long-term military operation”he told European Union (EU) Defense Ministers and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
  • Eight people died and twelve were injured in a Russian bombardment on Desnaa village located about sixty kilometers north of kyiv, known to house a large military training camp, according to local relief.
  • The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, announced the deployment to Ukraine of a team of 42 investigators and expertsthe largest mission ever sent on the ground, to shed light on the crimes committed during the Russian invasion.
  • France to step up arms deliveries to Ukraine “in the days and weeks to come”promised President Emmanuel Macron to his counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.

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War in Ukraine, live: Russia has fired more than 2,000 missiles since the start of the conflict, says Volodymyr Zelensky