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Russia called on the Ukrainians to end their “absurd resistance” in Severodonetsk and proposed a “humanitarian corridor” to evacuate civilians there on Wednesday, with no response from kyiv which, through the voice of President Volodymyr Zelensky, urged on the contrary to “hold the coup” in the Donbass. Follow the situation in Ukraine hour by hour.
5:25 a.m .: Ukraine’s armament needs on the agenda of a NATO meeting
Arms deliveries to Ukraine will be on the agenda of a meeting of NATO defense ministers to which partner countries will be invited, which will take place on Wednesday in Brussels, American officials said, while kyiv is asking for a significant increase in these deliveries to help it repel Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.
Wednesday’s meeting will be chaired by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. This is the third time that such a meeting, which will be attended by nearly 50 countries, has been organized to discuss assistance to Ukraine.
5:02 a.m .: Moscow offers humanitarian corridor in Severodonetsk
In the besieged Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, “a humanitarian corridor will be opened […] June 15” from 5 a.m. GMT to 5 p.m. GMT, the Russian Defense Ministry said, assuring that it would guarantee “the safe evacuation of all civilians, without exception”.
According to the head of the administration of Severodonetsk, Oleksandr Striouk, “540 to 560 people” have taken refuge in the underground passages of the vast Azot chemical plant, emblematic of this industrial city in eastern Ukraine.
The Russian ministry has called on Ukrainians to raise the white flag to signal that they accept this proposal and to end “absurd resistance”.
But far from accepting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged his compatriots on Tuesday evening to “hold on” in the Donbass, a “vital” region in his eyes and on which the continuation of the war launched by Moscow on February 24 against its country.