2,00,000 Ukrainian Children Taken to Russia

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  • UK says Russia faces tough river crossing.
  • Russian missile hits western Lviv in which 5 are injured.
  • Swiss drugmaker Novartis resumes Ukraine business.

Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that 200,000 children are among the Ukrainians who have been forcibly taken to Russia. They include children taken from orphanages, children taken with their parents and children separated from their families, according to Zelenskyy. He said that Ukraine would also show Russia that it “cannot be conquered, that our people will not surrender and our children will not become the property of the occupiers.”

Meanwhile, a Russian missile hit rail lines in the western Lviv region, a key conduit for supplies of Western weapons and other supplies, officials said. Lviv region Gov. Maksym Kozytskyy said five people were wounded in the strike, adding that more information would be available Thursday.

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the country’s interior minister, said the Russians hit the Beskidy railway tunnel in the Carpathian Mountains in an apparent effort to cut a key railway link and disrupt shipments of weapons and fuel .In other news, the US and Germany pledged to equip Ukraine with some of the advanced weapons it has long desired for shooting down aircraft and knocking out artillery, as Russian forces closed in on capturing a key city in the east.

Germany said it will supply Ukraine with up-to-date anti-aircraft missiles and radar systems, while the US announced it will provide four sophisticated, medium-range rocket systems and ammunition. The US is trying to help Ukraine fend off the Russians without triggering a wider war in Europe.

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