live blog | The evacuated soldiers exchanged the steel plant; All over the world more children are suffering from malnutrition because of the Ukraine war

It’s day 82 of the war in Ukraine. More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol are part of an exchange to return home. In addition, UNICEF warns that more children are suffering from malnutrition due to the high prices as a result of the war in Ukraine.

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Amazing tuition fee reduction for Ukrainian refugee students

09:09 | Dutch universities will reduce tuition fees for Ukrainian refugee students for the next academic year by about ten thousand euros. For example, the university organization “Universities of the Netherlands” declares BNR. We have been advocating this for some time, including with universities of applied sciences, but in the past week it has become clear that these refugees do not qualify for a temporary residence permit. As a result, they lose out on lower tuition fees, says Robin Poulart, a spokesperson for the university organization.

“It is important to quickly provide security for aspiring students who have fled Ukraine, precisely because they find themselves in such an uncertain situation,” says Peter Duisenberg, President of Universities of the Netherlands. Ukraine is one of the signatories to the Bologna Convention, which means that the credits of Ukrainian students are recognized here. However, since the country is not part of the European Economic Area, it does not automatically qualify for a tuition fee reduction.

Ukraine wants to remove the last soldier from the Mariupol steel plant

08:23 | The Ukrainian military has reported that it is working hard to evacuate all soldiers from the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged port city of Mariupol. In doing so, the last Ukrainian stronghold in the besieged city fell to the Russian forces.

“The Mariupol garrison has completed its combat mission,” the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army said in a statement. The Supreme Military Command ordered the commanders of the troops stationed at the Azovstal plant to save the lives of the soldiers. “The defenders of Mariupol are the heroes of our time,” the army said.

Ukrainian Minister Koiliba in the Netherlands to talk about the oil boycott and EU membership

07:18 | Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Koilipa is visiting the Netherlands today and tomorrow. The agenda includes the current situation in Ukraine and the different ways in which the Netherlands supports Ukraine. His mission: boycott oil and gas and join the European Union. The Chamber of Deputies also wants to know “how he views Macron’s proposal to have some kind of shadow in the EU, which Ukraine could join, but Kuleba does not like,” says political correspondent Leandert Beckmann.

Quiliba’s mission is “to boycott oil and gas and join the European Union. In this regard, it was a bad day in Brussels yesterday, says Beckmann. This is where the foreign ministers met and nothing was accomplished either regarding the oil boycott – which is a problem for Hungary – And with the EU candidate. So he will talk about that today. Moreover, Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra will discuss “fact-finding and justice” and “what the Netherlands can mean for Ukraine in this area”.

UNICEF: More children suffering from malnutrition due to war in Ukraine

04:21 | More than 10 million children worldwide are at risk of severe acute malnutrition. According to UNICEF, the situation in the Horn of Africa is deteriorating, and cases of acute malnutrition are seriously increasing in other parts of the world. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, the reasons are the ongoing drought, the war in Ukraine and the post-COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Children’s, at least 13.6 million children under the age of five are currently suffering from acute malnutrition. In the Horn of Africa, the number of severely malnourished children will increase in the short term from 1.7 million to 2 million. UNICEF said in a report published on Tuesday that the numbers are very worrying in other regions, such as South Asia.

The organization notes that at least 10 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition do not receive adequate treatment. The cost of therapeutic food for children is increasing due to the increase in food prices. This puts the lives of another 600,000 children at risk, UNICEF reports. The organization is calling on the government and donors to provide additional funds. “We need to move fast,” says director Katherine Russell. “There is only a little time left before the situation gets a lot worse.”

Attention to the impact of the Ukraine war on economic figures CBS

03:34 | The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) will publish figures on economic growth in the first quarter of this year later on Tuesday. This will explain the impact of the war in Ukraine and the associated high inflation on the Dutch economy. More information may also be available about whether and how a tight labor market is slowing economic growth.

In addition to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Statistics Netherlands also provides figures on household consumption and international trade. Here, too, the impact of the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine may seep out. In turbulent times, families are generally more cautious about spending. On the other hand, reopening the economy from the Corona crisis is catching up. Also because it is again possible to spend money in, for example, museums, parks or restaurants.

The European Union cut its economic growth forecast on Monday due to the war. Brussels is now assuming growth of 2.7 percent, which was previously forecast at 4 percent. Experts generally expect little growth in the Netherlands on a quarterly basis for the first quarter.

Ukraine: an exchange of evacuees at a steel plant

02:06 | More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol are part of the exchange. This was confirmed by Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine, Hanna Maliar, in a video message on social media without going into details.

“53 seriously wounded soldiers have been taken from the steel plant to the hospital for treatment,” Maliar said. In addition, 211 soldiers were brought to Olinevka via a humanitarian corridor. An exchange will be made for their return home.

The deputy minister and the command of the Ukrainian army reported that “the garrison in Mariupol has accomplished its mission.” Ukraine said that the soldiers who defended Mariupol gave Ukraine valuable time to build and regroup reserves and get help from partners.” ., describing the army as “the heroes of our time.” Maliar and the army leadership added that the most important thing now is to save the lives of the fighters who are still on the ground. Azovstal lands.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of a difficult day in his video message and said he hoped to save the lives of the trapped soldiers. “There are serious injuries among them. They are being taken care of. Ukraine needs the Ukrainian heroes alive. The work continues to bring our children home and this work has to be dealt with meticulously and it takes time.”

Hours earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said an agreement had been reached on evacuating the wounded from the sprawling Azovstal complex where Ukrainian soldiers are holed up. Some Ukrainians were flown to Novoazovsk, 35 kilometers to the east, according to Russia, for treatment. Novoazovsk is in the hands of Russia and is located near the border with Russia. According to the Russian TV channel RT, other soldiers have moved to another place in the area controlled by the pro-Russian rebels.

Ukrainian fighters in Azovstal, for their part, reported that an order was issued from above, but did not indicate exactly the intention: “In order to save lives, the entire Mariupol garrison implements the decision adopted by the Supreme Military Command and hopes for the support of the Ukrainian people. ”

Before the evacuation, there were reportedly about 600 Ukrainian soldiers at Azovstal, considered one of the largest steel mills in Europe.

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