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Zelenskyy Thanks EU Leaders For Support, But Criticises Others For Not Acting Sooner

Some NATO leaders 24.03.22 via @USNATO/Twitter

Russia to allow safe passage for foreign ships stranded in Ukrainian ports

Ukraine's president has addressed EU leaders - thanking them for their support.

But Volodymyr Zelenskyy also criticised some countries for not acting sooner with sanctions:

The Taoiseach says he's not going to read too much into comments made by the Ukrainian President about Ireland.

He named Ireland in the list of supporters but added "well, almost".

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the Ukrainian president is aware of Ireland's support:

Yesterday, the 44 year-old urged NATO to provide "military assistance without restrictions".

Ukraine has also accused Moscow of forcibly moving approximately 400,000 civilians to Russia, to be used as hostages.

Foreign Ships Stranded in Ukraine

From today, Russia says it will offer safe passage to 67 ships - from 15 foreign countries - that are stranded in Ukrainian ports.

A safe route will remain open daily for several hours.

While, evacuations are continuing for civilians.

Tens of thousands of people from Mariupol have travelled west to Zaporizhzhia - including Irina had her family:

Biden to visit refugees in Poland

The US President will meet with Ukrainian refugees today in Poland.

The G7 and EU met yesterday, shortly after NATO talks where Joe Biden promised a response "in kind" should Russia use chemical weapons in Ukraine.

The 79 year-old says Vladimir Putin has failed to weaken the military alliance:

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